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David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

DARPA/Northrop Grumman ‘Tail-Sitter’ UAS/UAV/Drone Aircraft for Airborne Recon (Reconnaissance) and other Missions: Can it be Gun/Laser-Weaponized for Combat? Why not?

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: DARPA and Northrop Grumman December 22, 2015 Last updated on 12/23/15. Speaking of interesting new military aircraft designed and developed by Northrop Grumman (NG), as well as futuristic Terminator-like cyber-soldiers and Skynet-like supercomputers, AND DARPA, Northrop Grumman and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) are apparently also developing a “radical ‘tail-sitter’ ... Read More »

Rise of the Robot Soldier and Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT): ‘Terminator’-Like Artificially-Intelligent (AI) Cybersoldiers and Drone and Boat Swarms to Augment Infantry Warfighters with Total, Multi-Perspective 3D Battlefield Awareness, or just Kill all of Us?

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: DARPA, Hemdale Film Corporation, Orion Pictures and Jim Channon December 18, 2015 Last updated on 12/19/15. It would appear that the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the DoD (Department of Defense) are well on their way to developing “Terminator”-like robotic warfighters and UAS/UAV/drone aircraft, along with a Skynet-type system ... Read More »

Northrop Grumman NG Air Dominance (NGAD) Low-Observable/Stealth Multirole and Potentially-Supersonic ‘Superjet’ Jet Fighter Aircraft Prototype Armed with Laser Weapons/Cannon!: Hittin’ the ‘Sweet Spot’ with the ‘Baby B-2’ F/A-XX

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin December 16, 2015 Last updated on 12/17/15. O.k., so, DefenseReview (DR) has ben covering the development of laser-weaponized combat aircraft, including supersonic laser-weaponized fighter aircraft, for the last few years, now. Cut to two days ago, when we came across a Breaking Defense piece ... Read More »

Midwest Industries’ Latest and Greatest MI QD Mounts and MI G3 KeyMod and M-LOK Tactical Handhguards/Rail Systems for Tactical AR-15 Rifle/Carbine/SBR’s!

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Midwest Industries (MI) December 15, 2015 In the last few years, Midwest Indusries (MI) has been on a real tear, making some of the best tactical AR, FN SCAR, and Kalashnikov AK (AK-47/AKM) accessories in the business, especially tactical handguard/rail systems and mounts. DefenseReview (DR) has covered a lot of these ... Read More »

FLIR Systems/DJI Zenmuse XT Stabilized and Gimbaled Thermal/IR (Infrared) Camera Going on DJI Inspire 1 and Matrice M100 Quadcopter/Quadrotor Mini-UAS/UAV/Drone Aircraft Platforms for Security and Surveillance Operations: Sees Through Smoke and Fog!

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: DJI and FLIR Systems December 13, 2015 Chinese UAS/UAV (Unmanned Aerial System/Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)/drone aircraft maker DJI is teaming up with FLIR Systems to develop and produce what appears to be a relatively low-cost thermal/IR (Infrared)-capable mini-quadcopter/quadrotor drone that will be outfitted with the Zenmuse XT thermal/IR (InfraRed) camera. The ... Read More »

American Sniper Shootout AAR (After Action Report): Taya Kyle Cruises to Victory, and TrackingPoint Puts on a Great Event on behalf of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation! (Video!)

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com December 9, 2015 Last updated on 12/10/15. DefenseReview’s (DR) been a bit busy with travel and a few other things over the last week, but we’re finally back in the saddle over here. Speaking of saddles, we recently flew out to Austin, Texas to attend the first-ever American Sniper Shootout, hosted/sponsored by ... Read More »

OKAY Industries SureFeed USGI-Type 30-round Standard-Capacity 5.56mm AR-15 Rifle/Carbine/SBR Mag (Magazine) Now Available to Civilian Tactical Shooters!

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: OKAY Industries December 4, 2015 Last updated on 12/04/15. DefenseReview (DR) received a very welcome press release from OKAY Industries’ marketing representative yesterday about the commercial release of their AR rifle mags (magazines), including the OKAY SureFeed USGI-type 30-round standard-capacity 5.56mm NATO (5.56x45mm NATO, 4179 STANAG) AR mag (magazine) for AR-15/M16/M4/M4A1 ... Read More »

Reaction Engines SABRE Engine for SKYLON Hypersonic Aircraft/Spacecraft: Next-Engine Technology for US Military Hypersonic Global Strike Aircraft?

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Reaction Engines December 2, 2015 Last updated on 12/02/15. DefenseReview (DR) had many phone discussions with the late, great Paul Czysz in the years before his death about the development of hypersonic global strike aircraft that could take off from the United States and hit any target in the world ... Read More »

Strike Industries SI Enhanced Magazine (Base) Plate (EMP) for Glock 43 (G43) Slim-Line Single-Stack 9mm and Glock 42 (G42) .380 Sub-Compact Concealed-Carry/Tactical Pistol Models: Plus-2-Round Ammo Capacity Advantage with More Gripping Surface and Better Ergonomics!

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Strike Industries (SI) November 29, 2015 As long as we’re on the subject of new Strike Industries (SI) products for Glock pistols, we should also mention the SI Enhanced Magazine Plate (EMP) for Glock 43 for the G43 “Slim-Line” single-stack sub-compact 9mm (9mm Parabellum/9x19mm NATO) pistol magazines, and the SI ... Read More »

Strike Industries SI Glock All In One (AIO) Tool for Glock Pistols: The Swiss Army Knife of Glock Tools!

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Strike Industries (SI) November 27, 2015 If you’re currently rockin’ a Glock, Strike Industries (SI) has the right tool for you in stock, and its market success is a virtual lock…so don’t mock. It’s called the SI Glock All In One Tool, or AIO Tool, and it’s essentially the Swiss ... Read More »