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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.

New Laser Weapons Coming to a Drone Near You: General Atomics Predator-C Avenger Getting 150-Kilowatt Laser Weapon, and Rheinmetall Defence Developing 80-Kilowatt Gatling Laser!

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By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Images Credit: DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) September 24, 2015 Last updated on 9/25/15. In the last two days, a couple of articles have come out on new military-grade laser weapons coming to fruition, specifically manned and unmanned aircraft-mounted laser weapons. The first piece, published by Defense One discusses General Atomics ... Read More »

Beyond Clothing/Grey Ghost Gear Rig Light Combat/Tactical Jacket: Badass Grey Man Gear for Tactical Shooting and Urban Combat/Warfare Ops! (Video!)


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com September 21, 2015 Last updated on 9/21/15. Grey Ghost Precision (GGP) Specter series tactical AR carbines weren’t the only cool items DefenseReview (DR) came across at the company’s booth at SHOT Show 2015. We also spied a very cool combat/tactical jacket called the Rig Light Jacket, which is the product of a ... Read More »

Boeing Anti-Blast Arc Generator/Electromagnetic Force Field Tech Bends Shockwave around Vehicle or Soldier!


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Images Credit: Boeing and “bird-man”, Newgrounds September 20, 2015 Last updated on 9/21/15. As long as we’re on the subject of Predator-type adaptive camo (camouflage)/visual cloaking tech, we might as well discuss a little Star Trek tech, as well. A Boeing engineer and senior research fellow named Brian J. Tillotson was awarded ... Read More »

Berkeley Lab Team Develops Ultrathin, Flexible Gold-Nano-Brick ‘Invisibilty Cloak’: Adaptive Camouflage/Visual Cloaking Tech for any 3D Object!


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo Credit: Berkeley Lab September 19, 2015 Here we go again with more Predator tech. Just 10 days ago, DefenseReview (DR) reported on a UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering (JSE) research team designing and developing a new adaptive camouflage/visual cloaking technology in the form of an “extremely thin dielectric metasurface ... Read More »

Grey Ghost Precision GGP Specter Light 5.56 and GGP Specter Heavy .308 Tactical AR Rifle/Carbines with Ambi Controls and Premium AR Components and Accessories (Video!)


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com September 17, 2015 Grey Ghost Precision (GGP), a division of Grey Ghost Gear (GGG) is making some nice 5.56mm NATO (5.56x45mm NATO)/.223 Rem. and 7.62mm NATO (7.62x51mm NATO)/.308 Rem. direct-gas-impingement (DGI) tactical AR rifle/carbines called the GGP Specter Light 5.56 and GGP Specter Heavy .308, respectively. Both come with ambi (ambidextrous) controls ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works TR-X High-Altitude Low-Observable/Stealth Tactical Reconnaissance Aircraft Concept


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin Skunk Works September 16, 2015 The media (MSM, aviation, and military defense media, alike), is currently abuzz with news of the new Lockheed Martin Skunk Works TR-X low-observable/stealth tactical reconnaissance aircraft concept (or, concept aircraft), which is the follow-on to the Lockheed Martin U-2 “Dragon Lady” spy plane, ... Read More »

Midwest Industries MI SCAR Rail Extension M-LOK Compatible Tactical Handguard/Rail Extension with Front Sight/BUIS (Back Up Iron Sight) Cutout for FN SCAR 16 and FN SCAR 17! (Video!)


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com September 13, 2015 Last updated on 9/13/15. Speaking of new Midwest Industry (MI) M-LOK rails shown at SHOT Show 2015, DefenseReview (DR) also got to view and handle the new MI SCAR Rail Extension M-LOK Compatible tactical handguard/rail extension with front sight/BUIS (Back Up Iron Sight) cutout, which looked really good. DR ... Read More »

Midwest Industries MI 16-Inch Mid-Length Rifle M-LOK Compatible Tactical AR-15 Carbine with MI SSM Free-Float M-LOK Tactical Handguard and Distressed/Patinated Finish!


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com September 12, 2015 Last updated on 9/13/15. Last year, DefenseReview (DR) reported on the Midwest Industries MI SSK12 Minute Man Rifle 16″ mid-length direct-gas-impingement (DGI) semi-auto-only tactical AR (AR-15) carbine with MI SSK-KeyMod Series One-Piece Free-Float Handguard, which we handled at SHOT Show 2014. Well, Midwest Industries (MI) is now making a ... Read More »

UC San Diego Research Team Invents Teflon/Ceramic Metamaterial Visual Stealth/Adaptive Camouflage/Visual Cloaking Tech: Lighter, Slimmer, Better Invisibility Cloak for Future Warfare?


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: University of California-San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering) September 9, 2015 Last updated on 9/10/15. As if armed/weaponized UAS/UAV/drone aircraft operated by law enforcement agencies on U.S. soil isn’t dystopian and scary enough, Inverse magazine just published a piece on University of California San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of ... Read More »

Spyderco Szabo Folder Black Combat/Tactical Folder (Folding Knife) with Large Scimitar-Shaped Curved Black Blade: Very Cool, Very Intimidating!


By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com September 2, 2015 While DefenseReview (DR) was at NDIA SOFIC 2015 (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference 2015), we stopped by the Spyderco booth to check out some knives, and our eyes immediately went to the Spyderco Szabo Folder Black combat/tactical folding knife, which sports a rather large (4.60″) and intimidating Scimitar-shaped curved ... Read More »