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A new drone-mounted surveillance camera, chillingly described as the "Wide Area Persistent Stare," can see and record, all at once, virtually everything happening at ground level in a medium-sized city.A new drone-mounted surveillance camera, known as the "Wide Area Persistent Stare," can see and record virtually everything happening at ground level in a medium-sized city.

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Seoul is seeking four “advanced” surveillance drones priced at a total of $1.2 billion to gather intelligence on North Korea’s activities after the U.S. turns over wartime command of Korean troops -- a legacy of the 1950s Korean War -- later this decade.

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On the heels of a report on the world's 100 leading arms manufacturers comes a detailed look at the Top 10, which made a combined $230 billion off war and other conflict in 2010.

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Unnecessary and extraordinarily expensive, the once-green-lit controversial KC-X midair refueling tanker program has stalled, according to the Pentagon. Any movement on the $40 billion contract to purchase new Air Force tankers will have to wait for the next U.S. administration, a clear sign that military-industrial complex spending is an institutional, rather than administrative, problem.

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The July 2nd rescue of French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and U.S. mercenaries employed by the Northrop Grumman Corp. was heralded as a dramatic victory over the anti-imperial FARC guerrilla forces in Colombia. The real story may be significantly less daring. The mainstream media's heroic rescue narrative is being contradicted by claims that a $20-million ransom payment was made.

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Boeing has friends in high places, as evidenced by the congressional Government Accountability Office siding Wednesday with the US aviation giant in a protest against a multibillion-dollar refueling tanker contract that was awarded earlier this year to a U-Europe team .

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