The Pentagon's Wish List

The Pentagon has put out a call for defense contractors, technology corporations and would-be 007-esque "Q"s to help the Department of Defense combat terrorism. Applicants were asked to submit proposals by Dec. 23 for gadgets--to be fully developed within 12 to 18 months--resembling everything from X-ray glasses to crystal balls to Star Trek Tricorder-style body scanners. Here's a guide to what the Pentagon is looking for in its quest to stamp out terrorism.


LANGUAGE ID A system that can identify and translate Pashtu, Urdu, Farsi and Arabic dialects, even when recordings are short, fuzzy or include multiple languages


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