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Wednesday
Apr062011

XM-25 'Punisher': The Army's New Taliban-Hunting Super Weapon

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The target is hiding in a building down range, but he's behind cover and won't pop out for a clear shot. But a U.S. soldier takes aim anyway and pulls the trigger, sending a small grenade round barreling through the air -- seemingly too high to even be close to a hit.

Then, at the precise moment the grenade round flies over the cover and is just above the enemy, it suddenly explodes, taking the target down.

That particular scenario is only played out with a model target in a new video of the Army's next generation grenade rifle system, but similar scenes have already taken place in several real firefights in Afghanistan for the few lucky soldiers who are equipped with the experimental XM-25, lovingly referred to as "The Punisher."

The video, released by the Army and posted on Military.com, is the closest look yet at the XM-25 and demonstrates not only the weapon's ability to detonate a grenade at a precise, preprogrammed distance, potentially eliminating enemies' ability to hide behind cover, but also its high-tech sighting system and various ammunition loads.

Five prototypes of the rifles have already seen combat in nine operational missions in Afghanistan as part of what the military called a "forward operational assessment" of the weapon. There, they helped soldiers put a quicker end to deadly firefights, according to a February report by the military.

"The XM25 brought the difference to whether they would stay there 15 to 20 minutes shooting [and] taking pot shots or the actual fight ended after using the XM-25," said Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Smith, Soldier Requirements Division, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga., according to the report. ´╗┐

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Saturday
Dec042010

Colorado County Employee Posts Thousands of Sensitive Documents

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.) -- Officials in Mesa County, Colorado are scrambling to figure out how much damage may have been done from an accidental leak of thousands of secret documents containing phone numbers and personal information of informants, witnesses and sheriff's deputies.

Google has now stepped in to help the sheriff's department find and delete any other of the leaked documents that were stored on an unsecured website, shown to have been accessed by outsiders.

The sheriff's department is scouring the files, looking for the names of witnesses or confidential informants who might need to be warned that their names could soon go public.

The county employee who inadvertently put the files online last April has been fired.

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