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Precision target: Darpa’s new self-steering bullet can follow moving targets

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With the new Exacto (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance weapon) bullets, killing someone has never been easier. The bullets designed by Darpa, a military research agency in the US, have the capability of chasing a moving target by changing directions.

The bullet can adjust to weather and wind changes, as well as the movement of the target by steering in air. Although the technological nuances of the bullet have not been revealed for obvious reasons, it is believed that the bullet uses small fins to re-direct its path.

What is interesting to note is the non-sophistication and user-friendly nature of the bullet. Tests held in February showed that the accuracy of the shot was maintained even when it was fired by an inexperienced person.

The bullet has been designed to keep the troops out of danger by allowing them to maintain a safe distance from the target.

‘The live-fire demonstration from a standard rifle showed that the EXACTO bullet is able to hit moving and evading targets with extreme accuracy at sniper ranges, something unachievable with traditional rounds.’ said Jerome Dunn, DARPA program manager.

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Donald Trump to Declare ‘Emergency’, Use Military Funds for Mexico Border Wall

He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown, but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said.

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US President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said. Pixabay

US President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said.

He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown, but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said.

Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”, the BBC reported on Friday.

The Congress passed the bill on Thursday which does not meet Trump’s demands for wall funding. It now has to be signed by the President to become law.

 

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Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”. VOA

The compromise legislation passed by Congress includes $1.3 billion in funding for border security, including physical barriers, but it does not allot money towards the border wall for which Trump had wanted $5.7 billion.

“The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday.

She added he would “take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border”.

Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, however, Republican leader Mitch McConnell indicated his support for the move, saying the President was taking action with “whatever tools he can legally use to enhance his efforts to secure the border”.

In a 83-16 vote, the Senate on Thursday passed the border security bill. The House of Representatives later also backed the measure, by 300 to 128.

 

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“The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. VOA

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has already suggested a legal challenge from Democrats should the President make an emergency declaration.

She and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer also issued a joint statement condemning the move.

 

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“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall,” they said.

Republicans fear this will set a precedent for presidential power that Democrats can someday use to circumvent the will of Congress. (IANS)