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AFRL Moving New Capabilities to Warfighters Fast: Cooley

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AFA 2019: Maj. Gen. William Cooley explains to Breaking D how Air Force Research Lab is shaping its efforts to move cutting-edge tech to warfighters in the field. AI, autonomy and networking capabilities to link sensors and shooters top the priorities list for the lab’s yet to be established priority “Vanguard” programs, Cooley told Theresa… Keep reading →

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EXCLUSIVE: AFRL Top Tech Picks? AI, Autonomy & Sensor Networking Likely

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“So, we’re purposely trying to identify those things that may fundamentally change the way in which we are approaching warfare and our concept of operations.”

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The Future is Now: The RAAF & Boeing Australia Build F-35’s Unmanned Wingman

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I have been travelling to Australia and working with the Williams Foundation in Canberra for five years. What I have found most fascinating about my time there and the journey of discovery of the RAAF is how they have fully embraced the F-35 and reshaping the eco system for the 21st century air combat force they… Keep reading →

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US Army Pursues Israeli Robots

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TARDEC, soon to be part of the new Army Futures Command, is exploring a wide range of Israeli robots. But IAI is already looking into the next generation: “flocks” or swarms of robotic systems that communicate with each other and collaborate to accomplish their mission.

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Mattis’ Defense Strategy Raises China To Top Threat; Allies Feature Prominently

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UPDATED: Adds Text Of SecDef Mattis’ Speech At SAIS WASHINGTON: The Trump Administration’s first National Defense Strategy is a vigorously and well written document that marks a major shift from the policies of the Obama and Bush Administrations, calling China and Russia the “central challenge” to the United States. The strategy, a late draft of… Keep reading →

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VCJCS Selva Says US Must Not Let Robots Decide Who Dies; Supports LRSO

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WASHINGTON: Admitting there’s a “raucous debate” in the US military about whether humans should allow robots to decide when to pull the trigger, the nation’s Nr. 2 uniformed officer told the Senate today that he doesn’t “think it’s reasonable to put robots in charge of whether we take a human life.” Gen. Paul Selva, the… Keep reading →

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Info Ops Officer Offers Artificial Intelligence Roadmap

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Artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomy are central to the future of American war. In particular, the Pentagon wants to develop software that can absorb more information from more sources than a human can, analyze it and either advise the human how to respond or — in high-speed situations like cyber warfare and missile defense — act on… Keep reading →

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Forget The Terminator; Suicide & Data Drones Are Future, Says SCO’s Roper

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AFA HQ: William Roper, the man who’s helping shape that future at the well-named Strategic Capabilities Office, told a packed room here that “stealth won’t last forever;” that adapting to the new version of war he’s helping the country ready for “is going to be harder for the Air Force than the other services;” that… Keep reading →

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Best Of 2016: Rise Of The Robots

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


How does war change when your weapons can think? Do you trust a computer to decide when and whom to kill? Questions once asked only in science fiction are now becoming matters for policymakers. All four armed services are experimenting with artificial intelligence in every domain: land, sea, air, outer space, cyberspace, and the all-pervasive… Keep reading →

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How Robot Trucks Will Work: Army Roboticist

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AUSA: Google does it. Tesla does it. So why isn’t the Army deploying self-driving cars and trucks throughout the world to save lives and move gear without weighing down soldiers? The Army’s chief roboticist, Bob Sadowski, talked with me about what makes it so challenging for the military to design autonomous trucks that can crawl their… Keep reading →

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