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Robot Wars: Centaurs, Skynet, & Swarms

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: I haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie yet — no spoilers in the comments section, please — but its vision of high-tech warfare is already looking quaint. Always at heart a fairy tale in space, the series puts humans in the cockpit and on the front lines, with droids as adorable sidekicks. Meanwhile,… Keep reading →

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Will US Pursue ‘Enhanced Human Ops?’ DepSecDef Wonders

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Defense Department’s Third Offset Strategy is designed to create new advantages over adversaries now that Russia and China are developing stealth fighters, cyber weapons, and precision missile arsenals of their own. With studies well underway and up to $15 billion budgeted for experimentation in 2017, the emerging answer is a cluster of technologies related to… Keep reading →

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CJCS Gen. Dunford Proposes ‘Staff” To Handle Transnational Threats

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, top military advisor to the president, today proposed creation of a staff to help the Defense Secretary better plan and execute America’s war plans that involve huge swaths of the globe and outer space. “This is not the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs saying, ‘I need a… Keep reading →

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Army Mulls Train & Advise Brigades: Gen. Milley

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: After 15 years of ad hoc solutions, the Army may build specialized battalions and brigades to train and advise foreign forces, the service’s chief of staff says. Gen. Mark Milley made clear that advisor units are just a proposal under study, a study that only started “a couple of months ago.” But even studying the… Keep reading →

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