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Pentagon Needs Hill Help With Software Fixes, Including On F-35

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Acquisition chief Ellen Lord wants a radically new way of buying software, but appropriators have to approve.

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Fix It Before It Breaks: SOCOM, JAIC Pioneer Predictive Maintenance AI

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“He said you’ve got tremendous people, you prototype pretty effectively, and you’re absolutely terrible — he had some more colorful words than that — for machine learning,” Gen. Thomas said. “It gave me a spark … and turned me into a zealot.”

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Artificial Intelligence: Are We Losing The Race?

Posted by Colin Clark on


“I think Russia and China are in a better position than we are at the moment on Artificial Intelligence,” Sen. Sen. James Inhofe said. I asked if he would press hard for more money. Answer: “To me, there are other things that need to be done first.”

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US Must Hustle On Hypersonics, EW, AI: VCJCS Selva & Work

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: China is besting the United States in key military technologies like hypersonic missiles and electronic warfare, Gen. Paul Selva, vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs said today. We can still catch up, he predicted. What about Artificial Intelligence? That’s too close to call, said former deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, so we’d better get a move on. Both men… Keep reading →

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Whack 7 DoD Agencies, HASC Chair’s Bill Proposes

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Pentagon brass are taking a look at what chaff can be cut in order to push along weapons systems like lasers and hypersonics. And they have some powerful Capitol Hill allies.

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Our Artificial Intelligence ‘Sputnik Moment’ Is Now: Eric Schmidt & Bob Work

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: When former Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work heard the head of Google’s parent company, Eric Schmidt, say this morning that America needs a national strategy for developing Artificial Intelligence, one image sprang to his mind’s eye. “The image that popped into my mind was of Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe in the UN and… Keep reading →

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SecDef Carter Unveils DIUX 2.0; Cans Current Leadership

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SILICON VALLEY: Defense Secretary Ash Carter changed the leadership today of his flagship office trying to improve relations with entrepreneurs and major companies here. At the same time, Carter reorganized the Defense Innovation Unit (Experimental) — DIU(X) — to link it directly to his office, largely bypassing the traditional Pentagon acquisition system. In a prepared statement… Keep reading →

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Culture Lumbers Along Behind Tech In Cyber Realm, Says Google’s Schmidt

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“When reached by cell phone the Taliban claimed credit,” said Google Chairman Eric Schmidt referring to Malala Yousufzai, the young woman shot and critically-injured for protesting against the Taliban. “We know their phone number? Hmm. Why don’t we know where they are?”

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