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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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Aiming The Army’s Thousand-Mile Missiles

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Army wants new long-range missiles that can shoot a thousand miles. But first it has to figure out how to use them. That requires training a new cadre of Army targeteers to work more closely with the other services than ever before. Why? Because even if the Army can build the new superweapons,… Keep reading →

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Army Air & Missile Defense Faces The Future

Posted by Robbin Laird on


“If something kicks off, we’re the first ones to see it,” the sergeants told us. “We’re the first ones to react. And you’re on the line, they’re coming after you.”

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Army Will Field 100 Km Cannon, 500 Km Missiles: LRPF CFT

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army is modernizing three artillery systems: 155 cannon, the cheapest option, for the close fight against the enemy’s frontline forces; guided rockets for the deep fight against enemy reinforcements and supply lines; and missiles, the most expensive munitions, for very deep or even strategic strikes against targets in the enemy rear and homeland.

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Raytheon Lasers, Microwaves Target Counter-Drone Market Worth Billions

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Lasers burn a hole in the target; microwaves fry its electronics. Both types of weapons run off electricity, so the cost per shot is potentially pennies, and the ammunition doesn’t run out as long as there’s gas in the generator.

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Drone-Killing Laser Stars In Army Field Test

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


During a recent Army exercise, a prototype laser shot down so many drones that its operator started losing count. “I took down, I want to say, twelve?” Staff Sgt. Eric Davis told reporters. “It was extremely effective.” The Army has made air defense an urgent priority, especially against drones. Once icons of American technological supremacy, unmanned… Keep reading →

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Boeing Upgrades Air Defense Vs. Russians: Avenger SHORAD

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Increasingly anxious about Russian drones and helicopters, the US Army is inviting contractors to demonstrate Short-Range Air Defense systems at a “SHORAD shoot-off” this September. The closest thing to an incumbent in this race is Boeing, which developed the Army’s current Avenger, an old-school unarmored Humvee carrying Stinger missile pods. Now Boeing has upgraded the… Keep reading →

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Army Races To Rebuild Short-Range Air Defense: New Lasers, Vehicles, Units

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: As Russia and other adversaries stock up on drones, rockets, and missiles, the US Army is building up defenses to shoot them down. But that Short-Range Air Defense force has been devastated by a decade of cuts. The service’s plan to revive SHORAD involves deploying to Europe about 50 more of its current Avenger… Keep reading →

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Army Electronic Warfare Goes On The Offensive: New Tech Awaits Approval

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Today, somewhere inside the Pentagon, senior Army officers will likely recommend development of new radio-jamming equipment for the post-Afghan War world. After a decade desperately playing defense against radio-detonated IEDs — and, before that, a decade of neglect in the 1990s — Army electronic warfare is taking the offensive again. With their eyes on… Keep reading →

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