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Air Combat Commander Doesn’t Trust Project Maven’s Artificial Intelligence — Yet

Posted by Colin Clark on


Before the Air Force will trust AI to pick out targets, Gen. Holmes said, it has to get smarter than a human three-year-old.

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In Brussels, Newest Acting SecDef Stresses Continuity

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Mark Esper got on a plane to NATO just 24 hours after taking over at the Pentagon. There are two main reasons why.

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Army Buys 9,000 Mini-Drones, Rethinks Ground Robots

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Ground robots still lag drones, but the Army thinks both technologies are ready to field to frontline units, just at different levels.

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How US Allies Can Keep An Electronic Eye On China

Posted by Timothy Walton on


The Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments has some new ideas for how even relatively poor allies can help keep the peace in the Pacific.

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Shanahan: China Is Deploying Directed Energy Weapons

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The space threat’s the thing at this year’s Space Symposium.

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FVL: Next Steps For UH-60 & Shadow Replacements In ‘Weeks’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


How can Army accelerate its Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft when one leading contender started flight tests just seven days ago?

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DoD Wants Help To Spot — & Kill — Mobile Missiles

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Pentagon has quietly asked defense contractors for ways to spot enemy missile launchers — so the US can destroy them before they even fire.

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2019 Forecast: Hard Choices On Invisible Warfare

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


There are real signs of a renaissance in electronic warfare. Now comes the hard part: translating new strategies and concepts into doctrine, requirements, and systems in the field.

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From Paris To Orbit: France’s New Space Strategy

Posted by Murielle Delaporte on


With the landmark CSO-1 satellite launch December 19th and a new space strategy out soon, the French government is finally stepping up in space. A French-led, Europe-wide effort to modernize space capabilities had been announced in 2010, but it had been stalled for lack of urgency and funding. Now that’s changing.

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Acting SecDef Shanahan’s First Message: “China, China, China.”

Posted by Paul McLeary on


PENTAGON: In his first day on the job, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan gathered civilian leaders of the military services to deliver a simple message: “China, China, China.”

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