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The Next Battlefield: Robots & AI In Cislunar Space

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Air Force Space Command deputy Maj. Gen. John Shaw says the US probably won’t be using piloted Tie Fighters in future space wars. But…

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NGA Re-Ups Maxar Imagery Contract

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NGA’s Global EDG program is a good example of how the 2017 bifurcation of authority over commercial remote sensing acquisition between the NGA and the National Reconnaissance Organization (NRO) — a transition that remains somewhat troubled –is supposed to work.

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‘GEOINT Singularity:’ There’ll Be Nowhere For DoD To Hide EXCLUSIVE

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“[A]dversaries could track the movements of U.S. and allied military equipment, detecting patterns of training and operations; hyperspectral imaging can identify chemical compositions; short-wavelength infrared imaging can see through clouds; and SAR sensors can image at night. When determining risks to national security, one can define it as the risk of being seen or detected.”

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Luxembourg’s Kleos Space Wins EU Funds for Geolocation Sats

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Tiny Luxembourg is mighty in Europe’s space innovation sector. Because of a government-backed investment and tax-break scheme launched in 2017, it now is home to more than 50 commercial space companies and research labs.

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Industry Worries Friction Twixt NRO-NGA On Commercial Imagery

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NGA and NRO “have significantly overlapping Venn diagrams,” one industry source said, and they are still trying to “sort that through.” He added, “It’s not a nice clean line.”

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NGA’s Sharp: Modernizing NGA’s IT and Ground Key To Predicting Events

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“If you’re looking for an area to partner with us, I highly recommend you focus on Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Augmentation — what we call AAA,” Vice Adm. Bob Sharp the industry audience at GEOINT 2019 in San Antonio today.

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NRO Taps Start-Ups, Eager To Probe Commercial Tech

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“To be quite honest most of our space systems are not the leading edge technologies,” Troy Meink, head of GEOINT at NRO, said. “We’ve not kept up in many cases with the commercial environment.”

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Artificial Intelligence: Ethics, Congress, Data And The Tech [Sponsored]

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Join me as I explore the intricacies of ethics, technology, policy and politics with three experts on this somewhat arcane subject.

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FCC Debates Space Debris Rules

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“It is rocket science, after all,” says Trump-appointed FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who questions the commission’s mandate on orbital debris mitigation oversight for commercial space companies.

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Big Bad Data: Achilles’ Heel of Artificial Intelligence

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An adversary who has access to the dataset your AI trained on can figure out what its likely blind spots are, said Brian Sadler, a senior scientist at the Army Research Laboratory: “If I know your data, I can create ways to fake out your system.”

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