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Roper: Self-Flying Cars For Air Force Special Ops!?

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“We’ve been socializing the idea both over at the White House and inside the Department,” Air Force acquisition czar Will Roper said about his push for a new initiative to explore “self-flying cars.”

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Wearing The Network To War

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Army foot soldiers are going into battle with more and more electronics, wirelessly networked both to each other and to distant command posts. So can GI Joe be hacked?

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Let The (War) Games Begin: Army Buying High-Tech Training Sims

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


After decades using the same clunky simulators, the Army is about to buy new sims drawing on the latest innovations in online gaming.

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Invisible, Essential: Open Architecture For Army Aircraft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army will hold five demonstrations this year for the electronic backbone of its future manned aircraft and drones. A forerunner is already entering service.

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IP Rights For Robot Tanks: NGCV To Test-Drive New Policy

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Army modernization isn’t just buying bigger guns. The devils lie in the smallest contractual details.

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From Google Cars To Robot Tanks: Army RCV

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Google Car and Tesla Autopilot have blazed a trail for the future Army. Both robotics technology and Army thinking have come a long way since 2009, when Defense Secretary Bob Gates cancelled the massive Future Combat Systems program. Where FCS tried to invent new technology on a schedule for 19 different manned and unmanned… Keep reading →

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Vietnam-Vintage Vehicles Blaze Trail For Robot Tanks: Army RCV

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The actual Robotic Combat Vehicle that gets mass-produced and fielded by 2028 will be an all-new design, not a converted M113. But why wait for someone to design and build the perfect hardware, when you can start testing the software and the tactics on something cheaply available today?

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Army Takes Its Radio Network Commercial

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


It’s all part of a wider effort to rebuild the Army’s command, control, and communications (C3) networks for war against a high-tech great power.

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New Tests Prove IBCS Missile Defense Network DOES Work: Northrop

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“There’s a real capability that can be deployed as soon as the government says it can be,” Northrop Grumman’s Rob Jassey told me, possibly even in “months.”

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EXCLUSIVE: What Multi Domain C2 May Look Like: Raytheon’s Rick Yuse

Posted by Colin Clark on


The video will give you an idea of what may become the combat center of the future, but one dispersed around the world, instead of being concentrated in a few hyper-secure (but potentially targetable) facilities.

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