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ATLAS: Killer Robot? No. Virtual Crewman? Yes.

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Alarming headlines to the contrary, the US Army isn’t building robotic “killing machines.” What they really want artificial intelligence to do in combat is much more interesting.

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Smart Rifles For Foot Soldiers: Army NGSW Prototype Contracts Out In June

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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The Army is just weeks away from awarding contracts to begin buying prototypes of new infantry weapons, with live-fire tests next year.

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New Jersey’s Frelinghuysen Wins HAC-D Chair; Picatinny Must Be Happy

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: The recent death of Bill Young, longtime power on the House Appropriations Committee, opened the door to a new chairman of the defense subcommittee. Today New Jersey’s Rep.  Rodney Frelinghuysen stepped through that door. Frelinghuysen has served on the defense subcommittee since 1999. He was its vice-chairman. The most likely winner from the veteran… Keep reading →

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Why The Army’s Experimenting With Laser-Guided Lightning

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


There’s been a fair bit of buzz online of late over experiments with a technology called a “laser-induced plasma channel” – essentially, laser-guided, artificially generated lightning bolts – at the Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. But, militarily, what’s it good for? The problem, one well-informed source told Breaking Defense, is short range. If you… Keep reading →

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