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Army Robots Go Rolling Along – Ahead Of Schedule

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Industry’s prototype Robotic Combat Vehicles are proving more capable than the Army expected, Brig. Gen. Richard Ross Coffman told me: “It is really exciting.”

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Special Ops Using Army’s Prototype 3D Maps On Missions: Gervais

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But building a global 3D terrain database will require wrangling huge amounts of data, Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais told us.

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DoD On Biotech: Build Sound Defenses First

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Instead of augmenting super-soldiers, DARPA wants to boost troops’ natural defenses against engineered diseases — and even undo gene-editing altogether.

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Aerospace Sales To China Rise; Defense Exports To World Drop: AIA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


A new Aerospace Industries Association study underlines international interdependence amidst today’s trade wars.

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Campaign To Stop Killer Robots ‘Unethical’ & ‘Immoral’: Bob Work

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“They’re willing to say, ‘I’m willing to sacrifice the lives of American servicemen and women, I’m willing to take more civilian casualties … on the off chance that sometime in the future this weapon will exist.”

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Soft Robotics: The Road To Iron Man

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Iron Man-style powered armor has proven impractical. New flexible, wearable electronics offer an alternative path to help the infantry.

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Bell: Beyond The Tiltrotor

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Other companies build planes. Other companies build helicopters. Bell’s “secret sauce,” its CEO says, is its aircraft can be both.

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NDAA 2020: SASC Emphasizes Tech Race With China

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The senators’ draft of the annual defense bill puts a new emphasis on technological competition, including industrial policy moves to strengthen US companies.

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BAE Makes Big Bet On Small Companies: FAST Labs

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“This is not based on ownership. We leave them their freedom.”

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FARA: Why AVX Has A Shot At Army Scout

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Dark horse design house AVX has never built a complete aircraft. The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competition just might change that.

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