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Experts Warn Space Force Rhetoric Risks Backfiring

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The Trump Administration’s Space Force proposal is “a canary in a very toxic space environment that is warning us about the challenges —  military competition, a sense of vulnerability, increasing capabilities for counterspace operations — that we are just not dealing with very well,” says Jessica West of Canada’s Project Ploughshares

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Should We Ban ‘Killer Robots’? Can We?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Pentagon insists it doesn’t want them. But could a global ban really rein in Russia or China?

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China Satellite SJ-17, Friendly Wanderer?

Posted by Colin Clark on


When China published its description of SJ-17, the folks at AGI who track satellites for a living raised their eyebrows. The Chinese said it was an experimental satellite. But “the way they phrased it piqued our interest,” says Bob Hall, standing a dozen feet from AGI’s infamous ice cream stand here.

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Should Pentagon Let Robots Kill Humans? Maybe

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Imagine battles unfolding faster than the human mind can handle, with artificial intelligences choosing their tactics and targets largely on their own. The former four-star commander in Afghanistan, John Allen, and an artificial intelligence entrepreneur, Amir Husain, have teamed up to develop a concept for what they call “hyperwar,” rolled out in the July issue… Keep reading →

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Rogers, Richardson, Neller Brainstorm Future Cyber Structure

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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SAN DIEGO: Adm. Mike Rogers, who heads both NSA and Cyber Command, is looking past CYBERCOM’s elevation to an independent Unified Command towards a much wider reorganization of military cyber. Some reorganization is implicit in a Feb. 17 memo in which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis charges Deputy Secretary Bob Work to “develop an initial plan…… Keep reading →

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Best Of 2016: Rise Of The Robots

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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How does war change when your weapons can think? Do you trust a computer to decide when and whom to kill? Questions once asked only in science fiction are now becoming matters for policymakers. All four armed services are experimenting with artificial intelligence in every domain: land, sea, air, outer space, cyberspace, and the all-pervasive… Keep reading →

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Trump’s Generals, Part 3: Mike Flynn vs. Al-Qaeda

Posted by James Kitfield on


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Who are Trump’s generals? Earlier this week, James Kitfield showed us the common crucible that shaped as a group and then profiled James Mattis, the prospective Secretary of Defense. Today, Kitfield tackles Trump’s most controversial general, intelligence officer turned political firebrand Michael Flynn. “Know your enemy and know yourself, and you will not be defeated in… Keep reading →

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Fix Rules Of Engagement For Afghanistan Fight: Rep. Joe Wilson

Posted by Rep. Joe Wilson on


This is the first of our monthly op-eds by Rep. Joe Wilson, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities. Dear readers, if you’ve got unique and useful topics you think Rep. Wilson should address, please let us or his office know. Read on. The Editor.  Despite the Taliban clearly still… Keep reading →

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Rear Adm. Manazir Speaks On Allied Force Transformation, A2AD

Posted by Robbin Laird on


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Recently, Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson drove home the point that using the term Anti-Access Area Denial (A2AD), was too vague as to be useful to define the effort of US and allied forces to deal with peer competitors. “The term ‘denial,’ as in anti-access/area denial is too often taken as a fait accompli,”… Keep reading →

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Should US Unleash War Robots? Frank Kendall Vs. Bob Work, Army

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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WILLIAMSBURG, Va.: The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, Frank Kendall, warned today that the US might hobble itself in future warfare by insisting on human control of thinking weapons if our adversaries just let their robots pull the trigger. Kendall even worries that Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is being too optimistic when Work says humans and machines working together will beat… Keep reading →

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