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Army Tests Jamming MRAPs: New Electronic Warfare Vehicle

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The Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicle is by no means the solution to the Army’s EW shortfalls. But there are enough vehicles with enough capability to train electronic warfare troops, test out new tactics, and, if worst comes to worst, deploy “to both Korea and Europe.”

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Joint Artificial Intelligence Center Created Under DoD CIO

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“The major challenge for the US is China,” CNA analyst Larry Lewis said. “They are approaching the use of AI just like the US approached going to the moon in the sixties.”

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Russian Robots Attack! West Point Comic’s (Plausible) Future War

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“Is this possible? Probably,” one retired Army officer told me. “Are the Russians trying to figure out how to disable all the M1s so they can run over us with their robots? I hope that’s where they’re spending their time.”

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Skeptics Ask: Can Army Field Armed Robots By 2024?

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What mission does the Army really need armed robots for — expendable scouts, perhaps, or supplementary fire support? And does buying robots for that role really offer more tactical value than spending the same money on mundane upgrades to, say, self-propelled artillery?

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Electronic Warfare Trumps Cyber For Deterring Russia

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CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: NATO’s plans to defend the Baltic States are “inadequate” because they don’t take full account of Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities, a leading expert warns. The Russians are hardly invincible, Roger McDermott emphasized at CSIS on Monday. The story of them “shutting down” the Aegis radar on the USS Cook… Keep reading →

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Armed Robots: US Lags Rhetoric, Russia

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AUSA: American military leaders talk how artificial intelligence will change the face of war, but the unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) actually in development are much more modest and less lethal. They’re mostly small, mostly unarmed, and fall short not only of Pentagon visions of future warfare, but of the tank-like machines the Russians are experimenting with today.… Keep reading →

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Russian Robots: Fear Jammers, Not Terminators

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WASHINGTON: Don’t worry about Russia building a killer robot someday. Worry about the radio-jamming drones they have today. Despite a few grandiose claims and snazzy videos of robots shooting guns, Russia remains behind “the Chinese, Iranians, and the Turks” in developing armed unmanned systems, let alone the United States, CNA expert Samuel Bendett said this… Keep reading →

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