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Big Data For Big Wars: JEDI vs. China & Russia

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Trump’s war with Bezos and Amazon has overshadowed the reason the military wants cloud computing: to share vital data in a fast-paced global conflict.

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Genocide Swarms & Assassin Drones: The Case For Banning Lethal AI

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Don’t fear robots who rebel against their human masters. Fear robots that obey the wrong human.

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Why A ‘Human In The Loop’ Can’t Control AI: Richard Danzig

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Error is as important as malevolence,” Richard Danzig told me in an interview. “I probably wouldn’t use the word ‘stupidity,’ (because) the people who make these mistakes are frequently quite smart, (but) it’s so complex and the technologies are so opaque that there’s a limit to our understanding.”

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What Really Mattered In 2017 (Our Top 10 List)

Posted by Colin Clark on


This is a list of the most important stories and opinion pieces we ran at Breaking Defense in 2017. It’s a bit like our coverage: freewheeling, often unexpected and, hopefully, poking at the spots where policymakers in the US, NATO, Australia, Japan, South Korea and our other treaty allies and partners need to look. We… Keep reading →

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Inside The Wargame: The Challenges Facing Air Force’s MDC2

Posted by Colin Clark on


SUFFOLK, VA: Inside one of six large rooms in Lockheed Martin’s Lighthouse complex here, flanked by a phalanx of huge TV and other screens, an earnest conversation between a cyber warrior and a “commander” plays out. We’re in the middle of a three-day wargame, one of a series of exercises to help develop the early stages… Keep reading →

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‘Rolling The Marble:’ BG Saltzman On Air Force’s Multi-Domain C2 System

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON: In his first interview, the man overseeing the Air Force’s attempt to build the first truly global command and control system says it will demand major changes to the US military. Multi-Domain Command & Control will demand changes to how America commands its troops around the world, to acquisition, to Air Force culture and… Keep reading →

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VCJCS Selva Says US Must Not Let Robots Decide Who Dies; Supports LRSO

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WASHINGTON: Admitting there’s a “raucous debate” in the US military about whether humans should allow robots to decide when to pull the trigger, the nation’s Nr. 2 uniformed officer told the Senate today that he doesn’t “think it’s reasonable to put robots in charge of whether we take a human life.” Gen. Paul Selva, the… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Studies Weapons That Can Read Users’ Mind

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NEWSEUM: The troops of tomorrow may be able to pull the trigger using only their minds. As artificially intelligent drones, hacking, jamming, and missiles accelerate the pace of combat, some of the military’s leading scientists are studying how mere humans can keep up with the incredible speed of cyber warfare, missiles and other threats. One… Keep reading →

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Artificial Intelligence Will Help Hunt Daesh By December

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


THE NEWSEUM: Artificial intelligence is coming soon to a battlefield near you — with plenty of help from the private sector. Within six months the US military will start using commercial AI algorithms to sort through its masses of intelligence data on the Islamic State. “We will put an algorithm into a combat zone before… Keep reading →

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Info Ops Officer Offers Artificial Intelligence Roadmap

Posted by Chris Telley on


Artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomy are central to the future of American war. In particular, the Pentagon wants to develop software that can absorb more information from more sources than a human can, analyze it and either advise the human how to respond or — in high-speed situations like cyber warfare and missile defense — act on… Keep reading →

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