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This New AI Tool Can Help Spot an Imminent Invasion (Patrick Tucker, Defense One)

Just how many jets, cargo planes, and other military vehicles is Russia deploying to the border of Ukraine? Answering that sort of question is a labor-intensive project for analysts, requiring them to pore through satellite photos to find and classify specific objects. A new tool from data analysis firm Orbital Insight could change that. This […]

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IISS analysts: Fiscal constraints drive the state of South America’s defense (Amanda Lapo, Juan Pablo Bickel, Defense News)

In 2021, South American militaries remained focused on domestic security threats, with power projection ambitions often limited by significant equipment-availability challenges and funding shortfalls. As highlighted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ “Armed Conflict Survey 2021,” organized crime continues to greatly fuel violence and instability in the region, conditioning defense spending on domestic security. Brazil is […]

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US military tech leads: Achieving all-domain decision advantage through JADC2 (Rob Parker and John Stuckey, Defense News)

Militaries have attempted to improve command-and-control capabilities across the fighting force since the dawn of recorded history. Over time, the speed of communications and the range of effects made C2 increasingly important across all warfighting domains. With the added speed of hypersonic munitions, global non-kinetic fires and emerging algorithmically enhanced warfare, it is now an […]

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Almaz-Antey director: Air and space capabilities will decide tomorrow’s conflicts (Yan Novikov, Defense News)

One of the main trends in the development of armed conflicts in the 21st century is the expansion of multidomain battle. Potential future conflicts will be conducted everywhere: on land, at sea, underwater, in the air and in space. Even now, small-scale military operations are inconceivable without the use of space and aviation systems for […]

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Anduril boss: In an era of strategic competition, we need artificially intelligent systems (Brian Schimpf, Defense News)

With the resurgence of great power competition has come the resurgence of defense technology. Conflict with a near-peer competitor would look nothing like our recent warfighting experiences against nonstate actors. It could be fought over vast distances, involve technology we are unprepared to deal with and occur at a scale the United States has not […]

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Huntington Ingalls CEO: Prepare for the next generation of national defense innovators (Mike Petters, Defense News)

Nearly a decade ago, the Council on Foreign Relations made a statement that became etched in my mind: that human capital will determine power in the current century, and the failure to produce that capital will undermine America’s national security. Leading a national defense company that hires, trains and upskills thousands of workers each year […]

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Army to work with satellite radar imagery provider ICEYE (Nathan Strout, Defense News)

The U.S. Army will work with radar satellite imagery provider ICEYE to understand how that technology can be integrated into current and future Army missions and technologies. Based in Finland, ICEYE operates the world’s largest fleet of commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites. Unlike the traditional electro-optical sensors military and intelligence agencies use to scan […]

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U.S. aviation regulator in talks with telecom industry over 5G dispute (David Shepardson, Reuters)

 The Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday it is in direct talks with the telecom industry about its aviation safety concerns involving the planned use of spectrum for 5G wireless communications. “We are having very productive discussions and we will figure this out,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said at an event in Washington. “It remains […]

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Quantum technologies are now part of the military’s future roadmap (Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet)

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) previously projected that Australia’s emerging quantum technology sector would generate over AU$4 billion in annual revenue and support 16,000 jobs by 2040. This sector is set to become so significant that Australia’s chief scientist Dr Cathy Foley recently told the audience of the virtual Collaborate Innovation 2021 event that […]

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Air Force-Backed Startup Reveals Hypersonic Aircraft Prototype (Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One)

Air Force-backed startup Hermeus rolled out a hypersonic aircraft prototype, firing the drone’s afterburning engine during a ceremony at an Atlanta airport. Air Force-Backed Startup Reveals Hypersonic Aircraft Prototype – Defense One

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US Army’s hypersonic supervisor talks tech portfolio (Jen Judson, Defense News)

Since Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood took over the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, he’s overseen the Pentagon’s attempt to build the U.S. hypersonic weapons industrial base, begun fielding hypersonic launchers and other equipment to the first unit to receive the capability and has started building out the first battery of a […]

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Joint Chiefs’ Information Officer: U.S. Is Behind on Information Warfare. AI Can Help (Patrick Tucker, Nextgov)

The United States needs a better strategy and more advanced tools for information operations, Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, the Joint Staff’s chief information officer, said Thursday. The government has become slower and less confident in its approach, a reticence it can’t afford as artificial intelligence drastically increases the pace of messaging and information campaigns, said Crall, […]