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(Defense) A bridge fund can’t solve the Pentagon’s emerging tech problem (Defense News)

Eric Lofgren and Matt MacGregor

Over the last five years, the Pentagon organized a charm offensive to attract new entrants into its technology base. With the lure of quick contracts and follow-on potential, thousands of entrepreneurs have been enticed into seeking defense work. This enthusiasm risks being short-lived without more examples of small contracts leading to larger procurements.

https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2021/03/15/a-bridge-fund-cant-solve-the-pentagons-emerging-tech-problem/

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(Defense) Where does NATO fit into the global hypersonic contest? (Defense News)

The global race to build hypersonic capabilities is only getting hotter, as several NATO members — including the United States, France and the U.K. — develop their own technology along with competitors Russia and China.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/03/15/where-does-nato-fit-into-the-global-hypersonic-contest/

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(Defense) Reaction Engines chases the elusive prospect of a hypersonic fighter jet (Defense News)

A hypersonic propulsion company backed by Rolls-Royce, Boeing and BAE Systems has taken a step closer to developing an engine capable of powering combat jets and other aircraft at speeds of up to Mach 5 following tests of two subsystems vital to the success of the design.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/03/15/reaction-engines-chases-the-elusive-prospect-of-a-hypersonic-fighter-jet/

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(Defense) Two down, more to go? With hypersonic weapons already in the field, Russia looks to improve features (Defense News)

Hypersonic weapons are a top priority for the Russian government, a defense analyst with the state-run think tank IMEMO has told Defense News, and with two now fielded, the country is looking into further improving the technology.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/03/15/two-down-more-to-go-with-hypersonic-weapons-already-in-the-field-russia-looks-to-improve-features/

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(Defense) Turkey eyes directed-energy weapons as key priority (Defense News)

Turkey’s top military commanders are pushing to prioritize directed-energy weapon programs following a decade’s worth of industry development in the field, a senior military officer has told Defense News.

https://www.defensenews.com/industry/techwatch/2021/03/15/turkey-eyes-directed-energy-weapons-as-key-priority/

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(Defense) Drone-killing, dune buggy-mounted laser gets tested overseas (Defense News)

The U.S. Air Force is testing whether lasers mounted on the backs of dune buggies could be the counter-drone weapon the military needs.
https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/2021/03/15/drone-killing-dune-buggy-mounted-laser-gets-tested-overseas/
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(Defense) Hypersonic and directed-energy weapons: Who has them, and who’s winning the race in the Asia-Pacific? (Defense News)

Mike Yeo, Nigel Pittaway, Usman Ansari, Vivek Raghuvanshi and Chris Martin

A number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region are caught up in the global hypersonic and directed-energy weapons race, with these regional powers having either developed or publicly stated intentions to develop such technology.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2021/03/15/hypersonic-and-directed-energy-weapons-who-has-them-and-whos-winning-the-race-in-the-asia-pacific/

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(Defense) Chaos, cash and COVID-19: How the defense industry survived — and thrived — during the pandemic (Defense News)

Aaron Mehta and Valerie Insinna

U.S. Air Force leaders faced a dilemma. The service needed a key raw material from Italy for one of its critical nuclear modernization programs. But in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, as industrial facilities shut down and transit between nations slowed, it was unclear how the material could reach the United States.

https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2021/03/15/chaos-cash-and-covid-19-how-the-defense-industry-survived-and-thrived-during-the-pandemic/

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(Defense/Artificial Intelligence) Artificial intelligence leads NATO’s new strategy for emerging and disruptive tech (Defense News)

NATO and its member nations have formally agreed upon how the alliance should target and coordinate investments in emerging and disruptive technology, or EDT, with plans to release artificial intelligence and data strategies by the summer of 2021.
https://www.c4isrnet.com/artificial-intelligence/2021/03/14/artificial-intelligence-leads-natos-new-strategy-for-emerging-and-disruptive-tech/
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