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Australia Quantum Technologies

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 it’s one industry the country needs to prioritise to remain globally competitive.

Quantum technologies are now part of the military’s future roadmap | ZDNet

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USA

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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USA

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 laser-weapon equipped Stryker combat vehicle.

The RCCTO’s job is to rapidly bring high-end technology into the force. Thurgood has been tasked with breaking free of the normally sluggish acquisition process and moving critical modernization capabilities toward or across the finish line.

US Army’s hypersonic supervisor talks tech portfolio (defensenews.com)

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USA

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, who is also the Joit Staff’s director for command, control, communications, computers, and cyber. .

Joint Chiefs’ Information Officer: U.S. Is Behind on Information Warfare. AI Can Help – Nextgov

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USA

DARPA has caught a Gremlin drone in midair. Can it grab four in a half-hour? (Stephen Losey, Defense News)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Dynetics proved they can catch an X-61A Gremlin drone in flight and bring it aboard a C-130A mothership. But the next step will be more difficult.

In a conference call with reporters Monday, Dynetics’ Gremlins program manager Tim Keeter said the program now must prove it can recover multiple drones repeatedly, reliably and quickly enough for real-world operations.

DARPA has caught a Gremlin drone in midair. Can it grab four in a half-hour? (defensenews.com)

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USA

Pentagon tech chief seeks to bolster R&D work with allies (Joe Gould, Defense News)

The Pentagon doesn’t want to innovate alone.

Heidi Shyu, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said Monday that she has discussed the Pentagon’s research and development priorities with her counterparts in Australia, Japan, Latvia, Germany and the U.K. in an effort to establish monthly teleconferences with U.S. allies.

Pentagon tech chief seeks to bolster R&D work with allies (defensenews.com)

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China

PLA conducts multiple drills in western plateau after India’s exercises ‘targeting China’ (Liu Xuanzun, Global Times)

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) revealed it conducted multiple drills in its western plateau over the past week. This comes after the Indian military launched a major exercise along the border with China at the start of the month. Chinese experts said on Monday that the response displays the PLA’s capabilities in safeguarding national sovereignty and security as it faces India’s provocations.

PLA conducts multiple drills in western plateau after India’s exercises ‘targeting China’ – Global Times

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Black Sea

Russian Navy forces hunt down enemy sub in drills as NATO warships enter Black Sea (TASS)

The crews of the Black Sea Fleet’s small anti-submarine warfare ships practiced hunting down and eliminating a notional enemy submarine during drills in the Black Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday.

Russian Navy forces hunt down enemy sub in drills as NATO warships enter Black Sea – Military & Defense – TASS

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Russia

About ten service centers to be created abroad — Russian Helicopters (TASS)

About ten service centers for maintenance of helicopters are being created and upgraded overseas at present, CEO of Russian Helicopters Andrei Boginsky said on Monday at the meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

About ten service centers to be created abroad — Russian Helicopters – Military & Defense – TASS

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