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While AI has long been heralded as a potential game changer for the future, often as a quasi sci-fi tool, its adoption is becoming more of a present reality than a distant prospect.

Business

The F-35 program is costing more and doing less, GAO says

Total sustainment costs are now expected to top $1.5 trillion, even as the jet’s mission-readiness declines.

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Defense concerns sink Korean bid for shipbuilder Austal

The Australian firm rebuffed a $662 million offer from South Korea’s Hanwha Ocean.

Ideas

The AI revolution is already here

The U.S. military must grapple with real dilemmas that until recently seemed hypothetical.

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Updated Threats

US forces down missiles as Iran attacks Israel

Navy warships and Air Force fighter squadrons shot down dozens of drones and a half dozen ballistic missiles launched from Iran and Yemen, U.S. officials said.

Ideas

Defense One Radio, Ep. 149: The state of the Army

Our annual State of Defense series continues with a focus on the Army.

Threats

Europe is already planning for what happens if Ukraine loses. It’s ugly

A newly energized Russia is already escalating grey-zone operations in Eastern Europe, says Estonia’s defense minister.

Ideas

What we learn from Serbia's intriguing fighter-jet choice

Belgrade's plan to buy its first Western-designed combat aircraft reveals trends in its military, the region, and Russia.

Defense Systems

Three firms will vie for Marines' $249M loitering-munitions buy

The Organic Precision Fires-Light contract aims to get the weapons to infantry units by 2027.

Threats

Russia stole US agencies' emails from Microsoft systems, CISA says

The alert comes a week after DHS faulted the company for a security culture that enabled a similar China-backed cyberattack last year.

Policy

Do states need a ‘Space Force militia’? Air Force says no

A recent legislative proposal reignited debate over a potential Space National Guard.

Ideas

What about Ukraine’s Abrams tanks?

Recent losses underscore the importance of doctrine and training—not just weapons—in war.

Threats

It's getting harder to identify China's network attacks, Mandiant CEO says

In an interview, Kevin Mandia also said it's probably easier to sway an election through misinformation than hacking.

Threats

Pentagon can’t force Starlink to block service to Russians, US official says

US is “taking steps” and “working through” the problem with SpaceX and Ukraine, space-policy leader says.

Threats

Russia could be outshooting Ukraine 10-to-1 ‘within weeks’: EUCOM chief

In House hearing, Gen. Cavoli laid out the consequences of more House inaction on aid.