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Defense Systems Update
April 2, 2024

The Pentagon wants to help boost cybersecurity for small contractors
By Lauren C. Williams

A new strategy outlines how the Defense Department plans to increase security and strengthen relationships across the industrial base.

Defense officials tease new commercial space strategies
By Lauren C. Williams

The documents would detail how the Pentagon and Space Force want to use private space companies for military missions.

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AI in defense turns potential into reality

The recent boom of interest and investment into artificial intelligence tools means we are witnessing a significant shift in the landscape of defense operations. 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. In fact, its integration into defense operations is already accelerating missions across the board.

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Lawmakers want answers from Pentagon on AI developments with Australia, UK
By Patrick Tucker

Senators are seeking more information about AI safety within the AUKUS program.

What is the Space Force's new Futures Command?
By Audrey Decker

Officials announced a fourth field command as part of the Air Force's massive reoptimization effort.

The Pentagon gets a cyber czar
By David DiMolfetta

Upon confirmation, the new assistant defense secretary for cyber policy will oversee spending on network operations, outreach to industry, and more.

Army announces plan to help spread commercial drones across infantry units
By Sam Skove

Army also hopes ordering more Coyote drone interceptors will eventually drive down cost.

The Navy is using robot ships to deter human smuggling out of Haiti
By Patrick Tucker

4th Fleet's experiments with unmanned systems are a "game changer" for monitoring illicit activity, commander says

Meet the Army's tech incubator
By Lauren C. Williams

Army Applications Lab turns five this year—and boasts that the startups it has worked with raised nearly $1 billion in funding.

Clinton warns of hackers' 'leap in technology' impacting the 2024 election
By David DiMolfetta

Rapid AI-backed advancements have let bad actors craft more sophisticated deepfakes and other sham content that could sway election results, she said.

CISA sounds alarm on deep-seated vulnerability in Linux tool
By David DiMolfetta

The malicious code was introduced by a user that has long-contributed to the open-source ecosystem.


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