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Revealed: US Air Force Has Secretly Built and Flown a New Fighter Jet

The new digital tools that designed the full-scale flight demonstrator could herald a sea change in weapons acquisition.

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The Air Force’s ‘Connect Everything’ Project Just Had a Big Success

The simulated cruise missile intercept harnessed widely dispersed systems — all supervised by tablets in a flight-line hangar.

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New Pentagon Initiative Aims to Help Allies, Contractors Work Together on AI

New tools are planned to help various militaries and defense companies cooperate and interoperate on artificial intelligence.

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Neurotoxins Are A Rising Threat. Here’s How the Military Will Detect Them

As Alexey Navalny recovers, a new spray promises far faster detection of these deadly chemicals.

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Fearing Satellite Hacks and Hijacks, White House Issues Space-Security Directive to Industry

Manufacturers need to build in better defenses and even ways to regain control of hijacked spacecraft, directive says.

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Pentagon, Defense Contractors Are Out Of Step On Tech Innovation, GAO Finds

The Pentagon wanted to fund ambitious research into future tech breakthroughs but contractors spend most of their money on safer bets, GAO has found.

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Five Military Sites Chosen for Phase III Trial of COVID Vaccine Candidate

AstraZeneca is seeking 30,000 volunteers for the trial, which may lead to an effective vaccine by year’s end.

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USAF Seeks Better Ways to Process Electronic Intelligence

The Air Force Research Lab is looking for white papers outlining new technologies and methodologies for signal processing.

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Microscopes Powered by Google’s AI Could Change Cancer Diagnostics

A DoD pilot program could help make artificial intelligence useful not just to researchers but to physicians.

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China Rapidly Increasing Nuclear, Naval, and Next-Gen Tech, Pentagon Warns

The PLA is preparing for modern, networked warfare with more artificial intelligence, warships, and even a space station.

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Can AI Solve the Rare Earths Problem? Chinese and US Researchers Think So

A research effort funded by China and the U.S. could speed up the discovery of new materials to use in electronics.

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US Navy Turns to Drones, AI to Monitor Rust

The service has hired a Google partner to apply technology that has already changed cancer treatment and road repair.

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CIA’s In-Q-Tel Among Backers of German Satellite-Thruster Startup

Morpheus Space’s small and simple electric thrusters could upend the satellite industry.

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Right-Wing Extremism and Islamic Extremism Spread Online In Similar Ways, New Study Says

Those crazy memes you keep seeing? Hate groups are using them to attract online recruits into small, intense groups — and beat Facebook’s censors.

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Meet the 'Mayflower:' Sailing Into a New World, All Over Again

Our autonomous ship will attempt to cross the Atlantic from Plymouth to Plymouth. Here's how — and what we hope the Navy can learn from her.

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NSA Offers Tips To Limit Location Data Exposure

The National Security Agency released a set of guidelines outlining how the federal workforce and the general public can mitigate risks associated with personal location data.

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An AI Just Beat a Human F-16 Pilot In a Dogfight — Again

In five rounds, an artificially-intelligent agent showed that it could outshoot other AI’s, and a human. So what happens next with AI in air combat?

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A Great Change is Coming

Software, AI, autonomy — these are the ultimate weapons. The Pentagon must get serious about integrating AI into everything it has for 'hyperwar.'