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For Sale: Artificial Intelligence That Teaches Itself

An AI startup with dozens of aviation-industry customers sets its sights on the US military.

Time for the Pentagon to Overhaul Drone Management, New Report Says

As the Pentagon writes a long-term drone plan, the former head of Air Force intelligence has some suggestions.

Global Demand for US Weapons 'Busier Than Ever' in Trump Era, So Far

Large American delegation at Paris Air Show reassures allies worried about disengagement.

Why I'm Directing The Air Force to Focus on Space

In the coming months, the US Air Force will grow the space force in numbers and capabilities.

Military Omnipresence: A Unifying Concept for America’s 21st-Century Fighting Edge

The Pentagon should converge its technological and doctrinal efforts towards a perpetual, networked presence that enables operations and awareness anywhere in the world.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Will Fly the US Military's Top-Secret Space Robot

The company is due to launch the X-37B in August, breaking a decade-long monopoly by United Launch Alliance.

Pentagon Wants to Get Started on New Air Force Two and Doomsday Planes

The aging C-32 and E-4B may be replaced by similar aircraft, or at least with planes that share some gear.

Boeing Protests Air Force’s Jamming-Plane Decision, Alleging Conflict of Interest

Company officials say the decision to let L3 pick the aircraft means a choice has already been made.

Course Change: The US Air Force Now Wants to Keep the A-10, U-2, and F-15C

In a reversal, the service will not retire three Cold War-era planes still making an impact on the battlefield.

What Is America's Secret Space Shuttle For?

It’s not clear what the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B is supposed to do—or if it’s worth its hefty price tag.

Unprecedented: US Air Force Will Let a Defense Company Pick Its Next Jamming Plane

The latest twist in the Compass Call replacement saga sparks concerns that it cedes an inherent military function to a private firm.

Great-Power Rivalry May Turn Space War Real

A rising drumbeat of remarks from Pentagon officials suggest they’re worried about, and preparing for, warfare in orbit.

The US Air Force Is Reorganizing to Fight in Space

After a scathing report, service leaders are creating a three-star czar to oversee orbital warfare.

What One Joint Chief Of Staff Thinks of Trump

Do the generals have too much influence? I asked the U.S. Air Force’s top military leader.

Lockheed to Move F-16 Production to South Carolina

The new, smaller line will better suit the dwindling orders for the venerable fighter jet, while freeing up space for F-35 production.