Robots

Weapons Makers Unveil A Herd of Robotanks— As the Army Worries about Battlefield Bandwidth

The U.S. Army is determined to field a mid-sized combat robot vehicle, but the prototypes are outstripping the datalinks that would connect them.

The Future of the Marines Is Smaller, More Robotic, More Naval

The new Commandant of the Marine Corps lays out a vision for high-tech force that will often operate like special forces.

Robot Roadmap: US Army’s Newest Command Sketches Priorities

There’s one mistake that the leader of Futures Command wants to avoid.

Border Patrol Wants Robots that Can Go Underground and Report Back

Homeland Security is looking for innovative robots that can navigate underground tunnels and communicate with headquarters.

Russia Plans More Arctic UAVs

Moscow’s equivalent of DARPA wants a cold-weather drone that can stay aloft for four days.

Pentagon Seeks a List of Ethical Principles for Using AI in War

An advisory board is drafting guidelines that may help shape worldwide norms for military artificial intelligence — and woo Silicon Valley to defense work.

Ep. 27: CENTCOM's Gen. Votel; Exosuits and super soldiers; Weaponizing social media and more.

Welcome to our podcast about the news, strategy, tech, and business trends defining the future of national security.

US Military’s Self-Flying Helicopter Program Passes Critical Test

Unmanned Black Hawks are coming. The goal is a major flight demonstration next year.

Ukrainian Armed-Drone Makers Sprint Ahead as Russian Effort Hits Snag

The Ukrainians are eagerly off showing a proposed long-range UAV while uncertainty surrounds Russia’s Altius program.

Ukraine Startup Building Drones with Grenade Launchers

A prototype Ukrainian drone has a grenade launcher. Still unclear: how it’s going to get past Russia’s jammers.

Who’s Leading the Western Response to Russia’s Warbots? Estonia

A European leader in robotic autonomy turns its attention to the battlefield.

Google DeepMind Researchers Join Pledge Not to Work in Lethal AI

Thousands of AI researchers sign letter forgoing work on autonomous weapons.

The US Navy Is Developing Mothership Drones for Coastal Defense

The service is looking to accelerate the way it buys, builds and drills drones and robotic ships.

What Happens When Your Bomb-Defusing Robot Becomes a Weapon

Treating a technology as a “platform” has consequences.

How to Plan for the Coming Era of Human-Machine Teaming

Militaries must understand the different forms it will take, and how it will change just about everything they do.

Experts Say AI Could Raise the Risks of Nuclear War

A new RAND report says ideas like mutually assured destruction and minimal deterrence strategy offer a lot less assurance in the age of intelligent software.