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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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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.

Threats

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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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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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?

Threats

Stone Knew About Wikileaks; Manafort Dished to Russian Intel, Senate Finds

After the Senate Intelligence Committee’s fifth and final report, Democrats still say collusion. Republicans still say no.

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The Pentagon’s AI Factory Gets a Powerful New Tool

The Joint Common Foundation aims to help the Department to standardize and secure its data and make it easier to find.

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Adding Sensors Saves Ammo, Army Network Testers Find

In a Thursday test, Sentinel radars helped air-warfare operators down simulated missiles with fewer interceptors.

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Here’s the Theme Driving the US Army’s New Communications Tech

Pilot programs are seeking ways to keep battlefield data flowing despite the enemy’s best efforts.

Policy

Why The Future of Belarus Matters to the United States

The protests and violent crackdown in Minsk will reshape Russian and Western decision-making for years.

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America’s 5G Capabilities Are About to Get a Big Boost

The Defense Department is opening large areas of mid-band spectrum to help the United States compete with China in 5G. But is it too little, too late?

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Russian Disinformation Networks Detailed in New State Department Report

Several English-language websites working together to push Kremlin talking points during the COVID outbreak caught the eye of U.S trackers.