18 Jul 2018

The Pentagon wants to bring mind-controlled tech to troops

The Pentagon’s Next-Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology (N3) program is working to “design, build, demonstrate, and validate a nonsurgical neural interface system to broaden the applicability of neural interfaces to the able-bodied warfighter, according to its research announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website. These “neural interfaces” would connect troops to military

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18 Jul 2018

If Your Weapons Aren’t Cyber-Hardened, Expect to Lose Pentagon Contracts

The Pentagon will begin in-house assessments of its weapons’ cyber protections, rather than relying on manufacturer assessments. Companies are currently responsible for conducting their own assessments and confirming whether their products meet the relevant cybersecurity standards. A number of failures in this process has pushed the Pentagon to move forward

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18 Jul 2018

Raytheon missile defense chief: Turkey Patriot missile decision ‘is all political’

The missile defense chief at Raytheon criticized NATO member Turkey’s decision to purchase a Russian air defense system over the Patriot system, saying “Patriot is the most combat proven integrated air and missile defense system in the world [with] more than 300 ground tests, more than 1,000 combat engagements, more

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17 Jul 2018

This new hand-held counter-drone weapon can take down advanced drone communicators

Most anti-drone weapons and tools work by disrupting the communications between the drone and its pilot. This has previously required significant amounts of energy and the risk of disrupting friendly communications. One recent piece of technology, however, reduces the impact of some of these difficulties through a line-of-sight solution. This

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16 Jul 2018

Why an unmanned fighter fleet isn’t yet viable, in the words of Britain’s Air Force chief

UK Air Chief Marshal has explained the lack of unmanned fighter aircraft, stating that, while technology has progressed tremendously in certain areas, it has not filled the gap “in terms of the manned combat air mission operating in contested, high-intensity airspace against demanding threats.” Technology has not yet created a

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16 Jul 2018

China, Russia, and the US Are All Building Centers for Military AI

“Russia and the United States are moving closer to opening their own centers for military-related research into artificial intelligence, as China did in the spring of last year. But the three governments have differing approaches. The U.S. Joint Artificial Intelligence Center aims to apply lessons from an Air Force pilot

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13 Jul 2018

Which US aerospace and defense sectors excelled in 2017?

The U.S. aerospace and defense industry accounts for nearly 2% of GDP, generating $865 billion in economic output in 2017. This strong output is reliant on a number of global and domestic economic, political, and even environmental factors. With technology and demand changes, however, sub-sectors shift and move from year

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12 Jul 2018

ZTE signs agreement with US Commerce Dept for future lifting of ban

ZTE Corp has signed an agreement with the U.S. government, providing for the end of its ban once it has deposited $400 million in an escrow account. ZTE has been banned from buying certain American electronics parts for the past three months, effectively ending its operations in the country. The

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12 Jul 2018

Lockheed to double Patriot missile production as orders explode

Lockheed is doubling its Patriot missile production in the coming years as orders for them from both the U.S. and its allies increase dramatically. New customers this year include Poland, Romania, and Sweden, who are bolstering their defenses to deter Russia and counter potential threats from the Middle East.  Source:

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06 Jul 2018

Tariffs and trade war: Some US goods ‘appear inevitable’ for China

China responded to U.S. tariffs that went into effect by levying $34 billion, the same amount as the U.S., on 545 U.S. goods that range from agricultural products to vehicles. China has adjusted its tariffs on other countries to help ease their reliance on a number of American goods that

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