“U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told Congress recently that he sees the Army fielding hypersonic weapons to counter similar, rapidly evolving threats from adversaries such as Russia, but conceded that such efforts are still in the early research phase.” Source: Army Chief: Hypersonic Weapons ‘Possible’ But Early
“If you’ve attended a concert or sporting event at Madison Square Garden recently, it’s possible you’ve been analyzed and recorded by a facial recognition system, a report from the New York Times finds.” Source: Madison Square Garden Has Been Secretly Scanning Fans With Facial Recognition – Nextgov
“Recent comments from the intelligence community indicate quantum computing could be one of the most important technology investments being made today, but the field has many worried about what might happen if others achieve it first.” Source: Intelligence official: US still leads in quantum computing … for now
“China is rapidly developing and deploying technologies powered by artificial intelligence at a pace that will see the country soon eclipse the United States as the world’s leader in the technology.” Source: How is China developing AI technology so much faster than the US?
“Industry has been watching with keen interest for a Department of Defense study on the future of satellite communications, but a new National Defense Strategy could impact the satellite communications world as well.” Source: The Pentagon has a new metric for SATCOM: lethality
“Swiss startup Agora has helped oversee the results of Sierra Leone’s March 9 presidential election, marking the first use of blockchain technology in a national poll, writes Quartz.” Source: Sierra Leone holds world’s first blockchain-powered elections | Asia Times
“If there is a consensus around artificial intelligence and its role on the battlefield, it was recently articulated by Brig. Gen. Frank Kelly, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems.” Source: When should humans step aside and let AI make decisions?
“Filmed through the tinted green of night vision goggles, a February video by the Taliban depicts their assault on an Afghan security forces outpost in Kandahar province. After police abandoned the base, the Taliban were free to roam and collect the weapons and vehicles left behind. The use of NVGs
“An early mainstream adopter of blockchain has been the motor industry, and BMW has just announced it is turning to the technology to help source ethical cobalt.” Source: The Chain: BMW to use blockchain to source ethical cobalt; more hacks | Asia Times
“Google is using its expertise in artificial intelligence to help the Pentagon analyze drone footage. First reported by Gizmodo, the tech giant has launched a pilot program with the Department of Defense’s Project Maven to develop AI that can quickly identify object classes from the incredibly large amount of footage