30 Jun 2020

Trump Administration Draws Bipartisan Pressure Over Russia ‘Bounty’ Intelligence

On Monday, Republican and Democratic lawmakers united to demand that the White House hand over information indicating that Russia has paid bounties to insurgents to kill American forces in Afghanistan. The lawmakers also called on Trump to explain why he was not briefed on the apparent threat to the US

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18 Jun 2020

Pentagon Unveils New Defense Space Strategy

On June 17, the Pentagon unveiled a new Defense Space Strategy that aims to ensure the US maintains military superiority over advanced adversaries such as China and Russia. The new plan signifies the critical moment in space exploration that we are currently in. The US military is also increasingly shifting

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20 May 2020

How AI Will Soon Change Special Operations

According to experts, AI will play a huge role in special operations forces’ endeavors over the next several years. As commander of US Special Operations Command, Gen. Richard Clarke found that US leaders were devoting most of their mental energy to information processing. Clarke stated that commanders likely spend 60%

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11 May 2020

Pentagon Wants Better Data For Its Predictive Aircraft Maintenance AI

On May 7, the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) released a request for information, seeking ideas on how to improve its use of AI to predict when its planes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles require repairs or maintenance. the JAIC indicated in the solicitation that it has experienced challenges

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06 May 2020

Pentagon Wants AI to Predict Behavioral Changes in Troops

The Pentagon is now seeking AI solutions to help the US military identify significant behavioral changes in troops including those related to depression, mental health, or other psychological issues, stating that it can have a debilitating effect on the team and may result in mission failure, injury, and death during

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28 Apr 2020

US reports deaths of civilians in Somali air strike

On Monday, a statement from the US Africa Command disclosed that civilian casualties occurred as a result of a US military airstrike in Somalia that occurred in February. The attack also killed two members of al-Shabab, an Islamist militant group. The statement confirms that two civilians were killed and three

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27 Feb 2020

U.S. Forces Return to Saudi Arabia to Deter Attacks by Iran

2,500 US military personnel have been relocated to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia, nearly 17 years after the US troops largely evacuated the kingdom. After maintaining a small footprint in Saudi Arabia over the past decade and a half, the return of US troops to the country reflects

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20 Feb 2020

Pentagon to Adopt Detailed Principles for Using AI

The Defense Department released a draft of rules that govern how the government develops and uses artificial intelligence in October titled Recommendations on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence. Sources have indicated that the official policy, which is set to be released soon, will follow the draft closely. The Department

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17 Feb 2020

Marine Corps Looks to Virtual Reality as a Recruitment Tool

The Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) has filed a request for information this week, aiming to create a “highly-portable virtual reality simulator” to assist the agency in the recruitment of officer candidates across the United States. The agency stated that it acknowledges current students’ immersion in technology and believes that

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06 Feb 2020

Why the Iranian cyberthreat has become ‘more dynamic’

A top military leader stated that since the US drone strike on Iran that killed Major General Qassem Soleimani in January, the cyber threat coming from Iran has been more dynamic. Gregg Kendrick, executive director of the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command stated that the Iranian regime is likely planning

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