Watch the F/A-18 release swarms of autonomous drones into the sky

Watch the F/A-18 release swarms of autonomous drones into the sky

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Pentagons new autonomous, swarming drones can acquire, identify and take out any target.   Swarms of robots are nothing new, universities have been playing around with them for years, but now the Pentagon has gone one step further – as well as scaled it...

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US Designates Election Infrastructure as ‘Critical’

US Designates Election Infrastructure as ‘Critical’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With only 55% of the world’s population now living in democracies it’s important that voters, governments, and other nations can trust the integrity of a country’s voting systems, but while this move gives US election systems more protection participation is voluntary so we could still...

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The UN is going to debate banning killer robots

The UN is going to debate banning killer robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The increasing weaponisation and automation of new, advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, drones and robots has the UN worried, now it wants a debate about banning them before it’s too late.   This week the UN announced that next year over 100 nations who are...

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Texas might become a testing ground for new EMP proof electricity grids

Texas might become a testing ground for new EMP proof electricity grids

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With more countries around the world, such as Russia and North Korea rattling their nuclear arsenals, the US is revitalising its efforts to protect the US energy and communications networks from attack, specifically from the effect of electromagnetic pulses.   An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack...

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US Navy protects Chesapeake Bay with swarms of its latest robotic boats

US Navy protects Chesapeake Bay with swarms of its latest robotic boats

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Military leaders are increasingly using autonomous drones, robots and platforms to assess, defend and engage targets around the world.   The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently showed off the progress it’s making in the area of robotic warfare with a demonstration of...

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US Navy’s autonomous submarine hunter begins operational trials

US Navy’s autonomous submarine hunter begins operational trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many navies around the world are going all in on autonomous boats, ships and platforms, the Sea Hunter will be the first of many such systems that enter service after 2017.   Main contractor Leidos has announced that it is starting operational trials of the...

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DARPA is giving its deep web search tech a huge upgrade

DARPA is giving its deep web search tech a huge upgrade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The deep web is home to both legal and illegal institutions and activities that have always traditionally been hard to search, crawl and analyse but now a new upgrade from DARPA promises to change all that.   A lot of people have never heard of...

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Russias tests its new autonomous nuclear submarine off the US coast

Russias tests its new autonomous nuclear submarine off the US coast

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A collection of new emerging, and advanced technologies, combined with a new political landscape are helping nation states refashion their war machines and society should not be complacent about the implications   After an apparent leak by a Russian news outlet it has emerged that...

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US Navy successfully tests it’s latest Railgun at full power

US Navy successfully tests it’s latest Railgun at full power

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Railguns have taken decades to develop but the technology, that fires high impact projectiles at hypersonic speeds to vaporize its targets, is now here.   The US Navy (USN) recently revealed a video of the first commissioning tests of a railgun, a futuristic weapon that...

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IBM opens the worlds first commercial Cyber Range

IBM opens the worlds first commercial Cyber Range

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more organisations are subjected to cyber attacks it is important they have a way to evaluate their readiness, and their ability to identify, mitigate and manage events.   It was a big day for IBM on Monday as it opened its new security headquarters...

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BAE uses AI to defeat todays state of the art electronic jamming systems

BAE uses AI to defeat todays state of the art electronic jamming systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More countries are using increasingly advanced electronic warfare and jamming systems to disable everything from drones to entire fleets and countering them has become a top priority for military and security services around the world.   Radar used to be a slow science. Electronic warfare...

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Drone ray gun gets FAA approval to take out drones at airports

Drone ray gun gets FAA approval to take out drones at airports

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are increasingly being used by criminals and terrorists to disrupt and destroy high value targets so security services around the world are now in an arms race to make sure they stay one step ahead of the threat.   A UK created “ray gun”...

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Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are seen by many military and terrorist organisations around the world as the new weapons platform of choice and working out new ways to destroy and disable them is a top priority but it’s a game of cat and mouse.   Back in 2014,...

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The era of pre-crime? Chinese AI can tell you’re a criminal by looking at your photo

The era of pre-crime? Chinese AI can tell you’re a criminal by looking at your photo

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The greatest danger we face is underestimating the power of todays, let alone tomorrows, technology. As we enter an era of persistent online and offline surveillance it is becoming easier to see how one day police forces around the world could create a Minority Report...

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US Navy will soon be able to launch surprise drone attacks from the deep sea

US Navy will soon be able to launch surprise drone attacks from the deep sea

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drone technology is advancing at a furious rate and military powers around the world are exploiting them to their advantage, deploying them – arguably – everywhere and anywhere.   The US military tech development agency is testing a special ‘pod’ drone delivery system that can...

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The US Navy announced it will build a global network of undersea drone highways

The US Navy announced it will build a global network of undersea drone highways

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies, combined with a renewed global focus on defence and security, have kicked off a new arms race and every corner, every theatre and every environment on Earth, and in space, seems to be fair game.   As unmanned aerial drones have become a...

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Lasers on fighter jets by 2020, the USAF and Northrop Grumman get cosy

Lasers on fighter jets by 2020, the USAF and Northrop Grumman get cosy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New threats, such as drone swarms and new hypersonic planes and missile systems, are increasingly testing America’s defensive capabilities, as a consequence the US Military are now pushing the development of laser and directed energy weapons to counter these new threats hard.   With new...

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The Pentagon announces more investment and a new anti-satellite warfare strategy

The Pentagon announces more investment and a new anti-satellite warfare strategy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more of America’s adversaries realise the important role that space has to play in defence and they are increasingly launching their own systems to copy the US’ capabilities so the Pentagon is taking steps to re-dress the balance   As the weaponisation of...

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China claims new anti-stealth radar systems neutralise stealth

China claims new anti-stealth radar systems neutralise stealth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Chinas relentless drive to develop new radar detection systems could, if true, render stealth technologies obsolete   This week at the Zhuhai Air Show  China showed off what it claims is an anti-stealth radar system that could threaten to undo hundreds of billions in US spending...

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Scientists smash the amount of information a photon can carry

Scientists smash the amount of information a photon can carry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more information a photon can carry the sooner we can create quantum communications systems that are immune from hackers and eavesdropping.   Single photons are ideally suited for sending information in digital form because they can be used to encode 0 and 1’s. As a result it is easy...

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