US Navy stands up the worlds first fully autonomous drone squadron

US Navy stands up the worlds first fully autonomous drone squadron

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you look across the spectrum of military developments it is clear that nation states are now committed to creating fully autonomous military platforms, the only question left to answer is when will they make their own “Kill” decisions.   The time when the US...

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US Navy’s future supersonic submarines will command swarms of autonomous drones

US Navy’s future supersonic submarines will command swarms of autonomous drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Americas submarines of the future will command huge swarms of autonomous drones and travel at supersonic speeds, changing the nature of warfare, and balance of power.   In the next two decades the US is going to be putting its next generation of subs into...

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US Army to equip its bases and vehicles with laser weapons by 2023

US Army to equip its bases and vehicles with laser weapons by 2023

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF They’re finally here, now we’re just waiting for the laser guns.   The US Army have announced that they are going to be going all in on laser and direct energy weapons and that they will be rolling them out to all of their Forward Operating...

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New US Navy launcher fires swarms of autonomous drones into the sky

New US Navy launcher fires swarms of autonomous drones into the sky

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The US Navy launches drone swarms to give its adversaries a new headache to deal with.   Following on from a DARPA’s announcement earlier this year about creating a new “Drone Swarm” program with Lockheed, the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) have announced that they...

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Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Invisible, smart, deadly and loaded with AI – the new autonomous-capable USS Zumwalt.   The look of the new 600 foot, $4 Billion USN destroyer Zumwalt, official designation DDG-1000, is easy to explain. The ship is designed to be stealthy and all of its sharp...

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Pentagon mulls putting the whole US military onto blockchain

Pentagon mulls putting the whole US military onto blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchains immutability could be the key to keeping the US military’s assets and nuclear arsenals secure.   The number of organisations and sectors that have been rolling out and experimenting with blockchain over the past year has been steadily increasing as it begins to look...

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World first as US Marines 3D print their own ammunition

World first as US Marines 3D print their own ammunition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printed munitions just became a thing.   Last week, the Marine Corps‘ Next-Generation Logistics office quietly printed, and then detonated, an indirect fire munition at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head, Maryland, in collaboration with the center.     Capt. Chris Wood, the co-lead...

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World first as Lockheeds autonomous submarine launches an autonomous drone

World first as Lockheeds autonomous submarine launches an autonomous drone

Lockheed Martin just successfully tested the US Military’s next generation “Kill Chain” Following hot on the heels of the US Navy’s first successful tests of their autonomous warship, the Sea Hunter, during the three day Annual Navy Technology Exercise (ANTX) that took place last month in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay,...

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US to turn its aircraft carriers into floating drone factories

US to turn its aircraft carriers into floating drone factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aircraft carriers are the perfect forward operating platforms to create, deploy and support countless autonomous drone platforms, this move signals a new way to wage war and conduct operations.   Earlier this month, the British Royal Navy ship HMS Protector made history. An ice patrol ship,...

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The US and China are developing supersonic submarines

The US and China are developing supersonic submarines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s military powers are pushing the boundaries of speed – underwater.   Water is a thousand times more dense than air and as any of you who swim will know this difference in density creates a huge amount of drag. But for submarines the problem is...

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Pentagon tests Artificial Intelligence electronic warfare systems

Pentagon tests Artificial Intelligence electronic warfare systems

Advanced warfare platforms are increasingly using unused spectrum, now the Pentagon needs a system to cripple it The US military is cultivating new electronic warfare technologies that, in real time, use artificial intelligence to learn how to jam enemy systems that are using never-before-seen frequencies and waveforms. Although this “cognitive...

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New era of hypersonic warfare forces the Pentagon to rethink its strategy

New era of hypersonic warfare forces the Pentagon to rethink its strategy

Experts around the world agree that we could be entering an era of Cold War 2.0, and that’s bad news Foreign states such as China and Russia are developing high-speed, highly manoeuvrable weapons and drones and the Pentagon and US Pacific Command want weapons to counter them said Doug Graham, Vice President of Missile Systems and Advanced Programs for...

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US defense contractors announce directed energy weapons are ready for prime time

US defense contractors announce directed energy weapons are ready for prime time

Directed energy weapons are coming of age For years, the Pentagon has pursued the dream of directed energy weapons, laser weapons, that could defeat a foes arsenal of weapons –  from small inflatable ribs and tanks to ICBM’s and hypersonic drones – for pennies when compared with the expensive multi...

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The US airforce will rule the air with swarms of drones

The US airforce will rule the air with swarms of drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mother drones that can control and coordinate swarms of drones could have applications in the military and civilian sectors, for warfare, as well as for deliveries and aid relief.   The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon a...

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The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The US Navy’s trials of their first autonomous warship platform have been wildly successful.   The US Navy’s new unarmed Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Sea Hunter has completed its first round of sea trials and it aced all of its tests for speed, manoeuvrability,...

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US military funds cameras that can see round corners

US military funds cameras that can see round corners

It’s getting harder and harder to hide these days thanks to sensors, such as those from Camero Tech’s line of Xaver tactical radars, that can see through walls and let law enforcement officials and the military detect anyone inside a closed room and their distance from the camera. Now DARPA wants...

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US Navy divers go Ironman with DAVD

US Navy divers go Ironman with DAVD

The US Navy’s new augmented reality helmet pushes diving into the twenty first century A new high-tech diving helmet being developed by the U.S. Navy will incorporate augmented-reality technology to help keep naval divers safe on underwater missions and help them complete missions faster. Dubbed the Divers Augmented Vision Display...

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DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for hypersonic speed has never been hotter.   In August 2011 a superfast unmanned military drone, the Falcon HTV-2 (Force Application and Launch from the Continental US Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2) travelling at 20 times the speed of sound, or 13,000 miles per hour, managed to...

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Bomb sniffing UAV’s can thwart terrorist bombs

Bomb sniffing UAV’s can thwart terrorist bombs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Security forces are about to get a new tool in the fight against terror.   Scientists at a US university have developed “bomb sniffing drones” which are being lauded as the ultimate weapon against terror attacks involving explosives. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison...

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ALPHA AI just changed the balance of global warfare

ALPHA AI just changed the balance of global warfare

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new form of AI demonstrates that humans will be no match for intelligent weapons.   Retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee recently went up against ALPHA, an Artificial Intelligence flight combat system developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate running on nothing...

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