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US seeks Stinger MANPADS replacement
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US seeks Stinger MANPADS replacement

By Gareth Jennings The US Army is seeking a replacement for its Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger short-range air-defence (SHORAD) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, with a request for information (RFI) issued to interested parties on 10 November. The man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) RFI seeks to meet increasing demand to counter the growing aerial threat capabilities with...

US Army puts disruptive technology prototypes to the test
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US Army puts disruptive technology prototypes to the test

By Carlo Munoz The US Army has put several promising prototype command and control (C2) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms through a series of intensive field experiments, in the hopes those technologies can be funnelled into the service’s key combat networking initiatives. Programme engineers and information technology (IT) specialists from the army’s Command,...

Airbus wants to sell space services to U.S. spy agencies – That raises some questions
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Airbus wants to sell space services to U.S. spy agencies – That raises some questions

By Loren Thompson* In a little-noticed move last summer, European aerospace giant Airbus reorganized its U.S. space and defense operations to bid for classified intelligence work. Published reports indicate an early target of its business strategy will be providing commercial satellite imagery to the super-secret National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). NRO is the defense department agency responsible for...

A role for supersonic munitions in standoff strike
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A role for supersonic munitions in standoff strike

By David N. Zikusoka* Evangelism, speculation, and anxiety attend America’s campaign to add hypersonic weapons to its standoff strike portfolio. These weapons, some of which may fly as fast as 20 times the speed of sound, have been cause for varying reactions in the national security establishment. America’s hypersonic weapon development is considered simultaneously a deterrence-restoring...

Russia test fires Pantsir-M naval AAGM system in Baltic
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Russia test fires Pantsir-M naval AAGM system in Baltic

By Nikolai Novichkov The crew of Russia’s Project 22800 (Karakurt-class) corvette Odintsovo has tested the Pantsir-M naval anti-aircraft gun-missile (AAGM) system against aerial targets in the Baltic Sea, the press department of the Baltic Fleet announced on the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) website on 27 October. M-6 compact air-launched targets released by Naval Aviation Su-27 combat...

Meet the AI that’s defeating automated fact checkers
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Meet the AI that’s defeating automated fact checkers

By Patrick Tucker* As social media and other sites grapple with misinformation surrounding the 2020 election, they’re relying on machine-learning algorithms to spot and tag false or deliberately deceptive posts. Such algorithms weigh a post’s headline, content, and source, and, increasingly, the reader comments that are attached to it. But what if you can deploy fake commenters good enough...

Pentagon’s artificial intelligence hub shifts its approach to now “seek out problems”
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Pentagon’s artificial intelligence hub shifts its approach to now “seek out problems”

By Andrew Eversden* The new leader of the Pentagon’s top artificial intelligence office wants the hub to shift from a product development organization to one that enables the armed services and combatant commands to further develop AI tools. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, who now leads the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said Friday that his organization is...

Iran unveils new missile launching system
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Iran unveils new missile launching system

Iran announces a new missile system in what seemed to be yet another message to Western leaders that the Islamic Republic will press ahead with its “non-negotiable” missile program no matter who is US president. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unveiled a new missile system Wednesday capable of consecutively launching multiple, long-range ballistic missiles. The automated launcher...

Royal Navy tests experimental equipment in Cyprus
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Royal Navy tests experimental equipment in Cyprus

Royal Navy’s Littoral Strike Group has trialled experimental equipment, such as drones, autonomous systems, quad bikes, jet skis and new communications systems, off the coast of Cyprus. In September, over 1,000 sailors and Royal Marines sailed for a three-month deployment in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and North Africa, to test Future Commando Force (FCF) and Littoral...

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