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The U.S. Defense Department has launched a research initiative aimed at potentially building autonomous robots in a few years — machines increasingly able to perform a greater range of tasks without human intervention. “The projects that were selected cut across at the fundamental cutting edge of the science of autonomy,” Alan Shaffer, acting assistant secretary […]

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A government watchdog group has come out against the U.S. Army’s system for collecting battlefield intelligence and recommended that lawmakers consider funding alternatives. Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., criticized the service’s Distributed Common Ground System, known as DCGS-A, for having “numerous problems,” including poor reliability, according to a May 9 letter from […]

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The U.S. Army this year plans to begin buying Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones for some infantry soldiers, pending approval from the Defense Department, according to a program office. Exactly how many devices will be specified in a production decision expected no later than July, according to information provided by Program Executive Office Soldier, an […]

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The U.S. Army has released a Sources Sought notice, inviting defense companies to try to improve the service’s existing network in the upcoming Network Integration Evaluation 14.1 this fall at Fort Bliss, Texas and White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The purpose of the Sources Sought notice is to identify emerging capabilities to be evaluated against […]

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If you want further proof of where Pentagon weapon spending is likely to head, check out the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assesments latest publication, Outside-In, Operating from Range to Defeat Iran’s Anti-Access and Area-Denial Threats. The document, a concept for how the Defense Deparment can counter Iran’s increasingly sophisticated efforts to feild weapons that […]

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