The Air Force has hired a Michigan company to see if thrusters based on plasma could help satellites evade incoming fire, the company announced Tuesday. Conventional satellites maneuver with the help of liquid propellants, basically fuel. That can increase the weight and complexity of putting something into orbit and isn’t practical for small, cheap cube satellites.
Decades of innovation -- driven almost entirely by DoD and the Defense Industrial Base -- have kept the United States at the forefront of modern military capability. Now, however, it is the commercial sector that is defining the leading edge of technology and innovation. In this information-driven era, the military's conventional models of creating and metabolizing innovation are no longer optimal.
The next great naval innovation is here, represented by the next generation of aircraft carriers now entering the fleet - the Ford-class. The Ford-class carriers are larger, more efficient, and more powerful. The technology advancements implemented on these new carriers translates not only into greater capability, but also significant cost savings over the 50+ years of each carrier’s service life.
China could have a significant advantage in a potential conflict if it develops artificial intelligence (AI) before the United States, a commission established to assess the threat China poses warned in its annual report Nov. 14. The commission, the U.S. - China Economic and Security Review Commission, warned that China is prioritizing the development of AI and that such technology could help the nation surpass the United States.
It’s been more than a decade since Adm. Mike Mullen, then-Joint Chiefs chairman, predicted that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be the last manned fighter jet. Now, years later, the Pentagon needs to do more to move to a robotic force, says a recently retired commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.
Will Roper, the Air Force assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, and Lt. Gen. John “JT” Thompson, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center commander, said the Air Force is committed to working more closely with innovative companies.
With China’s technological advancement proceeding at a concerning rate for America, a panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Tuesday discussed the ways in which the U.S. can improve its technology transfer policies.
Since World War II, the United States has set world technological standards in computing, biotechnology, aircraft design, networking and software, Brown said. "Imagine what the world would look like if China were setting standards in game-changing technologies like hypersonics, quantum sciences, autonomy, artificial intelligence, 5G, genetic engineering and space, "he said, noting that except for hypersonics, they’re all also important for economic prosperity, not just military overmatch.
The Pentagon’s secretive X-37B spaceplane landed in Florida on Sunday after a record-long orbital flight lasting more than two years, the U.S. Air Force said, capping the latest test mission for an array of military technologies.
The Department of Defense announced Friday it is awarding the coveted $10 billion, 10-year contract to build the military’s war cloud to Microsoft. It’s a huge win for Microsoft over Amazon, which had long been seen as a frontrunner for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract that will migrate the Pentagon’s computing infrastructure and data to the cloud.