Before Wenxia Man was arrested for attempting to broker the $50 million sale of military equipment to the Chinese government, she knew the risks. In conversations with an undercover federal agent posing as a dealer, the California woman admitted she knew smuggling three jet engines and a drone out of the U.S. would be illegal, according to federal court documents.
The Obama administration is preparing to elevate the stature of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders into U.S. networks and tackle adversaries such as Islamic State, current and former officials told Reuters. Under the plan being considered at the White House, the officials said, U.S. Cyber Command would become what the military calls a "unified command" equal to combat branches of the military such as the Central and Pacific Commands.
We've seen all sorts of weapons mounted on drones, and military drones already wield impressive firepower, but that doesn't mean we're done building crazy machines with fire power. The next step is adding heavy machine guns and even grenade launchers to robots. Thankfully, these are not robots powered by artificial intelligence. Just like drones, they're piloted by soldiers -- the robots only do the heavy lifting and stabilize fire.
The U.S. Air Force has declared its F-35A Lightning II fighter jet ‘combat ready,’ marking a major milestone for the controversial aircraft. The stealth fighter, which has been beset by cost overruns and delays, has a $110 million price tag. The $379 billion weapon program is the most expensive in America’s military history.
China is expanding its influence in the Pacific Ocean to the chagrin of U.S. allies, but the Office of Naval Research aims to keep the technological edge of America’s fleets by developing new laser weapons and electromagnetic rail gun cannons.
The Pentagon is setting up outposts in innovation centers outside its Washington headquarters to give US warfighters better technology when confronting enemies -- whether in cyberspace or on the physical battlefield. That's critical for maintaining the military's edge moving forward, said Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on Tuesday at the opening of the initiative's Boston office.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter talks about innovation and the rapid acquisition of technology to support DoD, at the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Boston, July 27, 2016.
The U.S. government has helped fuel innovation in a range of industries and technologies for generations. Yet government leaders today increasingly talk about innovation in a different construct: Rather than moonshot technological achievements - massively ambitious, expensive and long term - they’re looking for better or more efficient ways to do manage government resources.
The Pentagon's increasingly eclectic Defense Innovation Advisory Board has reached full strength, with celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos among the latest named to a group that includes some of the private sector’s most successful leaders. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter established the board in March with Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt as its head.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter today (7/26) rolled out the department's second innovation hub, a new office in Boston that joins the technology outpost that he opened last year in Silicon Valley, California. The secretary has championed Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, as one of the ways the Pentagon is investing in innovation and a model for outreach to the United States’ innovative technology communities.