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Space Force Has a Plan for Training Its Troops. Now It Must Figure Out What They Need to Learn

Unlike its earthbound sister services, the Space Force can’t simply head out to some terrestrial exercise range to train its troops, develop new tactics, or peer into the future of weaponry. Nor do Space Force units have a natural deploy-and-rebuild cycle that affords time for advanced training. So the two-year-old service is creating a new force-generation concept and modeling and…

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Report: China May Steal Encrypted Government Data Now to Decrypt with Quantum Computers Later

Though they are years from being fully realized, quantum technologies are altering the U.S. cyber threat landscape in serious ways and organizations should start acting now to ensure their infrastructure and data will be protected as the field evolves, according to a new report from Booz Allen Hamilton.  In the recently released 32-page document, experts warn that China, specifically, has…

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DIU Issues Step-by-Step Guide for Defense Stakeholders to ‘Responsibly’ Use AI

The Defense Innovation Unit produced a comprehensive framework to help contractors and federal officials gauge whether their technology and programs align with the Defense Department’s Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence. DIU’s new Responsible AI Guidelines, released on Monday, mark the outcome of a months-long initiative to mesh those governing principles into the unit’s own commercial prototyping and procurement efforts.  “The…

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Quantum Community Weighs In on New U.S.-U.K. Collaboration Agreement

The United States and United Kingdom formally elevated their cooperative engagement to drive quantum information science and technology breakthroughs, via a recently issued joint statement that will have implications for government agencies and industry players.  Signed by U.S. Presidential Science Advisor and White House Office of Science and Technology Director Dr. Eric Lander and U.K. Science Minister George Freeman, the…

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What Worked, What Didn’t at Army’s Second Connect-Everything Experiment

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Arizona—If last year’s edition of the U.S. Army’s massive connect-everything experiment was a proof of concept, this year’s was a far bigger effort to see just how much those data-sharing concepts might accelerate major military campaigns. “I’ve seen exponential progress since last year,” said Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville at a media roundtable here on…

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Lawmakers Push DOD to Share its Data to Help U.S. Make AI Gains

Bipartisan legislation introduced on Thursday would direct the Defense Department to make libraries of its vast datasets publicly available and readily accessible via a strategic pilot program aimed at accelerating software and artificial intelligence capabilities development. Proposed by Sens. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, with companion text in the House, the Advancing American AI Innovation Act comes as…

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Senate Unanimously Passes Secure Equipment Act

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Inside the Air Force Training Program that Will Pit Human Pilots Against AI

Air Force fighter pilots will soon face new opponents in their training: artificial intelligence-based enemy pilots that can match humans based on their personal learning needs. After steering the production of numerous AI-enabled pilot agents for years, Aptima, Inc. confirmed it landed a four-year contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory to build an “automated librarian” that will categorize those…

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Better Touch Screens Could Let You Feel Stuff Before You Buy It

Researchers are working on touch screen technology that would allow people to “feel” physical objects—including, for example, the texture of an item of clothing’s fabric while shopping online. Cynthia Hipwell, a professor in the mechanical engineering department at Texas A&M University, is leading a team working to better define how the finger interacts with a device with the hope of aiding in…

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GAO Study Stresses Need for Steady Funding of Quantum Tech

Quantum technology could support innovation in a myriad of industries but will require significant investment across several economic sectors, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. The report examines where more funding is required to catalyze the implementation and development of quantum technology, specifically quantum computing, as well as the opportunities and drawbacks that come with increased investment.…

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Senate Bill Would Require New Metrics to Fuse Artificial Intelligence Across the U.S. Defense Landscape

Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., recently introduced legislation that would require the Defense Department to institute performance objectives and metrics to incorporate artificial intelligence and digital readiness across all of its platforms, training and operations. “As our adversaries become increasingly sophisticated in integrating AI into their military capabilities,” Rounds told Nextgov in an email on Tuesday, “we need to do the…

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Vulnerabilities May Slow Air Force’s Adoption of Artificial Intelligence

The Air Force needs to better prepare to defend AI programs and algorithms from adversaries that may seek to corrupt training data, the service’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects said Wednesday.  “There’s an assumption that once we develop the AI, we have the algorithm, we have the training data, it’s giving us whatever it…

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Air Force, Navy Set to Gain New Supercomputers in $68M Deal

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Postal Service Will Focus on Big Data, Digital Platforms Over Next 10 Years.

The U.S. Postal Service has seen the most progress in implementing big data, artificial intelligence and digital platform technologies—including apps, smart barcodes and QR codes—over the last 10 years, and will continue to focus on these technologies for the next decade, according to a report from the agency inspector general. Since 2011, the IG has published more than 30 reports examining…

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