Emerging Tech

Spc. Gunner Livingston, an unmanned aircraft repairer, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry, inspects the Aerosonde Hybrid Quad before a vertical take off at a training site at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., June 21-22. The Aerosonde HQ was developed by Textron Systems, one of four companies that are part of a demonstration of commercial drones conducting various operations and training exercises over the span of the next six months to refine and replace requirements for the RQ-7 Shadow. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Wash)

Army picks Griffon, Textron to build tactical unmanned VTOL aircraft prototypes

Part of the Army's future vertical lift modernization efforts, the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System is intended to replace the RQ-7 Shadow.
U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School students conduct a qualitative evaluation flight on a B-52 Stratofortress at Edwards Air Force Base, California, May 8. USAF TPS teaches pilots, navigators and engineers how to conduct flight tests and generate data for those tests. (Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner)

Air Force looks to put test pilots through emerging technology course

The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School wants to add a course on emerging technology to its curriculum. The school — where the Air Force trains pilots,…
A XQ-58 Valkyrie launches for a test mission Aug. 22 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The mission successfully tested components that greatly reduce the risk of large scale crewed and uncrewed autonomous systems. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Rebecca Abordo)

Latest Valkyrie drone flight test focused on AI-enabled air combat

The demonstration had the Valkyrie drone go up against “simulated opponents using simulated mission systems and simulated weapons," AFRL said.
The unmanned surface vessel (USV) Ranger conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) as the USV Mariner transits nearby during Integrated Battle Problem (IBP) 23.2, Sep. 16, 2023. IBP 23.2 is a Pacific Fleet exercise to test, develop and evaluate the integration of unmanned platforms into fleet operations to create warfighting advantages. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse Monford)

Cadre of advanced Navy robo-ships transit the Pacific, make first-ever port call in Japan

Four uncrewed surface vessels recently transited across the Pacific Ocean via the U.S. Navy’s Integrated Battle Problem 23.2 exercise.
Under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), two F-15s assigned to the Massachusetts Air National Guard and two CF-18 assigned to the Royal Canadian Air Force fly in formation behind a KC-135 assigned to the Pennsylvania Air National Guard during air-defense Operation NOBLE DEFENDER, Oct. 27, 2022. (U.S. Air National Guard Photos by Tech. Sgt. Bryan Hoover)

Air Force primed to deliver initial cloud-based C2 capability to Northcom, NORAD

“I think part of the reason that the CBC2 team has been as successful as it has been over the last 15 months is because we actually…
Spc. Layne Alfieri, a soldier assigned to 1st Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, dons an Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) 1.2 prototype during the IVAS 1.2 Phase One User Assessment held by Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier on Fort Drum, August 22. The user assessment was designed to collect soldier feedback on the IVAS 1.2 prototypes. (U.S. Army photo by Jason Amadi, PEO Soldier Public Affairs)

Army awards Microsoft $95M for additional IVAS 1.2 headsets, virtual trainers

The Army is gearing up for expanded testing of the latest variant of Microsoft’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System.
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, views the Navigation Seamanship Surface Trainer during a tour of the Mariner Skills Training Center Atlantic, June 7, 2023. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James D. Mullen)

US military publishes new joint warfighting doctrine

"It marks a distinctive paradigm change," Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Christopher Grady said at AFA’s Air, Space and Cyber conference.
Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. are advancing quantum technologies from the individual quantum bit or qubit, level to the system level, where different qubit types must interface for future capabilities for the US Air Force. Photo by Albert Santacroce.

Air Force Research Lab explores entanglement distribution, a key to future quantum networks

DefenseScoop was briefed about the lab’s unfolding work on the sidelines of AFA’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference.