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AFWERX plans new ‘proving ground’ to accelerate autonomy tech

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The head of the new program briefed DefenseScoop on the roots of this work and the innovation hub's ultimate vision.

Senators propose big boost in funding to upgrade DOD’s test ranges

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New legislation calls for spending more than $1.8 billion in the next fiscal year to improve the Pentagon’s infrastructure for developing and testing new and emerging technologies. Congress allocated $798 million in fiscal 2022 to the Defense Department’s lab and test range modernization activities focused on space systems, the electromagnetic spectrum, hypersonics, directed energy, and targets. And for fiscal 2023, the Pentagon had requested $1.26 billion for “strategic test infrastructure…

Senators warn of insufficiencies in US hypersonic testing infrastructure

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Senate Armed Services Committee members are sounding an alarm on the United States’ capacity and infrastructure to test hypersonic systems, as the nation races against China and Russia to develop and field those advanced defensive and offensive weapons capabilities. Unlike warheads on detectable rockets for ballistic missiles used in previous conflicts, when in-the-making and ultramodern missiles reach and maneuver at hypersonic speeds — or more than 5 times faster than…

DOD fleshing out plans for next generation of hypersonic weapons

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The Pentagon hasn’t even fielded its first generation of hypersonic weapons, but it is already planning for what comes next. The DOD and its industry partners have been building prototypes for multiple variants of hypersonic missiles, and the Pentagon hopes to transition the technology into production and begin fielding the weapons over the next few years. But officials are also looking at developing more advanced capabilities. “We’re taking our future…

Pentagon reaches important waypoint in long journey toward adopting ‘responsible AI’

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There’s a lot to unpack in the Pentagon’s new high-level plan of action to ensure all artificial intelligence use under its purview abides by U.S. ethical standards. Experts are weighing in on what the document means for the military’s pursuit of this crucial technology. In many ways, the Responsible AI Strategy and Implementation Pathway, released last week, marks the culmination of years of work in the Defense Department to drive…

DOD faces workforce challenges for AI test and evaluation

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The Pentagon needs to test and evaluate new artificial intelligence-enabled systems to make sure they’re up to snuff before they end up in the hands of troops. However, the department will be challenged to find more personnel who are qualified to do this type of work, according to an official in charge of leading these efforts. Achieving “AI assurance” is a key pillar of the U.S. military’s plans to proliferate…