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DARPA Signals Strategic Shift To Software For Next Tech Revolution | Aviation Week & Space Technology content from Aviation Week

The agency is prioritizing discoveries that keep existing platforms lethal, even if an opponent has equivalent or superior technologies.

DARPA’s new $2 billion initiative for next-level AI

Leaders at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced a $2 billion initiative, known as AI Next, to substantially improve artificial intelligence research.

Race to develop artificial intelligence between China and U.S.  – To Inform is to Influence

By Thomas C. Linn, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 28, 2018 Thomas C. Linn is a U.S. Naval War College professor, a U.S. Army War College instructor, author of “Think and Write for Your Life — or Be Replaced by a Robot” and a retired U.S. Marine. The views expressed are his own. “In two years,…

A Million Mistakes a Second  – Foreign Policy

Ultrafast computing is critical to modern warfare. But it also ensures a lot could go very wrong, very quickly.

The Algorithms of August – Foreign Policy

The AI arms race won’t be like previous competitions, and both the United States and China could be left in the dust.

This Is How the Army Would Wage a War Against Russia or China | The National Interest

As part of the cross-domain effort, the Army and Navy are looking at improving ways to connect their respective networks; senior Pentagon leaders often say that “joint effects” in combat can be challenged by a lack of integration between different services’ “tactical ISR, target acquisition and fire control systems.”

Stuck Fighting the Last War – Defense One

It’s 2011—not 2001—that defines the challenge facing the United States and its allies in combatting jihadism.

The End of the Fighting General  – Foreign Policy

America’s top brass should abandon dreams of battlefield glory—and focus on paperwork instead.

Here’s Lockheed Martin’s Plan for the Next U.S. Fighter Jet

Could a hybrid jet combining the best from multiple warplanes be the answer to the U.S.’s air superiority concerns?

Air Force not considering new F-15 or hybrid F-22/F-35, top civilian says

The Air Force’s top leader says the service isn’t interested in the F-15X or a F-22/F-35 hybrid. But could those aircraft still have a chance?

Next-gen Combat Engine Work Spools Up | Aviation Week & Space Technology content from Aviation Week

Adaptive-engine deal modified to focus on technology for sixth-generation fighter needs as parts arrive for building GE’s first XA100 demonstrator.

Air Force chief lays out future fight against peer-level adversaries

If the U.S. can use all domains — land, sea, air, space and cyberspace — to bring capabilities together in ways an enemy could never counter, then it will have achieved

The Aviationist » U.S. Navy Reports F-35C Lightning II and F/A-18F Damaged During Inflight Refueling Accident

By Tom Demerly Both Aircraft Landed Safely, but “Class A” Damage Sustained by F-35C in Accident. A U.S. Navy F-35C Lightning II was damaged during a midair refueling exercise with an F/A-18F Super Hornet over the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday according to a statement released by the Naval Air Forces Atlantic spokesman Commander Dave Hecht to United States Naval Institute News (USNI). The F-35C, the naval variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, was flying from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The F-35C involved in the accident returned to the aircraft carrier and landed safely aboard ship following the accident. The F/A-18F Super Hornet landed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia following the accident.

Navy F-35C suffers first major airborne mishap

The F-35 jet notched its first major mishap last month when a F-35C sucked in parts of a refueling basket during a mid-air refueling operation. The next-generation fighter is shown here being refueled by a Super Hornet earlier this summer. (U.S. Navy photo)

‘We are not dupes’: France takes step away from US with fighter program

France needs to gradually cut its reliance on certain American components, according to the French armed forces minister, though she admits it’s impossible to be completely independent.

Boeing Receives $2.9 Billion For KC-46A | AWIN_Defense content from Aviation Week

The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a $2.9 billion contract modification Sept. 10 for the fourth lot of KC-46A tankers.

Lockheed Martin receives contract for new-generation JASSM-XR cruise missile – Defence Blog

Lockheed Martin Corp. has received a $51 million contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extreme Range (JASSM-XR), the U.S. Department of Defense said in a 10 September statement. The contract, announced Monday by the Department of Defense (DoD), includes all all-up round level systems engineering and programmatic activities to align and phase the work necessary to design, develop, integrate, test, and verify component and subsystem design changes to the JASSM-XR baseline electronics, hardware, firmware, and operational flight software. JASSM-XR cruise missile will also include preparation for final all-up round integration, system-level ground and flight testing, qualification, and incorporation into a future production baseline engineering change proposal, also noted DoD. This effort will concurrently mature a new missile control unit and necessary hardware and infrastructure to support future JASSM-XR production cut in. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2023. Early, Lockheed Martin reported that JASSM-XR variant will have the range to over 1,000 miles, but would only be carried on bombers and heavy strike aircraft. Also claimed that the JASSM-XR warhead, which would probably be lighter than the current J-1000 dual-purpose (blast-fragmentation/penetration) payload, would be able to pierce more than 7.5m of reinforced concrete. Options under consideration include boosted-penetrator designs.

Air Force to boost flexibility of reconnaissance aircraft by adding hyperspectral 3-D imaging sensor

The U.S. Air Force is planning to hire a contractor in the coming months to demonstrate a new sensor suite that blends powerful multi-mode cameras with a laser-imaging system into a compact package. WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – The U.S. Air Force is planning to hire a contractor in the coming months to demonstrate a new sensor suite that blends powerful multi-mode cameras with a laser-imaging system into a compact package. The Drive reports. Continue reading original article The Military & Aerospace Electronics take: 13 Sept. — Air Force officials want this new AgilePod sensor to be small enough to fit inside its AgilePod modular sensor pod, which could then go onto either a manned U-2S Dragon Lady spy plane or unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). AgilePod is a Lego-like system of between three and five sections, each of which houses a different sensor. The new sensor suite will include a hyperspectral imager, yet it’s unclear who might be the source of this system. The service has dubbed the entire, combined project CHASM, standing for Contract for Hyperspectral, AgilePod, SHRINE and M2L. The Air Force’s goal is for the entire electro-optical sensor suite to not exceed the size, weight, and power (SWaP) limitations of the MS-177. The new telescope, combined with either the high-altitude capabilities of the U-2S or the RQ-4, could let those aircraft peer even further into denied areas. Adding aerial LADAR would enable the sensor to produce 3-D imaging of a target area.

US Army close to greenlighting extra lethal Stinger missiles

Following extensive testing, the Stinger missile with a proximity fuze warhead is nearing an urgent materiel release decision that will lead to rapid fielding.

U.S. Marine Corps cancels AAV Survivability Upgrade programme – Defence Blog

The U.S. Marine Corps has cancelled plans to acquire the re-armouring Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs) as part of its AAV Survivability Upgrade (AAV-SU) programme. The U.S. Marines cancelled an order for the AAV-SU as it has decided to stop re-armouring older vehicles and focus instead on buying new, replacement ones, called the amphibious combat vehicle (ACV), said Manny Pacheco, spokesperson for Marine Corps land systems in Virginia. According to The London Free Press, the manufacturer lost a contract with a supplier to the U.S. Marines, providing armour kits for a fleet of amphibious vehicles, forcing the layoff of about half its workforce Tuesday Sept. 6. “We have decided to cancel that program. We decided to focus on modernizing rather than investing in legacy systems,” said Pacheco. “The ACV has performed much better.” “The decision had nothing to do with the armour or the vehicle, but it was strategic. We want to focus on modernization and this is a 40-year-old system.” The AAV-SU’s upgrades include buoyant armor, blast-mitigating seats and spall liners. They will also include fuel tank protection and automotive and suspension upgrades to keep both land and sea mobility regardless of the added weight. It was assumed that AAV-SU 392 vehicles could equip the Corps with four battalions for amphibious operations and additional support.

U.S. Army has no plans to replace AH-64 Apache attack helicopter – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army has no current plans to replace its AH-64 Apache advanced multi-role combat helicopter, according to citing the commander of the Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence, Maj. Gen. William Gayler. It is noted that the service life of the Army’s AH-64 helicopters will be extended for at least another three decades. “Right now, it’s an incredibly capable aircraft that we know we are going to be flying well into the 40s,” Maj. Gen. William Gayler told an audience Wednesday at the Association of the United States Army’s Aviation Hot Topic event. Although the service will someday replace the AH-64, possibly with an armed version of the Raider or Valor, the commander of the Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence, Maj. Gen. William Gayler, recently said, “the timing of what replaces (the Apache) and the affordability what replaces it has yet to be seen.” The Army is currently buying the latest version of the Apache, the AH-64E Apache Guardian. An attack helicopter is an armed helicopter with the primary role of an attack aircraft with the capability of engaging targets on the ground, such as enemy infantry and armoured fighting vehicles. Due to their heavy armament they are sometimes called helicopter gunships. The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces. The United States Army Apache fleet alone has accumulated more than 4.3 million flight hours, including more than 1.2 million in combat, as of January 2018. Boeing has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production.

Pilots test new digital displays in Black Hawk helicopters to replace decades-old analog controls

The prototype tests will inform an operational test and evaluation of the upgraded Black Hawk in late 2019.

U.S. Army prepares aviators for the future large-scale combat operations – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army is working to improve live, virtual and constructive training environments for better prepare aviators for the potential large-scale combat operations. According to the Maj. Gen. Maria R. Gervais, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, for the past 15 years, the U.S. Army has focused on counterinsurgency operations while potential enemies were quietly making improvements to integrated air defense, electronic warfare, cyber, and space capabilities. Gervais spoke on 5 September during a panel discussion at the Association of the U.S. Army’s “Hot Topics” forum on Army Aviation. Combat training centers are transitioning from a “counterinsurgency mission rehearsal type environment” and are implementing more large-scale combat operations that include “decisive action training capabilities,” Gervais said. As capabilities from near-peer strategic competitors continue to increase, there is a need to refine training in support of the aviation community, she said, adding the CTCs are stepping up aviation and air defense training. An integrated air defense capability at the CTCs is changing the way aviators fly, Gervais said. “It is driving the change to our culture,” she said.

U.S. Army plans to spend $1,8 billion on medium caliber ammunition – Defence Blog

The U.S. Army plans to purchase a big batch of medium caliber rounds at a cost of $1,8 billion, according to a newly released report from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD announced on 6 September that Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC (Orbital ATK) and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems will receive a $1,8 billion contract for the procurement medium caliber ammunition. Two companies will compete for each order of the $1,850,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for the procurement of 20mm, 25mm, 30x113mm, and 30x173mm medium caliber ammunition, added in the DoD’s statement. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 5, 2023. Two bids were solicited with two bids received. The ammunition includes rounds which can be used in primary armament on the U.S. Army Bradley fighting vehicle, anti-materiel rifle, AH-64 Apache helicopter and other. For example, 25 mm caliber is a specific size of cannon or autocannon ammunition for primary armament on the U.S. Army M2/M3 series Bradley fighting vehicle. Several sub-types of the 25 mm ammunition are available — the most common being armor-piercing, high-explosive, sabot, tracer, and practice rounds. 30 mm ammunition is typically not used against personnel, but rather as an anti-materiel or armor-piercing round. Rounds of this size can be effective against armored vehicles as well as fortified bunkers.

GPS III satellites are nearly ready to launch, but what’s being done on terra firma to support them?

Updates to ground-based hardware and software will give the Air Force a head start on testing and operations before the rest of the constellation is in orbit.

Viasat wins contract for internet aboard Air Force One

The company will be responsible for maintaining satellite communications and broadband in aircraft carrying the president.

U.S. Air Force contracted Boeing for Small Diameter Bomb – Defence Blog

Boeing has received a contract for Small Diameter Bomb I focused lethality munition production assets. The contract, announced on 10 September by the U.S. Department of Defense, is worth more than $14 million and provides for GBU-39 A/B weapons, and single weapon shipping/storage containers. The U.S. Department of Defense also noted that all work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected to be completed by September 2020. According to the Boeing, the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) system is the next generation of low-cost and low collateral-damage precision strike weapons for internal and external carriage. With a range greater than 60 nautical miles, SDB’s precision guidance and compact size allow today’s warfighters to surgically prosecute more targets per sortie. The pneumatic SDB carriage allows four weapons to be carried in one aircraft weapon station. The SDB Focused Lethality Munition (FLM) variant incorporates a carbon fiber composite warhead case and an advanced multiphase blast explosive for precision engagements with ultra-low collateral damage outside the blast zone.

US to push new rules for drone agreement in November

A November meeting of the MTCR nations may feature a pitch to make it easier to sell American-made military drones.

This armored vehicle can resist mines and jam airwaves

The Army’s Rapid Equipping Force recently delivered a new electronic warfare tactical vehicle.

BBC – Capital – Sitzfleisch: The German concept to get more work done

Angela Merkel has it in abundance – how do you cultivate this crucial skill?