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USAF Touts Promising Research Despite Flat S&T Budget - Air Force Magazine

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Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper said March 11 the Air Force is still working on promising research despite a largely stagnant science and technology budget request for fiscal 2021 that is worrying some lawmakers. As the U.S. looks to develop advanced military systems like improved hypersonic weapons and enabling technologies like artificial intelligence faster than Russia and China, Roper lamented that the service's research fund lost ground to more pressing priorities. Nuclear modernization, joint all-domain command and control, and the effort to stand up a Space Force pulled money and resources away from basic research in the 2021 request released last month. "Sometimes the innovation voices did not win at budget closeout," Roper said. "[There are] a lot of things on the Air Force's plate … and unfortunately when we had to make the budget balance, we had to look for areas to take risk."


How AI could help discover places to store captured CO2

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Scientists estimate that up to 90pc of the carbon emissions from industrial use of fossil fuels could be captured in this way, although the practice requires a continued supply of suitable locations to store the captured carbon. The researchers from MIT caution that their algorithm is only as effective as the data which it has been fed. They plan to give it even more data in the future to train it to better analyse seismic waves. Laurent Demanet, a professor of applied mathematics and one of the authors of the paper, told MIT News: "Using this neural network will help us find the missing frequencies to ultimately improve the subsurface image and find the composition of the Earth." MIT's research was funded by petroleum refining business Total SA and the US Air Force.


Elon Musk says the 'fighter jet era has passed' and the US needs autonomous war drones to compete

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Elon Musk believes the era of fighter jets is over and future warfare will be carried out by autonomous drones. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO made the prediction while speaking with US Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson at the Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida on Friday. 'Drone warfare is where the future will be. It's not that I want the future to be – it's just, this is what the future will be,' the billionaire said. Musk also believes that Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet, is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons system, should have a competitor – and specifically a'drone fighter plane', according to CNBC.


Elon Musk says military drones will outlive fighter jets

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Point Bridge Capital CEO Hal Lambert says Elon Musk is the Thomas Edison of our generation. SpaceX founder Elon Musk expects unmanned drones will outlive fighter jets in the U.S. Air Force. "It's not [that] I want the future to be this," the billionaire entrepreneur added during a fireside chat about the future of air defense with Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations for the Space Force, at the 2020 Air Warfare Symposium on Friday. "The fighter jet era has passed." The founder of electric-car maker Tesla re-emphasized the point on Twitter when a platform user brought up his statement that the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter should have a competitor.


How Facial Recognition Can Track & Kill You w/ Shaun Moore The Skyy John Show

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Sign in to report inappropriate content. Shaun Moore is the founder and CEO of Trueface, a facial recognition company working to make computers see like humans. Trueface is involved with many companies and most recently has been helping the US Air Force increase its base security. In the podcast we talk about how facial recognition should be used, the ethics in its application, and the consequences of countries like China using the technology.


USAF Selects L3Harris Technologies for AI Contract

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The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has awarded L3Harris Technologies a multimillion-dollar contract to develop a software platform to make it easier for analysts to use artificial intelligence (AI) to identify objects in large data sets, the company announced on 13 February. The US military and intelligence community are inundated with massive amounts of data generated by remote sensing systems. Automated searches using algorithms that can identify pre-loaded images of objects makes pinpointing them easier. However, in order to train these algorithms, real images are often unavailable, because they are either rare or do not exist. The L3Harris tool creates sample images used to train search algorithms to identify hard-to-find objects in the data, which will help make it easier for the community to adopt AI. "L3Harris is a premier provider of modelling and simulation capabilities that provide risk reduction for our customers who rely on advanced geospatial systems and data," commented Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris.


AI Solutions by Thales - A fighter pilot's best digital partner

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The way humans function is changing fundamentally with the advent of new technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Cybersecurity, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI). A breakthrough technology amongst these, artificial intelligence, is playing a transformational role in a variety of industries and its adoption is promising efficacy at unprecedented levels. Today, artificial intelligence finds applications across industries ranging from finance, healthcare, retail and defence, among others. The progress of AI in India is at pace with global developments. While other countries such as China and the US have focused their energies on capturing as large a market share of AI as possible, India has focused on becoming an experimental space to explore the potential applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning.[1]


Goldfein offers optimistic update on Air Force's evolution, future

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Creating a system that uses data, machine learning and state-of-the art software to seamlessly link "sensors to shooters" across all domains – air, land, …


Long term planning of military aircraft flight and maintenance operations

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

We present the Flight and Maintenance Planning (FMP) problem in its military variant and applied to long term planning. The problem has been previously studied for short- and medium-term horizons only. We compare its similarities and differences with previous work and prove its complexity. We generate scenarios inspired by the French Air Force fleet. We formulate an exact Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) model to solve the problem in these scenarios and we analyse the performance of the solving method under these circumstances. A heuristic was built to generate fast feasible solutions, that in some cases were shown to help warm-start the model.


U.S. Space Force logo draws comparisons to 'Star Trek'

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump unveiled the logo for the U.S. Space Force on Friday, attracting critics who said America's newest military branch had boldly gone where "Star Trek" went before. With a central symbol resembling an arrowhead, ringed by an orbiting object and set to a starry backdrop, many people argued the design was pilfered from the famous science fiction franchise. But a spokesman for the branch hit back, arguing that the "Delta" emblem had been used by U.S. Air Force space organizations as early as 1961, before the first Star Trek show aired. The emblem also closely resembles the "widget" logo adopted by Delta Air Lines in 1959. "After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!" wrote Trump of the branch he championed and which came into being in December 2019.