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Artificial Intelligence and the Military

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ANNs with two or more hidden layers are capable of deep learning; such ANNs can process more complex data sets than ANNs having only one hidden layer. A clear advantage of AI is its ability to learn and evolve in ways that frozen software cannot. A clear advantage of AI is its ability to learn and evolve in ways that frozen software cannot. For example, an early chess program was developed using the great chess player Gary Kasparov as a subject matter expert.


US hits Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Somalia in new drone strikes

FOX News

The U.S. military carried out another round of drone strikes in Somalia Wednesday. A trio of drone strikes hit the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab terror group killed six militants, U.S. Africa Command announced. They came after two separate drones strikes last week. In March, President Trump gave the military the go-ahead to conduct offensive drone strikes in Somalia.


The Future Role of A.I. in the Military

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The researchers examined nuclear, aerospace, cyber and biotech opportunities to develop recommendations for national security policy involving A.I .funding In the report, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, explained why he is confident that the future of cybersecurity will involve A.I. "Initially, technological progress will deliver the greatest advantages to large, well-funded and technologically sophisticated militaries, just as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Ground Vehicles did in U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "ISIS is making noteworthy use of remotely-controlled aerial drones in its military operations," the report states. A.I.-enabled technology-- including long-range drone package delivery-- could give weaker states and non-state actors, including terrorist organizations, access to a type of long-range precision strike capability.


The military's quest for autonomous drones could also yield sky taxis

Engadget

"The counter terrorism activities that occurred there really became an insatiable demand for a full motion video [in military surveillance]," said John Clark, Skunk Works vice president of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance -- manned and unmanned. As machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies continue to mature, the roles of military UAVs will similarly evolve just as the technologies have impacted manned aircraft. And for the company's self-flying research platform, the SARA (Sikorsky's Autonomy Research Aircraft), every last bit and byte those cores can produce is vital. An example of "controlled flight into terrain" from Die Hard With a Vengeance Automation could completely prevent this sort of accident from occurring, Van Buiten argues.


DJI drones are getting an offline mode for secret flights

Engadget

Once enabled, the new feature will stop the company's apps from collecting user data (such as photos, videos, and flight logs). Although the army did not elaborate on its memo, it's thought the decision may have been spurred by DJI's data collection. "The Army memo caused customers to express renewed concern about data security," DJI's Brendan Schulman told the Times. "[Local data mode] will provide an enhanced level of data assurance for sensitive flights," writes the company.


US drone strikes in Somalia target al-Shabaab fighters

FOX News

The U.S. military says it conducted two drone strikes Thursday against Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia. The strikes took place near the Banadiir region of Somalia, an area that includes the capital, Mogadishu, the statement said. The president authorized the military to conduct offensive operations against al-Qaeda's third largest affiliate, which is seen as the most lethal terrorist group in Africa. Somalia's president says the drone strikes killed a high-level al-Shabaab leader, the Associated Press reported.


Iranian Drone Buzzes U.S. Fighter Jet Over Persian Gulf

NYT > Middle East

An unarmed Iranian drone buzzed an American Super Hornet fighter jet as it circled an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Defense Department officials said on Tuesday. A statement released by the military's Central Command said that despite repeated radio calls demanding that Iran keep the drone clear of American flight operations in the vicinity of the aircraft carrier Nimitz, the Iranian vehicle came within 100 feet of the fighter jet, which had to swerve to avoid a collision. The American military said this was the 13th "unsafe" or "unprofessional" interaction between American and Iranian maritime forces this year. In the Persian Gulf, there have been an increased number of close calls and incidents as the United States has stepped up assistance to Saudi Arabia and other allies fighting Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.


The military is not afraid to shoot your drone out of the sky

Mashable

If your drone gets a bit close to a United States military base, they're officially not gonna worry about blasting it to bits. Pentagon spokesperson Jeff Davis relayed that piece of information to reporters on Monday, though the policy has been on the books since July, according to Military Times. The policy would affect 133 military installations, Military Times reports. There's reportedly no blanket policy about what to do every time a drone gets within, say, 100 meters of a base or something like that, and bases will deal with drones on an individual, case-by-case basis.


Military leaders get OK to shoot down drones over bases

PBS NewsHour

The Pentagon has sent new guidance to the armed services that lays out the military's authority to disable or shoot down any drone that violates airspace restrictions over a U.S. base and is deemed a security risk. The Pentagon has sent new guidance to the armed services that lays out the military's authority to disable or shoot down any drone that violates airspace restrictions over a U.S. base and is deemed a security risk. He said the new policy provides details about the actions the military can take to stop any threat, including destroying or seizing any unmanned aircraft -- including the smaller ones that the general public can easily buy -- that is flown over a base. He said that the actions taken by military officials at the bases to address a threat posed by a drone could include "incapacitating or destroying them.


US General:Sentient killer war robots could turn on humans

Daily Mail

The US's second highest-ranking general warned that he does not'think it's reasonable to put robots in charge of whether we take a human life' (stock image) In June the Pentagon awarded an $11 million (£8.4 million) contract to build a'combined-arms squad' of human and robotic capabilities. Responding to questions from Senator Gary Peters at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday Selva warned against'unleash[ing] on humanity a set of robots that we don't know how to control'. Responding to questions from Senator Gary Peters at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday Selva (pictured) warned against'unleash[ing] on humanity a set of robots that we don't know how to control' Russia, for example, has also been working on ways to integrate combat robots into battle, including armed sentry drones. From unmanned trucks and aircraft, to'ghost fleets' of underwater drones, the military has in many ways turned its sights on autonomous technology to improve capabilities (stock image) 'At some point around 2025 or thereabouts, the US Army will actually have more combat robots than it will have human soldiers.'