Defense

Battle robots, drown swarms, super soldiers, future battle strategies—this page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of defense.

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https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2002/10/even-our-best-smart-bombs-will-kill-civilians-and-won-t-topple-saddam.html
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Slate
In the debate over going to war with Iraq, hawks and doves tend to share one tenet—that the war itself will be a cakewalk. Under the ferocious...
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https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/31/world/middleeast/syria-killing-terrorist-leaders.html?_r=0
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New York Times
Terrorist organizations have features that make them resilient in the face of a senior officer’s death, researchers have found.
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https://sociable.co/technology/darpa-soldiers-swarming-250-robots-urban-combat/
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Sociable
DARPA is envisioning a future of warfare where soldiers engaged in urban combat will interact with upwards of 250 autonomous robots through a military tactic known as swarming.
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https://www.economist.com/united-states/2020/09/21/america-wants-a-bigger-navy-of-smaller-ships-to-compete-with-chinas-fleet
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The Economist
China now has the world’s largest fleet, alarming its Pacific rival
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https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-missile-defense-signing-20161223-story.html
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LA Times
President Obama signs law that shakes the foundations of U.S. nuclear defense policy
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https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/russia-jihadists-number-one-target-214977
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Politico
Monday’s bombing in St. Petersburg might be only the beginning of a new terrorist wave.
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https://www.economist.com/europe/2019/11/07/emmanuel-macron-warns-europe-nato-is-becoming-brain-dead
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The Economist
America is turning its back on the European project. Time to wake up, the French president tells The Economist
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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/20/russia-tests-hypersonic-missile-that-could-be-ready-for-war-by-2022.html
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CNBC
The latest development gives the U.S. even more ground to make up as Russia and China bolster their arsenals with hypersonic weapons at a breakneck pace.
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http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/98936/20160822/outspending-china-russia-hypersonic-weapons-research.htm
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China Topix
These programs are part of the overarching Prompt Global Strike (PGS) program. The United States remains top dog in developing hypersonic weapons and is pouring money into a series of multimillion dollar projects despite apparently huge recent strides made by China and Russia.
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https://www.wired.com/2017/03/autonomous-future-warfare-looks-lot-like-pokemon-go/
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Wired
The head of the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office explains how apps can help show the future of war.
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https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a23875112/us-army-first-weapon-lasers/
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Popular Mechanics
The service is trying to introduce lasers weapons where it makes sense to deploy them--for now.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/why-logistics-will-be-key-any-us-conflict-russia-and-china
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Stratfor
The United States undoubtedly has the world's strongest military, but all that would count for naught if it can't organize, deploy and supply those forces.
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https://www.rand.org/blog/articles/2018/04/how-artificial-intelligence-could-increase-the-risk.html
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RAND Corporation
Advances in artificial intelligence have provoked a new kind of arms race among nuclear powers. AI could challenge the basic rules of nuclear deterrence and lead to catastrophic miscalculations.
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https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/06/ghost-fleet-world-war-III/397301/
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The Atlantic
Can fiction help prevent another conflict between great powers?
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https://www.quantumrun.com/Signals/china-ahead-ship-missile-air-defense-tech-dod-report
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Stratfor
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/sting-operation-lifts-lid-chinese-espionage
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Stratfor
Security analyst Scott Stewart takes a look at a case of espionage involving Chinese operative Xu Yanjun, accused of trying to steal jet technology.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/finding-low-tech-solutions-high-tech-terrorism
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Stratfor
Advanced encryption may be challenging the way counterterrorist forces do their job. But low-tech intelligence practices such as surveillance detection and human intelligence remain critical in the digital age.
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https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-turns-to-artificial-intelligence-as-cyber-warfare-threats-grow/story-ddGGh6pUOX7G0ceR5qT4VM.html
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Hindustan Times
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https://breakingdefense.com/2020/09/china-is-ahead-in-ship-missile-air-defense-tech-dod-report/
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Breaking Defense
"The report does not claim that China’s military is currently 10 feet tall," but "Beijing is working to overcome [its faults]," says Deputy Assistant Secretary for China, Chad Sbragia
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https://www.dailydot.com/debug/cyberwar-international-law-russia-china/
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Dailydot
What is cyberwar? Nobody knows—and that's a dangerous problem.
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/08/france-boost-defence-spending-unprecedented-move-meet-nato-commitments/
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Telegraph
France has unveiled plans to boost defence spending by more than a third between 2017 and 2025 in an “unprecedented effort” to meet Nato commitments and modernise its army and nuclear deterrent.