Expanding Partnerships Help Army CFTs Solve Problems

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Brigadier Gen. John L. Rafferty, Jr., Director, Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team, United States Army Futures Command, speaks
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Expanding Partnerships Help Army CFTs Solve Problems

The Army’s cross-functional teams are expanding their partnerships as the service races to deliver on its sweeping modernization priorities, several team leaders said during a Warriors Corner presentation at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

“We've been expanding our partnerships and team beyond where you might think we're narrowly focused,” said Brig. Gen. John Rafferty, director of the Long-Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team. 

Mad Scientists Focus on Ethical Use of AI

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Mad Scientists Focus on Ethical Use of AI

As the U.S. military continues to explore the use of artificial intelligence in weapons, efforts are underway to enact ethical principles that would bind their activity. 

Command Works to Turn Science Fiction into Reality

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Command Works to Turn Science Fiction into Reality

From artificial intelligence to robotics, the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command is busy turning science fiction into soldiers’ future capabilities, according to its commanding general.

Through Team Ignite, a collaborative effort with Army Futures Command’s Futures and Concepts Center, the command is helping shape concepts and capabilities for the future battlefield.

Synthetic Training Will Benefit Combat Troops

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Synthetic Training Will Benefit Combat Troops

The Army’s plan to modernize close-combat training hinges on a dynamic virtual training environment that is interoperable, realistic and scalable across all domains.

It also must have software that is compatible with a common architecture and easily updated.

DoD Must Invest in People Amid AI Advances

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DoD Must Invest in People Amid AI Advances

People are “more important than hardware” as artificial intelligence and machine learning lead the way toward more efficient information operations on the battlefield, according to a top general.

“It's the talented people that we have to help foster,” Army Gen. Richard Clarke, commanding general of U.S. Special Operations Command, said Dec. 7 while speaking with the Hudson Institute. 

To become an “AI-ready workforce,” he said, DoD needs to invest in human capital—from interns to coders and data scientists.

AI, Robots Could Make It Harder to Deter Conflict

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AI, Robots Could Make It Harder to Deter Conflict

The rise of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems could make it more difficult for the U.S. Army and its allies to deter potential adversaries, according to a recent Rand Corp. report.

“Up to this point, deterrence has primarily involved humans attempting to affect the decision calculus and perceptions of other humans,” the report says. “But what happens when decision-making processes are no longer fully under the control of humans?”

U.S. Military Must Adapt for Future Warfare

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U.S. Military Must Adapt for Future Warfare

The U.S. military has been a dominant force around the world, but that’s now changing as emerging technologies and global competition erode the American power advantage at “a startling pace,” author and national defense expert Christian Brose said.

“If we keep doubling down on sort of the ways and means we have traditionally relied upon as a joint force, we’re just going to make that problem worse for ourselves,” Brose said during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Thought Leaders webinar on Aug. 10. 

Webinar Examines Role of AI, Robots on Future Battlefield

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Webinar Examines Role of AI, Robots on Future Battlefield

Chris Brose, author of The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare, will speak Aug. 10 as part of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Thought Leaders webinar series.

The presentation begins at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The event is free, but registration is required.

In his book, Brose examines how artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and other emerging technologies will define the future battlefield—and warns that the U.S. must adapt and respond in order to remain the world’s dominant military power.