Jon Harper

Jon Harper is Managing Editor of DefenseScoop, the Scoop News Group’s newest online publication focused on the Pentagon and its pursuit of new capabilities. He leads an award-winning team of journalists in providing breaking news and in-depth analysis on military technology and the ways in which it is shaping how the Defense Department operates and modernizes. You can also follow him on Twitter @Jon_Harper_

AI

DARPA calling for AI ‘reinforcements’ to bolster US air combat capability

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DARPA released a Broad Agency Announcement on Monday for its new Artificial Intelligence Reinforcements (AIR) program.

AI

'Live, live, die’ — How the Air Force plans to authorize robotic wingmen to attack targets

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The future drones are expected to be more autonomous than today’s drones and operate as part of a team with manned fighter jets and other aircraft.

AI

Army acquisition chief sees autonomy, system hardening as key to overcoming comms challenges in future drone wars

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The official says developing hardened platforms with greater autonomy will be critical as drones and counter-drone systems become more ubiquitous.

Cyber

Air Force to share ‘war plan’ with cleared contractors in search for ABMS solutions

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The Air Force is ramping up its engagement with industry for its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) initiative.

Space

SDA has big plans for a new app factory to aid battle management

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The Space Development Agency recently released a draft solicitation for the Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications (BMC3) Application Factory.

AI

AFRL's Skyborg program gearing up for final software demonstration

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The Air Force intends to transition Skyborg autonomy capabilities into a program to develop new autonomous drones.