Pentagon chief appoints new senior adviser for AUKUS tech initiative


Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has chosen Abraham Denmark to be his senior adviser for a high-profile trilateral initiative to develop cutting-edge capabilities to counter China. The AUKUS pact between Australia, the U.K. and U.S. was created last year and aims enhance cooperation on military technology between the longstanding allies who share concerns about Beijing’s military modernization and behavior in the Indo-Pacific region and elsewhere. “Today, Secretary Austin named Abraham…

Pentagon working with allies on secretive autonomous drone project


The Department of Defense is working with allies on a highly classified project to demonstrate the capabilities of artificial intelligence-enabled drones that are designed to operate in highly contested environments. Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu offered a few details about the secretive effort on Wednesday “There’s so much stuff going on … [with] AI and autonomy in particular,” Shyu said at the Special Operations Forces Industry…