Jan 10, 2017

Pentagon successfully tests AI-powered micro-drone swarm

The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones. The important step in the development of new autonomous weapon systems was made possible by improvements ...

Jan 6, 2017

Nuclear-armed subs move ahead at Pentagon before Obama goes

The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer has approved advanced development for a fleet of 12 new nuclear-armed submarines, a potential $128 billion project that the U.S. Navy calls its top priority. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary for acquisition, signed the decision memo that officially moves the ...

Dec 26, 2016

China lodges protest over Taiwan content in U.S. defense bill

China has lodged “stern representations” with the United States after President Barack Obama signed into law a U.S. defense policy bill that suggests a plan to conduct high-level military exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan. Part of the $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act “expresses the ...

Australia formally inks mega-deal to buy French submarines

Dec 20, 2016

Australia formally inks mega-deal to buy French submarines

Australia on Tuesday signed a mega-deal to purchase a fleet of next-generation submarines from France, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailing the vessels’ “cutting-edge technology.” French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian inked the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in Adelaide that will see French shipbuilder DCNS ...

Dec 17, 2016

Top MSDF officer admonished for meddling in helicopter procurement process

The Defense Ministry has said it admonished Adm. Tomohisa Takei, the Maritime Self-Defense Force chief of staff, for undermining — through “thoughtless” remarks to subordinates — the procurement process for new helicopters. The results of a ministry investigation released Friday found that Takei mentioned ...