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europeBy 2030, Eastern Europe Be Able to Hold Its Own Against Conventional Attack from Russia

Russia has an economy that is about 2.5 times larger than Poland. Poland’s economy is growing a bit faster than Russia and Poland plans to increase military spending in 2030 to 2.5% of GDP versus 2.0% of GDP today. Poland …

asiaRising Asian Military Spending

World’s military arsenals are expected to double in size by 2030, compared to 2016. By 2030, the countries with top defense spending are expected to be: USA with over 1 trillion (had $611 billion in 2016), China with $736 billion …

airplanesUS Arms Sales Shifting from Middle East to Europe

U.S. arms sales offers to the Middle East totaled $78.8 billion in 2018 which is down from $102 billion in offers during the Obama administration peak in 2010. There was a sharp shift in the regional breakdown in U.S. arms …

dronesShotgun Armed Drones

Russian defense manufacturer JSC Almaz Antey has patented a drone armed with a shotgun. Over 6 years ago, there is a video of a drone armed with a recoiless AA-12 automatic shotgun. SOURCES- Foxtrot Alpha, Youtube

darpaSwarms of 250 Drones Will Support US Troops in Urban Combat

DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program wants swarms of 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing critical capabilities to ground units in urban areas where challenges such as tall buildings, tight spaces, and limited sight lines constrain essential communications, sensing, maneuverability, and …

future weaponsMore Delays for Next Generation US Aircraft Carrier

The new Gerald Ford Aircraft carrier has been delayed to repair Ford’s nuclear propulsion system, Advanced Weapons Elevators and software. The carrier will be capable of carrying up to 90 aircraft, including the F-35 stealth fighter, F18 super hornet fighters …

artificial intelligenceRobots That Learn by Doing – Imagining Pictures and Goals #emdigitaltech

Sergey Levines is anAssistant Professor, UC BerkeleyRobots That Learn by Doing Sergey is talking about reinforcement learning. Robots can keep learning from its environment with reinforcement learning. We need algorithms for scalable off-policy reinforcement learning. Sergey has examples of a …

dronesUS Navy Getting Ten Robotic Combat Ships

The US Navy is buying a new breed of armed unmanned surface combat ships that will add more sensors and weapons to the current fleet. These will be 200-foot to 300-foot ships that displace 2,000 tons. The Navy plans to …

air forceUS Military Procurement at a Quarter Trillion in 2020

In 2020, the US military will spend nearly a quarter of trillion dollars to buy military weapons and hardware. The Navy will get the most at about $70 billion, then the air force at $57 billion. SOURCES- DOD Budget Written …

energyRussian Army Has New Body Armor and Promise Combat Exoskeletons

Russia has modernized 35 brigades (over 80,000 soldiers) active military combat personnel with new body armor and weapons. Russia calls this equipment Ratnik-2. Russia is promising to develop Ratnik-3 which would be advanced combat exoskeletons, UAVs and combat robots. The …