Defense Secretary James Mattis Envies Silicon Valley’s AI Ascent
Wired
August 10, 2017
“The bottom line is we’ll get better at integrating advances in AI that are being taken here in the Valley into the US military,” he said. There is another bottom line to consider. The Trump administration’s proposed budget would increase funding for DIUx, which might help fulfill Mattis' dreams of an AI acceleration.
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Pentagon's Silicon Valley Unit Helps Target Terrorists
Bloomberg
August 09, 2017
U.S. pilots flying combat sorties against ISIS and al-Qaeda offshoots may soon be directed to hit “pop-up” targets -- such as fleeing vehicles, ambushes and attempts to plant roadside bombs -- through streamlined planning tools crafted in Silicon Valley.
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The US Is Funding Silicon Valley’s Space Industry to Spot North Korean Missiles before They Fly
Quartz
August 02, 2017
The US doesn’t have the information it needs to stop an attack by North Korea. But it knows where to get it, thanks to a small unit within the Department of Defense that works like a Silicon Valley investment firm.
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The Pentagon Has Tried to Get Silicon Valley on Its Side for Years -- Now It’s Part of the Air War Against ISIS
The Washington Post
July 19, 2017
The Pentagon’s Silicon Valley office is developing several new computer programs for the U.S. military’s air operations center running the bombing campaign against ISIS, one of its largest efforts since launching two years ago.
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Tiny Satellites From Silicon Valley May Help Track North Korea Missiles
The New York Times
July 06, 2017
The new satellite initiative builds on technology created more for Wall Street than the Pentagon. From an office in an old Defense Department building within view of the Google campus in California, DIUx is already investing in companies that exploit tiny civilian radar satellites, able to pierce darkness or storms, in hopes that the Pentagon can use them by the end of the year, or early in 2018.
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