Space Startup Earns $1B In U.S. Military Contracts Amid Launch Drone Unveiling

Space startup Aevum received several government contracts worth nearly $1 billion, including opportunities with the United States Space Force and United States Air Force (USAF).

Aevum is constructing autonomous drones called Ravn X, which take off and land horizontally like airplanes; today (Thursday, Dec. 3) also marks the rollout of the Ravn X vehicle. Aevum is also building a global logistics network to take on as many launch duties as possible themselves.

This work recently garnered them the upcoming ASLON-45 mission with the United States Space Force, which is the first formal small launch mission contracted by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Aevum also received a USAF AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research Phase I contract for rapid launch and space logistics, along with a separate indefinite delivery and quantity contract with the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Small

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Milley Makes Case for U.S. Military Keeping Up With Global, Technology Changes



December 2, 2020


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The geopolitical world has changed mightily over a generation, but that is nothing compared with the changes in technology, and the U.S. military must keep pace to defend the nation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley touched on a wide range of subjects during a virtual talk with The Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon. Milley started with a discussion of the changes he has seen in his 40-year military career.

Milley was commissioned in 1980. The United States and Soviet Union were still involved in a Cold War, and most military thinkers believed it would last through the foreseeable future. The Soviets had invaded Afghanistan. Iran was an Islamic Republic and had taken American hostages from the U.S. Embassy in 1979. There were terror attacks inside Saudi Arabia, and China

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China Moves to Surpass US in Economics, Technology, Diplomacy and Military, Report Says

China is poised to overtake the United States in key economic and security areas, a development that could forever change the dynamic between the world’s two premier powers, according to a report released Tuesday by a congressionally mandated commission.



a close up of a flag: Chinese staff adjust U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on February 14, 2019. The world's top two economies managed to cool their trade war with a phase-one agreement at the beginning of this year but escalating tensions sparked in part by the COVID-19 pandemic brought Washington-Beijing ties to an all-time low in the modern era.


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Chinese staff adjust U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on February 14, 2019. The world’s top two economies managed to cool their trade war with a phase-one agreement at the beginning of this year but escalating tensions sparked in part by the COVID-19 pandemic brought Washington-Beijing ties to an all-time low in the modern era.

The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, founded two decades ago to mark the beginning of “The American Century,” produces an annual report to Congress, detailing challenges to the bilateral ties between the

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The geopolitical world has changed mightily over a generation, but that is nothing compared with the changes in technology, and the U.S. military must keep pace to defend the nation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley touched on a wide range of subjects during a virtual talk with The Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon. Milley started with a discussion of the changes he has seen in his 40-year military career.



There’s a lot of change that’s occurred at paces that are much more rapid than in any time period we’ve ever seen in history.”

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Milley was commissioned in 1980. The United States and Soviet Union were still involved in a Cold War, and most military thinkers believed it would last through the foreseeable future. The Soviets had

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Trump Threatens to Veto Military Funding Bill Over ‘Big Tech’ and Their ‘Very Dangerous & Unfair Section 230’



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President Donald Trump threatened to veto the military’s spending bill on Tuesday night due to a completely unrelated topic: his hatred of the legal protections afforded to social media platforms.

“Section 230, which is a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to “Big Tech” (the only companies in America that have it – corporate welfare!), is a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity.” Trump tweeted. “Our Country can never be safe & secure if we allow it to stand. Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk. Take back America NOW. Thank you!”

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Interesting video shows nighttime military operations near Area 51

  • Video filmed outside of Area 51 seems to show infrared flares released during possible nighttime special-operations training.
  • It’s impossible to tell what is actually going on just from the video, but whatever it was, it was big and it looked interesting.
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While many of the videos taken near “Area 51” tend to float the usual UFO conspiracy theories, some happen to catch interesting real-world air activity. Earlier this November was one of those occasions.

Well-known YouTube videographers Tim & Tracy of the UFO Seekers channel made an interesting clip shot from outside the restricted Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) north of Nellis Air Force Base.

The new video shows some common NTTR activity including the “camo dude” security personnel, the comings and goings of NTTR employee shuttles and, more interestingly, a lot of air activity over the region, especially at night.

F-16 fighter jets

Two

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thermal camera sensor surveillance | Military & Aerospace Electronics

LEXINGTON, Mass. – The BAE Systems Sensor Solutions segment in Lexington, Mass., is introducing the Athena 1920 high-definition thermal camera core for long-range and demanding applications in security, surveillance, and targeting systems.

The Athena 1920 combines infrared image clarity with a wide field of view, and is compact, lightweight, and low-power.

Additional applications for this thermal camera core include aerial reconnaissance, perimeter security, and asset monitoring. “We put more pixels on the target, giving end users the situational awareness they need to make critical decisions,” says Robyn Decker, director of Lexington Business Center and Sensor Solutions at BAE Systems.

The Athena 1920 features a 1920-by-1200-pixel vanadium oxide (VOx) uncooled microbolometer pixel array using 12-micron pixel technology. The camera’s 60 Hz frame rate delivers clarity and minimizes motion blur in dynamic scenes.

The high-definition sensor offers nearly eight times the field of view of traditional camera cores, and with its 51-by-40-by-21-millimeter

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Artificial Intelligence in Military Market is estimated to reach $18.8 billion by 2025; growing at a CAGR of 14.9% from 2020 to 2025

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New York, United States, Sat, 28 Nov 2020 13:52:17 / Comserve Inc. / — Artificial intelligence is the capability of a computer system to perform tasks that generally require human intelligence, such as speech recognition, visual perception, and decision-making.

Global Artificial Intelligence in Military Market is estimated to reach $18.8 billion by 2025; growing at a CAGR of 14.9% from 2017 to 2025. Artificial intelligence is the capability of a computer system to perform tasks that generally require human intelligence, such as speech recognition, visual perception, and decision-making. This technology includes deep learning and machine learning. Advancing computing power, and growing occurrence of chipsets supporting artificial intelligence are the drivers fueling the market growth. In addition, rising adoption of cloud services by militaries have also stimulated the growth of the market. However, unavailability of structured data is

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Trump distorts military role in vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the get-go, President Donald Trump has miscast or exaggerated the military’s role in his administration’s crash program to accelerate the development, production and eventual distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

The military theme originated in the May 15 announcement of the creation of Operation Warp Speed. Speaking from the Rose Garden, Trump likened the effort to the Manhattan Project, the military’s successful World War II program to engineer and build in secret the world’s first atomic bombs.

“That means the full power and strength of the military,” Trump said, referring to the project as a partnership that would combine the full resources of the Pentagon and the Health and Human Services Department. He added: “We have the mightiest military in the long history of humankind.”

Indeed, the military has contributed mightily to the project. It has provided a range of assistance in the form of planning, program management,

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Arrow Denies Ties to Military as U.S. Weighs Sanctions

(Bloomberg) — Arrow Electronics Inc. is in talks with the U.S. government about possible sanctions against an Asian subsidiary, another potential flashpoint in the clash between the world’s two largest economies.



Kazuhiro Yamauchi standing in front of a curtain: A member of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) holds back a curtain during a media tour in Beijing, China, on Thursday, July 21, 2011.


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A member of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) holds back a curtain during a media tour in Beijing, China, on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

The Centennial, Colo.-based company said in a statement that it’s aware of a draft rule that lists Arrow Asia Pac Ltd. as a “military end user,” a designation that could subject the company to restrictions on exporting technologies without government permission. Arrow said that description is an error and the subsidiary is not engaged in military activities.

“We have been in contact with the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) concerning the draft rule, and BIS has assured us that any the final list will be vetted carefully prior to publication in

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