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Air Force secretary to fly in AI-operated F-16 fighter jet

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Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall announced his intention to ride in the cockpit of an aircraft operated by artificial intelligence later this spring.

Speaking before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense panel, Kendall said the pivotal role of autonomously operated drones in shaping the future of the Air Force’s fleet.

During the committee hearing, Kendall revealed plans to board an F-16 aircraft that has been converted for drone flight, highlighting the Air Force’s commitment to integrating AI technologies into its operations.

This move comes as part of Kendall’s push to acquire over 1,000 AI-operated drones, marking a significant step toward modernizing the military branch’s capabilities.

Kendall expressed confidence in the autonomous technology, stating, “There will be a pilot with me who will just be watching, as I will be, as the autonomous technology works. Hopefully neither he nor I will be needed to fly the airplane.”

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AI-guided planes

The announcement follows the Pentagon’s initiative to develop new AI-guided planes, with contracts awarded to several private companies to compete in the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) project. This $6 billion program aims to bolster the Air Force’s drone fleet, providing support for human-piloted jets and enhancing overall operational capabilities.

Among the companies competing for the CCA project are industry giants such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman, underscoring the significant investment and interest in AI-enabled defense technologies.

The adoption of AI-driven drones represents a strategic effort by the Pentagon to enhance military innovation and cost-efficiency.

By deploying AI-enabled autonomous vehicles, the military aims to achieve greater flexibility and effectiveness in combat scenarios while minimizing risks to manned aircraft.

While details regarding the appearance and capabilities of the AI-operated drones remain undisclosed, Kendall emphasized their potential to disrupt and counter sophisticated air defense systems, ultimately safeguarding national security interests.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Google’s AI-powered search engine goes wild

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Google’s AI-powered search engine has been suggesting unconventional combinations, leaving users bewildered and even concerned at the results.

Users have taken to social media platforms to express their astonishment and amusement at the unusual search results.

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Social media presents threats for cyber security

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We’re all glued to our devices, so how do we keep our data secure?

Cyber security threats are all around us, at a time when we use IT-based systems the most. Ending Cyber Risk is a program that unpacks the cybersecurity industry, in association with Arctic Wolf.

Hosted by Adam Marrè, Chief Information Security officer at Arctic Wolf #ending cyber risk

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Security basics prove essential in the fight against cyber breaches

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Cyber security awareness is essential. Where are we going wrong?

Cyber security threats are all around us, at a time when we use IT-based systems the most. Ending Cyber Risk is a program that unpacks the cybersecurity industry, in association with Arctic Wolf.

Hosted by Adam Marrè, Chief Information Security officer at Arctic Wolf #ending cyber risk

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