Pentagon awards more than $2 billion in contracts for national-security-capable rocket launches

A rendering of Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket in flight. (Courtesy of Blue Origin) The Air Force on Wednesday awarded more than $2 billion in combined contracts to three companies to develop rockets capable of launching national security satellites. The contracts, part of an effort to increase competition, went to the United Launch Alliance (ULA),…

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The Pentagon is investing $2 billion into artificial intelligence

The Pentagon’s high-tech research agency laid the groundwork for the Internet, stealth aircraft and self-driving cars. Now, it’s going big on artificial intelligence. At its 60th anniversary conference on Friday, DARPA announced a $2 billion investment to push the frontier of AI forward. “We think it’s a good time to seed the field of AI,”…

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