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US Navy Open to Shipbuilding Projects With Foreign Partners; Carlos Del Toro Quoted

The U.S. Navy is keen on pursuing opportunities to engage foreign shipbuilders to manufacture some components for American warships, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said at a Stimson Center event in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.  To stress the possibility of such a partnership, Del Toro cited as an example the aircraft industry wherein one project...

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Rocket Lab’s Electron Deploys NASA, South Korean Payloads to Different Orbits

Rocket Lab has deployed NASA and South Korean payloads to two separate orbits.  On Wednesday morning, the Electron rocket blasted off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand, carrying a nanosatellite developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.  NeonSat-1, an Earth observation nanosatellite, was deployed to a 520-kilometer circular...

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China Creates New Military Units for Information, Space, Cyber Operations

China has reorganized its principal military force to add three new units that will separately deal with information, space and cyber operations. The new units replaced the Strategic Support Force under the People’s Liberation Army to address the limitations associated with conducting such operations under a single support team. In an event on Friday, Chinese...

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Oracle to Expand Japanese Cloud Business With Planned $8B Investment; Toshimitsu Misawa Quoted

Oracle Corp. is spending more than $8 billion to expand its cloud business in Japan. The planned investment, to play out over the next 10 years, will grow Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s footprint across the country. Central to the plan is the company’s target of increasing its Japan-based personnel to provide customers with operations and engineering...

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US, Japan Partner to Advance Large Language Model Training; Paul Kearns Quoted

Argonne National Laboratory and the Japanese national scientific research institute Riken have agreed to cooperate on a project focused on training large language models on scientific data. Under the AuroraGPT project, ANL and Riken will collaborate with researchers from the Trillion Parameter Consortium to identify solutions to the challenges of large-scale AI system development. The...

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Anduril, HD Hyundai to Produce New Autonomous Naval Systems for Defense Customers

Anduril Industries has forged a strategic partnership with HD Hyundai Heavy Industries to deliver a new class of autonomous naval systems. The collaboration intends to rebuild the naval capabilities of the United States and South Korea and the two countries’ allies and partners, Anduril said. According to Anduril Chief Strategy Officer Christian Brose, the two...

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11 Companies Face US Export Restrictions for Supporting Adversarial Activities; Matthew Axelrod Quoted

The Bureau of Industry and Security has imposed export restrictions on 11 entities in China, Russia and the United Arab Emirates for acquiring U.S. products to support Chinese military modernization efforts and produce Shahed-series unmanned aerial vehicles. The organizations were added to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List, including Linkzol Technology, Xi’an Like Innovative Information...

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China Announces New Round of Sanctions on US Companies Over Arms Sales Deal With Taiwan

China has sanctioned U.S. companies General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. and General Dynamics Land Systems over arms deals with Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway province. The economic action bans senior executives from both defense technology providers from entering China and freezes access to company assets in the country. General Dynamics operates Gulfstream and jet...

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Nokia CSTO Nishant Batra Joins Quad Investors Network’s Advisory Board; Karl Mehta Quoted

Nishant Batra, Nokia’s chief strategy and technology officer, has been named a member of the advisory board of the Quad Investors Network composed of tech industry leaders and innovators in the United States, Japan, Australia and India. America’s Frontier Fund, a nonprofit deep-tech investment fund based in Arlington, Virginia, organized QUIN in May 2022 and...

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South Korea Plans to Address Dwindling Military Personnel With Unmanned Ground Robots

South Korea plans to acquire unmanned ground vehicles for its Army and Marine Corps to address the military’s dwindling recruits and conscripts. A tender recently published by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration lists a budget of $36.56 million for multipurpose ground robots. The South Korean Armed Forces will purchase the required technology domestically. Kim Jae...

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