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US OKs Basler Military Transport Aircraft Sale to Argentina Valued at $143M

The U.S. Department of State has approved Argentina’s request to purchase the Basler BT-67 transport aircraft and associated materials and program support, such as spare engines and parts, repair and maintenance services, and technical documentation. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which transmitted the State Department’s approval to Congress, said the proposed procurement has an estimated...

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US Treasury Designates Entities, Individuals Involved in Iranian Drone, Missile Production

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has designated 16 individuals and several entities for enabling Iran’s production of unmanned aerial vehicles and ballistic missiles used in a weekend attack against Israel. Companies and individuals subject to assets and trade restrictions include Oje Parvaz Mado Nafar Co. and its CEO Mohammad Sadegh...

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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 Collaborates With Italy in Fight Against Foreign State Disinformation

The United States has bared plans to boost its cooperation with Italy to neutralize foreign state disinformation and propaganda. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Italian Vice President of the Council of Ministers Antonio Tajani formalized the agreement by signing a memorandum of understanding on the sidelines of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Capri,...

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DOD Working on New Arctic Strategy Amid Increasing Competition

The United States is updating its strategy for the Arctic in response to Russia and China’s efforts to increase their influence in the region. Esther McClure, director of Arctic and oceans policy at the Department of Defense, said Monday that the agency expects to release a new strategy version in the coming months. She noted...

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Microsoft Invests $1.5B in Emirati Tech Company G42 to Accelerate AI Innovation in the Middle East

Microsoft is partnering with an Emirati company to develop artificial intelligence for various applications. The Redmond, Washington-based company said it will invest $1.5 billion in g42, an AI company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Brad Smith, vice chair and president of Microsoft, is joining G42’s board of directors as part of the deal....

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Northrop Grumman Taps L3Harris Support on Triton Uncrewed Aircraft for Australian Air Force

Northrop Grumman Australia said L3Harris will collaborate in its project to supply the MQ-4C Triton multi-intelligence uncrewed aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force. Northrop Grumman will provide four Tritons to the RAAF, with the Australian government awarding the company a contract for another unit in September. Under an interim sustainment support contract, L3Harris will...

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US, Allies Publish Joint Guidance on AI System Cybersecurity

Agencies in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom have issued joint cybersecurity guidance to protect artificial intelligence systems from cyberthreats. The document describes how cyber actors often combine AI and traditional IT infiltration techniques to enable complex cyberattacks that surpass layers of defenses and provides best practices based on the...

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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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US Grants Samsung $6.4B to Manufacture Semiconductors in Central Texas

The United States government is awarding up to $6.4 billion in direct funding to Samsung. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo visited the company’s new semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor, Texas, where she announced the investment. “We’re saying for the first time ever, Samsung can conduct in the United States of America core...

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