The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is working with 10 research teams to develop artificial intelligence systems that can explain their decisions. As AI becomes more prevalent, the military and commercial users want to know why algorithms are making certain choices and to be able to challenge those decisions if they disagree.
Russian missiles hit Islamic State targets in Syria's Hama province today as both the US and Iran have stepped up their efforts to fight the militant group there. Russia's assault follows increased efforts by Iran and the US against the militant group in war-torn Syria.
A bill that would force the White House to put together a policy on how to handle Russian aggression has been introduced by 23 Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee. "With this legislation, we are laying the foundation for an intelligent and proactive approach that strengthens allied and partner defenses, increases deterrence and boosts cohesion while taking steps to reduce the risk of miscalculation and accidental nuclear war," said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.
A bill to create a career litigation track for the Judge Advocate General Corps has been introduced by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. "The lack of specialized JAG litigators that currently exists in many branches of our military is an injustice to our service members who may be hindered from receiving the best trial possible," said Ernst.
The Navy failed to intercept a mid-range ballistic missile in a test near Hawaii this week. An earlier test of the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 system aboard the destroyer John Paul Jones brought down a target in a February test.
The Pentagon has given the Air Force approval to expand incentive pay for battlefield airmen even when they're not in hazardous situations. "The reason we did this was to try to retain these airmen in the military, we want to ensure that they don't lose their incentive pay when we mandate broadening tours to be instructors or to go on staffs," said Col. Patrick Ryder, Air Force spokesman.
President Donald Trump has nominated Thomas Bowman for the post of deputy Veteran Affairs secretary. The former Marine Corp colonel currently serves as the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee majority staff director.
The first cohort of military-veteran students to enroll in Vassar College in 2013 in partnership with the Posse Foundation are graduating, underscoring the success of a program to link veterans with private liberal arts colleges. Private nonprofit colleges are working to boost veteran enrollment, which stood at only 10% in 2015, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.