Air Force of the future could include cyborgs

Friday - 9/3/2010, 8:40am EDT

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  • Could it be machine versus human? The Chief Scientist for the Air Force says that by 2030, machines will be as capable as humans, if not more so. Dr. Werner Dahm outlines his conclusions in a new report about the future of technology. According to Dahm's report, by 2030 humans and machines will be so linked it will be difficult to tell where one starts and the other ends and electromagnetic spectrum warfare is on the horizon. The report provides guidance for the Air Force to make decision on technology investments.

  • The Air Force has issued a Request for Proposal to help improve its golf courses. In the long run, that can help the Air Force - and maybe other agencies - improve their financial management practices. Elinor Gonzales is the Transformation Director at the Air Force Services Agency. She explains that it might sound unusual for the Air Force to focus on golf courses, but it actually makes perfect sense. Learn more in an interview with Gonzales on the Federal Drive this morning.

  • The Army makes progress in a $40-billion dollar contest to build new ground combat vehicles. GovExec reports that three companies have submitted bids for the contract. They are General Dynamics, BAE Systems and SAIC, which has teamed with Boeing and two German firms. Army leaders are looking for a platform that can be as lethal as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and as survivable as the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle being used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new project will replace the ground vehicle portion of the cancelled Future Combat Systems program.

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