Why the Pentagon wants more AI, drones, attack submarines with nuclear weapons

Image of the Pentagon by Senior Airman Perry Aston

Nuclear weapons, Research and Development, space war, attack submarines, drones and AI are all solid areas of priority for the Pentagon weapons developers as they try to speed up the growing “pivot” to great-power warfare, aims to address the deficits and – perhaps of the utmost importance – to keep Russia and China when it comes to weapons, areas of great importance for the AMERICAN military services.

The more than 700 billion Pentagon 2020 proposed budget of nature covers a wide area of technologies and weapons programs, but there are a handful of the technologies and platforms planned for major expenditure increases compared to recent years. These areas, speaks of the offer of relevant and timely insight into the current threat environment, and DoD priorities and approach of a new strategic landscape.

Taking a good look at where the increases are the two largest ones in the europe 2020 submission seem to be $14 billion proposed for the new Space of Strength, and an overall 10 percent increase in Research and Development spending. Large increases are also planned for AI, the Pentagon, and the arsenal of nuclear weapons, more attack submarines, an accelerated Marine fleet expansion and a host of Air Force programs to include hypersonic weapons and the new stealthy B-21 bomber.


AI is, undoubtedly, one of the most wide-spread or includes areas with great emphasis. Not only has the Pentagon recently unveiled a new AI strategy, but AI, in general, is to expand and further and more narrowly configured elements of the cyber-domain are major platforms for the services. New iterations of AI, are now processed in such things as the F-35, the current and future armoured fighting vehicles and Naval vessels such as the LCS and the new Ford-class carriers. Cybersecurity, senior Air Force leaders explain, is not limited. Previously, in large networks, fire control, radar, weapons, sensors and command and control networks are increasingly cyber-reliant and informed by the AI.

Generally, it is important to note that the areas of the proposed increases are not directly or completely to suggest that this is the most important programs – but they point to important areas of the growing Pentagon focus as it strives to remain at the forefront of the great power rivals — an increasingly complex and serious challenge.

It is no surprise that, generally speaking, the Pentagon is the placing of an accelerated measure of the importance of Research and Development by the questions of an almost 10 percent increase in the expenditure. In the first study, of course, there are some obvious or more obvious reasons for this, given the pace of global technological progress and the ratio of need for new technologies. These include an ambitious DoD-wide migration to cloud platforms, new AI strategy, the Nuclear Posture Review and, of course, quick preparations for Space War. Much progress has been made when it comes to the execution of Deputy Minister of Defence Shanahan’s directive to migrate quickly to the cloud-technologies, a movement aimed at a widely distributed memo a few years ago when he served as Deputy Secretary of Defense. DoD has also extended with a broad move to Windows 10. Innovations with respect to cybersecurity, more and more AI-based. The 2020 budget proposes $9.6 billion for Cyber war.

Research & Development, much of which is now enriched by the rapidly evolving trends in the AI, is heavily focused on drones and manned-unmanned collaboration. F-22’s and F-35s will, for example, will soon control in the near “loyal wingman” drones from the cockpit — and aircraft to launch and recover from small and medium-sized attack drones from the air. The budget proposes $3.7 billion for Unmanned/Autonomous projects, and € 927 million for the emerging Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. R&D also increases with the increase of the development for laser weapons, and research, with the demand for $235 million.


Other proposed increases, as well as, seem to be a pretty straight forward reason. The Air Force B-21, for example, is getting about a $700 million boost in funding; the program recently launched its Critical Design Review and is moving in the direction of a new prototyping and construction phase. There is also a broad consensus that a new generation of stealth is necessary to keep in the front of advanced, Russian-built air defenses.

The much discussed Nuclear Posture Review introduces a handful of the ambitious plans to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal. This is, of course, included continued rapid progress on existing nuclear weapons programs such as the new Ground-Based Strategic Deterrence of the next generation ICBM and the progress with an emerging nuclear-armed Long-Range stand-off weapons.

At the same time, the NPR calls in particular for the addition of new, low yield, and a submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM), and nuclear cruise missiles to launch, with an option to be more localized nuclear strikes if necessary. Pentagon weapons developers tell Warrior Maven the beginning of the draft plans for this weapon is complete and that the following steps are in full swing. The reason for this new weapons, Pentagon officials, developers say, is not to lower the threshold to nuclear war, but rather to reinforce a deterrence.

Other interesting areas of the 2020 budget are Hellfire Missiles, lasers, Hypersonic Weapons and aircraft carriers.

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