27 octobre 2022 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité, Autre défense

Biden seeks 'right technology investment' in National Defense Strategy

Along with investments in directed-energy and hypersonics, the strategy would make U.S. a '€œfast-follower'€ in artificial intelligence and autonomy.


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