A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments (New York Times)

New York Times: A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments. “The man in charge of Saudi Arabia’s ruthless campaign to stifle dissent went searching for ways to spy on people he saw as threats to the kingdom. He knew where to go: a secretive Israeli company offering technology developed by former intelligence operatives.”

US Army War College War Room: We Need An AI-Based Enemy Analysis Tool … Now!

US Army War College War Room: We Need An AI-Based Enemy Analysis Tool … Now!. “The U.S. Army does not have an automated enemy analysis tool at the tactical level. When maneuver battalion staffs plan operations, they manually analyze terrain and weather to predict enemy courses of action, considering how an enemy commander could most effectively fight. Staffs plan their own friendly course of action against this analysis. The process works much the same as it did 30 years ago. Staffs today have more intelligence products (imagery, UAS video, etc.), and computers help display enemy and friendly courses of action, but no enemy analysis tool analyzes terrain, weather, and enemy weapons and creates an optimal enemy course of action. Given recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence—specifically the ability to win at abstract strategy games, this type of tool is now feasible. The Army needs it.”

Defense One: A New Social-Media Simulator Is Helping US Troops Train for Hybrid War

Defense One: A New Social-Media Simulator Is Helping US Troops Train for Hybrid War. “The U.S. military is using a new simulator to prepare intelligence analysts and public affairs officers for the social-media front of future wars. A computer program by Cubic is helping to train these troops to sort through tweets, other social media posts, and real and fake news; figure out which posts might be pouring fuel on a local fire; and react to them. The simulator, called the Social Media Replication Toolkit System, is being incorporated into training and wargames by military units all the way up to combatant commands, company reps said at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention in Washington.”

Defense One: Here’s How the Pentagon Wants to Use Social Media On the Battlefield

Defense One: Here’s How the Pentagon Wants to Use Social Media On the Battlefield. “It still takes the U.S. military too long to turn social media and other open-source information into something that operators in the field can use. Artificial intelligence is going to change that, and give U.S. troops a distinct battlefield edge, says U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.”