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Aerospace & Defense

Pentagon seeks to triple AI warfare budget to meet China's rise

Corporate and academic cooperation key to advancement, says top officer

A U.S. Air Force drone: Washington looks to bring artificial intelligence into combat.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Defense Department has made battlefield-ready artificial intelligence a priority in its planning, seeking a massive increase in related spending to counter China's rapid advances in the field.

The department's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center requested $268 million under the draft federal budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, roughly triple the figure from the previous year.

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