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Jumping into algorithmic warfare: US Army aviation tightens kill chain with networked architecture

NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. ? In the skies above China Lake, California, from the back of an MH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter, an operator with a tablet takes control of a Gray Eagle drone and tasks it with firing a small, precision-glide munition at an enemy target located on the ground. But at the last second, a higher level threat is detected and the munition is rapidly redirected toward a different threat, eliminating it within seconds.

This was made possible through the architecture, automation, autonomy and interfaces capability, or A3I, built by the Army?s Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team under Army Futures Command.

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The Army’s killer drones: How a secretive special ops unit decimated ISIS

As the Islamic State?s physical caliphate shrinks to nothing after an almost five-year campaign led by U.S. special operations forces, military insiders say one small unit has killed more of the extremists than any other: the company of Gray Eagle drones in the Army?s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Although the military has thrown a cloak of secrecy over its operations, the unit ? officially called E (or ?Echo?) Company of the regiment?s Second Battalion and established less than a decade ago ? is increasingly being lauded in special operations and Army aviation circles.

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