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Lawmakers seek to inject funds into military tech advancements

24th July 2018 - 16:32 GMT | by Ashley Roque in Washington DC


US House and Senate lawmakers have hashed out a deal authorising next year's defence spending levels at $716 billion, and zeroing in on technology developments to counter Russian and Chinese military advancements. 

Conferees reached the deal on the FY2019 defence authorisation bill on 23 July. Now both chambers will need to approve the measure before it heads to the president's desk for his signature. 

When drafting the compromise, lawmakers pinpointed a number of technology investment areas — directed energy, electronic warfare and AI — they said the sectors are critical for helping the US military compete with

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Ashley Roque


Ashley Roque

Ashley Roque joined Shephard Media in January 2018 as its North American Editor, based in …

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