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AUSA 2021: Scarlet Dragon exercises AI-aided kill chain

12th October 2021 - 12:00 GMT | by David Isby in Washington DC


Rappel training for XVIII Airborne Corps. The corps led the latest Scarlet Dragon exercise, which concluded on 7 October. (Photo: US Army photo/Pfc Hubert D Delany III/22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

The US armed forces are training in ways to shorten the time it takes to transmit mission-critical targeting data from satellites to shooters.

The fourth Scarlet Dragon exercise, completed on 7 October, was led by the XVIII (Airborne) Corps and included observers from the UK, Australia and Canada as well as participants from all six US armed services.

Speaking to reporters at the annual AUSA exhibition in Washington DC on 11 October, COL Joseph Boccino, director of communications for the corps, said the object of the exercise was ‘using AI [artificial intelligence] to shorten the kill chain’.

The Scarlet Dragon series began in September 2020 and the latest exercise — the first to be publicised — attracted extensive industry participation. 

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David Isby


David Isby

David Isby is a Washington-based attorney and consultant on national security issues. He has experience …

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