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Jon Hill: AI Key to Advancing Missile Defense Systems

Jeff Brody
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Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, has said that artificial intelligence can help traditional ballistic missiles keep up with advanced systems, National Defense Magazine reported Monday.

Hill told attendees at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington, D.C. that traditional missiles are being outperformed by advanced systems such as hypersonic weapons, precision-guided ballistic missiles and low-flying cruise missiles. He added that a key priority for developing advanced missile systems is the capacity for multidomain operations that involve global command-and-control and sensor systems.

The Department of Defense is working on establishing a layered network of next-generation technologies such as space sensors and advanced interceptors in efforts to improve missile defense.

“It's an important part of the future,” he said. “With the kind of speeds that we're dealing with today, that kind of reaction time that we have to have today, there's no other answer other than to leverage artificial intelligence.”

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