DARPA’s first Grand Challenge for autonomous vehicles in 2004 went down in history when not one vehicle finished the 150-mile course. The same year, DARPA announced that one-third of US ground military vehicles would be autonomous by 2015. We look at how the technology has moved on in the 15 years since, and find out how close the US Armed Forces are to achieving that target and which challenges have prevented them meeting DARPA’s goal.

We also look into the future of training and simulation for armed forces, and speak to Thales UK’s head of Military Training Services about the latest training and simulation technologies used by the Royal Air Force.

Plus, we hear from MASS about countermeasure development in the AI age, report from the latest Defence Aviation and Safety Conference in the UK, and find out how the US DARPA wants to develop maritime surveillance capabilities using undersea organisms.

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