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CRS Defense Primer: Emerging Technologies

CRS In Focus – Defense Primer: Emerging Technologies, Updated June 8, 2021: “Both U.S. national strategy documents and Congress’s own bipartisan Future of Defense Task Force Report have identified a number of emerging technologies that could have a disruptive impact on U.S. national security in the years to come. These technologies include

  • artificial intelligence,
  • lethal autonomous weapons,
  • hypersonic weapons,
  • directed-energy weapons,
  • biotechnology,
  • and quantum technology.

As these technologies continue to mature, they could hold significant implications for congressional oversight, U.S. defense authorizations and appropriations, military concepts of operations, and the future of war…”

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