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Work at Shield AI, Build Autonomy for Jets… and Maybe Even Fly in One! 

Working at the intersection of cutting-edge AI, autonomy, and robotics in a fast-paced, rapidly growing tech company is an engineer’s dream come true. Solving the most challenging engineering problems on a mission that matters, there are only a handful of companies in the world that offer such a rare combination. Tesla and SpaceX come to […]

Revolutionizing V-BAT Operations: Navigating Autonomy in Single and Team Missions

With Shobhit Srivastava    In an age where technology is redefining our skies, how do we ensure that our autonomous V-BATs not only fly solo but also work seamlessly in teams? In this conversation, Shobhit discusses the intricacies behind the technology that empower these intelligent aircraft to operate autonomously, whether alone or in collaboration. Q: […]

Production Speed and Scale to Deliver Intelligent, Affordable Mass

“The factory is the machine that builds the machine.” -Elon Musk   The Pentagon’s recently-announced $1 billion “Replicator” program – dubbed the “generational challenge to American society” by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks – is aimed squarely at countering China’s numerical edge by leveraging attritable, intelligent mass to tip the balance in the United States’ favor. […]

Generative AI Builds Autonomy for Defense

How Generative AI Will Enable Warfighters, Not Engineers, to Create Autonomy and Asset Mission Packages Imminently Scene Setter – Somewhere in the Pacific, circa 2028 The above scenario represents an achievable aimpoint for Shield AI that we have been working towards since the first papers on large language models were published. After reading those papers […]

AI Engineering and the Ethics of War

Jim Carlson is Shield AI’s General Counsel. Previously he was a software engineer, product manager, entrepreneur, and Marine Corps attack helicopter pilot having completed 100+ combat flights. He holds a JD, MBA, and BA from Stanford University.   My eight-year-old daughter’s favorite movie is Top Gun 2: Maverick. I’m not sure if her love for the […]

It’s All Systems Go at Shield AI’s Texas Unified Facility

Historically speaking, the terms “aesthetic” and “production facility” are just about as asynchronous as you can get. Any mention of the manufacturing sector typically evokes gloomy images of billowing smog and the deafening roar of machinery — not exactly conducive to the type of collaborative initiatives necessitated by the evolving demands of the modern market. […]

A Quarter-Million Hours & Counting: Shield AI’s Seasoned Flight Operations Professionals

Shield AI aircraft operator Toby Stewart waits for a V-BAT to return to USS Arleigh Burke’s (DDG 51) flight deck while underway in the Irish Sea.   From training, production flight testing, and demonstrations to deployed operations and engineering flight testing, Shield AI’s Flight Operations Team does it all. We recently sat down with three flight […]

V-BAT: A Gold Standard for Architectural Excellence

I came to appreciate engineering architecture as a newly minted electrical engineer working on wireless power. My first startup, WiPower, would go on to be acquired by Qualcomm. At Qualcomm I continued my work on wireless power, helping the technology become an industry standard now available in millions of devices.  It was through this journey […]

Delivering Hivemind: A software ecosystem to enable autonomy on the edge

Alex Burtness is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Johns Hopkins University, where he studied systems engineering and mechanical engineering, respectively. He served in the Navy as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) officer and worked at Brain Corp as a technical program manager before joining the Shield AI team in 2021.  When people […]