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2022 Letter from the CEO

Team,   Security and stability have been the foundation of progress throughout history. In the eight decades following WWII, our families have enjoyed a period marked by relative peace and stability where peoples around the world competed and collaborated to create and trade goods, services, and ideas – to produce radical advancements in human achievement, human […]

Engineering Innovations with Lifesaving Implications

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Jazz is an applied physicist and technical director at Shield AI. She led a V-BAT engineering team that successfully developed a belly bay payload capability and a custom cooling solution for Naval Advanced Medical Development’s (NAMD) & Defense Innovation Unit’s Just-In-Time Delivery Program.  No one said integrating a highly capable expanded belly bay payload onto […]

Hivemind for Operational, Read-and-React Swarming

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As part of Shield AI’s work on an AFWERX Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) contract, we’ve integrated our autonomy and artificial intelligence stack, Hivemind, onto our vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft, V-BAT, in simulation. The goal of this project is to operationalize Hivemind for different hardware platforms to support Air Force Special Operations Command […]

AI for Maneuver: Air Dominance

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“AI for Maneuver has the promise to break the paradigm by delivering both quality and quantity: capabilities that don’t just augment human performance, but also scale human performance.”

The Next Era of Aviation – Autonomy and AI Pilots

I will never forget my first conversation with our engineers at Shield AI, where I learned that in three weeks our AI Pilots accumulated the equivalent of 31 years of flight, and then they talked about increasing that ratio by orders of magnitude. People haven’t even begun to wrap their heads around the implications of […]

Why Shield AI? Bob Harward’s Perspective

My good friend, former Secretary of Defense and fellow professional warrior General Jim Mattis said, “America’s military has no pre-ordained right to victory on the battlefield.” The assumption that our military will always be dominant because of past successes is dangerous, and blatantly not true. China and Russia are developing increasingly impressive capabilities, and the U.S. and our allies lack credible deterrents […]

Tesla Shows Us The Risks When Dominant Incumbents Fail To Be Bold

China’s military is Netflix; the U.S. military is Blockbuster. China is Amazon; the U.S. is Barnes & Noble. China is Tesla; the U.S. is General Motors. People thought the automotive industry could not be disrupted and that Ford, GM and Toyota had preordained rights to be the leaders for the next thousand years. Automotive executives […]

America Must Accelerate, Scale, and Innovate to Win Future Wars

Nikki is an employee at Shield AI and an Army veteran who completed two deployments to Afghanistan and a tour of duty in South Korea. Since transition from the military, Nikki has worked in the tech industry, primarily focusing on the commercial and defense sectors. In the blog post below, she shares insights on how […]