The INSIDER daily digest -- August 10, 2023

By John Liang / August 10, 2023 at 2:05 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on artificial intelligence, Ukraine's cybersecurity lessons learned from its ongoing war with Russia, Army directed-energy short-range air defense systems and more.

We start off with a new Defense Department artificial intelligence effort:

DARPA offers $20M in prizes, support to developers of AI for software security

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced a two-year competition for the development of an AI-driven tool to identify and patch software vulnerabilities, with the intent of widespread applications throughout the economy.

Our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity are in Las Vegas, covering the annual Black Hat cyber conference there:

Easterly, Ukraine cyber leader Zhora discuss lessons on partnership and resilience from war

LAS VEGAS -- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly emphasized the need for Americans to “internalize lessons on resilience” from Ukraine's battle against Russia in preparation for cybersecurity challenges the United States is likely to face in the next few years, during an evening keynote appearance at the Black Hat conference here.

Army Lt. Gen. Robert Rasch, director of the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, spoke this week at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, AL:

Three of four DE M-SHORAD platoon sets have been delivered

The Army has delivered three out of four prototype platoon sets for the Directed Energy Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense system, with the fourth set to be delivered in the next month, a service official said Wednesday.

Senate appropriators are in favor of hypersonic defense systems:

Lawmakers prioritize hypersonic systems development to defend against adversaries

Senate lawmakers have expressed their support for prioritizing the development of hypersonic systems to counterattack enemy weapons, according to the report accompanying the Senate Appropriations Committee's fiscal year 2024 defense spending bill.

We end off with coverage from the recent Air Force Life Cycle Industry Day:

U.K. working out DMS problems with E-7 ahead of U.S. acquisition

DAYTON, OH -- The U.S. will benefit from the kinks in the manufacturing and supply chain for the E-7 Wedgetail that are being worked out by the U.K., which has faced rising procurement costs on its version of the aircraft, senior materiel leaders told reporters last week.

Read our full industry day coverage.