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In what seems like a sci-fi movie of only a few years ago, “artificial intelligence empowered, war fighting drones” teamed with manned command and control are shaping up as the path forward. The last few years have seen several manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) initiatives by the USAF and private industry. On July 30, 2018 Textron Aviation Defense, LLC announced that they had demonstrated MUM-T capability on the Scorpion Jetwith Textron Systems’ “Synturian®” control and collaboration technology(official Textron Press release here). MUM-T has been discussed by for several years and we are now starting to see the progress. The assessment of “drones” as “Loyal Wingman” (Air Force Research Laboratory), and in several other roles are simply early indicators that in some form, this is going to happen. As reported in...