Military Embedded Systems

Discussing the trajectory of AI-powered military technology


May 27, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the hottest topics in modern technology, and defense electronics are no exception. In an industry where commercial automation has far outpaced that of the military, the Department of Defense (DoD) has found itself in a position that is neck and neck with the pace of adversaries. Base-patrolling robot dogs and algorithms designed to understand complex combat scenarios are currently in development, but that's just the beginning. In the debut episode of On the Radar, Emma Helfrich and John McHale of Military Embedded Systems discuss the current state of military AI and machine learning (ML), how these advancements are being financed, and the obstacles that stand in innovation's way. Also covered is the concept of defining the ethics of ML-powered systems and DoD research and development funding for AI.



This podcast is sponsored by:

Pentek, a leading manufacturer of embedded boards and recording systems serving the defense market. As one of the original COTS vendors, Pentek has been involved in developing open architecture standards for almost 20 years. Pentek is committed to the support and development of modular open standard architectures as seen with key contributions to VITAPICMG, and now the SOSA standard. Pentek is an active member with leadership roles in the SOSA™ Consortium technical and business working groups. To find out more about Pentek and SOSA, visit