Bipartisan Bill Would Bolster Research and Development on Emerging Technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Drone and Cyber Capabilities
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently led the introduction of bipartisan legislation to bolster collaboration between the United States and Israel on emerging technologies that will guide the future of warfare to strengthen our nations’ preparedness and national security. The legislation was also co-led by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.).
“Our nation is grateful to have such a strong partner in Israel. Working together, we’ve already been able to develop significant advancements in military technologies, including on missile defense. I’m proud to co-lead this legislation with Senator Peters to ensure our two nations can collaborate on cybersecurity and other emerging technologies that will define the future of warfare,” said Senator Fischer.
The Senators’ U.S.-Israel Future of Warfare Act would increase U.S. defense collaboration with Israel in areas of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, drone and cybersecurity capabilities, directed energy, and automation, to ensure both nations’ warfare capabilities can meet the challenges of the future. The bill would create the U.S.-Israel Future of Warfare Research and Development Fund, authorized at $50 million annually through Fiscal Year 2028, to enable the U.S. and Israel to scale up cooperation efforts in these fields.
In recent years, rogue state and non-state actors have increasingly used new and emerging technologies, such as drone and cybersecurity capabilities, to challenge the U.S. and Israel. A strong U.S.-Israel strategic relationship and enhanced bilateral cooperation in defense, homeland security, cybersecurity, space, and other key areas is critical to ensuring both countries can confront emerging defense challenges both today and in the future.
In addition to Senators Fischer and Peters, the legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Ted Budd (R-N.C.).
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