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Startups bring Silicon Valley ethos to a lumbering military-industrial complex

By Eric Lipton

22 May 2023 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

The war in Ukraine is still largely being fought with 20th-century weapons, but new technologies are changing the battlefield. The NYT reports on how small, innovative firms are changing the game.

WASHINGTON — Capella Space, a San Francisco-based startup, is building a fleet of small, inexpensive satellites that can track enemy troops as they move at night, or under cloud cover that traditional optical satellites cannot see through.

Fortem Technologies, a small aerospace company in Utah, wants to supply the Pentagon with a new type of unmanned aircraft that can disable enemy drones.

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