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Unmanned Systems

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

Despite a less aggressive public campaign from the Navy this budget cycle to highlight unmanned ships, House lawmakers are continuing to push for legislative provisions to temper the service's rapid efforts to develop the untested technology.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

A House panel is threatening to withhold funding from the military's flagship program to achieve joint all-domain command and control until the Air Force shares information on its Global Hawk divestment plans.

June 19, 2020 | Daily News

Even though the Air Force has spent the last two years trying to reform its drone export enterprise, particularly working to accelerate transfers, industry insiders say they haven't seen the expected results.

June 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 25-2 Wednesday evening to approve its version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, including billions of dollars in new U.S. military investments focused on deterring China in the Indo-Pacific region.

June 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is researching a new kind of artificial intelligence that can resist adversarial attacks on data -- enabling an autonomous pilot that can eventually fly unmanned vehicles in the contested battle spaces of the future.

June 04, 2020 | Daily News

Officials for the Navy's MQ-25 unmanned aerial tanker program told government auditors they are at risk of having to extend developmental testing by up to three years, echoing previous warnings the service has made since recent funding cuts.

June 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is looking for a new medium-altitude, unmanned aerial system to support intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and strike missions that can reach initial operational capability in spring 2031.

June 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Army is continuing prototype assessments in two units for the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System, an effort to replace the RQ-7 Shadow UAS in brigade combat teams, while a third unit begins testing this month.

June 01, 2020 | Daily News

The Army plans to restart in July its soldier operational experiment for the Robotic Combat Vehicle at Ft. Carson, CO, which is paused due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel and person-to-person contact.

May 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today launched a competition for industry to participate in prototyping and experimentation for the Skyborg manned-unmanned teaming program.

May 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today launched a competition for industry to participate in prototyping and experimentation for the Skyborg manned-unmanned teaming program.

May 13, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers are voicing concern that the Air Force's fiscal year 2021 plan to divest from legacy drone programs before next-generation platforms are ready could leave a gap in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities -- putting the service on the defensive as budget negotiations ramp up.

May 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Skyborg program office plans to release a solicitation to buy vehicles for experimentation this month, on the path toward achieving the imagined artificial intelligence-enabled, autonomous unmanned aerial system that can function as a "force multiplier" for manned aircraft.

May 07, 2020 | Daily News

Despite a potential 10-month delay to the schedule, the Navy says it is still planning for its new unmanned aerial tanker program to achieve initial operational capability in fiscal year 2024, according to the officer overseeing the aircraft.

May 06, 2020 | Daily News

While the U.S. Air Force continues research and development of low-cost attritable drones, Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force Tuesday rolled out the first prototype of their Loyal Wingman, moving closer to achieving an operational, autonomy-enabled "force multiplier" for the global defense market. 

May 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy last week began a three-year effort to solicit ideas from industry to improve its future submarines and unmanned undersea vehicles.

April 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy is planning a two-year production pause for an unmanned surveillance aircraft but has yet to determine how much the hiatus will cost, according to the program manager.

April 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Army today issued a "narrative" for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program in place of an in-person industry day due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy this week began soliciting industry and academia about the 2021 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise under the banner of "Naval Integration in a Contested Environment."

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy says it is now implementing two key acquisition and design efforts into all unmanned maritime vehicle programs, bringing to fruition the service's years-long efforts to begin standardizing unmanned and autonomous technologies.

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