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Unmanned Systems

November 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
A group of 34 countries that signed the Missile Technology Control Regime, which restricts trade of unmanned aerial systems and missiles, may once again debate whether to amend the agreement to allow for foreign sales of lighter-than-air unmanned aircraft, a move that has failed in the past.
November 22, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Acting Pentagon acquisition executive Frank Kendall wants to see more acquisition programs collaborate on technology across service boundaries, following the example of Navy and Air Force radar initiatives.

November 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Office of Naval Research last week released its third version of a naval science and technology strategic plan that promotes a new emphasis on autonomous and unmanned systems.
November 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
As the Navy continues to acquire more and more unmanned aerial vehicles, it is actively working out plans to better integrate the systems and their operators with other unmanned and manned systems, an official in the Navy's program executive office for unmanned aviation and strike weapons told industry and military officials last week.
November 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

High-level talks between the Army and the Air Force scheduled for February are expected to include a review of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs from both services.

November 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
banking on a technology installed on the latest Apache helicopter version as a
blueprint for enabling pilots to commandeer unmanned aerial vehicles during flight,
according to a service official.

November 15, 2011 | Daily News

Sequestration cuts would hammer the Defense Department's top weapons programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the Littoral Combat Ship and the Air Force's new bomber, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers today.

November 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
LEXINGTON PARK, MD -- The Navy is testing the communications between manned and unmanned helicopters in the hopes that the two working in tandem could expand the Navy's reach.
November 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's
Logistics Innovation Agency is developing a request for information from
industry to assess possible advances over the next decade in cargo unmanned
aerial systems, which could lead to an industry day at which companies could
present future concepts, according to the LIA's director.

November 10, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The military departments have completed their part of a Defense Department review to determine airspace-integration needs for unmanned drones by submitting flight-profile needs for all of their unmanned aircraft systems, according to a service official.

November 09, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force has launched a new study to explore how the service might conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance against adversaries capable of shooting down aircraft like its unmanned Predator, which over the last decade has emerged as a marquee U.S. weapon system in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board is conducing a study of "Non-traditional ISR for Contested Environments (NICE)" to consider new approaches to generating a high-fidelity ISR picture.

November 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Office of Naval Research will kick off a competition to build a cargo unmanned aerial system next month to help fill the Marine Corps' urgent need for an autonomous system that can ferry supplies and take trucks off Afghanistan roads littered with improvised explosive devices.
November 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Due to the fact that unmanned surface vehicles are limited in their ability to send and receive information, the Office of Naval Research is experimenting with using unmanned aerial vehicles to enhance the functionality of USVs, an official told Inside the Navy last week.
November 03, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is moving forward with plans to expand the capability of its X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System -- a development effort that aims to demonstrate technologies needed for a stealthy unmanned fighter designed to operate from an aircraft carrier -- to autonomously refuel while in flight with both Air Force and naval tankers.

November 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Contracting issues could delay by a year new technical demonstrations that are slated to inform Pentagon plans to more rapidly and affordably acquire unmanned drones.

November 02, 2011 | Daily News

Army Secretary John McHugh today singled out Defense Department-wide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets as a "good area" to look at in the Pentagon's search for reducing costly duplications in the services' weapon programs.

October 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Affordability
must not take a backseat to schedule or technical performance considerations
when the Pentagon buys unmanned systems, according to a new roadmap issued by
the Defense Department's procurement chief and the military's No. 2 officer.

October 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense
Department must overcome challenges in training, airspace integration, and
propulsion and power to achieve its vision of seamlessly integrating its
unmanned capabilities, according to its new unmanned systems roadmap.

October 21, 2011 | Inside the Army

Despite
concerns over a possible delay of a competition for unmanned vertical
take-off-and-landing aircraft, the Army says it still plans to award two
quick-reaction capability contracts in January for a fly-off in Afghanistan.

October 21, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army,
hoping to field a "James Bond tool kit" of small unmanned aerial systems that
would allow soldiers to pick the right drone for each scenario, is awaiting the
approval of a capabilities production document before moving forward, according
to Tim Owings, the service's deputy program manager for unmanned aerial
systems.

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