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Unmanned Systems

March 10, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy recently transferred four MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft to the Air Force after Air Force Secretary Michael Donley certified to Congress that the move would not degrade the drones' intelligence-gathering capabilities.

March 07, 2011 | Daily News

At least two congressional committees have denied -- without prejudice -- a Pentagon request to shift money between accounts to finance more than a dozen intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance initiatives Defense Secretary Robert Gates says commanders in Afghanistan urgently require, citing restrictive rules under the stopgap spending measure funding the federal government.

March 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is set to kick off an analysis of alternatives for its Medium Endurance Marinized Unmanned Aircraft System (MEMUAS) as well as move forward with its Sonochute Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program as soon as an appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011 passes.
March 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department has issued a new policy aimed at heading off other governments' requests to buy highly capable unmanned aerial vehicles that can fly great distances, gather intelligence from the skies and launch weapons without putting pilots in harm's way.

March 01, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon is seeking permission from Congress to immediately fund approximately three dozen high-priority initiatives proposed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force, planning to pump more than $300 million into an array of new starts and existing programs including a slew of unmanned aircraft-related efforts.

February 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Navy Special Operating Forces will use the MQ-8B Fire Scout as the interim sea-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance drone until fiscal year 2018, when the service expects to field a medium-range maritime UAS, according to the Navy's FY-12 budget justification documents.
February 25, 2011 | Inside the Army

With two out of four hardware projects under the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team modernization program now canceled, the Army's No. 2 officer views the program's fate as an example of military requirements becoming outdated amid the evolution of military technology.

February 25, 2011 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is pressing lawmakers to act on a $1.1 billion request to finance an appeal from Gen. David Petraeus for new weapons and capabilities "urgently" needed for the war in Afghanistan -- a proposal to siphon funds from what congressional sources say are potentially unacceptable programs, particularly the Army's humvee procurement account.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to invest $197 million in maturing technologies for the new long-range penetrating bomber, according to the fiscal year 2012 budget request released today.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy heavily boosted Fire Scout buys, added seven P-8As to the future years defense plan and made the expected additions and subtractions to its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet procurement and Joint Strike Fighter buys, according to the president's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal rolled out today.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force has moved $3.4 billion gathered through operating efficiencies in the fiscal year 2012 budget over to enhance funding for several initiatives including F-15 radar modernization, the block purchase of space launch vehicles and the purchase of MQ-9 Reapers, according to a top service official.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy

The distinction between underwater and surface unmanned vehicles is more fluid than some might think, according to Jame Galambos, the head of the large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicle (LDUUV) project Penn State University conducted for the Navy. Galambos spoke at a Feb. 3 conference in Washington.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Office of Naval Research is looking at a Large-Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle power system prototype that could keep the robot going between 46 and 70 days, according to briefing slides posted on Federal Business Opportunities last week.
February 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Lockheed and Boeing officials say that their cargo unmanned aerial vehicles -- the K-MAX and A160T Hummingbird, respectively -- will both be able to overcome radio frequency interference in theater, despite the concerns a Marine Corps official expressed earlier this month.
February 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy

The Navy is working to define the role of unmanned surface and subsurface vehicles in its fleet -- a role that Capt. Jeffrey Currer, the head of the Navy’s undersea capabilities program, said will be reflected in the service’s Undersea Dominance Roadmap as it is modified this year.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

Despite the fact the Army is phasing out its Early Infantry
Brigade Combat Team program and has eliminated two systems from what would have
been fielded in Increment 1, several technologies that were scheduled to be
released in later increments continue to move forward, according to an Army

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is taking a more incremental approach to its
unmanned ground vehicle systems, looking to an upcoming analysis of
alternatives as well as several capabilities development documents to better
inform its path forward, according to a service official.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army could procure fewer Gray Eagle unmanned aerial
systems than planned due to the congressional continuing resolution the Defense
Department is operating under, and will likely see a schedule slip in a Defense
Acquisition Board meeting slated to approve a second low-rate initial
production decision.

February 06, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy successfully launched the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator, Northrop Grumman's X-47B, from Edwards Air Force Base, CA, on Feb. 4, and the program's next move will be to launch F-18s with X-47B software from a carrier as surrogates later this spring, program officials said today.

The program aims to demonstrate unmanned aircraft launch and recovery from an aircraft carrier as a precursor to the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Aerial Surveillance System tentatively scheduled for fielding in 2018.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

Training and
Doctrine Command officials are working on a revised equipment plan across Army
formations that would more than double the number of small, hand-launched
aerial surveillance drones throughout brigade combat teams, an increase that
would bring the Army-wide number of these systems from 2,250 to almost 5,000,
according to a command official.