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Unmanned Systems

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army leaders
met on Friday to review the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team program,
according to service spokesman Paul Mehney. The gathering precedes a
senior-level Defense Acquisition Board meeting scheduled for next month.
Heading into the meeting last week, officials from Boeing and the Army had
acknowledged concerns over the utility of the program's Unattended Ground
Sensors and the cost of the Class 1 Unmanned Aerial System. "We are considering
changes to the overall program but are in the continuing review process,"
Mehney told Inside the Army.

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army's
Task Force ODIN, a quick-reaction capability utilizing manned and unmanned
teaming to monitor adversary actions, has seen a recent surge in capability and
capacity due to priorities in theater, according to service officials in
Afghanistan.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Federal agencies that use unmanned drones have been instructed to complete detailed studies laying out and prioritizing their operational needs to fly the aircraft in U.S. skies.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Within the next five years, the Defense Department plans to more than double the number of certificates the military has to fly unmanned drones in the national airspace, according to a report recently submitted to Congress and obtained by Inside the Pentagon.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A recent study on why an unmanned, rocket-launched, hypersonic air vehicle failed to complete its test run over the Pacific Ocean earlier this year found the problem stemmed from a flight anomaly, not a major vehicle or system problem.

November 12, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is hoping to decrease the number of personnel required to operate unmanned aircraft and submarines to a point where one operator could control multiple unmanned vehicles, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughhead.
November 12, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy wants to name the service's next-generation unmanned fighter and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft the "Cutlass," and the plan is to have a four- to eight-plane squadron on a carrier deck by 2018, Rear Adm. Kendall Card, director of concepts, strategies and integration for information dominance (N2/N6), said last week.
November 12, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is looking to leverage technologies from its defunct Future Combat Systems suite as it develops several capabilities development documents key to its evolving modernization plans, according to a service official.

November 12, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has begun drafting an autonomous navigation capabilities development document, leveraging technological developments from the defunct Future Combat Systems and implementing requirements from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.

November 11, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

To help integrate unmanned drones into the national airspace, a committee comprised of Pentagon and Federal Aviation Administration representatives is calling for standardized guidance for requesting access, procedures for how the unmanned aircraft will respond to problems, and the establishment of a sense-and-avoid system, according to a report recently submitted to Congress and obtained by Inside the Pentagon.

November 05, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is looking for a small unmanned undersea system that would be able to neutralize mines rather than simply detect them, according to a notice posted on Federal Business Opportunities.
November 05, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to transition the command of Task Force ODIN, a quick-reaction capability utilizing manned and unmanned teaming to monitor adversary actions in theater, to Army Intelligence and Security Command, according to service officials.

November 05, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army Capabilities Integration Center has completed a final draft of its broad, long-term unmanned ground vehicle strategy document, according to service officials.

November 04, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Army soldiers could be using portable 4G networks to gather surveillance data from unmanned drones as soon as two years from now, according to a senior Army aviation official.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Scores of Shadow unmanned aerial systems have crashed while performing missions in Iraq since 2004, many due to engine failures, according to classified documents posted on Wikileaks.org and analyzed by Inside the Navy.
October 29, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army continues to mull its path forward for optionally piloted helicopters, although questions of usefulness and funding remain across the manned and unmanned aircraft program offices, according to service officials.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Army

As they await scored results from September's limited user test, program officials from the Army's Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team are preparing for a Defense Acquisition Board review in December, service officials said last week.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has expressed interest in weaponizing its smaller unmanned aerial systems, although no formal requirement yet exists for any aircraft under the large Gray Eagle UAS, according to a service official.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Army

An industry team led by BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman has added iRobot to its partnership in the hopes of designing an autonomous navigation system for their Ground Combat Vehicle prototype.

October 28, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army is still trying to "work out the kinks" with the Federal Aviation Administration on what data requirements should be included as part of the approved certificate of authorization to fly unmanned drones in the national airspace using ground-based, sense-and-avoid technology, according to an Army official overseeing the program.

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