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Unmanned Systems

March 25, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Defense Department is looking to field small
reconnaissance robots to Afghanistan rugged enough to be tossed into a house,
over walls or onto roofs, according to defense officials.

March 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

Lockheed Martin officials still hope to be picked by the Army
for a test of the company's compact-car-sized ground cargo robot in Afghanistan
after months of uncertainty surrounding the project's contracting strategy.

March 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Northrop Grumman and Navy officials have been busy marketing the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance drone to Indian and Australian officials in recent weeks, according to a source familiar with the program.
March 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

In the first of several steps planned this year to boost competition and interoperability for unmanned aircraft systems, the Pentagon is poised to release new software that will help integrate various applications on drones' ground control stations.

March 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is coordinating a new roadmap that will lay out a department-wide vision for unmanned programs and technology for the next 25 years, according to a Defense Department official.

March 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army is one step closer to flying unmanned drones in U.S. airspace using ground-based radars now that the Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration signed a memorandum of agreement last week that lays out what data the military department needs to collect.

March 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has its eye on a large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicle that could be up to 45 feet long, 5 feet in diameter and spend four months in the water, and the service hopes to start fielding it in 2017, Navy officials told industry last week.
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.