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Unmanned Systems

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Army

The role of unmanned aerial vehicles in counter-improvised explosive device operations in theater will continue to grow, while the use of unmanned ground sensors has proven largely ineffective in the fight, according to a top Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization official.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Army

Future leaders of Pentagon acquisition programs are using a new simulation to grapple with the tough trade-offs inherent in building military vehicles.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Unmanned underwater vehicles may replace fixed undersea sensor networks and could eventually be weaponized, according to Navy officials, but the service has yet to set up a clear command and control chain to deconflict undersea assets.
October 21, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Senior Pentagon officials are still awaiting an internal Defense Department report on why an unmanned, rocket-launched, hypersonic air vehicle failed to complete its test run over the Pacific Ocean earlier this year.

October 21, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A Defense Department airspace integration plan aims to have full operational capability for unmanned drones to use ground-based, sense-and-avoid systems by 2013 and airborne sense and avoid by 2018, a Pentagon source told Inside the Pentagon.

October 20, 2010 | Daily News

Editor's note: This story was modified on Oct. 21 to clarify that Lt. Gen. Michael Oates was not referring to the Unattended Ground Sensors program, formerly of Future Combat Systems.

The role of unmanned aerial vehicles in counter-improvised explosive device operations in theater will continue to grow, while the use of unmanned ground sensors has proven largely ineffective in the fight, according to a top Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization official.

October 19, 2010 | Daily News

Ill-defined and incoherent Pentagon policies governing foreign military sales have hindered exports of U.S. unmanned aircraft to partner nation forces, putting the United States and its allies in danger of losing its edge in a key area, a top industry executive said today.

“It is a challenge to navigate through [that]  process . . . We are still struggling to sell unmanned aircraft, even to our allies,” Northrop Grumman's President and Chief Executive Officer Wes Bush said during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

October 15, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marines are seeing promising results from putting command and control capabilities on manned and unmanned assets and distributing them across the battlefield, but future development will likely depend on how well the different services can develop such capabilities together, officials told Inside the Navy in a recent interview.
October 15, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Chief of Naval Operations is planning a major push toward unmanned underwater vehicles with high stamina, he announced at a conference last week.
October 15, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is developing an unmanned surface vehicle that riverine forces could use to look upstream and around obstacles to avoid ambushes or counter improvised explosive devices, Capt. Duane Ashton, unmanned maritime vehicles program manager, told Inside the Navy recently.
October 15, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to award an engineering and manufacturing development contract for its Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System within the next quarter, according to a service official.

October 15, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army intends to release a request for proposals for an unmanned robotic system capable of detecting, marking and neutralizing explosive hazards like roadside bombs, according to a special notice released by the government to the Robotics Technology Consortium.

October 14, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Air Force and Navy's AirSea Battle partnership will focus on three levels of joint cooperation, according to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, who sees increased teamwork on unmanned aircraft as emblematic of the new approach.

October 14, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

In a second complaint filed with the Defense Department inspector general's office in less than a month, a small technology company claims a two-star Army general attempted to discredit its proposal for a cargo-carrying air trailer without properly evaluating it.

October 08, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is seeking industry input on a potential development effort that would seek to increase commonality in the control systems of unmanned aerial, surface, underwater and ground systems, according to Navy officials and a notice in Federal Business Opportunities.
October 08, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is one step closer to fielding a combat hybrid airship after contractor Northrop Grumman successfully completed a preliminary design review of its Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle.

October 08, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army, eying an expansion of the national airspace for tactical unmanned aerial systems, is conducting testing on the Shadow to gain the confidence of the Federal Aviation Administration.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to create 10 additional Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle companies as part of the service's efforts to identify efficiencies and increase the number of UAV systems fielded to theater.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is attempting to determine its requirements for a non-lethal Full Spectrum Effects Package so a program of record can be established, according to the FSEP program office.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army will conduct an assessment of a family of small unmanned aerial systems' proof-of-principle fielded in Afghanistan, the results of which will inform a capabilities production document the service is developing.

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