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Unmanned Systems

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is in the midst of developing a concept for a large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicle, a program that was abandoned years ago but could come to fruition in just a few years, Capt. Duane Ashton, program manager for unmanned maritime vehicles, told Inside the Navy in a Sept. 29 interview and in written responses to questions.
October 01, 2010 | Inside the Navy
QUANTICO, VA -- The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab has begun an effort to create an unmanned Medium Tactical Vehicle-Replacement that can travel in convoys with no one at the wheel.
October 01, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is developing a drone that could provide a persistent network to troops on the ground, Col. Stephen Medeiros, director of the technology division at the lab, said last week.
September 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory will start work on an enhanced operations Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) concept this spring that could incorporate the immediate cargo-delivery drone and a casualty evacuation unmanned aircraft that would complement each other, an official said last week.
September 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Defense Department has notified Congress that it intends to reprogram $5.6 million from within the fiscal year 2010 budget to jump-start a new program that will add a new camera to the Marine Corps' RQ-7 Shadow unmanned air vehicle.
September 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
As the Navy pushes forward with fixed-wing maritime surveillance assets such as the P-8A Poseidon, the first Navy-owned airship in decades has quietly been testing surveillance and reconnaissance sensors and other technologies, a program official told Inside the Navy last week.
September 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is developing a weapon that is essentially a drone with a warhead attached to it, Col. Stephen Medeiros, director of the technology division at the lab, said last week.
September 24, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is considering ways to increase the number of unmanned aerial systems deployed to theater as it pushes for efficiencies and cost savings within the service, according to its vice chief.

September 24, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army should accelerate the development of lighter-than-air platforms and conduct an analysis of alternatives that addresses persistent communications, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, according to a recently released Army Science Board report.

September 24, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army Capabilities Integration Center plans to complete a final draft of its broad, long-term unmanned ground vehicle strategy document by October, aiming to submit the plan to the Army Requirements Oversight Council by the end of 2010, according to a service official.

September 24, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has completed a joint capability technology demonstration of a ground vehicle Combat Autonomous Mobility System, the results of which will inform the requirements for an autonomous navigation capabilities development document the service is developing.

September 23, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A small technology company specializing in rotary-wing concepts claims a Marine Corps one-star general attempted to improperly quash its proposal for a cargo-carrying air trailer, according to a complaint the company filed this week with the Defense Department inspector general's office.

September 21, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon is seeking permission from Congress to shift hundreds of millions of dollars into military intelligence programs and other initiatives to meet urgent needs identified by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan.

September 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army aims to transition more unmanned system development to sustainable programs of record as the Defense Department anticipates reductions in future overseas contingency operations budgets, according to a service official.

September 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

EL PASO, TX, -- Officials from the Army, the Pentagon and the Government Accountability Office converged at White Sands Missile Range, NM, on Friday to conduct the limited user test of the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a suite of "spin-out" technologies left over from the canceled Future Combat System.

September 17, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army's 25-year initial capabilities document for its unmanned systems has been approved by the Army Requirements Oversight Council and has moved into initial Joint Requirements Oversight Council staffing for final approval, according to a service official.

September 17, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps' unmanned aerial systems coordinator downplayed an assertion made in a recent concept of operations for the cargo UAS that called the drone a "high risk" effort, and pledged that the Marines would not field the drone if doubts arise about its safety before its scheduled 2011 fielding.
September 17, 2010 | Inside the Navy

The Navy will resume testing the MQ-8B Fire Scout in Arizona this week after the aircraft was grounded last month following a violation of National Capital Region airspace when operators temporarily lost communications with a flight vehicle.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- NATO and Northrop Grumman officials are close to inking a deal that would place the company's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft as the centerpiece of the alliance's next-generation air and ground surveillance system, company officials said this week.

Northrop officials presented NATO officials with an informal proposal for the organization's Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system earlier this year, George Guerra, vice president for Northrop Grumman's High-Altitude and Long-Endurance programs, said during a Sept. 13 industry briefing here.

September 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army and Lockheed Martin are using a senator's support and what one service official called some "creative contracting" to shepherd a cargo-carrying unmanned ground vehicle toward field testing during combat in Afghanistan early next year, according to service and industry officials.

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