As other defense contractors consider how to make military ground vehicles autonomous, Oshkosh Defense is exploring new uses for the autonomous technology it began developing in 2004.
“So now we have a fairly mature system that is basically a kit that can be installed on any tactical wheeled vehicle. It’s been designed pretty much from the ground up to be a system for use in convoy logistics missions,” John Beck, chief engineer for unmanned systems at Oshkosh said Oct. 23, the final day of the annual Association of the U.S. Army conference in Washington.
Continuing funding uncertainty due to the government shutdown, sequestration and funding levels frozen at 2012 levels could hurt the Ground Combat Vehicle and network-centric programs, the Army’s top uniformed and civilian officials said Oct. 21.
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are proven intelligence gatherers and terrorist hunters, but military and civilian organizations conducting stability operations around the world say drones may be as valuable for keeping the peace.
As it winds down its role in Afghanistan, where strategic rivalry in another era was called “The Great Game,” the U.S. Defense Department has been suiting up for the next big round of conflict: cyberwarfare.
The Pentagon has been racheting up the rhetoric gradually, with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warning of a cyber-Pearl Harbor and more and more officials publicly acknowledging cyberwarfare.
The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) being developed for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps is still on track to achieve initial operational capability (IOC) with a Marine Expeditionary Unit on a Navy amphibious ship in mid-2014, the program manager said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference this week.
The Aerospace States Association (ASA) has joined with two national state government organizations to create guidelines for states crafting legislation to protect citizens’ privacy from UAVs without endangering the nascent industry.
The former chief of U.S. Africa Command (Africom) says Niger was willing to allow armed, as well as unarmed, U.S. unmanned aircraft to fly over neighboring Mali from an airfield in the North West African country but the request was not approved by higher U.S. authorities.
Army Gen. Carter Ham (ret.) told the Aspen Security Forum last month that when the U.S. began flying unmanned aircraft surveillance missions out of Niger in February the Nigeriens “were certainly willing to have armed capability” as well.
ASPEN, Colo. — National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander says the U.S. Intelligence community has “concrete proof” that terrorists are making changes in how they communicate, following the secret surveillance programs revealed by a rogue former NSA contractor.
ASPEN, Colo. — The U.S. Defense Department is mobilizing 40 new cyber teams, totaling an estimated 4,000 workers from existing military cyber positions, for both offensive and defensive missions in cyberspace, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said July 18.
THE PENTAGON — The U.S. Army announced April 10 that it is seeking $5 billion in fiscal 2014 to buy or upgrade its helicopter fleet and acquire more large and small unmanned aircraft to provide ground troops with better intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
The Army’s cut of the $526.6 billion Defense Department 2014 budget request is $129.7 billion, with only 18%, $23.9 billion, going to procurement and research, development, testing and evaluation programs. Personnel needs will be getting the largest piece of the pie, 44%, or $56.6 billion.
THE PENTAGON — The U.S. Army says network-centric technology is its biggest “investment priority,” but it still comes in behind combat vehicle development among research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) projects in the service’s fiscal 2014 budget request unveiled April 10 at the Pentagon.
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