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US: Iran Shoots Down Global Hawk; Second Drone Down This Month

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Global Hawk was downed after two earlier shots at US drones in the region, and attacks on commercial shipping.

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General Unveils Key New Details of Attacks in Gulf of Oman

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“Getting alongside a vessel under the cover of darkness to attach a mine underway is not an insignificant effort,” Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs said today.

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UPDATED: Centcom Confirms Reaper Shoot Down, Says Iran And Houthis Fired At Drones

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A day after two commercial tankers are hit in the Gulf of Oman, reports emerge the Houthis are firing — and hitting — US aircraft.

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Poland Deal Lays Groundwork For Division-Strength Deployment

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


A division-scale exercise next year in Europe, Defender 2020, will be the largest in a quarter-century.

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Acting SecAF & Roper Likely Head To Paris Show, With F-35A

Posted by Colin Clark on


Amid chatter about what aircraft will make their way to Paris, the Air Force going all in.

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Farnborough Preview: Navarro Leads US Sales Push; Reaper Flies Atlantic To RIAT

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: No Russians. Few Chinese. The F-35. And the man who has led the charge in America’s trade wars, Peter Navarro, at the head the American delegation, with lots of other senior American officials along eager to boost bilateral sales of US weapons and civilian aircraft. Those are the early outlines of what we’ll see at this… Keep reading →

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Pentagon’s Big AI Program, Maven, Already Hunts Data in Middle East, Africa

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Project Maven has made huge strides in its first year, but the key is remaining open to updates from whoever has the best idea for new algorithms, and new code, a military leader says.

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Raytheon Lasers, Microwaves Target Counter-Drone Market Worth Billions

Posted by Colin Clark on


Lasers burn a hole in the target; microwaves fry its electronics. Both types of weapons run off electricity, so the cost per shot is potentially pennies, and the ammunition doesn’t run out as long as there’s gas in the generator.

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Predator Started Drone Revolution, And Made Military Innovation Cool

Posted by Richard Whittle on


  The iconic weapon of the post-911 era, the Predator, is being retired today. I asked Rick Whittle, who quite simply wrote the book on the subject, to tell our readers why Predator matters both as a weapon and as a concept. See what the man who fired the Predator’s first Hellfire missile — and… Keep reading →

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Bad Idea: Armed Drones in West Africa

Posted by Alice Hunt Friend on


We’re partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies to bring you their fab Bad Ideas series through the Christmas holiday season. We don’t usually pay much attention to this sort of operational policy decision — where to operate and with what — but each new location for drone operations can mean a larger… Keep reading →

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