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India-US ‘Tailoring’ Predator UAV For Multi-Service Buy

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The Predator B’s weapons, avionics and comms suites will all need to be specially configured to meet the needs of India’s military.

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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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Coast Guard Fears Two-Year Budget Boost Just A Blip: Adm. Zukunft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Adm. Zukunft says he doesn’t want to return to the old culture of “martyrdom” when the service prided itself on doing more with less even as it ran its equipment and people into the ground.

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Congress Must Protect Tech From DoD Bureaucracy, And Itself: Experts

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED w/ Mahnken interview CAPITOL HILL: The US military is not ready for war against Russia or China, leading experts told the House Armed Services Committee this morning. How can Congress help? Champion new technologies that would otherwise drown in the Pentagon bureaucracy, they said, the way it did with the Predator drone and Tomahawk missile in… Keep reading →

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A-10 To Fly Til 2021; Plans To Buy More F-35As: Goldfein

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Congressional supporters can heave a sigh of relief with word from Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein that the ugly and effective A-10 will keep flying through 2021. But Goldfein seemed to make pretty clear that the plane will probably be retired after that because Close Air Support missions can be carried out by… Keep reading →

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Goldfein Bids To Make Air Force Lead For All DoD Space

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CORRECTED: Role of U.S. Space Command CAPITOL HILL: It’s a refrain space warriors have heard before: the Air Force should head space training and operations, and we need to fix space acquisition. “In this light, we are eager to be named the lead service for space,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told the… Keep reading →

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VCJCS Selva To Hill, Industry: We Can Do Innovation, But We’re Careful

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The current Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is a careful man with words and much of his speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies echoed earlier policy pronouncements he and other senior Pentagon leaders have made over the last two years, about innovation, the Third Offset Strategy and more effective relations between… Keep reading →

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Just Warfare Entails Risk; Movie ‘Eye In The Sky’ Perverts Just War Laws

Posted by David Deptula on


Dave Deptula, dean of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Power Studies, was the first general charged with overseeing drones and the Air Force general in command of the Air Operations Center when the first Predator fired a Hellfire missile. Dave knows drones, their capabilities and the laws and policies governing their use. He provides a… Keep reading →

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Army’s Got Enough Drones; New Ones Should Be VTOL, Lundy says

Posted by Richard Whittle on


ARLINGTON, Va.: The Army aviation chief, Maj. Gen. Michael Lundy, wants to spend the service’s shrunken aircraft acquisition budget — down about 40 percent over the past three years — on manned rather than unmanned aircraft. After all, this is the Army. “We’ve got a lot of unmanned stuff out there,” Lundy told an Association… Keep reading →

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How To Cut Predator, Reaper UAV Crew In Half: Lt. Gen. Otto

Posted by Richard Whittle on


PENTAGON CITY: The dirty secret of so-called “unmanned” systems is they require a whole lot of men — and women — to operate them. They’re just back at base, running things remotely, rather than hands-on in the aircraft. With the Air Force drone community overworked and undermanned, the service’s intelligence chief has suggested a Solomonic… Keep reading →

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