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  1. Among the federal programs Sen. Tom Coburn has criticized as wasteful is the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, sometimes referred to as the Iron Man suit. Gareth Cattermole/ / Getty Images

    In final 'Wastebook,' Coburn hits DoD 'Iron Man,' missile defense programs

    Retiring senator's annual attack on federal spending criticizes Pentagon programs, among others.

    • Oct 24, 2014
  2. Army officials are reminding soldiers who use thermal weapon sights and other high-battery-drain gear to power them with lithium batteries for top performance. Army

    PEO Soldier issues reminder to use lithium batteries in gear

    Alkaline batteries are 'suitable, but not optimal' for equipment that drains power fast.

    • Oct 24, 2014
  3. Engility wins Marine intel contract

    Company will support Marines' Director of Intelligence in developing ISR system.

    • Oct 24, 2014
  4. The US Air Force's E-8 joint surveillance target attack radar system aircraft is built by Northrop Grumman. The aircraft provide ground commanders with ISR. Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi/ / US Air Force

    Questions ahead for JSTARS replacement

    Congress could put a halt to the effort to replace the attack radar system aircraft fleet.

    • Oct 23, 2014
  5. DoD has awarded a contract for a collision warning system to protect manned, unmanned aircraft. File

    DoD picks Defense Research for UAV anti-collision contract

    The planned warning system can aid both manned and unmanned aircraft.

    • Oct 23, 2014
  6. Lockheed Martin has joined Northrop Grumman in protesting a US Air Force award to Raytheon for the 3DELRR program, which will replace the existing TPS-75 radar system, above. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/ / US Air Force

    Lockheed joins protest of USAF radar award

    Northrop Grumman has already raised an objection to Raytheon's win.

    • Oct 23, 2014
  7. A TPS-75 radar set antenna is deployed in support of a deployment readiness exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida Samuel King/ / US Air Force

    Northrop challenges 3DELRR contract award

    A contract with Raytheon is now under a mandatory stay while the competitor's protest is decided.

    • Oct 23, 2014
  8. Navy seeks shallow surveillance sensor system

    A presolicitation details the requirements for passive acoustic arrays.

    • Oct 22, 2014
  9. An MC-12 Liberty lands after a surveillance mission at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Tech. Sgt. Jeromy K. Cross/Air Force

    Air Force's MC-12 mission ends in Afghanistan

    After more than 200,000 hours of surveillance, ISR squadron is done.

    • Oct 22, 2014
  10. Airbus Defense and Space has submitted an application for civil certification of its Atlante UAV to the European Aviation Safety Agency. Roberto Molinos/Airbus

    Airbus seeks first-of-its-kind European UAV certification

    The application calls for a new process for the European Aviation Safety Agency.

    • Oct 22, 2014
  11. Device controls all iRobot robots

    The uPoint Multi-Robot Control is an Android app.

    • Oct 21, 2014
  12. An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 banks over Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-125 will be the first squadron to deploy with the E-2D. MC2 Ernest R. Scott / Navy

    Navy's Advanced Hawkeye will deploy next year

    The E-2D has achieved Initial Operational Capability.

    • Oct 21, 2014
  13. Britain will include Reapers in its air campaign in Iraq. Sergeant Corrine Buxton/RAF

    UK to add Reapers to air power operating in Iraq

    UAV surveillance and strike missions to begin soon, UK officials say.

    • Oct 21, 2014
  14. A Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, aerostat is readied for launch near Orogrande gate at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. ATEC

    Raytheon: NORAD could use missile-defense blimp

    The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) could be integrated into NORAD's warning system, company says.

    • Oct 20, 2014
  15. DARPA will help Aurora speed up UAV launch system develpment

    Contract aims to accelerate transition to a militay use for the shipboard system.

    • Oct 20, 2014
  16. South African company developing long-range UAV

    Paramount's Roadrunner to be ready for production in January.

    • Oct 20, 2014
  17. Army seeks long-range UAV

    RFI details an unmanned spy plane that can fly nearly silently for hours.

    • Oct 20, 2014
  18. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle taxis in a 2010 test. Air Force

    VIDEO: NASA's secret X-37B space plane will use shuttle hangars

    The program has also completed testing to confirm the planes can land on former shuttle runway.

    • Oct 20, 2014
  19. An autonomous swarm boat taking part in a demonstration. Navy

    VIDEO: Robot boats will escort naval vessels

    A successful test along the James River heralds a new use for unmanned systems.

    • Oct 20, 2014
  20. Airmen prepare to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The 3DELRR program will replace the AN/TPS-75 system. US Air Force

    Air Force awards contract to build next-gen expeditionary radar

    Raytheon beat Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman for the award.

    • Oct 20, 2014
  21. New Way To Thwart IEDs: JIEDDO and the US Army are testing out robots that may do a better job of keeping IEDs out of culverts than the low-tech bars in current use. Here, Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province install a 'culvert denial system,' comprised of two metal-bar grates, in March. Sgt. Jessica Ostroska/ / US Marines

    JIEDDO, Army test underground robots

    The Army Research Lab and the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) have just wrapped up a critical new test of small ground and air unmanned assets aimed at detecting improvised explosive devices in culverts in subterranean environments, and officials s

    • Oct 17, 2014
  22. The ArrowLite, ready to pack for transport. Courtesy

    AUSA: New lightweight UAV defies crosswinds

    The ArrowLite from Stark Aerospace carries ISR hardware.

    • Oct 17, 2014
  23. Streamlined Tech: Many of the Army's tactical vehicles, such as this Stryker armored personnel carrier, must pull in GPS signals for several individual pieces of communications and navigation gear. Army planners want to streamline this. US Army

    AUSA: Army seeks new positioning tech

    Concerned about GPS vulnerabilities, the military is developing alternatives.

    • Oct 17, 2014
  24. Intel in Tactical Hands: The ArrowLite UAV, which soldiers launch by hand, is designed to help troops on the ground collect actionable intelligence. Israel Aerospace Industries

    AUSA: IAI pitches ISR gear for ground troops

    Israeli company shows off UAV, countermine package at expo.

    • Oct 17, 2014
  25. The Air Force has awarded a contract for spectrum warfare technologies. Air Force

    Air Force awards spectrum warfare contract

    Northrop Grumman, Leidos are among the winners.

    • Oct 15, 2014
  26. Seventh GPS IIF satellite completes orbital checkout

    A total of 12 IIF satelites will be launched.

    • Oct 15, 2014
  27. DARPA is looking for sensors to improve the ability of combat troops to detect chemical and biological agents. Sgt. Katryn Tuton / Army

    DARPA seeks better chemical, biological detection

    The SCOUT program wants to find sensors to identify dangerous substances in operational military environments.

    • Oct 15, 2014
  28. The Warrior HWH provides distinct advantages over other available viewer technologies, including visible, thermal and night vision systems. UTC Aerospace

    AUSA: Warrior HWH improves battlefield vision

    IR scope can provide images in conditions that would baffle some viewers, maker says.

    • Oct 14, 2014
  29. Exelis and Airbus team up for geospatial imagery

    Exelis and Airbus Defense and Space have agreed to allow users of Exelis' ENVI image analysis software access to Airbus' catalog of geospatial imagery.

    • Oct 10, 2014
  30. AeroVironment wins DARPA UAS contract

    AeroVironment has received a $19 million DARPA contract for Phase II of the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) contract.

    • Oct 10, 2014
  31. The Camcopter Schiebel S-100 is an example of Austrian UAV. Austria is sending UAVs to Ukraine, but published accounts do not specify which model. AFP/Getty Images

    Europe sends UAVs to Ukraine

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe will operate the craft, whose mission is not yet clear.

    • Oct 9, 2014
  32. Northrop Grumman unveils mine-hunting sensor

    The company's AQS-24A maritime mine detector was tested in the Navy's mine hunting unmanned surface vehicle.

    • Oct 8, 2014
  33. Some Swedish Navy patrol boats and auxiliary ships will carry Seaeye Falcon remotely operated vehicles for surveying, inspections and more. Saab

    Sweden orders undersea robots

    The Swedish military has ordered 10 remotely operated vehicles (ROV) for underwater operations.

    • Oct 8, 2014
  34. Several different types of unmanned craft were used in the unmanned exercise. In the foreground, an 11-meter RHIB motors past a remotely-operated high speed maneuvering surface target. John F. Williams / U.S. Navy

    Navy to fight swarm attacks with armed, unmanned boats

    Attacks by bunches of small, fast boats — swarm attacks — have long been a worry for Navy commanders, concerned about the difficulty of hitting back at such a nimble target.

    • Oct 6, 2014
  35. Sgt. 1st Class Justin Rotti, a combat developer from the Training and Doctrine Command Fire Cell, Fires Center of Excellence, uses a developmental hand-held precision targeting device during a test at White Sands Missile Range's test site. John Hamilton/ / Army

    Northrop Grumman completes handheld precision targeting device tests

    The company's Hand Held Precision Targeting Device has completed developmental testing at White Sands Missile Range.

    • Oct 21, 2014
  36. A Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, team tests the prototype Unmanned Influence Sweep System. NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND

    AAI wins $118M unmanned minesweeping contract

    AAI has been awarded a Navy contract for an unmanned minesweeper with a potential value of up to $118 million, according to a Department of Defense contract announcement.

    • Oct 6, 2014
  37. L-3 Communications will convert three Cessna 208B aircraft into ISR platforms.

    L-3 sending ISR aircraft to Africa

    L-3 Communications has been awarded a $31.2 million contract for converting three Cessna 208B aircraft into ISR platforms.

    • Oct 3, 2014
  38. Leidos wins DARPA sonar contract

    Leidos has received a $14 million DARPA sonar contract.

    • Oct 3, 2014
  39. General Dynamics opens Canadian anti-submarine warfare center

    General Dynamics Canada has opened an anti-submarine warfare center in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

    • Oct 2, 2014
  40. The Rockwell Collins Patrol Persistent Surveillance System is made up of a meshed network of unattended ground sensors and video cameras that monitor movement, sound and vibration. Alarms from the system are relayed to an operator console and are displayed on a digital map system. Rockwell Collins

    Surveillance system gets update

    Rockwell Collins adds radar, unmanned craft to PPSS.

    • Oct 9, 2014
  41. The market for unmanned ground vehicles is proected to increase rapidly. Shown: Marine Corps Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Unmanned ground vehicle market to rise rapidly

    ASDReports projects a compound annual growth rate of more than 30 percent.

    • Oct 1, 2014
  42. iRobot's 510 PackBot, a bomb disposal and surveillance tool, can climb stairs and lift up to 15 pounds. iRobot

    Small unmanned systems find growing security role

    UAVs are just one piece of the universe of unmanned systems.

    • Oct 1, 2014
  43. DARPA solicits better X-ray tech

    The Intense and Compact Neutron Sources program will combine X-ray and neutron radiography to plug gaps in current capabilities.

    • Sep 30, 2014
  44. India develops long-edurance UAV

    The P1 can stay aloft for more than 10 hours.

    • Sep 30, 2014
  45. The FAA has approvd the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in filmmaking. Brendon Thorne / Getty Images

    VIDEO: FAA clears UAS for movie-making

    The ruling marks the first time the government has approved commercial use of unmanned vehicles.

    • Sep 30, 2014
  46. The Wasp AE is a small, hand-launched UAV. AeroVironment

    Marines order Wasp UAS

    Hand-launched UAV can fly up to five km.

    • Sep 26, 2014
  47. An artist's concept of the future of combat vehicles. Army TARDEC

    Presenting: The next generation's tank

    A faster, agile, technology-enhanced combat vehicle is on DARPA's drawing board.

    • Sep 29, 2014
  48. Textron's Fury glide missile has completed a successful live-fire demonstration. Textron

    Textron demonstrates glide bomb

    The Fury is guided by GPS and is accurate to within a meter.

    • Sep 24, 2014
  49. A Liquid Robotics PacX Wave Glider approaches Hawaii's Big Island. Liquid Robotics

    Two if by sea: Boeing, Liquid Robotics establish strategic partnership agreement

    Liquid Robotics' unmanned ocean vehicles will aid in anti-submarine warfare, domain awareness.

    • Sep 24, 2014
  50. DARPA is looking for smaller, lighter wearable night vision devices. Master Sgt. Ben Bloker

    DARPA seeks a better way to see in the dark

    An SBIR solicitation seeks smaller, lighter night vision wear.

    • Sep 24, 2014

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