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  1. QinetiQ, Autonomous Surface Vehicles to offer unmanned target ships

    The unmanned craft simulate small-boat threats for training exercises as part of QinetiQ's Marine Surface Target Service.

    • Sep 17, 2014
  2. DARPA seeks infrared imagery tools

    The Navy will use technology to automate the interpretation of the images.

    • Sep 17, 2014
  3. QinetiQ releases airborne intel systems

    QinetiQ has released a new line of airborne communications intelligence systems.

    • Sep 16, 2014
  4.  Army

    Agile and deadly: Vision for the future US Army combat vehicle

    Future soldiers could be riding in a lightweight, agile, easy-to-deploy platform ripped straight from the pages of a graphic novel.

    • Sep 17, 2014
  5. Iran to conduct unmanned-system wargames

    General warns against US action.

    • Sep 15, 2014
  6. The decoy technology that Air Force and Navy have requested will protect C-130 planes from missiles. Air Force

    Air Force, Navy award contract for missile decoy

    Alloy Surfaces Co. will manufacture the decoy, which protects aircraft from missiles.

    • Sep 12, 2014
  7. An aerostat is a potential platform for surveillance. File

    Army buys surveillance optics

    Unspecified technology could be related to tethered drones or aerostats.

    • Sep 10, 2014
  8. The Global Hawk UAV has successfully completed tests of maritime capabilties. Northrop Grumman

    Global Hawk demonstrates maritime modes

    UAV shows its relevance to NATO's Arctic and Mediterranean missions.

    • Sep 10, 2014
  9. Work is underway to develop aerial refueling for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Northrop Grumman

    Aerial refueling under design for Advanced Hawkeye

    Needed changes to accommodate the operation include new seats to enhance cockpit field of view, formation lights to avoid collisions, and improved flight control software.

    • Sep 10, 2014
  10. Satellites in geosynchronous orbit, like the SBIRS GEO-1 satellite shown here, are difficult to repair due to their orbital height of 22,000 miles. Lockheed Martin

    DARPA tries for satellite-fixing robots

    Due to the difficulty of repairs, geosynchronous satellites are designed to operate with no upgrades or maintenance, adding to cost and complexity.

    • Sep 10, 2014
  11. Energid Technologies will develop a digital simulation for safety testing of autonomous military convoys. File

    DoD awards unmanned convoy contract

    Energid Technologies will develop a digital simulation for safety testing of autonomous military convoys.

    • Sep 10, 2014
  12. Australia is strengthening the power of its global positioning systems, important for navigation, to resist jamming attempts. CPL Matthew Bickerton

    Australia beefs up military GPS

    The project is intended to strengthen anti-jamming features.

    • Sep 16, 2014
  13. The Wideband Global SATCOM satellite is the successor to the Defense Satellite Communications System-III. One WGS satellite has about 12 times the bandwidth of a DSCS-III satellite. Boeing

    Air Force MILSATCOM office seeks anti-jamming tech

    The project is expected to result in a fielded system by 2017.

    • Sep 3, 2014
  14. An example of the Lynx's capabilities: Selecting the same target in three Lynx SAR images provides JDAM-quality coordinates. General Atomics

    General Atomics demonstrates maritime radar

    The Lynx multimode radar was flown on a King Air 350.

    • Sep 2, 2014
  15. Northrop Grumman's latest Scorpion II can detect a vehicle from 100 meters and a person from a distance of 25 meters, with a false positive rate of less than 5 percent. Northrop Grumman

    Army explores new networked ground sensors

    Purchases of unattended ground sensors have been flat since 2010, but the Army may be preparing to expand.

    • Sep 16, 2014
  16. An X-47B rests aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. The testing was an important step in the Navy's push to advance its aerial strike and surveillance technology, figuring out where unmanned capabilities can enhance the effectiveness of the carrier air wing. MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    VIDEO: Aboard the carrier Roosevelt with the X-47B

    Watch the UAV take off and land in tests with piloted F/A-18s off the coast of Virginia.

    • Sep 5, 2014
  17. Airmen prepare to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The 3DELRR program will replace the AN/TPS-75 system. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/US Air Force

    3D radar contract expected soon

    The planned system would replace the aging AN TPS-75.

    • Sep 2, 2014
  18. Three MQ-4C Triton UAVs are on their way to Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. ALAN RADECKI

    Tritons coming to Maryland

    The first three of the UAVs are flying in from California.

    • Aug 29, 2014
  19. FLIR says it has developed the first thermal imaging sensor for the iPhone. AFP/Getty Images

    FLIR claims first iPhone thermal imaging camera

    FLIR ONE can detect a broad range of temperatures and has a spot temperature measurement display

    • Aug 28, 2014
  20. The Coast Guard has deployed electronic aids to navigation, or eATONS, around the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, a critical piece of Bay Area infrastructure. Coast Guard/Levi Read

    Coast Guard testing electronic aids to navigation

    Electronic markers, virtual fences and other high-tech tools can aid navigation, security.

    • Aug 27, 2014
  21. Artist's impression of space debris. Size of debris exaggerated as compared to Earth. Space debris comprise the ever-increasing amount of inactive space hardware in orbit around the Earth as well as fragments of spacecraft that have broken up, exploded or otherwise become abandoned. ESA

    Lockheed builds space-object tracking system in Australia

    The system will complement radar-based systems to keep an eye on the skies.

    • Aug 27, 2014
  22. Security vulnerabilities endanger NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System. NOAA illustration

    NOAA struggles to fix vulnerabilities in satellite program

    Security weaknesses put polar satellite ground system at risk.

    • Aug 26, 2014
  23. The Army Research Laboratory project's goal is to locate enemies through persistent surveillance, open source intelligence, and identification of WMDs and IEDs. SHAH MARAI / AFP/Getty Images

    Army prepares surveillance contract

    Project's goal is to locate enemies through persistent surveillance, open source intelligence, and identification of WMDs and IEDs.

    • Aug 26, 2014
  24. The Scion Jackal maneuvers with a moving trailer. Scion

    Jackal operates from moving vehicle

    The optionally-piloted helicopter has taken off and landed from a trailer being towed along a runway.

    • Aug 26, 2014
  25. The Global Hawk UAV has completed 100 missions in Southwest Asia. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

    Global Hawk completes 100 missions in Southwest Asia

    The UAV has been flying early operational capability missions since September 2013.

    • Aug 25, 2014
  26. DARPA is seeking radar that can clearly image moving targets. Navy

    DARPA seeks radar for moving targets

    Proposal specifies an electronic sub-reflector rather than other radar technologies.

    • Aug 25, 2014
  27. Members of Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 conduct bomb disposal robot training in the hangar bay of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington. Navy

    Navy EOD robots due for upgrade

    Northrop Grumman has won a contract to improve the bomb-disposal bots.

    • Aug 21, 2014
  28. Raytheon is working on a laser to shoot down low-flying UAVs. This MQ-9 Reaper, however, is a friendly. Air Force

    Raytheon to develop anti-UAV laser

    Navy contract calls for defense against 'low-flying threats.'

    • Aug 27, 2014
  29. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Sequester fears return

    After months on the back burner, worries over the defense budget are back on the forefront.

    • Aug 21, 2014
  30. An X-47B lands aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. Photos by MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    Manned, unmanned carrier jets take first flights together

    The Navy's tests off the Virginia coast demonstrate the UAV's ability to land and then quickly move out of the way for the piloted jet behind it.

    • Aug 27, 2014
  31. The EMARSS Risk Reduction Prototype wins Supplemental Type Certificate. Beverly Nowak

    Boeing ISR aircraft gets FAA approval

    Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System Risk Reduction Prototype gets clearance to fly.

    • Aug 27, 2014
  32. Lockheed Martin's maritime test bed was recently use to show how simulated Aegis radar data could be fused with other integrated ISR data. Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed platform simulates at-sea conditions for C4ISR systems

    Test bed helps systems gain their sea legs on dry land.

    • Aug 21, 2014
  33. The Air Force has ordered three more Global Hawk UAVs, similar to this one. Northrop Grumman

    Air Force orders more Global Hawk UAVs

    Northrop Grumman will provide the aircraft under a $240M contract modification.

    • Aug 19, 2014
  34. The IDF's Skylark mini-UAV is used broadly in support of ground forces in the latest Gaza operation. Israel Defense Forces

    Israeli forces praise Elbit UAVs in Gaza op

    IAF debuts Hermes 900, while IDF deploys two Skylarks with each brigade.

    • Aug 27, 2014
  35. Logos takes $9.7M Army fire-detection contract

    The Optical Gunfire, Rockets and Explosive Flash Detection (OGRE) system uses high-speed cameras to detect the source of gunfire and explosions

    • Aug 15, 2014
  36. The WorldView-3 satellite leaves the planet. Lockheed Martin

    DigitalGlobe launches high-res satellite

    WorldView-3 is the sixth in a series.

    • Aug 15, 2014
  37. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene died Aug. 5 in Afghanistan. Army

    MG Harold Greene memorialized in Pentagon ceremony

    Greene, a former PEO IEW&S, died in an attack in Afghanistan.

    • Aug 15, 2014
  38. A Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS performs a flying display at the47th International Paris Air Show. PIERRE VERDY / AFP

    Saudi AWACS upgrade gets State Department nod

    Boeing has the go-ahead to improve the systems.

    • Aug 14, 2014
  39. 5 win contract to develop waveform for small UAVs

    BAE, L-3, Real Time Logic, Rockwell Collins and Cubic will work on the project.

    • Aug 13, 2014
  40. The Space Data Association has signed a data-sharing agreement with the Pentagon to avoid interference with satellite signals. Lockheed Martin

    Satellite association signs Pentagon data-sharing agreement

    Formal collaboration is intended to avoid interference.

    • Aug 19, 2014
  41. Robin Williams, shown here Dec. 13, 2010, was one of the first entertainers to go on a USO tour to Southwest Asia in 2002 and ultimately performed for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. Dave Gatley/USO

    Robin Williams was a staple of USO tours overseas and in U.S.

    Williams, who died Monday at the age of 63, leaves many mourners in DoD.

    • Aug 14, 2014
  42. DARPA computer chip inspired by human brain

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has developed a computer chip that mimics the human brain.

    • Aug 11, 2014
  43. A market research firm predicts the Pentagon's appetite for night-vision technology will decline. Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone

    DoD night vision demand expected to drop

    Firm predicts $400M decline over 5 years.

    • Aug 13, 2014
  44. The Textron AirLand Scorpion doesn't yet have a buyer, but that hasn't stopped the plane from taking part in a major National Guard training exercise this week. Textron

    ISR Scorpion joins National Guard exercise

    Textron foots the bill to add the still-unsold plane to training mission, an opportunity to demonstrate its capabilities.

    • Aug 12, 2014
  45. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, killed this week in Afghanistan, was former PEO-IEW&S Army

    MG Greene, killed in Afghanistan, was former PEO-IEW&S

    The highest-ranking officer killed since 9/11, Greene was visiting Afghan military academy.

    • Aug 8, 2014
  46. An E-11A aircraft outfitted with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, or BACN, takes off at an undisclosed location. Air Force

    Northrop Grumman gets $90M Air Force BACN contract

    Company will continue supporting BACN, a high-altitude communications system that distributes voice and data from disparate sources.

    • Aug 8, 2014
  47. Vehicle Control Station-4586 software from Lockheed Martin CDL Systems is representative of current STANAG 4586-compliant UAV control system software. Lockheed Martin CDL

    DoD wants plug-and-play UAS

    Pentagon working group is battling each service branch's proprietary leanings.

    • Aug 7, 2014
  48. PAR Technology to operate Navy SATCOM facility

    DISA, GIG among the organizations facility supports.

    • Aug 7, 2014
  49. China conducted their third anti-satellite test on July 23, according to US experts. Wikipedia

    China may be developing satellite-killing ability

    Successful tests point to a growing threat according to some experts, but others are skeptical.

    • Aug 7, 2014
  50. Boeing will upgrade NATO AWACS under a new contract. File

    Boeing wins $250 million NATO AWACS upgrade contract

    Upgrades focus on air traffic control and navigational requirements.

    • Aug 7, 2014

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