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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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 21, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Boeing's Beechcraft-based UAV has earned FAA approval. Beverly Nowak

    Boeing ISR aircraft gets FAA approval

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

    • Aug 21, 2014
  6. An X-47B lands the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. 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 20, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 15, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. PAR Technology to operate Navy SATCOM facility

    DISA, GIG among the organizations facility supports.

    • Aug 7, 2014
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Marines assigned to the 1st Marine Logistics Group drive a Cougar H 4x4 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle through the off-road course at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Sgt. Jason W. Fudge

    SPAWAR picks Serco for C4ISR contract

    The company will install and maintain equipment on MRAP vehicles.

    • Aug 7, 2014
  26. Marillyn Hewson is chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin. Defense News files

    How Lockheed Martin plans to compete against Google and Amazon

    CEO Marillyn Hewson describes her priorities.

    • Aug 6, 2014
  27. Gannett and USA Today headquarters in McLean, Va., in suburban Washington. Evan Eile, USA Today

    C4ISR & Networks' parent company to split print from broadcast, digital

    Gannett, the owner of C4ISR & Networks, said Tuesday that it will create two publicly traded companies as it moves to separate its broadcasting and digital businesses from its publishing division, a strategic move similarly adopted by competitors to shiel

    • Aug 5, 2014
  28. Unmanned aircraft were tracked and destroyed during Black Dart, a counter unmanned aerial systems demonstration run by the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization. The demonstration was designed to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the military's counter-UAS capabilities. Josh Stewart/Staff

    Airborne IEDs could pose new threat

    The proliferation of UAVs and the persistence of improvised bombs give rise to fears of home-launched aerial attacks against infantry.

    • Aug 7, 2014
  29. Firefighters from Fort Bragg seal leaking hazardous containers during the Hazardous Materials Technician Course culmination exercise. Sgt. Katryn Tuton

    Army picks Chemring for chemical detectors

    Chemring Detection Systems has received three U.S. Army contracts worth $3.9 million, plus $21.3 million in options, for Next Generation Chemical Detectors (NGCD).

    • Aug 4, 2014
  30. Crew and pilots from the Royal Air Force's XI Squadron prepare to launch their Typhoon FGR4's from Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia. A European effort is underway to design the next generation combat UAV to come after the Typhoon. Mike Morones/Staff

    Thales, Finmeccanica to collaborate on Anglo-French UCAV

    The companies will work on sensor suite, communication sub-system.

    • Aug 6, 2014
  31. An investigator combs through a drug tunnel found in a warehouse Nov. 30, 2011, in Otay Mesa, Calif. The tunnel, which led from the United States to a small business building in Tijuana, was the most sophisticated tunnel ever found in California and included an elevator, wood flooring and lighting. Sandy Huffaker/ Getty Images

    DHS peers underground to unearth tunnels

    The surface of the earth has been mapped and mastered, but go just a bit deeper, and you reach one of the last frontiers of ISR.

    • Aug 1, 2014
  32. ISR Asset? The head of Air Combat Command says fighters, which could include the F-16 Fighting Falcon, are playing a role in Iraq surveillance missions. Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/ / US Air Force

    General: Unmanned craft cannot do it all in Iraq

    ISR mission still requires pilots who can 'look out the window and see something coming,' ACC commander says.

    • Aug 6, 2014
  33. An RT SkyStar 300 system operates along the Gaza border, but is not involved in the current Protective Edge operation. RT LTA Systems

    Israeli firm provides power-by-the-hour intel in Gaza

    About a dozen SkyStar aerostats are providing surveillance.

    • Aug 6, 2014
  34. The Royal Air Force's 10 MQ-9 Reapers will be incorporated into the core equipment program after combat operations end in Afghanistan. Sergeant Corrine Buxton/RAF

    Reapers to join UK's core equipment program

    Royal Air Force has 10 of the UAVs

    • Aug 6, 2014
  35. The RQ-21A Integrator is designed to switch operations from ships to Marines on shore. Navy

    Integrator completes 24-hour flight

    UAV is designed for land and maritime missions.

    • Jul 30, 2014
  36. The Micro Tactical Ground Robot, built by Roboteam, is the latest tool to be fielded by Israel Defense Force units targeting Gaza's elaborate and often explosives-rigged network of tunnels. Roboteam

    Micro robot aids Israel's anti-tunnel campaign

    Locally-developed device spares soldiers from high-risk surveillance and mapping missions.

    • Aug 1, 2014
  37. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launches the AFSPC-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force. ULA

    Air Force launches satellite-watching satellites

    The craft will provide a 'neighborhood watch' of other countries' satellites.

    • Jul 30, 2014
  38. An MQ-9 Reaper UAV taxies after landing at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. US, Iranian and Iraqi unmanned vehicles share airspace over Iraqi skies. Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson / US Air Force

    US, Iranian unmanned systems crowd Iraqi skies

    As missions increase, the chance for hostile encounters is on the rise.

    • Jul 29, 2014
  39. In the theater, the K-MAX unmanned helicopter replaced supply convoys vulnerable to roadside ambush and IEDs.

    Unmanned helicopter comes home from Afghanistan

    K-MAX, made by Lockheed Martin and Kaman, completes mission in combat theater.

    • Jul 28, 2014
  40. SES will provide satellite transponders for U.S. forces in Africa. MC1 Jennifer A. Villalovos

    SES takes USAFRICOM satellite contract

    Company will provide on-orbit transponders.

    • Jul 25, 2014
  41. India's military uses the Nishant tactical UAV, but the next devices to join the fleet might be much different. DRDO

    India expects UAV swarm

    The next generation of unmanned vehicles for India's defense forces is likely to be made up small craft in large numbers.

    • Jul 25, 2014
  42. The SW-4 Solo rotorcraft has had a successful demonstration for Italy's Defense Ministry. AgustaWestland

    Italy's defense ministry sees UAV demo

    AgustaWestland puts optionally-piloted helicopter through its paces.

    • Jul 24, 2014
  43. French Republic E3-F AWACS K64868. Boeing photo

    Boeing upgrades French AWACS

    Three more upgrades set to finish in 2016

    • Jul 23, 2014
  44. A British Soldier holds Prox Dynamics' PD-100 Black Hornet, a palm-sized miniature helicopter weighing only 16 grams. Researchers with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are testing the Black Hornet to provide squad-sized small units with organic intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability. Sgt Rupert Frere RLC

    Army has big plans for pocket-sized device

    The goal is a tiny aerial surveillance tool to give soldiers more intel about their immediate surroundings.

    • Jul 23, 2014
  45. This artist's rendering depicts a Sikorsky-Boeing JMR-FVL concept aircraft with counter-rotating co-axial main rotors and a pusher propeller based on Sikorsky's X2¨ Technology rotorcraft design. The future rotorcraft will deliver significant improvements in speed, combat radius and hover performance for the Army's next-generation utility and attack helicopter fleets. Yu Ka Wing / Sikorsky and Boeing image

    Boeing, Sikorsky to develop JCA for Army

    The Joint Common Architecture standard will pave the way to next-generation helicopters.

    • Jul 22, 2014
  46. The top 20 UAS makers: A story in pictures

    Unmanned aerial systems are big business around the world, and even groups such as Hamas are able to obtain and use them. ASDReports has compiled a list of the 20 manufacturers with what the market research firm considers the greatest potential for success and growth in coming years.

    • Jul 23, 2014
  47. The DubaiSat-2 satellite was designed and developed by South Korea's Satrec satellite manufacturing company and was launched in 2012 Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Tech

    UAE plans Mars launch

    The United Arab Emirates has established a space agency and is planning planetary missions

    • Jul 21, 2014
  48. The Watchkeeper UAV could become part of Thales' plan to lease sensor capabilities. Thales

    Want to lease a Watchkeeper UAV? Call Thales

    As part of a plan to lease and rent sensor capabilities to military and civilian customers, Thales has said it would consider leasing out the Watchkeeper UAV.

    • Jul 18, 2014
  49. The US State Department is eyeing changes to trade export laws that would ease rules on sales of unmanned systems like the Predator. US Air Force

    Changes to UAS export rules slow to materialize

    A system for controlling missile technology has 'unintended consequences' for UAVs

    • Jul 18, 2014
  50. Air Force ISR agency to become numbered Air Force

    Maj. Gen. John Shanahan will remain in charge of the Texas-based unit as three new wings join.

    • Jul 21, 2014

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