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  • Fielding the 'Grey Eagle', a UAV Asset
    During a recent training exercise in the Mojave Desert, the U.S Army's UAV, the 'Grey Eagle' was put to the test. In this exclusive interview, LTC Edward Vedder, Commander, 1-1 ARB, 1CAB, 1ID, U.S. Army - examines the current and future demands, and various challenges of the billion dollar asset. LTC Vedder also highlights the advantages of having an organic UAS battalion to a Combat Aviation Brigade. Watch now

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  • Northrop: Program Hopes For Multiple Carrier Visits For UCASNorthrop: Program Hopes For Multiple Carrier Visits For UCAS
    InsideDefense.com's Inside the Navy -- After the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator program wraps up a two-week trial aboard an aircraft carrier this spring, Northrop Grumman hopes more visits to carriers are in the cards before the program finishes up in the coming years, according to a company official…Continue reading
  • Army Plans To Compete Replacements For Small UAS Like Ravens, Pumas
    InsideDefense.com's Inside the Army -- The Army plans to hold a competition for future replacements of its small unmanned aircraft systems -- an inventory currently made up of Ravens and Pumas -- opening an opportunity for companies to build systems for the service's next generation of "rucksack portable" UAS, according to an Army official…Continue reading
  • Boeing, Navy Examine Creating Net-Ready, UAV-Controlling P-8A Version
    InsideDefense.com's Inside the Navy, SEATTLE, WA -- Boeing and the Navy will sign a contract for Increment 2 P-8A maritime patrol systems within the next month or two and are already looking at enhancements for Increment 3, including the ability to control unmanned aircraft, a company official told reporters last week.Continue reading
  • Unmanned Maritime Systems - Defense & Security UUV & USV Markets, Technologies & Opportunities Outlook 2012 - 2020Unmanned Maritime Systems - Defense & Security UUV & USV Markets, Technologies & Opportunities Outlook 2012 - 2020
    Sample Report: Unmanned Maritime Systems Maturing From Big Problems to Big Opportunities
    The world’s unmanned maritime systems market is evolving rapidly under the combined impact of changing maritime threats, shrinking budgets, changing operational needs and significant technological advances, creating a wealth of opportunities for this unique multi-billion dollar market sector. This is one of the major conclusions of a new research report titled: “Unmanned Maritime Systems - Defense & Security UUV & USV – Markets, Technologies & Opportunities Outlook – 2012-2020”.
  • The Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Europe - Civilian and Military Market Outlook 2013-2021The Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Europe - Civilian and Military Market Outlook 2013-2021

    This sample report analyzes the state of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Europe with a focus on the defense and government applications market, and gives an overview of the future of private UAV markets.

    Specifically, the report examines, analyses, and predicts the evolution of technologies, markets, and outlays (expenditures) associated with UAVs manufactured and/or flown by these European countries: UK, France, Germany, Italy, etc

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for Border Security - Outlook 2013-2021

    The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in border security missions around the world is expanding rapidly as nations apply lessons from NATO UAV operations to their border and national security needs.

    This unique sample report analyses and forecasts global UAV procurement trends. In addition, examines, analyses and predicts the evolution of Border Security markets and the relevant UAV technologies in light of the whole global market.

  • An Outlook on UAS: The Air Force Perspective

    The Air Force has traditionally been the frontrunner in unmanned flight. The below highlights how UAS has developed in the decade plus of war. Featuring comments by LtCol Jeffery Patton, Commander, 9th Attack Squadron, US Air Force.

  • UAS Past Attendee SnapshotUAS Past Attendee Snapshot

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  • The limitations of fixed wing assets with Air Power integration

    Dr. Bill Powers, Research Fellow for the US Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, joins Defence IQ in this podcast interview to discuss the progress that air assets have made above the skies of Afghanistan and afar in the past two years. From unmanned combat vehicles to the ongoing decision of what platform to equip for the Afghan Air Force, Powers presents this excellent brief ahead of the conference where he will divulge the perceived limitations of the fixed-wing assets in these types of regions.

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  • Utilizing Unmanned Undersea Vehicles to Counter A2/AD ThreatsUtilizing Unmanned Undersea Vehicles to Counter A2/AD Threats

    While the US’ current efforts on sustaining and modernizing its Navy naturally encompass a range of different programs, one of the greatest areas of focus within the littoral warfare space is unmanned underwater vehicles.

  • Navy Plans Additional Round of UCLASS Competitive Study Contracts
    UnmannedSystemsAlert.com -- The Navy is eying a new round of competitive contracts to help refine its concept of the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System (UCLASS), a prelude to seeking permission from the Pentagon to begin developing technology for the next-generation effort this summer.
  • Delivering Holistic Capabilities to the Warfighter...How Integration and Interoperability are Transforming UAVs

    As UAVs continue to evolve in sophistication and complexity, it’s an increasingly daunting task to have the myriad systems involved work together in a seamless and effective way. To address that challenge, with the ultimate goal of providing holistic capabilities to the warfighter, late last year the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) named CAPT Bob Dishman Integration & Interoperability Lead.

  • Air Force Increases Global Hawk Funds; Remaining Aircraft To Begin Funds; Remaining Aircraft To Begin Assembly Soon

    Unmanned Systems Alert -- The Air Force will be pouring about $81 million more into its RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program in fiscal year 2013 than the service initially projected it would need last year, despite a Feb. 6 Pentagon announcement that the Block 30 variant of the Global Hawk program would be terminated.

  • Vulnerabilities of Electronic Attacks to UAVs (PART 1) Vulnerabilities of Electronic Attacks to UAVs (PART 1)

    Unmanned aircraft are fulfilling critical roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are integral in base defense plans and the protection of key infrastructure. They enable commanders to monitor activity throughout their area of responsibility and direct action, when required. Many policymakers see Unmanned Aircraft Systems as a cost effective alternative to manned aircraft and a way to prevent risking a pilot's life.

  • Vulnerabilities of Electronic Attacks to UAV’S (PART 2)

    Unmanned Aircraft are fulfilling critical roles in Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are integral in base defense plans and the protection of key infrastructure. They enable commanders to monitor activity throughout their area of responsibility and direct action, when required. Many policymakers see Unmanned Aircraft Systems as a cost effective alternative to manned aircraft and a way to prevent risking a pilot’s life.

  • Vulnerabilities of Electronic Attacks to UAV’S (PART 3)

    Unmanned Aircraft are fulfilling critical roles in Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The investigation of use of multiple unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to deceive RADAR systems is a relatively new area of study within the broader context of cooperative control and cooperative path planning.

InterviewsInterviews

  • UAS Development for LRS in Support of Amphibious OperationsUAS Development for LRS in Support of Amphibious Operations

    IDGA:  Could you tell us a little about your current roles and responsibilities? BP:  Right now, I am working as a Research Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities. We support the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab in Quantico, Virginia.  Looking into the future, we’re asking what kind of security environment is going to be...

  • Marine Unmanned Aviation: A Warfighter’s PerspectiveMarine Unmanned Aviation: A Warfighter’s Perspective

    An IDGA Q&A with LtCol Timothy G. Burton, USMC Commanding Officer, VMU-3 Phantoms (Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3) IDGA: First, could you provide an overview of the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron? RB: The Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron is composed of three detachments. Each of these detachments is independently deployable. We’re in the process of...

  • Initiatives for Air Force Remotely Piloted AircraftInitiatives for Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft
    IDGA Q&A with Col Tom Buckner Dep Dir-Current Capabilities/Reserve Advisor RPA Capabilities (RPA TF), AF/A2CU Col Tom Buckner started his Air Force career as a traditional pilot. He flew rescue and special operations C-130s in the active duty and AF Reserve, flying 4,400 hours in 18 years. In 2002, he was brought back on temporary active duty to fly the RQ-4 Global Hawk, as part of the in...
  • Taking UAVs to the Next Level in an Austere Fiscal Environment
    IDGA Q&A: COL John White, Deputy Director for Requirements & Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence)

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