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Reports: China’s Navy Seizes US Unmanned Undersea Drone

China’s navy seized a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle sometime Thursday in international waters around the South China Sea, various media outlets reported Friday. According to CNN, the USNS Bowditch attempted to recover two undersea drones about 100 miles off a port at Subic Bay near the Philippines when a Chinese …

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Defense Department Honors Performance of Four Acquisition Programs; Frank Kendall Comments

The Pentagon has recognized four defense acquisition programs citing the initiatives’ focus on performance and cost savings, DoD News reported Friday. Tyrone Marshall Jr. writes Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, presided over the 2014 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award and the Undersecretary …

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Alan Shaffer: US Should Aim for ‘Enhanced Mutual Reliance’ Through Int’l R&D Collaboration

Alan Shaffer, assistant defense secretary for research and engineering — has highlighted the U.S. government’s efforts to collaborate with other countries on research and development initiatives in an interview with Defense News published Tuesday. Shaffer spoke to reporter Aaron Mehta ahead of the nearly three-decade military and public sector veteran’s transition to NATO this summer for a new …

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Kenneth Davidson: US Air Force, DARPA Team Up to Develop Scramjet-based Hypersonic Weapon

The U.S. Air Force has partnered with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a hypersonic weapon based on the Boeing-made X-51 WaveRider scramjet flight demonstrator, Military.com reported Tuesday. Kenneth Davidson, manager of the hypersonic materials development at the Air Force Research Laboratory, said the military service and DARPA are …

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