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Army Demonstrates New Quadcopter Aerial Resupply Vehicle Prototype

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has demonstrated the flight capacities of a new “Hoverbike” electric quadcopter aerial resupply vehicle prototype designed to deliver supplies to warfighters in the battlefield. The military service said Tuesday the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle was shown to William Roper, director of the strategic capabilities office at the Office of the …

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Eric Fanning: Trump’s Plan to Add Army Troops Could Cost $12B

Army Secretary Eric Fanning estimates it would cost $12 billion to implement President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to increase the number of the service branch’s active-duty officers from 465,000 to 540,000, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Anthony Capaccio writes Fanning’s estimation is based on a formula that assumes that every additional 10,000 troops would require $1.6 billion …

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Navy Researchers Study Barnacle Components to Address Ship Maintenance Costs

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory have discovered 45 components of barnacle adhesive as part of efforts to address barnacle encrustation on the surface of U.S. Navy vessels. NRL said Tuesday the encrustation of barnacles and other sea creatures costs the service branch $56 million in annual maintenance and fuel consumption costs for Arleigh Burke-class …

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DISA, JFHQ-DODIN Leaders Discuss 2017 Agency Plans and Priorities; Tony Montemarano Comments

A panel of senior leaders from the Defense Information Systems Agency and Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Networks have discussed the agencies’ plans and priorities for 2017. DISA Executive Deputy Director Tony Montemarano noted the agency has modified its future business plans to a more purchase-oriented focus as opposed to …

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Gen. David Goldfein: Air Force Eyes Light-Attack Aircraft Search in Spring

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has said the service branch looks to begin its search for a light-attack aircraft this spring, the National Defense magazine reported Wednesday. Vivienne Machi writes Goldfein said at an American Enterprise Institute event the military branch plans to collaborate with defense contractors to conduct an …

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