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Federal Agencies Launch Efforts to Address National Security, Public Safety Risks of Drones

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Federal agencies are initiating measures to address the potential risk posed by unmanned aircraft systems to national security and public safety amid an increasing number of drones flying near airports and other critical infrastructure. “Remote identification will help law enforcement determine if a drone poses an actual threat that needs to be mitigated,” a spokeswoman for FAA said in a statement.

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Gen. Charles Brown: USAF Eyes 6th-Gen Fighter Jets, Unmanned Platforms for Future Fleet

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr., chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said the service branch might need sixth-generation fighter jets as part of its future fleet. Brown recently told reporters that the Air Force may require a Next-Generation Air Dominance platform along with fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft like the F-35.

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Navy Releases Environmental Assessment of MQ-25A Refueling Drone Operations in California

MQ-25A Stingray

The U.S. Navy has issued an environmental assessment stating that home-basing 20 Boeing-built MQ-25A Stingray refueling drones at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Point Mugu, California, will have no significant impact on the environment. Activities that will take place at the naval base include over 960 annual Stingray flight operations and related stationing support for approximately 730 personnel and their families. 

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Gen. Charles Brown: Air Force’s New ISR Strategy Includes Reaper Drones

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said the service is now preparing to brief congressional members on a new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strategy that includes the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper drone. “I will tell you right now, the MQ-9 is still a very popular platform with the Combatant Commanders,” he said.

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GAO: FAA Should Provide Stakeholders With More Info on Drone Traffic Mgmt System Implementation

Drone Traffic Management

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provide public and industry stakeholders in the unmanned aircraft systems market with additional data about its efforts to help the latter better align their activities with FAA plans for implementing a drone traffic management system. FAA is working with NASA and other stakeholders to advance UTM development. 

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Col. Samuel Edwards: Army Eyes AI-Based Cloud Platform for Managing sUAS Operations

Col. Samuel Edwards

Col. Samuel Edwards, director of the U.S. Army’s Robotics Requirements Division, said the service is relying on cloud and artificial intelligence to support a network envisioned to manage small-drone operations. The cloud-based URCA will have edge-level computing elements and feature an open-architecture framework to “bring in any capacity that we need,” Edwards noted.

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FAA Issues Two Final Rules for Unmanned Aircraft; Steve Dickson Quoted

Steve Dickson

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released two final rules that will require remote identification of unmanned aircraft and permits small drone operators to fly at night and over people under specific conditions. “The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.

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Brig. Gen. Robert Barrie: Army Brings New Prototype Drones to the Field; Maj. Gen. David Francis Quoted

Robert Barrie

Brig. Gen. Robert Barrie, commander of the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office Aviation, said the service branch has commenced field-testing of Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (FTUAS). Barrie said at the Association of the U.S. Army's virtual conference last week that soldiers are now being equipped with FTUAS prototypes for fielding.

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Navy Looks to Leverage MQ-25 Aerial Refueling Drone for Long-Range Missions

MQ-25A Stingray

The U.S. Navy has completed a force structure assessment and found that the service branch needs to invest in long-range aircraft to support its future carrier air wing operations. Rear Adm. Greg Harris, director of air warfare at the Navy, said that the service’s procurement of Boeing-built MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refueling aircraft could help the carrier air wing prevent emerging extended-range threats from adversaries. 

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Axon Partners with Fotokite to Develop UAS Solutions for Agencies; Jeff Kunins, Christopher McCall Quoted

Jeff Kunins

Axon has partnered with Fotokite, a service provider of actively tethered Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) solutions and public safety software tools, to provide products and services as part of the Axon Air program, Axon reported on Tuesday

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