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White House Unveils Public, Private Efforts to Facilitate UAV Airspace Integration

The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has announced several government and industry initiatives that seek to facilitate the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System. The White House said Tuesday the National Science Foundation will award $35 million in research funds over a five-year period to support research …

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DoD Requests Additional Funds to Combat Islamic State Group’s Drones

The Defense Department has requested $20 million in funds from Congress to counter drone threats posed by the Islamic State organization in addition to the existing $189.7 million budget to combat hostile networks, Defense News reported Saturday. Jen Judson writes DoD would put the money into the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund to buy tools …

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USAF Vet Robert Brock Named 1st Director for UAS in Kansas

Robert Brock, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, has joined the Kansas Transportation Department as that agency’s first unmanned aircraft systems director, The Wichita Eagle reported Tuesday. Jerry Siebenmark writes the 22-year Air Force veteran previously held responsibilities for intelligence and special operations units that use drones. Brock will work to …

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FAA Rolls Out Registered UAS Owner Location Database

The Federal Aviation Administration has rolled out a database that contains information on the location of each registered owner of small unmanned aircraft systems in response to several Freedom of Information Act requests. FAA said Wednesday the system only includes data on each UAS owner’s zip code, city and state and excludes the owners’ …

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Air Force’s Greg Zacharias: Fighter Jets Might Operate Multiple Drones for Reconnaissance, Targeting Missions

Greg Zacharias, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has said that fighter jets might be able to fully control a group of unmanned aircraft systems through the cockpit to perform reconnaissance, electronic warfare, weapons transport and targeting missions in the future. Zacharias told Scout Warrior reporter Kris Osborn in an interview published Thursday …

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Angela Simpson: NTIA Unveils Best Practices for Commercial, Private Use of Drones

The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration has released a document that lists five voluntary best practices for the commercial and private use of unmanned aircraft systems. Angela Simpson, deputy assistant secretary for communications and information at NTIA, wrote in a blog entry posted Thursday that NTIA collaborated with industry, trade …

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