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Patrick Shanahan Hints at Possible NRO Integration Into Space Force

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon could integrate the National Reconnaissance Office into the Space Force into the future, Defense News reported Thursday. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), SASC ranking member, asked about the Department of Defense’s reason for not putting NRO under the new service branch and Shanahan said DoD didn’t want to delay the formation of the new force.

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Air Force Combines Cyber, ISR Teams to Boost Operations Coordination

The U.S. Air Force has begun reorganizing to have cyber-focused personnel and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance teams in a single office to increase coordination of military operations. The service branch said on Friday that combining the functions of the staffs would break barriers and streamline oversight, policy and guidance in a range of operations.

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Report: USMC Requests Additional 50,000 M27 Automatic Rifles for Military Troops

The U.S. Marine Corps has requested for an additional 50,000 automatic rifles for the service branch’s riflemen, combat engineers and light armored reconnaissance battalion scouts, Marine Corps Times reported Wednesday. The 5.56 mm M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles, which will replace the service branch’s current M4 assault rifles, feature a 30-round magazine and can fire …

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Doug Wiltsie: Army Rapid Capabilities Office to Expand Operations

The U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities Office plans to expand its scope of operations beyond the current cyber, electronic warfare and assured position, navigation and timing focus areas, Army Times reported Wednesday. Doug Wiltsie, director of the Rapid Capabilities Office, told Army Times that the office will look to focus on …

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Air Force’s Updated ‘Frankenphone’ Aims to Facilitate Communications Between Reaper Drone Pilots, Ground Crews

A U.S. Air Force officer has redesigned a device to help address communication difficulties between ground forces and pilots of General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, the Air Force reported Thursday. Capt. Gregory, a flight training commander with the service branch’s 42nd attack squadron, created an upgraded version of …

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Army Seeks Director to Lead Intell CoE for Capabilities Devt & Integration

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is looking for a professional to serve as director of the service branch’s Intelligence Center of Excellence for Capabilities Development and Integration at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. A USAJobs notice published June 5 says the selected applicant will develop and implement a synchronized strategy to determine the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance …

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Air Force Would Defer A-10, U-2 Retirement Plans Under Trump Budget

A fiscal 2018 spending plan released by the Trump administration does not provide  retirement dates for the U.S. Air Force‘s A-10 Warthog and U-2 reconnaissance aircraft fleets, Defense News reported Tuesday. Defense News obtained budget documents that say the Air Force plans to allocate money for its fleet of 283 A-10s; extend the service of U-2 …

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Army’s Universal Mission Simulator Helps Train UAS Flight Crews

The U.S. Army uses a full-simulation platform to augment live flight training for unmanned aircraft system crews and help reduce costs and risks at the service branch’s aviation and missile research, development and engineering center. The Universal Mission Simulator is designed to train flight crews on how to operate Gray Eagle and Shadow functions such as launch, preflight, taxi, flight route, target …

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