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Army Sets New Plans to Boost Air and Missile Defense

The U.S.Army issued a new roadmap outlining plans to modernize its air-and-missile defense through 2028 to deter emerging weapons of adversaries, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. The roadmap focuses on the development of air-and-missile defense technologies, new capabilities for multi-domain operations, training of forces and maintaining forward presence and partnerships. 

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Marine Corps Looks to Buy MQ-9 Reapers to Take New Missions

The U.S. Marine Corps wants to make the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems permanent in its inventory through President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The service requested $117 million in funding to buy three Reapers in the coming year and additional three for fiscal year 2021.

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Army Implements New Personal Reconnaissance Drone

Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team began using a new unmanned aerial system designed to provide near-real time video access for reconnaissance missions, DVIDS reported Thursday. Program Executive Office Soldier had troops hold, inventorize and train to use the new system at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from April 29 to May 3.

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Coast Guard to Field Insitu UAVs Aboard Nat’l Security Cutters

The U.S. Coast Guard plans to deploy small drones developed by Boeing's Insitu subsidiary onto four more National Security Cutters by the end of 2019, Flight Global reported Wednesday. The Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles will contain payloads including sensor systems, communications relay platforms and a laser pointer to support various USCG missions including search-and-rescue, ice-breaking and anti-drug trafficking. 

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Army, DIU Tap Industry for UAS Reconnaissance Capabilities

The U.S. Army awarded six firms transaction agreements to conduct rapid prototyping of drone capabilities that implement advanced situational awareness and “eye in the sky” technologies, DVIDShub reported Monday. The Army partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit for the Short Range Reconnaissance program to develop portable drones with vertical take-off and landing features suitable for providing situational awareness support to soldiers on the ground.

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Sens. Edward Markey, John Thune Call for Action on Proposed Drone Identification Rule

Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and John Thune, R-S.D., are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to publish a proposed rule on remote identification of drones to prevent the entry of unauthorized drones in critical areas. Markey and Thune sent a letter to the Department of Transportation calling for action on the rule that would permit authorities and the public to remotely track unmanned aircraft systems and their operators during flight, Markey’s office said in a statement released Monday.

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Army to Demo Air-Launched Drones for Manned-Unmanned Aircraft Teaming

Layne Merritt, head of U.S. Army’s Aviation Development Directorate, said the service plans to conduct a series of demonstrations for a new fleet of air-launched unmanned aircraft in the coming years, Defense News reported Tuesday. The service looks to develop a capability to deploy drones from a larger aircraft and perform advanced manned-unmanned teaming for reconnaissance, surveillance, long-range targeting, attack, decoy, resupply and casualty evacuation missions.  

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