Tag Archives: unmanned aircraft

Will Roper: Air Force Eyes Commercial Drones to Replace Reapers

Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 award winner, said the service branch is considering commercial drones and high-end unmanned aircraft as it looks to replace the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper drone, Defense News reported Thursday.

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Mike Leahy to Lead DARPA’s Tactical Tech Office

Mike Leahy, a former executive at Northrop Grumman, will serve as head of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s tactical technology office, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. DARPA Director and a 2019 Wash100 winner Steven Walker told the publication on Wednesday that Leahy will join the agency in late May to succeed Fred Kennedy, who was recently named head of the Department of Defense’s space development agency.

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Bill Evanina: China Fails to Follow Anti-Cyber Theft Pact with US

National Counterintelligence Executive Bill Evanina believes China has failed to follow an agreement with the U.S. government to help counter Chinese cyber attacks against U.S. companies, The Hill reported Thursday. The U.S. counterintelligence operations chief said in a briefing the state of corporate espionage conducted by Chinese hackers has not …

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CIA Vet Charles Allen: Drones to Replace Manned Reconnaissance Aircraft

CIA veteran Charles E. Allen has predicted unmanned aerial systems will soon replace manned aircraft to carry out reconnaissance operations in an interview with Breaking Defense published Tuesday. “I think we’ll move almost solely to unmanned reconnaissance, whether it’s long range in the class of Global Hawk or whether it deals with Predator A’s (or) Predator …

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Greg Zacharias to Succeed Mica Endsley as US Air Force Chief Scientist

Greg Zacharias, president and senior scientist at Charles River Analytics, has been elected to serve as the U.S. Air Force’s chief scientist, DoD Buzz reported Thursday. Kris Osborn writes Zacharias will succeed Mica Endsley, who will return to SA Technologies as president. Zacharias will focus on autonomous and unmanned aircraft, …

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Wes Bush: US Export Controls Hurt Unmanned Market Leadership

The U.S. risks losing its competitive edge if industry is unable to more easily export unmanned aircraft for commercial use, Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush told a group of industry and congressional executives. Bush said the unmanned vehicle market needs similar eased export restrictions that satellite technologies are receiving, Aviation …

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Report: Pentagon to Invest $770B in Aircraft Through 2022

The Defense Department plans to spend $770 billion on its aircraft acquisition, maintenance and operation programs between fiscal years 2013 and 2022, Aviation Week reports. The Pentagon sent its 30-year aviation plan to Congress earlier this month and reported that yearly aircraft spending for all military branches will peak at …

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