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NOAA to Expand Use of Unmanned Platforms for Environment Data Collection

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has unveiled an effort to increase agencywide adoption of unmanned airborne and maritime platforms designed to collect environmental data. NOAA said Tuesday it will establish the Unmanned Systems Operations Program within the agency's marine and aviation operations office.

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NOAA Seeks Feedback on Draft Emerging Tech Strategies

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is looking for public input on its draft strategies for programs involving unmanned systems, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and technologies for analyzing DNA, RNA and other proteins.

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Army Seeks AI, Robotics Tech to Support Combat Capability Modernization

The U.S. Army is seeking industry assistance on four capability sets focused on utilizing artificial intelligence and robotics to modernize combat operations, National Defense reported Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley, deputy commanding general for the Army Futures Command's futures and concepts center, said the Army needs AI and machine learning-driven capabilities that cover lethality, stand-off, penetration and convergence functions during a recently held National Defense Industrial Association event. 

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Navy Completes Integration Testing of Mine Countermeasures Drones for LCS Fleet

The U.S. Navy has completed shipboard integration testing for two unmanned systems on a littoral combat ship in an effort to enhance the vessel’s mine countermeasures capabilities. The service said Thursday that it tested the Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle and the Unmanned Influence Sweep System aboard the USS Independence

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Navy Focusing on Anti-Mine Warfare

The U.S. Navy plans to implement the use of unmanned systems in mine warfare to keep pace with enemy developments, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. Stephen Olson, deputy branch head for mine warfare with the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, said the branch is shifting from the traditional fleet approach to one that includes stronger mine countermeasures.

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DARPA Unveils ‘Mosaic-Like’ Weapons Development Approach to Industry

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has unveiled a new weapons development concept that would help build military systems through the “mosaic-like” integration of components such as sensors, command and control nodes and manned and unmanned platforms. DARPA said Friday its strategic technology office outlined the mosaic warfare concept at the …

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