October 1, 2014

X-47B UCAS Completes Testing

Conceptual rendering of an X-47B unmanned attack plane on an aircraft carrier.

The Navy’s X-47B UCAS completed its final test aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and returned to its home base at NAS Pax River after eight days at sea.

X-47B UCAS Flies With F/A-18E

x-47b UCAS-D on USS Truman

In a historic first, an unmanned X-47B UCAS both took off and landed alongside a manned aircraft, an F/A-18E Super Hornet.

DoD Contracting Competition Analysis

MC-NS-shaking hands

DoD contracts awarded without competition rose from 39 percent in 2009 to 42 percent in 2012 and in 2013 the contracting non-compete rate rose again.

Morning Coffee: X-47B Scheduled for Pax River Testing

X-47B UCAS taxi

Northrop’s X-47B UCAS is scheduled for shore-based testing conducted from NAS:Patuxent River in preparation for upcoming sea trials.

Morning Coffee: DOD Budget Cuts Vs. Capability

aircraft carrier

How the Navy can find a balance between developing effective future capabilities while absorbing ongoing budget cuts.

Americans Rank Military Top Contributor to Society’s Well-being

Atlas robot cropped

The Atlas robot reports in to Robotics Challenge, Pax team designed safer flight deck uniforms, international cyber discussions expand but legislatively US cybersecurity looks to weaken.

HASC Begin Mark-ups, Says No to UCAS Fund Transfers

X-47B UCAS-D on USS Truman

House Armed Services Committee budget mark-ups reject base closures despite think tanks’ advice. DoD budget shortfalls cannot be covered from UCAS funds.

Unmanned Strike Drone Begins Testing on USS Truman

X-47B on the USS Truman

The Navy begins testing how the X-47B UCAS-D will integrate with aircraft carriers.

Smaller Military, More Drones Under Re-elected Obama

Barack Obama

Re-election solidifies the national security priorities of the president.

NAWCAD Commander Addresses Pax Force Reductions

Rear Adm. Randy Mahr

Rear Adm. Randy Mahr says layoffs will continue at Pax River.