As War Ends, Drone Money Dries Up
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When the Afghanistan war ends, the bureaucracy will return and acquiring drones will not be as easy, military officers predict in AOL Defense. FlightGlobal says the shift could limit the access of small companies to prime contracts. The blog also notes that the FAA has missed its Congressional mandate to get domestic UAV test sites up and running. However, analysts see the unmanned market growing, according to Defense News.
Information Dissemination theorizes that the military is caught in a Prisoner’s Dilemma with the F-35. Meanwhile, Pratt & Whitney gets another $9.5 million from NAVAIR for modifications to Joint Strike Fighter Lot V.
Obama signs a law requiring the White House to detail how sequestration cuts would be carried out. The Washington Post says it’s too early to tell the exact effect sequestration would have on the defense industry, but it would be bad news.
Boeing and Johns Hopkins University have successfully tested controlling a small UAV “swarm” using a laptop.
Rear Adm. Mahr wishes NAVAIR a happy 91st birthday.