December 11, 2018

Drones Change the Battlefield & Bases

drones

Drones are already changing the battlefield and impacting US strategy. Increased robotic controls of drones will likely also reduce the human footprint of counterinsurgency as the technology advances.

Drones Join List of Top Security Threats

Drones Join List of Top Security Threats

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said drones are one of the greatest national security threats to America, rating them as severe a concern as cybersecurity hacks, critical infrastructure attacks, and terrorism.

Heely, Christian Speak at Lunch & Learn

Heely

RADM Tim Heely and David Christian, author of “Victor Six,” will be the speakers at an Oct. 18 Lunch & Learn event offered by The Patuxent Partnership. The event will be held from 11 am to 1 pm.

US, Britain Ready for F-35B Flight Trials

F-35B flight trials

Great Britain’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has departed for the US to carry out flight trials with F-35B fighter jets at the Portsmouth naval base.

GAO: On Drones, Safety Oversight Is Lagging

Safety Oversight

A recent GAO report finds that as the nation’s fleet of small recreational and commercial drones soars, federal enforcement oversight is stalling.

Defense Funding for Drones Nearly Triples

Funding for Drones

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act allocates funding for nearly three times as many unmanned vehicles as in previous years.

Trump Calls for 6th Branch — Space Force

space force

President Donald Trump directed DoD to establish a military space force to add a sixth branch of the military.

MQ-4C Triton Officially Put Into Service

MQ-4C Triton

The MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime System high-altitude long-endurance UAV has been officially put into service with Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. VP-19 now has two Triton UAVs.

US Revising Rules on Military Drone Exports

Military Drone Exports

President Trump signed a memorandum late last week that revises rules for export of military drones, including big target and long-range reconnaissance drones such as the Predator and Reaper aircraft.

New Presidential Helicopter Fleet on Schedule

Presidential Helicopter Fleet

Sikorsky is four years into its $1.2 billion contract to replace the president’s helicopter fleet with its VH-92A in 2019.