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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) (L) and ranking member Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) talk before a confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on July 20, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senators amplify concerns about pace of fielding AI-enabled counter-drone systems

A report accompanying the Senate version of the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act highlighted members’ concerns about where things stand.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) defeats a combination of Houthi missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles in the Red Sea, Oct. 19, 2023. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau)

DIU helping Navy find cheaper drone interceptors

The Defense Innovation Unit is soliciting industry to support its Counter NEXT initiative.
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Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) along with The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) participate in a Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV) exercise on Fort A.P. Hill, Va., September 22, 2017. (U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Gabriel Silva)

White House bashes idea of creating Army Drone Corps

"A Drone Corps would create an unwarranted degree of specialization and limit flexibility to employ evolving capabilities," the Biden administration said in a statement.
A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 419th Flight Test Squadron is undergoes pre-flight procedures at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Aug. 8, 2020. The aircraft conducted a captive-carry flight test of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon Instrumented Measurement Vehicle 2 at the Point Mugu Sea Range off the Southern California coast. (Air Force photo by Giancarlo Casem)

MDA director on hypersonics testing: ‘We need to get into a faster clip’

Lt. Gen. Heath Collins noted that with other missile programs “you may launch dozens of dozens of weapons. But on the hypersonic side, we just have not…
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Randy George, visits the 2-13th Aviation Regiment at Libby Army Airfield to receive a training overview and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) training overview on UAS capabilities, training, initiatives, and the aviation enterprise, Feb. 21, 2024. (Photo by Sgt. Jilian Mueller)

Army chief of staff: We don’t need a drone branch

Members of a House Armed Services subcommittee are proposing that the Army establish a Drone Corps.
NAVAL BASE CORONADO (May 15, 2024) – Global Autonomous Reconnaissance Craft (GARC) from Unmanned Surface Vessel Squadron 3 (USVRON 3) operate remotely in San Diego Bay ahead of the unit’s establishment ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Claire M. DuBois)

Navy stands up new robo-ship squadron as Pentagon pursues Replicator systems

USVRON Three, commanded by Capt. Derek Rader, will oversee a fleet of small uncrewed surface vessels.
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