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.
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.
Staff Sgt. Kristoffer Perez, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities section, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, points toward a nearby objective during the final day of training with his section’s new equipment at Fort Riley, Kansas. (Photo by Sgt. Michael C. Roach, 19th Public Affairs Detachment)

Army’s growing arsenal of EW weapons seen as contributor to future counter-drone fights

The Army's forthcoming electronic warfare systems can be used to counter drones that pose a threat to troops on the ground.
Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) conduct vehicle preparations in anticipation for the Large-Scale, Long-Range Air Assault as part of Operation Lethal Eagle 24.1, April 21, 2024, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Truesdale 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

Army tested electronic warfare to suppress enemy air defenses for helicopter assault

The Army's new mobile brigade combat team is testing new structures and capabilities as part of the service's "transforming-in-contact" concept.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks is walks with Director of the Defense Innovation Unit Doug Beck during a visit to the Defense Innovation Unit, Mountain View, California, Dec. 12, 2023. (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alexander Kubitza)

Pentagon secures $500M for first tranche of Replicator systems

A stated goal of Replicator is to accelerate programs and field thousands of “attritable autonomous” systems across multiple domains by August 2025, to help the U.S. armed…
U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, use an FIM-92 Stinger and a Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System to defend against unmanned aerial systems threats during a strait transit exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 12, 2024. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Helms)

New Marine Corps ‘fusion center’ to focus on counter-drone tech

The office was recently set up at Quantico to help move capabilities from the science-and-technology enterprise through the acquisition pipeline to fielding.
The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the Threat Systems Management Office operate a swarm of 40 drones to test the rotational units capabilities during the battle of Razish, National Training Center on May 8th, 2019. (U.S. Army Photo by Pv2 James Newsome)

Army, Marine Corps ping industry for more counter-drone tech

The Army and Marine Corps recently released an RFI and RFP, respectively, for technologies that can defeat unmanned aerial systems.