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Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, and Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony L. Whitehead brief the media on National Guard priorities for 2024 in the Pentagon Briefing Room, Washington, D.C., Feb. 8, 2024. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jack Sanders)

National Guard eyes UAS, air defense among 2024 priorities

The Guard's leadership briefed reporters at the Pentagon.
A transfer case is unloaded during the dignified transfer ceremony of the remains of three U.S. service members killed in the drone attack on the U.S. military outpost in Jordan, at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, on Feb. 2, 2024. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

‘Stark reminders’: Experts assess how military tech must adapt after deadly drone attack on US troops

In separate discussions with DefenseScoop this week, defense experts shed light on the state of America’s sensing and air defense capabilities, and how global war on terrorism…
Swedish-made Archer Howitzer operated by Ukrainian members of the 45th Artillery Brigade fires toward Russian positions, in the Donetsk region, on January 20, 2024, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Roman PILIPEY / AFP) (Photo by ROMAN PILIPEY/AFP via Getty Images)

Nations form new ‘capability coalitions’ to help confront Ukraine’s long-term military needs

Plans for these coalitions’ establishment and functions were in focus at the 18th UDCG meeting.
The unmanned surface vessel (USV) Ranger returns to its homeport, Naval Base Ventura County, in Port Hueneme, California, concluding Integrated Battle Problem (IBP) 23.2, Jan. 15, 2024. IBP 23.2 is a Pacific Fleet exercise to test, develop and evaluate the integration of unmanned platforms into fleet operations to create warfighting advantages. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jesse Monford)

Navy’s robo-ship quartet completes 5-month exercise sailing the Pacific

As the USVs returned to homeport, DefenseScoop was briefed on the Navy’s completion of Integrated Battle Problem 23.2.
A MANTAS T-12 unmanned surface vessel (USV), front, operates alongside Royal Bahrain Naval Force fast-attack craft RBNS Abdul Rahman Al-fadel during exercise New Horizon in the Arabian Gulf, Oct. 26, 2021. Exercise New Horizon was U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Task Force 59’s first at-sea evolution since its establishment Sept. 9, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dawson Roth)

Tech from Navy’s drone task force could support Operation Prosperity Guardian

Task Force 59’s contribution "provides some interesting highlights" about the unit's progress, a senior U.S. Central Command official told DefenseScoop.
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. Carney is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to help ensure maritime security and stability in the Middle East region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau)

Adm. Grady: Escalating Houthi-led maritime drone and missile assaults are ‘not just a U.S. problem’

In the vice chairman’s view, the incidents on Dec. 3 mark “a first for attacks on international shipping — and that's a big deal.” 
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An AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial system (UAS) team assigned to the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, conduct training at Jaworze, Poland on November 22, 2023. Ravens UAS are used to provide day or night aerial intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance missions to support Operation European Assure Deter and Reinforce. (Photo by U.S. Army Maj. Arturo Rodriguez)

Trio of DOD leaders poised to visit kamikaze drone-maker’s California plant

The meeting comes as the U.S. military experiments with AeroVironment’s capabilities — and considers supplying some to Israel.
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