Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall delivers a keynote at the AFA Warfare Symposium on March 7, 2023. (Photo by Brandi Vincent)

Air Force planning for 1,000 robotic wingmen

This figure was derived from assuming two CCAs each for 200 NGAD platforms and an additional two for each of 300 F-35s, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall…
A U.S. Marine Corps Hero-400 loitering munition drone is staged before flight on San Clemente Island, California, May 25, 2022. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Childs)

DOD intensifying search for new tech to defeat kamikaze drones

The DOD is about to release a white paper asking industry for new ideas for countering adversaries’ kamikaze drones. That outreach will be followed by a technology…
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin speaks to U.S. Navy personnel about the Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel, attached to Task Force (TF) 59, at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Nov. 21. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Thomas Mahmod)

Task Force 59: The future of the Navy’s unmanned systems or a one-off win?

Can 21 sailors, many of whom aren't full-time sailors, bring unmanned systems to the Fith Fleet in support of deterrence by detection in the Middle East?