Small Multi-Spectral Imager Takes First Flight

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QinetiQ North America (QNA) has announced the successful demonstration of its Small Multi-Spectral Imager (sMSI) during its flight flight test in Imperial County, Calif. The sMSI correctly identified all targets from various altitudes up to 3,000 feet, including simulated land mines, disturbed earth, camouflage and electrical wire targets. Read more about sMSI's ability to discriminate and … [Read more...]

Riverine Drifter for Maritime Situational Awareness

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According to the Navy Maritime Domain Awareness Concept, Worldwide economic trends have accelerated the pace of maritime commerce and reinforced the need to keep the global maritime commons secure. The oceans are growing in importance as both arteries of the global economy and back alleys of the criminal underworld. The role of naval power in securing the maritime domain gains in prominence when … [Read more...]

Navy Carriers Prepare for X-47B Unmanned Aircraft Arrival Next Year

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The Navy is one year away from landing its first unmanned jet aircraft aboard a carrier after completing the most recent round of surrogate tests aboard the USS Harry S. Truman. In early July, members from the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration carrier integration team engaged in extensive software testing aboard Truman to validate the concept of autonomous UAV operations around an … [Read more...]

House Increases Navy Shipbuilding and Aircraft Accounts

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House Increases Navy Shipbuilding and Aircraft Accounts with Defense Appropriations Bill The House of Representatives passed its version of the 2013 defense appropriations bill July 19, with $1.66 billion more in ship construction that was requested in the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) original proposal to build additional missile destroyers and advance funding in 2013 for … [Read more...]

Navy Revising the Maritime Strategy

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According to Seapower Magazine, the U.S. Navy is in the process of revising the National Maritime Strategy. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations (CNO), addressed reporters at the Pentagon on June 27 regarding the status of the Navy. In his remarks, Greenert stated that the new maritime strategy will define how sea power will support the national strategy with an emphasis on Asia … [Read more...]