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Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu participates in a virtual event for Engineers Week, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Feb. 23, 2022. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Pentagon working with allies on secretive autonomous drone project

The initiative aims to demonstrate the capabilities of artificial intelligence-enabled drones that could operate in highly contested environments.
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U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, train with a Switchblade 300 10C system as part of Service Level Training Exercise 1-22 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Sept. 24, 2021. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexis Moradian)

Marine Corps commandant gung-ho about loitering munitions

The tactical unmanned aerial systems offer advantages over more traditional fires such as mortars and artillery, says the commandant of the Marine Corps.
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Dr. William A. LaPlante holds a press brief at the Pentagon, May 6, 2022. (DoD Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class James K. Lee)

New Phoenix Ghost drone was ‘Big Safari’ project

The project is overseen by a secretive Air Force office known as Big Safari, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer revealed.
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), then-Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, asks questions of Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter as he testifies in a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee in 2012. Smith is now the Chair of the committee. (DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett) (Released)

U.S. military needs more drones than tanks, says HASC chair Smith

Lawmakers will be pressuring the Pentagon to modernize faster, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said.
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