Thirty-nine National Guard soldiers and airmen from across the country last month began cyber warfare training at the Guard’s Professional Education Center at Little Rock, Ark. The 18-week course is modeled on the active-duty Army program, the head of the National Guard said during a morning roundtable talk with reporters in Washington.
“Once they’re trained we hope to model that, take those 39 individuals, get them out into the states that they come from … and then build upon that, so when the Army says ‘I want u to build 10 cyber protection units,’ we start building them,” National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Frank Grass said. [Continue reading…]
The Marine Corps is testing a new 135-pound, catapult-launched drone that can take off from an amphibious assault ship and climb to 15,000 feet with multi-intelligence sensors mounted onboard, service officials said.
The RQ-21A, or “Black Jack” UAS, can fly for up to 16 hours at ranges out to 100 miles. It is slated to reach initial operating capability by 2014, said Maj. Wayne Phelps, requirements officer, headquarters Marine Corps, aviation branch. [Continue reading…]
Two B-52 bombers flew unarmed and unescorted through a no-fly zone declared by China over disputed islands in the East China Sea Monday in a direct challenge by the U.S. to Beijing’s attempts to intimidate its neighbors, defense officials said Tuesday.
The overflight came less than 48 hours after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the U.S. would not recognize China’s “Air Defense Identification Zone” over the uninhabited Senkaku Islands, claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan.
A Pentagon spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that U.S. aircraft flying out of Guam had carried out the overflight on a previously scheduled training mission and returned to Andersen Air Base on Guam “without incident.” [Continue reading…]
The Office of Naval Research recently equipped Marines in Hawaii with special technology to help them sift through loads of data to find only the information they need for the battlefield.
ONR officials partnered with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Experimentation Center and the 3rd Marine Regiment for the third annual Agile Bloodhound demonstration Nov. 13–14 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Marines used handheld devices and special software to automatically sift through loads of data to help ease information overload.
Naval expeditionary operations involve more sensors, radios and computers than ever before. However, the management and dissemination of information has not kept pace with technological advancements, and Marines on the front lines can be overwhelmed with the amount of raw data coming at them, demonstration officials maintain. [Continue reading…]
Chinese state media is reporting the Chinese military completed its first test flight of their stealth drone that looks a a lot like the U.S. Navy’s X-47B.
Named the “Sharp Sword,” the drone flew for 20 minutes and successfully completed the test over Chengdu.
“The successful flight shows the nation has again narrowed the air-power disparity between itself and Western nations,” state-run newspaper China Daily said in a statement on Friday. [Continue reading…]