Final GPS II satellite goes into orbit as Air Force gets ready for GPS III

With ULA launching the last of the second generation, the service awards Lockheed a contract to help the transition to the next generation.

DOD office looks to field weapons faster

The Strategic Capabilities Office is working on rapid deployment of autonomous weapons and an "arsenal plane."

Bill introduced to address capability gaps in EW

Sens. Mark Kirk and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation to speed up acquisition and provide funding flexibility for fielding electronic warfare capabilities.

DOD plans to invest $600M in unmanned underwater vehicles

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told sailors that the Defense Department big plans for UUV over the next five years.

Report outlines cyber activity from top U.S. adversaries

The security firm CrowdStrike details cyber activity globally in 2015, with focuses on Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

Report details deficiencies in UAV testing

A recent annual report to Congress by the office of Operational Test & Evaluation details areas in which the services have missed the mark in mitigating vulnerabilities and deficiencies in tests of UAVs.

Air Force develops prototype for skin-ID sensor

A system developed by the Sensors Exploitation Research Group at the Air Force institute of Technology differentiates human skin from other materials, and can aid id search, rescue and surveillance.

DOD to invest heavily in cyber, although details are murky

Secretary Carter said the department will spend $7 billion in 2017 on cyber, but leaders are being coy about how the money will be spent.

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