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The Micro Tactical Ground Robot, built by Roboteam, is the latest tool to be fielded by the IDF.

Defense Systems News

Strategic Agility: Behind The USAF's New 30-Year Plan

Israel Debuts RoboTeam's Micro Tactical Ground Robot (MTGR) in Anti-Tunnel Campaign in Gaza

ACC General Hostage: Air Force already looking ahead to 6th-generation fighter plane

Javelin Joint Venture Demonstrates Vehicle-Mounted Missile Launch

Air Force Moves Forward With Plan to Piggyback Payloads on Commercial Satellites

Japan, France Agree on Defense Equipment Cooperation

Analyst Winslow Wheeler: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

Australia pushes for Harpoon integration on P-8As

Details of Ukraine UAV requirement revealed

On Third Anniversary of Budget Control Act, Fallout Still Unclear

US Army qualifies AH-64E Apaches for deck landings

South Korean Joint Chiefs: Two Engines For KF-X

Italian Court Clears AgustaWestland In Indian Helicopter Case

US Plans $1.2 billion Arms Package for Iraq


Inside the Beltway


The Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held a forum to discuss the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstration (TD) program and its relationship to the Service’s nascent Future Vertical Lift (FVL) plans.  On hand at the forum was the Army’s JMR/FLV Program Manager Dan Bailey, industry representatives from the four JMR-TD Phase leads and perhaps 100 attendees from Government and industry.  Key JMR program news and take-aways from DSJ are provided here....

Defense Systems Personnel

Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, left, Adm. Bill Gortney, center, and Gen. John Campbell, right.

 Defense News notes that the Pentagon on recently announced a major change at the top of its training, counterterrorism and homeland security efforts, naming new heads US Special Operations and Northern Command, along with a new leader of the NATO force in Afghanistan:
-- Navy Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command, has been nominated to lead US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. He would replace Army Gen. Charles Jacoby. 
-- Army Gen. John Campbell, vice chief of staff of the Army, has been nominated to lead the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. He would replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who has been nominated to be the next Marine Corps commandant.
-- Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel has been nominated to receive a fourth star and to take over US Special Operations Command. He is the head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He would replace Adm. William McRaven, who is retiring.


Defense Systems Conference


IDGA/IQPC's UAS Commercialization Industry Conference (UASCIC) will bring together a group of early adopters, government officials, industry partners and expert academia to discuss their current trials, future requirements, extensive capabilities, and forthcoming plans to leverage Unmanned Aerial Systems in commercial markets.  To be held 17-19 November 2014 in Washington DC, all of the details are here.