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Weekly Alert -- February 24, 2015

News on drone exports, Australian airmen training to fly Reapers and more. Read the Alert

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U.S. Approves Expanded Export Of Armed Drones

The Obama administration last week approved increasing the export of armed drones to U.S. allies, potentially setting the stage for a surge in the sale of unmanned aerial systems from American defense contractors, according to a fact sheet released by the State Department.

U.S. Training Royal Australian Air Force To Operate MQ-9 Reaper In New Mexico

The United States is training Australian airmen to operate the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper and five airmen are already stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, NM, to receive pilot and sensor operator instruction, the Australian government has announced.

Official: Draft Autonomous-Systems Strategy Expected By Year's End

The Army plans to craft this year a new strategy document for the service's future use of unmanned systems, according to a top service official.

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MDA Revisits Boost-Phase Mission By Pursuing A UAV Laser

Nearly three years after the Pentagon canceled a multibillion-dollar airborne laser program designed to intercept a ballistic missile soon after it is launched, the Missile Defense Agency is pursuing a new, boost-phase program that will mount a small laser on a high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle.

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