Commercial operators deploy Saildrone Voyager Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) out to sea in the initial steps of U.S. 4th Fleet’s Operation Windward Stack during a launch from Naval Air Station Key West’s Mole Pier and Truman Harbor, Sept. 13, 2023. (U.S. Navy photo by Danette Baso Silvers/Released)

Navy’s 4th Fleet sets sights on command center upgrades for drone ops

"We have the robots and we’re making lots of progress there, but in terms of what we have at the headquarters and how we actually manage the…
KITTERY, ME. Nov. 17, 2022, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard: Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti meets with leadership at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard during a visit which included briefs on the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program and Naval Sustainment System – Shipyards. (U.S. Navy photo by Jim Cleveland/Released).

New Navy CNO eyes unmanned systems, disruptive tech to augment force

“We will put more players on the field, which means ready players,” Adm. Lisa Franchetti said during her keynote speech at the Surface Navy Association’s annual symposium.
Airmen at Joint Base Langley Eustis, Virginia perform field exercises during Force Protection Operational Rehearsal (FPOR). An Airman (right) carries the dismounted “manpack” JCREW system to show capabilities during the event in November of 2022. (Defense Dept. photo)

Navy sees IED and drone jamming as important use case for AI

The JCREW I1B1 system is used by the U.S. Navy, Air Force and international partners such as Australia.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) defeats a combination of Houthi missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles in the Red Sea, Oct. 19, 2023. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau)

Navy SWO boss frustrated by shortage of directed energy weapons

U.S. Navy forces in the Red Sea are trying to defeat kamikaze drones and missile attacks.
PEARL HARBOR — (Sept. 13, 2018) The Arleigh Burke-Class destroyer Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and its crew arrives to their new homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The ship, which was previously homeported in San Diego, is named after Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, who is known as the “Father of Aegis”. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corwin M. Colbert)

Del Toro: Navy ‘very concerned’ about future spectrum-sharing decisions

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro told DefenseScoop that “we cannot simply share valuable spectrum space that we require to be able to perform our [electronic warfare] missions…
U.S. Navy Operations Specialist 1st Class Frederick Robinson, from Abbeville, Louisiana, stands tactical data coordinator (TDC) in the combat information center (CIC) during sea and anchor detail as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departs Azores, Portugal after a brief stop for fuel, October 5, 2023. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau)

Navy’s new cyber strategy aims to place a premium on non-kinetic capabilities’ role in conflict

"We really need to talk about this a bit more openly," Chris Cleary, the Department of the Navy's principal cyber advisor, told DefenseScoop.