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Pentagon Starts Task Force, New Center For Drone Aircraft (Posted: Monday, July 11, 2005)

[Dow Jones Newswires]

July 8, 2005 5:08 p.m.


WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Friday announced two new efforts to bolster its drone aircraft programs by improving coordination among the military services.

Nevada's Creech Air Force Base will host a Joint Center of Excellence for unmanned aerial vehicles, to be established later this year. The organization will focus on linking battlefield operations to UAV technology and training.

The Air Force will stand down its UAV center of excellence to make room for the new joint effort. However, the Air Force said it will keep its Nevada-based Battlelab, which coordinates UAV activities at the tactical and strategic levels.

In addition to the new center, the Pentagon is creating a joint UAV overarching integrated product team. It will promote efforts to make drone systems more standardized and interoperable through shared development efforts.

The new group "will provide a forum to identify and resolve materiel issues and seek solutions common to all the military services," the Defense Department said.

The Marine Corps will lead the group initially, the Pentagon said. The chairman position will rotate among the four military services, and the group will include the joint staff, joint forces command, the office of the secretary of defense, and other military officers.

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC), Boeing Co. (BA), Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) and privately owned General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. are major producers and developers of unmanned aircraft.

-By Rebecca Christie; Dow Jones Newswires