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The US Navy is in the process of establishing an office that will focus only on overseeing drones, eliminating the need of another manned fighter jet. According to Navy secretary Ray Mabus, the “F-35 should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly” (Engadget). Their reasoning being simple: a person in a fighter cockpit is a fiscal and logistical liability. “Removing a human from the machine can open up room to experiment with more risk, improve systems faster and them to the fleet quicker.”
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (April 15, 2015) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the 50th Anniversary of the Sea-Air-Space Exposition. The exposition was founded in 1965 as a means to bring the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime based event. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales/Released)
Plans are in place to appoint a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems. Mabus says that the navy will create a “drone” office, from which “all aspects of unmanned – in all domains – over, on and under the sea and coming from the sea to operate on land – will be coordinated and championed.”
The Pentagon recently embarked on a mission called Better Buying 3.0 to revision the way it purchases artillery and jets. According to Mabus, “Too many news assets are mired in outdated bureaucratic practices… (that give) our potential adversaries the competitive advantage. We must be faster, much more innovative and quicker or we can – we will – lose.”
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