Monday, June 20, 2011

U.S. to keep robotic edge despite cuts

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn said the U.S. will maintain its lead in unmanned robotic technology in the face of a $400 billion reduction in defense spending. Lynn said during the Paris Air Show that robotics and unmanned technology "is a key future" for the U.S. military. The U.S. will also seek to maintain a lead in cyber security and the capability to strike long-range targets, he said in a briefing. (Source: Bloomberg, 06/19/11) Gulf Coast note: The region is involved in both unmanned systems and cyber security.