April 12, 2010      

The military unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry continues to boom and bloom. The "boom" results from a market that is rapidly growing in both revenue and the number of deployed systems. New applications--prototyped, developed, and fielded--provide the "bloom."

Here's a case in point: On March 19, 2010 the U.S. Navy posted a Request-for-Information (RIA) for an "Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System." An RIA is not a Request-for-Proposal (RFP), which will eventual...

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