[Defense in Brief] U.S. military to spend more on unmanned systems

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The Pentagon plans to spend more money in the coming years on robotic systems and unmanned aerial systems, according to a recent report by the Bard College Center for the Study of the Drone.

President Trump’s Fiscal 2018 budget contains a request to spend $6.97 billion for procurement, research and development, and system-specific military construction for all robotics technologies.

That would be a five-year high and 21 percent more than in last year’s budget according to the report, “Drones in the Defense Budget: Navigating the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request.”

Spending on unmanned aerial systems would increase about 11 percent next year if approved, while unmanned ground systems and unmanned maritime systems (surface and undersea) would see a 70 percent and 65 percent funding increase, respectively.

The spending plan “lays the groundwork for programs that will develop new unmanned ground and maritime drones, as well as the next generation of unmanned aircraft,” the report said. [source]

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