Monday, October 20, 2014
C4ISR Watch
The latest developments on military information technology, sensors, intelligence and advanced technology initiatives
Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

As the Army works to incorporate cyber operations at the corps level and below, top officials say development of cyber technologies should continue even if the authorities to use those capabilities aren't yet sorted out.

Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

More than four years after social media drove the revolutions known collectively as the Arab Spring, the Army is taking a closer look at open source information and how it fits into the service's broader intelligence operations.

Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

As the Army prepares the next phase of its Joint Tactical Radio System acquisition, contractors vying for the business were jockeying last week to plug their radio offerings one more time before formal solicitations drop.

Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

The Army's acquisition chief revealed last week that the service could break up its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program if the system fails reliability testing.

Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

A second request for information for Increment 2 of the Distributed Common Ground System-Army is set to hit the streets later this month, followed by an industry day in January, according to the system's program manager.

Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

The Army's Network Integration Evaluation is set to move from a twice-a-year occurrence to just one event in the spring, paired with a new "Army Warfighting Assessment" in the fall, according to a service official that helps run the event.

Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

The official in charge of delivering cyber capabilities across the Army says he will draw on his past experience with the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle to rapidly acquire information technology solutions for the service.

DefenseAlert - 10/17/2014

Lawmakers have rejected dozens of Pentagon-proposed changes to reallocate prior-year funds, forcing the U.S. military to scrap plans to immediately shift nearly $600 million between programs -- including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Ground-based Midcourse Defense efforts -- while protecting funds for key Army radio and helicopter modernization projects.

DefenseAlert - 10/16/2014

NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, VA -- The Navy recently declared the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye operational and plans to replace legacy aircraft in each squadron by 2027, according to a service official.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/16/2014

The Pentagon suffers from poor coordination when it comes to electronic warfare and needs to establish a high-level post or office to oversee and advocate for it, according to a defense official.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/16/2014

The Pentagon is seeking industry's help to maintain electromagnetic spectrum superiority and plans to kick off its electromagnetic spectrum science and technology consortium on Dec. 5, a defense official said.

DefenseAlert - 10/14/2014

A top Army official is signaling that the service could break up its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program if the system fails reliability testing.

DefenseAlert - 10/14/2014

The Army's Network Integration Evaluation is set to move from a twice-a-year occurrence to just one NIE in the spring paired with an Army Warfighting Assessment in the fall, an exercise that identifies new service concepts and capabilities, according to an Army official that helps run the event.

Inside the Navy - 10/13/2014

The Navy recently established a task force to assess the service's cyber posture holistically across the organization, with a major goal being to determine who exactly in the service is responsible for cyber, according to a Navy official.

Inside the Navy - 10/13/2014

Northrop Grumman recently demonstrated the capabilities of its Mine Hunting Unmanned surface vehicle, which is planned ultimately to deploy off of the Navy's Flight II Littoral Combat Ship, according to a company official.

Inside the Navy - 10/13/2014

The Marine Corps faces an electronic warfare gap around 2020 because the service is not replacing the EA-6B Prowler aircraft, which will retire in about five to six years, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 10/13/2014

Fleet Forces Commander Adm. William Gortney has approved a fleet implementation plan for "electromagnetic maneuver warfare," an operational approach to leveraging the cyberspace domain and the electromagnetic spectrum for offensive and defensive missions, according to a Navy official.

Inside the Navy - 10/13/2014

Lockheed Martin has invested $3.5 million in company funds into a new Surface Navy Innovation Center to develop emerging technologies for a new generation of sailors, according to a company executive.

Inside the Army - 10/13/2014

Legal restrictions on soldiers training with intelligence-gathering equipment inside the United States is hurting the Army's ability to become a more agile force, according to a recent Army Science Board study.

Inside the Army - 10/13/2014

A recent Army contract award has highlighted the ever present tension between industry and government in the struggle for which side owns the intellectual property rights of a technology.

Inside the Army - 10/13/2014

Electronic warfare systems used to combat improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan are among the capabilities eyed by the Army for taking down unmanned aircraft systems, according to a service official.

Inside the Army - 10/13/2014

The Army is seeking information on the continued development of a tool for training intelligence and electronic warfare analysts, according to an Oct. 2 notice posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Inside the Army - 10/13/2014

Congress has approved the Army's request to shift funds into the account of a new-start program intended to provide the service with tracking and location data in contested environments, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Air Force - 10/10/2014

The Air Force is being forced to explain to Congress why a central component of its Beyond Line of Sight Command-and-Control architecture, worth about $32 million, was mothballed at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA, while at around the same time the service was spending millions of dollars producing another capability to meet essentially the same requirement.

Inside the Air Force - 10/10/2014

Air Combat Command has commissioned a study to determine what type of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft the Air Force will need 10 to 15 years from now, and the prevailing view is the new aircraft will be multirole, having both surveillance and strike capabilities.

Inside the Air Force - 10/10/2014

The Space and Missile Systems Center's revised acquisition strategy for a key sensor sustainment contract has moved through a critical approval, the Air Force announced this week.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/09/2014

Some analysts fear a forthcoming directive from the Defense Department's acting chief information officer on digital cloud acquisition could compromise interoperability and create stovepiping.

DefenseAlert - 10/08/2014

The Defense Department recognizes the imperative to centralize funding of commercial satellite communication services and develop standardized metrics for evaluating its bandwidth needs, but a DOD report delivered to Congress late last month emphasizes that developing a long-term strategy will take substantial initial investment and experimentation.

DefenseAlert - 10/07/2014

The Air Force has made exportability an important component of the early design work on its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar -- a move driven by the potential for cost reduction and cost avoidance as well as what it sees as a large international market for ground-based radars.

DefenseAlert - 10/06/2014

The Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $71.8 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program.

Inside the Army - 10/06/2014

Despite lawmakers' complaints that the Army's Network Integration Evaluation costs more than it's worth, the service remains committed to the biannual event and may even grow it, according to a top Army acquisition official.

Inside the Army - 10/06/2014

General Dynamics C4 Systems has launched an internal development project, dubbed "Apollo," to help dispel a series of damning critiques of its Manpack radio, Inside the Army has learned.

Inside the Army - 10/06/2014

International Biometric Group, a division of Novetta Solutions, has been tapped by the Army to build a virtual lab that will serve as the software baseline for the service's future developments in biometrics and forensics technologies.

DefenseAlert - 09/29/2014

As the Air Force continues to play a key role in the ongoing air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, U.S. Central Command is relying, in part, on partner nations to provide ground-based targeting information that it can then feed through its Joint Terminal Air Controllers and integrate with surveillance data gathered from its own airborne platforms.

DefenseAlert - 09/29/2014

A White House official's call for the U.S. military, agencies and industry to boost accountability for cybersecurity has after a month elicited only a terse comment from the Defense Department, but the Pentagon is taking initial steps to address the thorny problem, according to documents and a former DOD policy chief.

Inside the Navy - 09/29/2014

The recently passed congressional continuing resolution will not have an impact on the multibillion-dollar Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar program and the Marine Corps anticipates an imminent request for proposals release for the program's Block 2.

Inside the Army - 09/29/2014

Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael Rogers said he is planning a high-level "operational summit" to bring together various Defense Department elements involved in cyber-warfare.

Inside the Army - 09/29/2014

The blimp-based surveillance and tracking system that will overlook the Washington metro region is set for installation at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, later this year, as a battery of soldiers was recently certified to operate the system ahead of its three-year operational test.

Inside the Army - 09/29/2014

The Army has hired 21 companies to provide "global intelligence support services" potentially costing $7 billion, according to a Sept. 12 Defense Department announcement.

Inside the Air Force - 09/26/2014

Northrop Grumman has completed a computing and hardware upgrade on the legacy E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System fleet that will help keep the current mission system viable until a replacement aircraft can be developed and fielded.

Inside the Air Force - 09/26/2014

Boeing's work to upgrade the F-15E to a new and more capable radar system is approaching several milestones this fall with the delivery of the first jet in the third low-rate initial production lot and an increase in work flow, with both expected in October.

Inside the Air Force - 09/26/2014

Lockheed Martin said this week that the navigation payload for the first next-generation Global Positioning System satellite is moving through key acceptance tests that should be completed by the end of the year, with the tests contributing to the planned 2015 delivery of the satellite to the Air Force in 2015.

DefenseAlert - 09/25/2014

Officials at the nation's premiere eavesdropping agency recently discovered a "technical" glitch affecting the data of dozens of individuals, as well as an employee believed to have willfully flouted intelligence-collection rules, its director said.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/25/2014

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder has called on industry to research and develop cyber systems that require minimal manual intervention when facing an attack from a hacker.

DefenseAlert - 09/23/2014

Air Combat Command has re-framed the debate over what type of environment its next-generation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft will be designed for.

DefenseAlert - 09/23/2014

A new memo expected by the end of October will allow the military services to acquire their own commercial cloud services instead of relying on the Defense Information Systems Agency, according to Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.

Inside the Army - 09/22/2014

The Army is in the preliminary stages of creating a "cyber branch," where the service's cyber warriors would be trained and managed, according to the deputy chief of Army Cyber Command.

Inside the Army - 09/22/2014

The Defense Information System Agency, the Army and the Air Force expect to release a joint solicitation for a suite of communications tools dubbed "Unified Capabilities" this fall, according to top Army officials.

Inside the Navy - 09/22/2014

The Air and Missile Defense Radar program successfully completed its second major design review late last month, the Navy announced, and remains on track for delivery to the next generation of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

DefenseAlert - 09/18/2014

The Pentagon's efforts to counter the cyber threat and gather related intelligence would benefit from a situational awareness "dashboard," a culture that stops vilifying the victim and greater partnerships with industry, according to a panel of defense and industry experts.