Wednesday, October 01, 2014
C4ISR Watch
The latest developments on military information technology, sensors, intelligence and advanced technology initiatives
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.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/18/2014

Chinese hackers penetrated U.S. Transportation Command contractors' computer systems at least 20 times over a year-long period, according to a congressional investigation.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/18/2014

The Pentagon is in the early stages of developing requirements for its overarching information technology modernization initiative, which must be finished before specific related workforce requirements can be identified, the Defense Department's acting chief information officer told lawmakers in a new report.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/18/2014

The Pentagon shares lawmakers' "skepticism and concerns" with moving the Defense Department off the spectrum below 3 GHz, DOD's acting chief information officer wrote in a recent letter to lawmakers, noting that section of the spectrum is "vital to DOD operations and mission success."

DefenseAlert - 09/16/2014

The Pentagon and other government agencies must assume that they will sustain damage from the proliferation of cyberattacks and remediate them while continuing their missions, the U.S. Cyber Command chief said Sept. 16, noting that he is also monitoring threats from the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

DefenseAlert - 09/15/2014

The program office overseeing the Air Force's E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort plans to release a draft set of requirements for the next-generation system to industry by the end of the month. The release will inform a solicitation in fiscal year 2015 for risk-reduction work and prototype demonstrations.

Inside the Army - 09/15/2014

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD -- The Army has been experimenting with systems meant to counter improvised explosive devices to see if they can also provide capabilities relevant for cyber operations.

Inside the Army - 09/15/2014

U.S. Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael Rogers has pleaded a zero-tolerance policy to service infighting, as the military builds a cyber force numbering upwards of 6,000.

Inside the Army - 09/15/2014

The Army's top cyber officer says the relationship between the government and industry needs to tighten so the service can be more innovative in its cyberspace operations.

Inside the Navy - 09/15/2014

The Navy will meet its target transition date of Oct. 1 to switch from its legacy intranet contract to the multibillion-dollar Next-Generation Enterprise Network contract, a service official said last week.

Inside the Air Force - 09/12/2014

The head of the Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency says his forces are "100 percent committed" to the joint fight and he does not expect that operational tempo to let up any time soon.

Inside the Air Force - 09/12/2014

After unveiling an organizational restructure plan in July, the Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency has started ironing out the finer details of how it will transition from a field operating agency subordinate to the Air Staff to an operationally-focused numbered air force.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/11/2014

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry's input on how to develop GPS-free navigation technology, according to a new request for information.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/11/2014

A soon-to-be-released Pentagon strategy will position the Defense Information Systems Agency as the premiere organization entrusted with defending military networks, according to the head of U.S. Cyber Command.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/11/2014

The Air Force will soon be publishing a document to define its cyberspace mission and objectives over the next 10 years, according to Air Force Chief Information Officer Lt. Gen. Michael Basla.

DefenseAlert - 09/10/2014

A soon-to-be-released Pentagon strategy will position the Defense Information Systems Agency as the premiere organization entrusted with defending military networks, according to the head of U.S. Cyber Command.

Inside the Army - 09/08/2014

Pentagon advisers are urging leaders to incorporate a greater number of reserve-component personnel into the military's emerging cybersecurity cadre than is currently envisioned.

Inside the Army - 09/08/2014

Responding to criticisms that the price tag for the Network Integration Evaluation is too high compared to the purported benefits, the Army's acquisition chief has notified lawmakers the service will procure $25 million in "additional promising technology" that was tested at the biannual event.

Inside the Army - 09/08/2014

Following recent industry criticism of the Defense Department's push to acquire more intellectual property and technical data packages for weapons systems, the Army said it will decide in fiscal year 2017 whether to procure such information for the Common Infrared Countermeasure system, according to the service official heading the program.

Inside the Navy - 09/08/2014

The Navy is looking to leverage cloud technology to deliver tactical applications to the warfighter that can handle large amounts of data, particularly to support amphibious operations for expeditionary missions.

Inside the Air Force - 09/05/2014

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board has been directed to examine the way forward for remotely piloted aircraft as the service looks beyond current operating environments to more heavily defended airspace.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/04/2014

A Defense Department instruction released last week requires that the system capabilities of all existing and new military platforms, systems, subsystems and equipment not be degraded when hit with an electromagnetic pulse, according to DOD spokeswoman Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson.

DefenseAlert - 09/02/2014

An influential Army advisory panel this month is due to recommend actions -- including new investments -- to increase the resilience of the service's air and missile defense systems to electronic warfare attack, examining a portfolio that includes the Patriot, Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) and the Theater High Altitude Area Defense programs.

Inside the Army - 09/01/2014

The second increment of the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical system is being shipped out of Afghanistan and back to the United States, according to the Army official who heads the program.

Inside the Army - 09/01/2014

The Army has awarded contract modifications to the two companies competing to continue the development of the Common Infrared Countermeasure system, a move that will extend reliability testing for the technology, but push back the expected contract award date, according to an industry spokesman.

Inside the Army - 09/01/2014

The Army's electronics development wing laid out its research interests in a broad agency announcement last week, signaling potential developments in the service's communications capabilities.

Inside the Air Force - 08/29/2014

As the Air Force's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance enterprise reorganizes under Air Combat Command, senior service officials are thinking about how to support combatant commanders in future, high-end fights.

Inside the Air Force - 08/29/2014

The Air Force is looking for potential industry sources to upgrade its Wideband Global Satellite Communication ground terminals to improve their anti-jamming capability.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/28/2014

Senior defense leaders are calling for a sit-down with lawmakers to discuss concerns that Congress has not provided enough funding for the National Leadership Command, Control and Communications System.

Inside the Army - 08/25/2014

Senate and House defense committees have denied part of the Army's request to move more than $133 million out of its accounts for the Joint Tactical Radio System and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program, according to new internal budget documents.

Inside the Army - 08/25/2014

As the Army develops a system of electronic warfare tools for brigade combat teams, the service is looking to the Marine Corps as well as industry for ways to fill capability gaps, according to those in charge of developing the Multi-Function Electronic Warfare system.

Inside the Army - 08/25/2014

The Army has pushed back the limited user test for the Joint Tactical Radio System's Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio (MNVR) from its planned fall time slot to next spring, according to a service official.

Inside the Army - 08/25/2014

The Army is ramping up efforts to acquire new spying capabilities, releasing three separate requests for proposals from its persistent surveillance directorate.

Inside the Navy - 08/25/2014

Using a new advanced maritime test bed, Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated how evolving technologies can be used to share intelligence quickly and securely even in diverse naval environments.