Thursday, September 18, 2014
C4ISR Watch
The latest developments on military information technology, sensors, intelligence and advanced technology initiatives
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.

DefenseAlert - 08/22/2014

The Navy is deferring key actions on the Remote Minehunting System until the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 following the delay of a crucial Office of the Secretary of Defense review that was scheduled for May 2014.

Inside the Air Force - 08/22/2014

A pending deal with Saudi Arabia for an estimated $2 billion in E-3 Sentry command-and-control aircraft upgrades could help the United States recoup costs associated with the development of the Block 40/45 mission computing system, the head of the Air Force's international airborne early warning and control office said this week.

DefenseAlert - 08/18/2014

The Government Accountability Office has stalled another Air Force Network-Centric Solutions-II contracting vehicle due to flaws in the source-selection process, putting on hold 12 indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts worth up to $5.7 billion in total while the service makes a new award decision.

Inside the Navy - 08/18/2014

The Marine Corps is looking to assess industry's ability in providing gallium nitride-based module components for the multibillion-dollar Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar, according to a service spokesman and a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Army - 08/18/2014

Raytheon has resumed work on the Army's electronic warfare planning software this month after a federal court threw out Sotera Defense's lawsuit alleging that it was unlawfully stripped of the original contract award for the software's development.

Inside the Air Force - 08/15/2014

The delivery of application services through the Network-Centric Solutions-II full-and-open contracting arrangement remains on hold and will stay on hold until November when the Government Accountability Office is due to decide on four bid protests relating to the Air Force's source-selection process, the NETCENTS-II program management office said this week.

DefenseAlert - 08/14/2014

Citing soldier concerns with the current variant of the Distributed Common Ground System-Army, the service is seeking industry feedback on the intelligence system's next iteration.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/14/2014

The Pentagon has waived a data link requirement to enable the Navy to obtain eight airborne video data link systems for MH-60S and HH-60H aircraft, Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall told lawmakers in a recent letter.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/14/2014

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry input to determine if it should pursue networked maritime operations as a means to maintain superiority in contested environments.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/14/2014

The Pentagon plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with more than a dozen countries to help enhance the interoperability of the command and control elements of their ground-based air defense systems, according to a recent notification to Congress.

DefenseAlert - 08/13/2014

The Pentagon's chief weapons tester has issued new guidance on how to evaluate weapon systems against cyber threats.

DefenseAlert - 08/12/2014

Saudi Arabia wants to upgrade the mission computing systems of its five E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft to the Block 40/45 configuration -- a decision that could help lower the total cost of the upgrade for the United States, France and Japan.

DefenseAlert - 08/11/2014

The Missile Defense Agency has issued a draft request for proposals for the Long Range Discrimination Radar program.

Inside the Army - 08/11/2014

The Army has made several changes to a contract that will continue the development of the Common Infrared Countermeasure system, though the alterations are likely to push the service past the expected contract award date, according to an industry spokesman.

Inside the Army - 08/11/2014

The Army wants to accelerate the funding of a new-start program to develop a military-code Global Positioning System in guided munitions, according to the service's fiscal year 2014 reprogramming request.

Inside the Army - 08/11/2014

The Army is slated to host an industry day later this month to brief industry on its Persistent Surveillance System-Tethered (PSS-T) requirement.

Inside the Army - 08/11/2014

The Army has cited cyber, material sciences and robotics -- including manned and unmanned air/ground teaming -- among its top priorities in its newly established "Force 2025 and Beyond" directorate, according to a service overview and memo on the directorate released last week.