Thursday, October 30, 2014
C4ISR Watch
The latest developments on military information technology, sensors, intelligence and advanced technology initiatives
DefenseAlert - 10/30/2014

The Pentagon's acquisition executive, who has repeatedly voiced concerns about future U.S. military technological superiority, has directed four new assessments of capability areas the Defense Department must not cede to competitors -- directing separate task forces to assess air dominance, next-generation unmanned undersea systems, cyber defense and cyber deterrence.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

U.S. Special Operations Command is soliciting input for an upcoming technological demonstration that seeks to reduce the chances of special operations forces and their vehicles being detected or targeted.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

The Defense Department's Rapid Reaction Technology Office is planning to conduct a biosurveillance solutions meeting in early 2015.

DefenseAlert - 10/28/2014

Northrop Grumman is pitching its new digitized, integrated avionics suite to the Navy for use on both rotary and fixed-wing platforms, according to company officials.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

The Army's top acquisition official says she is requiring that all programs make room in the budget for any upgrades needed to transition systems to the Military-Code Global Positioning System developed by the Air Force.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

The Army plans to develop new ways to hack, attack and disrupt enemy networks across cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum in a soon-to-be-established "Cyber Battle Lab."

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

With the maiden flight of a 250-foot-long Army surveillance blimp slated for mid-December near Washington, officials overseeing the experiment are touting the system's safety features.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

Following successful flight tests earlier this summer for Lockheed Martin's AH-64E Apache Modernized Day Sensor Assembly technology, the company now expects to see a request for proposals for the capability issued by the end of the year, according to an industry official.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

The product director overseeing the Army's development of secure geolocation technology says his immediate plans are unlikely to be delayed by a continuing budget resolution, which has stinted other military projects.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

Despite an equipment drawdown underway in Afghanistan, the Army is beefing up funding for several aerial systems used to counter improvised explosive devices.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

The Army is seeking information on research, development and prototyping efforts aimed at improving use of the electromagnetic spectrum across the Defense Department and industry.

Inside the Navy - 10/27/2014

The Navy last week awarded Northrop Grumman a $207.3 million low-rate initial production contract for procurement of four Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar systems and released a request for proposals for Block 2 software production, according to a Marine Corps spokesman.

DefenseAlert - 10/24/2014

The commander of U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula said the miniaturization of a nuclear device and cyberattack were among the "evolving and developing" threats from North Korea that have indefinitely delayed the transfer of operational control in the region to the South Korean military.

DefenseAlert - 10/23/2014

The Air Force is launching high-priority, new-start modernization programs this fall after winning approval from Congress to begin a sixth-generation fighter aircraft program and the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System replacement effort with fiscal year 2014 funds, sidestepping a statutory ban on new projects mandated by the stopgap spending bill funding the government through Dec. 11.

DefenseAlert - 10/22/2014

The Defense Department's research and development endeavors often reproduce technology already available in the private sector, lack any focus on a limited set of military-unique technology needs, and conduct scant outreach to independent researchers working on technologies critical to future DOD weapon systems.

DefenseAlert - 10/22/2014

Lockheed Martin will join Northrop Grumman in protesting the Air Force's $71 million contract award to Raytheon for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar.

DefenseAlert - 10/22/2014

The Defense Information Systems Agency took a step forward in establishing the Joint Information Environment by initializing the first Joint Regional Security Stacks last month at Joint Base San Antonio, TX.

DefenseAlert - 10/22/2014

A joint force headquarters will soon be established for the Defense Information Systems Agency and U.S. Cyber Command to manage defense networks, according to an official from DISA who advised industry to be ready to support the effort.

DefenseAlert - 10/21/2014

Northrop Grumman has filed a protest against the Air Force's selection of Raytheon to build the Three-Dimensional Long-Range Radar -- a contract that could be worth as much as $1.5 billion.

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.