Saturday, July 26, 2014
C4ISR Watch
The latest developments on military information technology, sensors, intelligence and advanced technology initiatives
Inside the Army - 07/28/2014

Findings from the Army's latest Network Integration Evaluation suggest that the service should implement changes and improvements to its Manpack radio due to significant heat and weight issues, according to an internal report obtained by Inside the Army.

Inside the Army - 07/28/2014

The Army has pulled the Distributed Common Ground System-Army from a key test planned for the Network Integration Evaluation this fall, moving it instead to the following NIE in spring 2015, where it will be a "priority effort," according to a recent memo from the service's vice chief of staff.

Inside the Army - 07/28/2014

The Army has awarded BAE Systems $40 million in contracts as part of a larger $496 million award for its Common Missile Warning System and the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures system, according to a company announcement last week.

Inside the Army - 07/28/2014

The Army is seeking industry help in finding solutions to radio frequency interference that can hinder its electronic warfare systems.

Inside the Air Force - 07/25/2014

The recapitalization chief overseeing the development of a new Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft believes any reduction in funding for the program below the level requested for fiscal year 2015 would complicate the awarding of a critical development contract in FY-16.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/24/2014

Senate appropriators are concerned that U.S. Special Operations Command does not fully understand its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance needs, and are calling for a review of manned ISR aircraft requirements to support special operations forces.

Inside the Army - 07/21/2014

The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved a fiscal year 2015 spending bill that would slash hundreds of millions of dollars from Army network modernization accounts, including more than 75 percent of the service's request for Joint Tactical Radio System radios.

Inside the Army - 07/21/2014

The Army wants congressional permission to move more than $130 million out of its budget accounts for top network modernization programs, including $82 million from the Joint Tactical Radio System, according to the fiscal year 2014 omnibus reprogramming request.

Inside the Navy - 07/21/2014

The Marine Corps is looking to assess industry's solution for the multibillion-dollar Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar program's transmit-and-receive module components, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

DefenseAlert - 07/15/2014

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has supported an array of Pentagon weapons programs in its $549.3 billion military spending bill for fiscal year 2015, including the Air Force's fleet of A-10 aircraft; the Army's combat vehicle industrial base; and the Navy's modernization of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and fleet of EA-18G Growlers.

DefenseAlert - 07/15/2014

The program office overseeing the Air Force's multibillion-dollar Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort has notified industry of its intention to move to a risk-reduction phase by the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Inside the Navy - 07/14/2014

The Navy anticipates awarding a sole-source contract on Sept. 1 to Ridgewood Technology Partners to support the service's multibillion-dollar Next-Generation Enterprise Network contract, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Army - 07/14/2014

The Army last week released an update for the Joint Tactical Radio System's Manpack radio program, probing industry on the possibility of including additional waveforms for the upcoming full-rate production, according to a notice posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Inside the Army - 07/14/2014

The Army has postponed an event for industry to receive information on the Network Integration Evaluation 15.1, slated for this fall, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Army - 07/14/2014

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is seeking assistance in identifying capabilities that exist within persistent surveillance platforms with the aim of fixing various technical problems to provide the Army with better intelligence and information tools.

DefenseAlert - 07/11/2014

The Army general nominated to lead U.S. Special Operations Command told senators last week that the military still does not have as many intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as it needs to execute its mission, especially in Africa.

Inside the Air Force - 07/11/2014

Consistent with the unusual history of the Family of Advanced Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals program, a senior Raytheon executive disclosed on July 10 that much remains to be determined about the program's production phase, including when production may begin and how many units will be built during FAB-T's low-rate manufacturing phase.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/10/2014

The Defense Department recently clarified the roles of top defense leaders, including the newly created role of principal cyber advisor, for issues regarding cybersecurity and interoperability.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/10/2014

U.S. Special Operations Command recently awarded a $10.5 million contract to Sierra Nevada Corp. to purchase software assurances and exercise support for the integration of Tactical Radio Application eXtension (TRAX) into special operations forces air and ground assets, according to a command spokesman.

DefenseAlert - 07/08/2014

The Army has begun testing the integration of applications into the open architecture software framework for its next generation of unmanned aircraft systems controllers and is seeking industry feedback, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Army - 07/07/2014

The Army has selected Boeing and Honeywell to help define the Joint Common Architecture standard for a digital backbone for a future helicopter as part of the service's Joint Multi-Role science and technology program, according to the JMR program manager.

Inside the Army - 07/07/2014

Army acquisition executive Heidi Shyu has approved the start of full-rate production of the Excalibur Increment lb, according to a service spokeswoman.

Inside the Army - 07/07/2014

The Army is seeking designs and price estimates for a lightweight version of the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System, according to a request for information posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Inside the Army - 07/07/2014

The Army is looking for companies interested in participating in an initiative that seeks to better integrate communications equipment onto vehicles, according to a recently released government notice.

DefenseAlert - 07/03/2014

The Defense Department has further delayed the development of highly anticipated regulations that would require defense companies with security clearances to rapidly report network and information system penetrations, according to Pentagon officials.

Inside the Air Force - 07/04/2014

The Air Force Research Laboratory is working to improve the accuracy of airdrop operations by adapting commercial wind measurement technology.

Inside the Air Force - 07/04/2014

The Air Force's inventory of more than 1,000 Miniature Air Launched Decoy jammers, which are designed to jam or confuse enemy air defenses, will remain compatible only with the B-52 bomber and F-16 fighter jets for now, but Raytheon has confirmed that it is continuing to pursue efforts that could see the system deployed from a C-130 and MQ-9 Reaper as early as 2015.

Inside the Air Force - 07/04/2014

The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center is looking to recompete a $98 million contract for maintenance and upgrades to the Distributed Mission Operations Center, and held its second of four industry days on the effort late last week.

Inside the Air Force - 07/04/2014

The Air Force wants to rapidly prototype a range of systems capable of more easily fuzing data from commercial and civil space-based infrared sensors to support military missions including battlespace awareness and target indication, according to a June 24 broad agency announcement from the Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) office.

Inside the Air Force - 07/04/2014

A long-running competitive acquisition process to select a contractor capable of assisting the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in its unique mission has been pushed back by several months because of "external delays" over the last year.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/03/2014

The United States deregulated the export of certain military electronics July 1 as part of the Obama administration's Export Control Reform Initiative.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/03/2014

The Pentagon's advanced research arm seeks industry's help on techniques for jam-resistant radio frequency communications in the first step of what could be a larger effort.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/03/2014

A multi-agency group tasked with helping integrate drones into U.S. skies is seeking industry's help to find ways to reduce the cost, size, weight and power of sense-and-avoid systems on unmanned aircraft.

Inside the Army - 06/30/2014

The head of the Army's network integration effort said despite a recent push from Congress to spend unobligated funds on two top network modernization programs, the service will not allocate any more dollars until test results are in for both programs.

Inside the Army - 06/30/2014

Cuts to the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System's budget proposed by House authorizers and appropriators would undermine the validity of a three-year operational test of the system at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, that is scheduled to begin at the end of this year, according to a U.S. Northern Command spokeswoman.

Inside the Army - 06/30/2014

A top Army network official last week said he was scheduled to meet with G-8 leaders at the Pentagon to discuss funding the future of mission command, though the command post of the future is still undecided.

DefenseAlert - 06/27/2014

The Pentagon is seeking an additional $6.1 billion for new weapons as part of a $58.6 billion fiscal year 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations spending package, hoping to replenish ammunition expended during operations in Afghanistan, replace aircraft and vehicles lost in combat and lift the administration's total FY-15 weapons modernization request from $154 billion to $160 billion.

Inside the Air Force - 06/27/2014

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, SC -- A pair of experienced F-16 commanders this week expressed their openness, as well as their skepticism, about the prospect of the Air Force funding only a partial avionics upgrade to the aging fighter in light of the service's cancellation of a more complete package of upgrades.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/26/2014

The Pentagon's new developmental testing initiative to find and resolve problems with major defense programs earlier in the acquisition process has benefited a number of programs including the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system, the Space Fence and the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, Inside the Pentagon has learned.

DefenseAlert - 06/24/2014

The Pentagon is poised to release two new directives that will change the way the Defense Department approaches interoperability and information technology, according to a Joint Staff official.

DefenseAlert - 06/24/2014

The Army has awarded Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology a $26 million contract to produce a radar capability that will make it easier for soldiers to find buried improvised explosive devices in vehicles' paths, according to a June 23 Defense Department notice.

Inside the Army - 06/23/2014

The entire Massachusetts congressional delegation, concerned with a gap in fielding the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical system, has urged the Pentagon to spend $117 million in unobligated funds for Increment 2 of the program "as soon as possible."

Inside the Army - 06/23/2014

The Army last week canceled the possibility of another low-rate initial production (LRIP) order for the Joint Tactical Radio System Manpack radio without explanation, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Army - 06/23/2014

The Army has made a "major revision" to its management of modeling and simulation that designates the service's deputy chief of staff (G-8) as the chief authority and establishes an organizational structure to link the disparate M&S community together, according to a service document released last month.

Inside the Air Force - 06/20/2014

The demand for space simulation in virtual training exercises is growing faster than the infrastructure and personnel needed to support that demand, according to the director of one of the key Air Force space simulation programs.

Inside the Air Force - 06/20/2014

Boeing, the prime contractor for over a decade on an advanced communications terminals system for the Air Force, will not protest the service's decision to switch gears and select Raytheon as its manufacturer going forward.

Inside the Navy - 06/16/2014

The Navy is revisiting a plan to install the service's new tactical afloat network on its newer surface vessels due to security concerns surrounding Microsoft's switch from Windows XP to Windows 7.0, Inside the Navy has learned.

Inside the Navy - 06/16/2014

The Navy last week awarded Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services a $138 million contract modification to extend services for the Navy-Marine Corps legacy intranet through September in order to bridge the gap until the Navy's new, next-generation network comes online later this year.

Inside the Army - 06/16/2014

The Army's top cyber official said last week that the service is crafting a new capstone document for cyberspace operations -- expected by summer 2015 -- that better explains risk and capability.

Inside the Army - 06/16/2014

The Army will test the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance-Infrared (ARGUS-IR) on an aviation platform in July, according to a Lockheed Martin statement.