Sunday, November 23, 2014
C4ISR Watch
The latest developments on military information technology, sensors, intelligence and advanced technology initiatives
Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

The president's $5 billion budget request for countering terrorists in Iraq and Syria includes a chunk of money meant to pay for deploying the Distributed Common Ground System-Army in those operations.

Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

The Army will launch a new competition in the coming months to research and develop improvements for the Duke electronic warfare system, which was used in Iraq and Afghanistan to jam remote-controlled bomb triggers.

Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

The Army has awarded two companies a combined $28 million multiyear contract to sustain the current version of the service's forward looking infrared technology, the Defense Department announced last week.

Inside the Navy - 11/17/2014

The Navy is evaluating whether to install the new Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Service on future Littoral Combat Ships in place of the existing ship computer system due to cybersecurity concerns, according to a service official.

Inside the Air Force - 11/14/2014

The program manager overseeing the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort has said any future aircraft must have a modular, open system architecture design with non-proprietary interfaces to ensure future competition.

Inside the Air Force - 11/14/2014

The Air Force is increasing cyber training and expertise in an effort to bring on nearly 1,700 new cyber personnel by 2016.

Inside the Air Force - 11/14/2014

The Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration are conducting a review of aviation regulations that require the physical presence of a pilot to "see and avoid" other aircraft because it inadvertently restricts the use of unmanned aircraft in national airspace.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/13/2014

The Pentagon's efforts to consolidate its information technology structure should reduce the overall IT budget between $4 billion and $5 billion over the next five to seven years, said acting chief information officer Terry Halvorsen.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/13/2014

The Pentagon aims to release its new cloud policy within the next week, the department's acting chief information officer said during a recent information technology event.

DefenseAlert - 11/12/2014

Naval Sea Systems Command recently released the 2014 update to its Strategic Business Plan adding cybersecurity as a mission priority.

DefenseAlert - 11/10/2014

The White House is requesting an additional $5 billion in overseas contingency funding in fiscal year 2015 to support its expanded campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, with $1.6 billion to support the U.S. mission to train and equip Iraqi and Kurdish forces, according to government documents.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

The Army plans to award "approximately" three contracts to three companies in the first step of a full-rate acquisition of the Joint Tactical Radio System's handheld Rifleman radio, according to a service official.

Inside the Army - 11/10/2014

The Army plans to award a new contract for Duke counter-roadside bomb antennas to a company that recently settled with the Justice Department over allegations that it overcharged for antennas first sold to the service in 2005.

Inside the Navy - 11/10/2014

A member of the Navy's cybersecurity task force warned last week that increasing reliance on open system architectures may leave the service vulnerable to greater cyber risk.

Inside the Navy - 11/10/2014

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command recently awarded Dell a contract to support the Navy's year-long pilot for cloud-based services tailored specifically to Navy reservists, according to a service official.

DefenseAlert - 11/07/2014

The Air Force has shifted the initial operational capability date for its E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort from fiscal year 2022 to FY-23 ahead of an anticipated materiel development decision in January 2015.

Inside the Air Force - 11/07/2014

The annual deployment of high-altitude Global Hawk surveillance aircraft to Japan is expected to conclude in 2017 after the system program office delivers a new weather radar capability and other adverse-weather improvements.

Inside the Air Force - 11/07/2014

The Air Force sees ground-based sense-and-avoid technology as the primary near-term enabler for unmanned aircraft operations in national airspace, especially since an airborne solution is too complex and expensive to field in the near term.

Inside the Air Force - 11/07/2014

The Global Hawk program office is assessing options for standing up an organic sensor and air vehicle sustainment capability as the unmanned RQ-4 aircraft enters a period of "normalization" after more than 14 years of service with the Air Force.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/06/2014

Defense officials need to take a more active approach to cybersecurity, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 acquisition official.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/06/2014

National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers said he is increasingly being called upon by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to provide cyber expertise to support the private sector.

Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

The Army's electronic warfare operators have not been unduly limited in training on systems capable of carrying out both military and intelligence missions, according to a key service official.

Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

The first two Warfighter Information Network-Tactical systems were expected to reach Liberia this past weekend to support U.S. efforts in fighting an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, according to the Army official in charge of U.S. Africa Command's communications network.

Inside the Navy - 11/03/2014

A new Navy task force recently stood up to holistically review the service's cyber posture is conducting assessments on a number of ship platforms to create an enduring framework the Navy can use to analyze and defend against future cybersecurity threats, service officials said late last week.

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.