Thursday, December 18, 2014
C4ISR Watch
The latest developments on military information technology, sensors, intelligence and advanced technology initiatives
Inside the Air Force - 12/19/2014

As the Air Force continues to rapidly grow its cyber force, commanders are trying to figure out how to present those forces and their digital weaponry to war planners.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/18/2014

The Joint Staff is planning on setting up a multi-agency intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance management board to arbitrate equipment needs as part of its effort to operationalize the Joint Force 2020 ISR plan, according to Col. Ronald Light, J25 director of ISR integration.

Inside the Navy - 12/15/2014

LAUREL, MD -- The Navy needs to get serious about cybersecurity for ships and shipboard electronic systems, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command said last week.

Inside the Navy - 12/15/2014

The Government Accountability Office recently sustained a bid protest filed by CGI Federal Inc. for the Navy's Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System and the program office is reviewing the applicable recommendations, according to a spokesman.

Inside the Army - 12/15/2014

A fiscal year 2015 omnibus spending bill released last week was slated to put a dent in Army efforts to build a fleet of Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System aircraft, cutting the program by more than $55 million.

Inside the Army - 12/15/2014

The Army's Joint Tactical Radio System's Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit Radios were in line for a cut of $135 million in the fiscal year 2015 omnibus spending bill debated on Capitol Hill late last week.

Inside the Army - 12/15/2014

House and Senate appropriators have agreed to cut $10.8 million from the Army's budget request for the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, testing military claims that not fully funding the request would undermine the system's upcoming trial run.

DefenseAlert - 12/12/2014

The Air Force anticipates the total cost of Raytheon's next-generation Global Positioning System operational control segment development contract will surpass $1.7 billion, about $100 million above the cost negotiated when the program was restructured this summer.

DefenseAlert - 12/12/2014

The fiscal year 2015 omnibus spending bill includes language to expedite the Defense Department's transition to cloud computing, despite an inspector general's report earlier this month stating that the Pentagon may not fully realize the benefits of cloud computing.

DefenseAlert - 12/11/2014

The Army has recalibrated two major tactical radio programs, advising Congress in a pair of reports last month of a schedule change for the Joint Tactical Radio System Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit Radios program and cost changes for the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System program.

Inside the Air Force - 12/12/2014

The Air Force is considering a plan to provide Wideband Global Satellite Communication capability on the B-2 and could launch an engineering and manufacturing development program by fiscal year 2016, according to a request for information released this week.

Inside the Air Force - 12/12/2014

The Air Force has commissioned a series of studies to find a suitable replacement for the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft while describing its decision to almost halve the airborne electronic attack fleet starting in fiscal year 2016 as an "extreme measure" with inherent risk, forced by a constrained budget.

DefenseAlert - 12/10/2014

The fiscal year 2015 omnibus spending bill released by Congress this week would bridge the Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter program's $100 million funding gap, add $479 million to buy four additional F-35s, and provide $125 million for an extra competitive space launch, according to a summary of the compromise legislation.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/11/2014

The Defense Department may not realize the full benefits of cloud computing and is at risk of not preserving the security of its information against cyber threats, according to a Defense Department inspector general's report released Dec. 4.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/11/2014

The Defense Department is looking for a way to sift through its complicated, overlapping security settings to optimize them for cybersecurity, according to Richard Hale, deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/11/2014

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall is directing the Defense Science Board to study potential disruptions to the Defense Department's cyber supply chain.

DefenseAlert - 12/10/2014

Raytheon Missile Systems has delivered improvements to the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer's navigation software and demonstrated a new radio data link for in-flight retargeting.

DefenseAlert - 12/08/2014

Stringent information assurance requirements are driving delays to the next-generation Global Positioning System ground control station, according to the head of Air Force Space Command.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

The Army is turning to industry for a breadth of technology needs, including enemy fire-detection sensors, sophisticated lasers, more capable mobile devices and even neurotechnology, according to a recent Defense Department announcement.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

One of the Army's top information technology officials says it is critical the services use "discipline" in purchasing IT products to ensure they're interoperable in the emerging joint information environment.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

Lawmakers will give the Army three years to refashion the controversial Defense Common Ground System into an open-architecture application interoperable with other intelligence systems.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

The Army is no longer considering to dismantle its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program, following positive results from reliability tests last month, a senior service official said last week.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

The Army is trying to rework the acquisition plan for the airborne segment of the service's Joint Tactical Radio System after putting the program on hold for the current fiscal year, according to a senior official.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

Lawmakers concerned about a lack of military plans for using reserves forces in cyber operations are asking for a report from the Army outlining the rationale behind the National Guard's so-called cyber protection teams.

DefenseAlert - 12/05/2014

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has ordered a review of the Air Force's Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System because of execution and requirements stability issues.

Inside the Navy - 12/08/2014

The Navy continues juggling Mobile User Objective System satellite launches and the ability to buy terminals compatible with the constellation's waveform or upgrade existing devices, according to the service's acquisition chief.

Inside the Navy - 12/08/2014

The Navy recently chartered a services competition team to study what portions of its multibillion-dollar Next-Generation Enterprise Network contract can be competed, according to the service's acquisition chief.

Inside the Air Force - 12/05/2014

The Air Force is "very concerned" the long-delayed rollout of the multibillion-dollar Network-Centric Solutions II contracting vehicle could start impacting the delivery of important information technology systems and services, officials overseeing the acquisition said this week.

Inside the Air Force - 12/05/2014

The Air Force and Office of the Secretary of Defense are going back to the drawing board to figure out how to support both the manned U-2 and unmanned Global Hawk spy planes after Congress moved to block the service's U-2 retirement plan through a provision in the compromise defense policy bill for fiscal year 2015.

DefenseAlert - 12/04/2014

House and Senate authorizers' newly agreed-upon defense policy bill includes provisions on cyber espionage, small-business cybersecurity and breach-reporting rules for contractors.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/04/2014

A multinational communications network focused on interoperability during conflict and training operations will now serve as the framework for information sharing between the Defense Department and its partner nations, according to a Nov. 25 directive.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/04/2014

The Pentagon's advanced research arm intends to hold an upcoming proposers' day to inform industry about its plans to develop a program to help find and stop cyber adversaries who slowly work to expand their presence in a network.

DefenseAlert - 12/03/2014

The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System replacement and the next-generation trainer aircraft will likely be the Air Force's first two programs to put new acquisition reforms into practice, service Secretary Deborah Lee James told a Wall Street investment conference Dec. 2.

DefenseAlert - 12/02/2014

The Navy's practice of delaying modernization of shipboard systems to save money poses serious cybersecurity risks to the service's platforms, according to the fleet cyber commander.

Inside the Army - 12/01/2014

The Army will release a solicitation this quarter for a $250 million contract to provide systems of moored, intelligence-gathering blimps for the service.

Inside the Army - 12/01/2014

The Army has announced a new date for the release of a draft request for proposals for its Link-16 compatible aviation and maritime radio, as well as several updated acquisition details, according to a notice posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website last week.

Inside the Army - 12/01/2014

The Army is creating a single brigade that will group the service's aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets under one umbrella, according to the head of Intelligence and Security Command.

Inside the Army - 12/01/2014

A secretive Army office could invest as much as $250 million to develop, test and maintain new capabilities for attacking and defending computer networks.

Inside the Army - 12/01/2014

The Army has opted to use only active-component teams for its share of the Defense Department's emerging cyber force, bucking an earlier recommendation by Pentagon advisers to also incorporate the reserves.

Inside the Air Force - 11/28/2014

The Space and Missile Systems Center is pegging the ceiling value of a key sensor sustainment contract at $866 million over the next five years, according to information released this week.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/27/2014

The Defense Department chief information officer will now have the authority to change the Pentagon's information technology acquisition process in coordination with the department's acquisition chief, according to a Nov. 21 directive signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.

DefenseAlert - 11/25/2014

By the end of the year, General Dynamics' advanced information systems and C4 systems units will be merged into a new business unit that its chief says will be better positioned for a changing market.

Inside the Army - 11/24/2014

The Army is in the initial stages of identifying a batch of contractors to deliver communications and intelligence services to program offices across the Army.

Inside the Army - 11/24/2014

The Army is conducting a market survey on sensors that can detect biological warfare agents and be used on multiple unmanned tactical platforms, including drones.

Inside the Navy - 11/24/2014

The Navy last week awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to deliver the company's next-generation mission computer to the Marine Corps' H-1 helicopter upgrade program, according to a company official.

Inside the Air Force - 11/21/2014

The high demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has pushed the bulk of the Defense Department's intelligence capabilities to U.S. Central Command.

Inside the Air Force - 11/21/2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, VA -- To meet the growing demand for intelligence data related to operations in Iraq and Syria, the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing here has been improving its ability to fuze data from multiple sources -- to include data from in-theater aircraft.

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.