Thursday, April 17, 2014
C4ISR Watch
The latest developments on military information technology, sensors, intelligence and advanced technology initiatives
DefenseAlert - 04/17/2014

The size of the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio held steady over the last year at $1.6 trillion, with seven programs added and six programs removed because they are near the end of the procurement cycle.

DefenseAlert - 04/17/2014

The Air Force recently told Congress it has just one option -- requiring a range of improvements to meet requirements -- for replacing the innovative Blue Devil 1 intelligence-collection system. Additionally, the service has disclosed that Air Combat Command is almost done with a major study that will identify "capability shortfalls" impacting the service's ability to meet surveillance goals in theater.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/17/2014

The Marine Corps' program executive office for land systems is digitizing its "war room" to analyze data that will make its science and technology efforts more efficient, according to a new PEO LS "advanced technology investment plan" released in March.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/17/2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has begun awarding contracts for the second thrust of its Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT) program, which began April 2.

DefenseAlert - 04/14/2014

The Air Force intends to halve its fleet of highly deployed EC-130H Compass Call aircraft after fiscal year 2015 due to budget constraints and reduced demand for the mission, Air Combat Command has confirmed.

Inside the Army - 04/14/2014

The Army is planning to select one contractor in December to continue the development of the Common Infrared Countermeasure system for its helicopter fleet, according to a recently released Government Accountability Office report assessing selected weapon programs.

Inside the Army - 04/14/2014

The Army awarded a $146 million contract modification to Lockheed Martin to buy an additional 13 AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire target acquisition radar systems on March 27, according to a company official.

Inside the Air Force - 04/11/2014

By May, the Defense Department should no longer be reliant on a Chinese company for satellite communication coverage over Africa, a space policy official told Congress this week.

DefenseAlert - 04/10/2014

Four teams have been selected to compete for nearly $1 billion in Soldier Radio Waveform Appliqué radio orders, the Defense Department announced this week.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/10/2014

The Defense Department's leader for research, engineering, science and technology expressed concern over the future of the United States' technological warfare superiority at a congressional hearing on April 8.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/10/2014

A cryptographic program deemed essential by the Pentagon is on track to meet requirements and acquisition program baseline provisions, according to the latest annual report from the Defense Department's systems engineering shop.

Inside the Army - 04/07/2014

The Army's biannual Network Integration Evaluation needs to have better defined requirements and be more focused on experimentation as the Army looks to the force of 2025, according to the military deputy to the service's acquisition chief.

Inside the Army - 04/07/2014

An Army general last week said that while the service is still committed to network modernization, a lack of funding will delay the full fielding of Joint Tactical Radio System radios until fiscal year 2026.

Inside the Army - 04/07/2014

The Army plans to build its future fleet of Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System aircraft using platforms the Defense Department has already procured, according to the military deputy to the service's top acquisition official.

Inside the Air Force - 04/04/2014

As the Air Force prepares to unveil a 25-year strategy for the development of remotely piloted aircraft, the service's top acquisition official for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets has spoken about some avenues already being explored, including the creation of a common mission control center for RPAs and the possibility of having one pilot control a fleet of unmanned aircraft.

Inside the Air Force - 04/04/2014

Senior Air Force officials are confident the fiscal year 2015 budget request sufficiently funds the remediation of decades-old information technology systems such that the service can achieve auditability by 2017 -- but largely at the expense of replacing obsolete technology with modern IT systems.

Inside the Air Force - 04/04/2014

The Air Force has stopped buying new targeting pods for its fighter and bomber aircraft even though years of investment have produced units with capabilities far superior to the legacy systems currently being employed.

Inside the Air Force - 04/04/2014

The long-term vision for Space Fence, the Air Force's next-generation space situational awareness system, is to establish two radar sites. However, the same funding constraints that have impeded progress on the first site could delay plans for future development.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/03/2014

An organization tasked with the development and acquisition of an inter-agency information technology integration backbone is gearing up to award a new contract in December as the current contract, held by Lockheed Martin, is set to expire Jan. 15, 2015.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/03/2014

The Air Force has pushed back its acquisition decision-making time line for the Family of Advanced Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals program yet again, deferring a contract decision expected in March to later this spring.

Inside the Army - 03/31/2014

The Army is looking to create a family of systems that provides electronic attack and electronic warfare support capability for brigade combat teams, according to a request for information released by the service last week.

Inside the Army - 03/31/2014

While U.S. Northern Command is preparing to start an operational exercise with one Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) last week questioned why there are no plans to deploy the second existing JLENS system.

DefenseAlert - 03/28/2014

The Navy's fiscal year 2015 budget includes a new plan for a $1 billion dedicated Next Generation Jammer funding line the service believes it needs to competitively develop Increment 2 of the electronic attack weapon.

DefenseAlert - 03/27/2014

Pentagon researchers are proposing a new $13 million project to give commanders a sophisticated new tool to sift through massive volumes of social media and cyber activity as well as economic and environmental data to flag troubling trends and "anticipate global events."

Inside the Pentagon - 03/27/2014

The Pentagon does not have a sufficient supply of tungsten rhenium wire to support its long-term requirements for key defense systems, such as high-power and high-frequency radar and electronic warfare systems, Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall tells lawmakers in a recent report.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/27/2014

U.S. Special Operations Command is seeking industry's input for technologies -- ranging from an exoskeleton suit to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities -- to be included in a set of research and development experiments this summer with the goal of providing "a revolutionary improvement" to its operations.

DefenseAlert - 03/26/2014

The Navy is considering expanding its airborne electronic attack requirements, which could build a case for more Boeing-built EA-18G Growler and Raytheon-developed Next-Generation Jammer pods, in a bid to extend the aircraft's production line and add capacity to assist the Air Force and partner nations during operations in contested, anti-access environments.

Inside the Army - 03/24/2014

Defense contractors vying for upcoming radio contracts continue to go head-to-head in pitching their products to the Army as the service's Joint Tactical Radio System acquisition strategy nears its final stages of completion.

Inside the Air Force - 03/21/2014

Building a next-generation Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System platform which is smaller and cheaper to operate and sustain remains the Air Force's fourth major acquisition priority and is therefore more likely to be shielded from future budget cuts, according to the program executive officer for battle management.

Inside the Air Force - 03/21/2014

Air Combat Command said the service's plan to retire seven E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft in order to drastically cut modernization funding and shield other programs from deep cuts was "strategy-based and informed by fiscal realities."

DefenseAlert - 03/20/2014

The Pentagon needs more time to develop highly anticipated draft regulations that would require defense contractors with security clearances to rapidly report penetrations of their networks and information systems.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/20/2014

The Pentagon seeks to spend $300 million over the next five years on a new program that would help to accelerate capabilities to counter emerging threats as part of the department's defense strategy.

DefenseAlert - 03/18/2014

With the 12th and final AN/TPY-2 X-band radar now under contract, Raytheon's ability to produce additional units will quickly begin to "degrade" beginning this summer, a company executive warned today.

Inside the Army - 03/17/2014

The Army will hold off procuring the aviation arm of its Joint Tactical Radio System, deciding instead to focus on funding voice-only communications for helicopters, according to justification documents accompanying the Defense Department's fiscal year 2015 budget request.

Inside the Army - 03/17/2014

In the face of a tighter defense budget and plans for a smaller, more expeditionary force by 2025, the Army last week outlined a new way of approaching the modernization of its increasingly complex network.

Inside the Army - 03/17/2014

A top Army official confirmed last week that the aerial tier of the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program has been deferred due to constrained budgets caused by sequestration, not problems within the network modernization program.

DefenseAlert - 03/14/2014

The Air Force will protect funding for the recapitalization of its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft regardless of whether full sequestration cuts return in fiscal year 2016, service Chief of Staff Mark Welsh said today.

Inside the Air Force - 03/14/2014

As the Air Force and Lockheed Martin work to solve technical problems with the next-generation Global Positioning System's Exelis-built navigation payload, Boeing is pitching its own payload as an alternative.

Inside the Air Force - 03/14/2014

Air Force Global Strike Command has not suffered from serious slowdowns or delays in getting its bombers inducted for depot overhauls, according to the command, although some of the aircraft being repaired have required "over and above" work that has slowed the depot process.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/13/2014

Mixing and matching sensors to meet specific requirements, allowing intelligence data to be distributed among multiple classification levels and encouraging feedback that can make small fleets better quickly are some of the key takeaways from the Air Force Research Laboratory's Blue Devil I program, which will reach its formal end this summer.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/13/2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks industry input to better protect electronic components in the supply chain against counterfeiting.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/13/2014

An Air Force organization tasked with rapidly acquiring cyber systems requires increased staffing and the completion of formal weapon system management plans in order to reach full operational capability next year as planned, according to a two-star general overseeing the group.

DefenseAlert - 03/12/2014

A soldering problem has forced the Navy to push back the completion of the third satellite in its next-generation satellite communication system, a Navy official told Inside the Navy.

Inside the Navy - 03/10/2014

The U.S. Pacific Command chief is "concerned" about procurement decisions made in terms of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft that was reflected in the budget submitted to Congress last week.

Inside the Army - 03/10/2014

Pressed by the "realities of constrained budgets," the Army made significant cuts to the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program, including its planned aerial layer, according to the Defense Department's fiscal year 2015 budget request.

Inside the Army - 03/10/2014

Though the Army has touted the Network Integration Evaluation as a valuable feature of its acquisition system, the Pentagon's newest spending plan cuts funding for the biannual event by nearly half, according to budget documents released last week.

Inside the Air Force - 03/07/2014

The Air Force's fiscal year 2015 budget request proposes scrapping plans to build two additional Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites in favor of a smaller, disaggregated future constellation.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/06/20/14

The Pentagon is seeking $5.1 billion in its fiscal year 2015 budget request to support defensive and offensive cyberspace operations and build up its cybersecurity personnel, as deterring and responding to threats in cyberspace continues to be a top priority.

DefenseAlert - 03/03/2014

There are "no technical reasons" preventing the Air Force from migrating its prized Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System multispectral imagery sensor from the manned U-2 spy plane to the remotely piloted RQ-4 platform, according to the intelligence-gathering system's prime contractor UTC Aerospace Systems.

Inside the Army - 03/03/2014

The Army has postponed its operational test for existing Soldier Radio Waveform Appliqué radios, moving the date from spring to fall, according to a notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website.