The INSIDER - August 30, 2012
Editor's Note: Updated August 31 at 3:42 p.m.
Navistar Files Protest Against JLTV Award; Program On Hold
Navistar Defense, one of the losing contenders for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract, has filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office, Inside the Army has learned.
Up in the Air.
Boeing Wary Of DOD Insourcing Sustainment Work As Budgets Flatten
ST. LOUIS -- Industry leaders who provide wide-ranging sustainment and support services to the Defense Department are facing an unusual challenge caused in part by budget pressure, namely that DOD's plans to insource some maintenance and modification work to its depots in the coming years could limit the amount of work available to contractors, according to senior Boeing officials.
Pennsylvania State Auditor Seeks USAF's Pittsburgh Airport Data
Pennsylvania's state auditor plans to push the Air Force for the data he needs to complete a full cost-benefit analysis of Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, PA, and intends to communicate with the service in the near future.
New 18th Air Force Chief Says Service Is In Need Of More Simulators
The general tasked with overseeing Air Mobility Command's numbered air force wants to increase the amount of simulators available to airmen who fly the service's cargo and tanker aircraft.
Chief Scientist Says Work Continues On High-Energy Laser Development
The Air Force Research Laboratory's directed energy directorate is continuing work on a program to replace the chemical laser with a high-energy solid-state laser, according to the directorate's chief scientist.
And one more story you should read before the weekend:
DSB: To Help With Autonomy, DOD Should Create Coordinated S&T Program
In light of findings that the Pentagon is underutilizing autonomous technology, the Defense Department's research and engineering chief should work with military services to develop a coordinated science and technology program that would strengthen key enabling technologies, a new Defense Science Board report recommends.
DSB Report On 'The Role Of Autonomy In DOD Systems'
The July 2012 Defense Science Board report, released Aug. 30, 2012, recommends that in light of findings that the Pentagon is underutilizing autonomous technology, the Defense Department's research and engineering chief should work with military services to develop a coordinated science and technology program that would strengthen key enabling technologies.
Leading off with today's Inside the Pentagon:
DOD Plans UAS Ground Station Architecture Software Update, Demos
As part of its ongoing effort to increase interoperability for unmanned aircraft systems, the Pentagon is poised to update the software that helps integrate applications on drones' ground-control stations and engage in two demonstrations this fall, according to a defense official overseeing the effort.
Expected to be released in November, Version 2.2 of the UAS Control Segment architecture will address dynamic airspace and mission planning, said Defense Department interoperability lead Rich Ernst.
Dynamic airspace is a domain that "deals with real-time response based on changes or variations of airspace/battlespace conditions during mission execution," and provides airspace information that can adapt to user demand while meeting changing constraints of weather and traffic congestion, according to the UAS Control Segment website. This is a new product area for the Pentagon's UAS Control Segment (UCS) Working Group, Ernst said in an Aug. 23 interview.
This version, once finalized, "really does pull a conclusion to all the capability that was identified or needed for the programs of record" that were listed in the February 2009 acquisition decision memorandum by former acquisition chief John Young, Ernst said. That ADM, which called for the development common ground control station architecture, listed Global Hawk, Broad Area Maritime Surveillance, Predator, Reaper, Gray Eagle and Fire Scout, Ernst said.
DOD Briefing Slides On The UAS Control Segment
The Aug. 7, 2012, briefing slides on the Unmanned Aircraft Ground Control Segment were presented at the 2012 AUVSI Conference.
Eyes in the Sky.
More from Inside the Pentagon:
Retired Air Force General: ISR Authority Should Be Shifted To ISR Agency
The Air Force should shift the responsibility for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets from Air Combat Command to the Air Force ISR Agency in order to more effectively manage ISR investments, a retired service official told Inside the Pentagon.
"Right now you have competing interests at Air Combat Command between ISR requirements and the panoply of weapon system requirements that are the responsibility of the command. There are simply limited resources and Air Combat Command has a heck of a lot on its plate," retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula said in a Aug. 28 interview.
Deptula was responding to the recommendations of a report released on Aug. 10 by the National Academy of Sciences, which found Air Force ISR capabilities inefficiently supervised and unnecessarily segmented. Deptula said he agreed with the conclusions in the report and thinks ISR supervision should be moved from ACC to the ISR Agency.
"ISR does not serve or fall under just one of the major commands, but in fact serves all of them in each of the domains of air, space and cyberspace. That's why we set up the AF ISR Agency as a separate field operating agency independent of any one of the current major commands," Deptula said. As deputy chief of staff for ISR, Deptula set up the ISR Agency in 2009, and he said ISR supervision had originally been assigned there as well.
A look at the future of DOD email efforts:
Takai: Army Enterprise Email Plan Fits Within DOD's IT Efficiency Effort
Providing a boost to the reliability and security of email capabilities, the Army's enterprise email plan fits in with the next phase of the Defense Department's information technology strategy, according to a recent report to Congress from the Pentagon's chief information officer.
In the July 18 "for official use only" report, obtained by Inside the Pentagon, DOD CIO Teri Takai told lawmakers that the Army's enterprise email program "aligns with the department's strategic plans for messaging and collaboration and meets the goals outlined by the secretary of defense for effectiveness and efficiency in DOD IT systems."
DOD's October 2011 Information Technology Enterprise Strategy and Roadmap, signed by then-Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, established the department's goals for the next generation of integrated messaging, Takai writes. The strategy and roadmap calls for unified communications and collaboration, which will enable information sharing from any device attached to a DOD network. This will also help address stove-pipe related shortcomings, such as lacking a permanent identity presence and requiring "cumbersome migrations" when a user switches organizations, according to the report.
Meanwhile, Inside the Pentagon also fronts a story today on the CTR program:
DOD Assesses Cooperative Threat Reduction Objectives To Improve Metrics
The Pentagon is assessing its Cooperative Threat Reduction Program objectives and reviewing work with partner nations in light of recommendations made by the National Academy of Sciences, according to a report the Defense Department recently submitted to Congress.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), in its January 2012 report, provided six recommendations for DOD to improve its metrics for the CTR Program and more effectively communicate the results. These recommendations call for the department to better leverage the work of other government agencies, jointly develop objectives with partner countries and use a consistent framework to prioritize and refine metrics, among other suggestions.
DOD has successfully implemented a number of these recommendations, although there are some other program metrics that need further development, according to the July report signed by DOD Assistant Secretary for Global Strategic Affairs Madelyn Creedon and obtained by Inside the Pentagon. The recommendation calling for the U.S. and partner nations to jointly develop objectives could be particularly challenging to implement because partner nations do not always share U.S. perspectives or milestones, DOD writes. In addition, the United States could believe that an objective has been met, but a partner nation could disagree.
DOD Report On The NAS Assessment Of The CTR Program
The July 2012 report signed by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs Madelyn Creedon states that the Pentagon has successfully implemented a number of the recommendations set forth in a National Academy of Sciences study on the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, although there are some other program metrics that need further development.
Navy news from yesterday:
Navy Makes Final Decision To Employ Up To Four Sonar Surveillance Systems
The Navy has made a final decision to employ up to four sonar surveillance systems after weighing the operational, scientific, technical and environmental implications, according to a Federal Register notice issued this morning.
The Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) sonar will have certain geographical restrictions and monitoring designed to reduce potential adverse effects on the marine environment, the notice reads.
Navy SURTASS LFA Record Of Decision
In an Aug. 15, 2012, record of decision, the Navy announces it has decided to employ up to four sonar surveillance systems after weighing the operational, scientific, technical and environmental implications.
In Case You Missed It . . .
. . . earlier this week:
Reconfigured JAGM Program Scales Back Seeker Capability To Dual-Mode
The Army's newly reconfigured Joint Air-To-Ground Missile program will focus on developing a dual-mode seeker to save costs rather than a tri-mode version like the program had previously attempted, according to the Joint Attack Munition Systems Project Office chief.
JMR Mission Systems Study Contracts Set To Be Awarded This Week
The Army is on track to award contracts to study future Joint Multi-Role rotorcraft mission systems technology this week, marking the next step in an effort to bring to life the service's next major helicopter acquisition program that is predicted to come online around 2030, according to the Army project lead for the JMR technology-enabled capability demonstration.
Marine Corps Will Begin Non-Lethal Weapons CBA During Fiscal Year 2013
The Marine Corps will begin a non-lethal weapons capabilities-based assessment in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013 because a previous analysis is outdated, according to a service official.
Navy Revisits Bow Bulbs As A Way To Reduce Fuel Consumption
The Navy is revisiting a plan begun in the 1990s to make ship bows more hydrodynamic, thereby reducing fuel consumption, as fuel prices continue to rise and the potential savings become greater.
As Navy Mulls Options For COD Replacement, Two Favorites Emerge
The Navy likely will face a choice between the highly capable but pricey V-22 Osprey and buying more of the legacy C-2 Greyhound airplanes that serve the fleet today as it mulls the best way to replace the aging fleet of Carrier On-board Delivery (COD) aircraft over the next decade.
-- Dan Dupont
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