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July 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The
Pentagon's modeling and simulation industrial base is "robust," but oversight must
be "vigilant" in order for the U.S. to stay ahead of global competition,
according to a report prepared by the Pentagon's research and engineering
directorate and reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

July 26, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story was updated on July 29 to include a statement from the Army's Space and Missile Defense Command.)

The Pentagon's plan to deploy the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) to Afghanistan early next year is in doubt after the Army's request for an additional $28 million for the program in the final months of fiscal year 2011 was turned aside.

July 26, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's tethered-aerostat program, an $8.5 billion effort to detect cruise missiles and fast-moving aircraft, successfully completed its first endurance test last month by staying aloft for seven  days at 10,000 feet, according to Raytheon, prime contractor for the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensors program.

July 22, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Northrop Grumman this week announced the successful demonstration of several advanced avionics sensors aboard a Navy test helicopter, a demonstration that the company hopes will convince the military services to invest in their avionics packages.
July 22, 2011 | Inside the Army

A new Army intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
aircraft program is proceeding full steam ahead, according to the service's
product manager, while program officials keep an eye on a Senate Armed Services
Committee proposal to transfer an Air Force aircraft to meet the Army's
requirement.

July 20, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Joint
Strike Fighter program contains dozens of the "most vulnerable" types of microchips
-- more than half of which are manufactured in China and Taiwan, a source with
knowledge of the Pentagon's supply chain told Inside the Pentagon.

July 20, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A research
project that features "bots" competing to influence online communities on
social networking sites is among the likely proposals for a new Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency program that aims to better understand how
propaganda campaigns develop over social media -- and how the military can
leverage this knowledge in its own communications.

July 20, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A pilot
program in which the Pentagon shares classified threat intelligence with
defense contractors and commercial Internet service providers is slated for
expansion this fall, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said last week when
he unveiled the department's first official cybersecurity strategy.

July 20, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon
must shift its cybersecurity focus from defensively protecting its networks to
deterring hackers' attacks, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen.
James Cartwright said.

July 15, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Joint Tactical Radio Systems' Ground Mobile Radio has
successfully been used to coordinate fires missions at the ongoing Network
Integration Exercise at Ft. Bliss, TX, and White Sands Missile Range, NM,
according to an after-action report drafted by an artillery officer that was
recently circulated among Army officials.

July 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department is seeking congressional permission to immediately boost funding for a high-priority Navy effort to give aircraft carriers and other high-value ships the ability to defend against  torpedo attacks, something they lack today.

Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale, in a May 8 reprogramming request not made public by the Defense Department, told lawmakers DOD wants to shift $8 million into Navy research-and-development accounts to support rapid prototyping of the Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Defense System (ATTDS).

July 14, 2011 | Daily News

A pilot program in which the Pentagon shares classified threat intelligence with defense contractors and commercial Internet service providers is slated for expansion this fall, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said today.

The program, known as the DIB Cyber Pilot, was mentioned in Lynn's speech at the National Defense University in Washington, accompanying the release of the Pentagon's long-awaited cybersecurity strategy Thursday.

July 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon must shift its cybersecurity focus from defensively protecting its networks to deterring hackers' attacks, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright said today.

During a breakfast with reporters, Cartwright said the Defense Department's approach to cybersecurity consists of "90 percent of thinking about how to build the next best firewall and 10 percent thinking about what we might do to keep them from attacking us."

DOD, he said, must reverse those percentages.

July 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A multimillion-dollar array of Defense Department research awards to academic institutions could help the Pentagon do everything from tackling threats in cyberspace to developing sophisticated underwater sensors modeled on jellyfish.

July 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's chief information officer will soon circulate among defense officials a draft disestablishment plan for the department's Networks and Information Integration (NII) directorate.

July 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon intends to release a data center consolidation plan as part of its efforts to find efficiencies after officials fully brief Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on the effort, a senior Defense Department official told Inside the Pentagon.

July 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Department officials are expected to meet with the director of national intelligence by early fall to recommend the best way to bolster management of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for counterinsurgency operations, a source with knowledge of the discussions told Inside the Pentagon.

July 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is asking Congress to shift millions of dollars this summer to complete the development of an urgently needed airborne sensor designed to counter deadly improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan.

July 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2011 omnibus reprogramming request seeks roughly $9 million for research that could improve the Marine Corps' handling and exploitation of intelligence.

July 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army anticipates being able to resume flights of unmanned drones that use just ground-based radars in August -- more than three months after a glitch grounded the system just 11.25 hours into the flights.

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