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April 28, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon will team with Canada's defense ministry to develop ultra-wideband noise radar technologies that could provide a last line of defense against deadly terrorist attacks by covertly detecting concealed weapons, suicide bombers and improvised explosive devices.

April 28, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is asking Congress to grant the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency new authority to exchange highly detailed maps of other countries with non-governmental organizations and academic institutions.

April 25, 2011 | Daily News

Multibillion-dollar efforts to build nuclear ballistic missile submarines, Army vehicles and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will spearhead a new Defense Department initiative challenging program managers to deliver weapons under budget.

April 22, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army last
week presented its official network modernization strategy to the Office of the
Secretary of Defense for final approval, according to Army officials who say
the plan places great emphasis on acquisition agility, industry involvement and
soldier feedback.

April 22, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will spend more than $103 million over the next five years on maintaining the Sea-Based X-Band radar system, according to a report submitted late last month to Congress.
April 22, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy, along with the Defense Department at large, is planning a large-scale push toward cloud computing, according to Janice Haith, the Navy's deputy chief information officer, who warned that embracing cloud computing in the short term would be premature.
April 22, 2011 | Inside the Navy
As the Navy moves forward with its initiative to install advanced energy meters across its shore-based facilities, keeping the networks those meters operate on secure is a chief concern, according to Lt. Cdr. Matthew Riethmiller, a shore energy action officer with the chief of naval operations shore readiness division.
April 21, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is asking Congress to repeal statutory requirements for "red team" assessments of computer security at Energy Department nuclear weapons laboratories despite ongoing network-security problems.

April 21, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The White House is poised to issue a highly anticipated legislative package addressing the federal government's cybersecurity strategy and authorities.

April 20, 2011 | Daily News

The Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System -- a $9 billion development and acquisition effort led by Lockheed Martin -- is delaying many of its key milestones by up to 14 months, including initial operational capability, according to a new Pentagon report.

April 15, 2011 | Inside the Army

The fiscal
year 2012 defense budget bill passed by the House and Senate last week
transfers a host of technology programs out of the purview of the Joint
Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, including a classified piece
of equipment enabling special operators to locate violent extremists by
intercepting their radio communications, according to officials and documents.

April 15, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Navy plans to field its new anti-submarine warfare mission package on the Littoral Combat Ship later than the originally envisioned package, though officials say the wait will bring transformational ASW capabilities to the fleet.
April 15, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft program has moved up production of the Increment 3 signals intelligence-capable aircraft two years earlier than the Increment 2 capability in the last budget cycle, Capt. Bob Dishman, BAMS program manager, said at a conference here last week.
April 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department will decide later this year whether to launch an independent review of Lockheed Martin's Joint Strike Fighter software development operation, which federal auditors have called for out of concern that F-35 software is behind schedule and facing increasingly complex challenges.

The review is envisioned as similar in scope to far-reaching independent assessments of Lockheed Martin's manufacturing capabilities conducted in 2009 and 2010, which ultimately informed a Pentagon decision to cut back on near-term production plans.

April 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Combatant commanders continue to face gaps in manned and unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities -- shortfalls the Defense Department will aim to address in its fiscal year 2013 investment plans, according a Pentagon official.

April 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Integrating unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. skies would be "much easier" if all aircraft were mandated to broadcast their location and communicate with one another, according to a Pentagon official.

April 12, 2011 | Daily News

The leaders of a Senate financial management panel plan to introduce legislation that would cut wasteful IT spending, increase transparency and codify points of the White House's IT reform plan.

April 08, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The continuing resolution the Pentagon is operating under in lieu of a fiscal year 2011 budget has delayed the critical design review for the next-generation shipboard network program, leaving officials to consider how continued delays might further affect their plans for the Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services effort, according to the program manager.
April 08, 2011 | Inside the Army

Secretary Robert Gates has kicked off this year's round of "front-end
assessments," picking several topics with an Army bent for special
consideration during deliberations over the next five-year spending plan,
according to officials and documents.

April 08, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army lost a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor aerostat in an accident last September after an airship moored nearby broke loose and crashed into it, the service told Inside the Army.