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September 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Northrop Grumman is pitching the ground radar system it is building for the Marine Corps as a joint solution that could fill both Air Force and Army requirements, and company officials say both services have expressed some interest in the project.
September 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Vice Adm. David Dorsett, head of the Navy's information directorate, has approved three of 14 information dominance roadmaps, according to a spokesman for Dorsett's office. The completed roadmaps cover the areas of undersea dominance, electronic warfare and ballistic missile defense.
September 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will terminate 50 remaining legacy shore-based networks on the continental United States by the end of fiscal year 2010, according to a service document sent to Inside the Navy by the office that handles the Navy's intelligence and information technology, on Sept. 8.
September 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The head of United States Northern Command plans to put a greater emphasis on maritime activities and domain awareness, he told reporters at a breakfast last week.
September 08, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Robert Gates intends to disestablish the major Pentagon offices that handle computer networks by transferring many of their functions to the Defense Information Systems Agency and other organizations, according to a recent memo issued as part of Gates' Pentagon efficiency initiative.

September 08, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced last week it is seeking proposals addressing the development of "next generation sensors for fields, forces and time building upon established control and readout techniques from atomic physics."

September 08, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The House Armed Services Committee is expected to urge U.S. Cyber Command officials to address "the big picture" during a Sept. 23 open hearing, according to a congressional source.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army recently acquired a set of "Rock Phones" that can communicate through 100 meters of solid rock using magnetic induction -- a technology manufacturers say could be used to ferret out enemies hiding in caves and tunnels or assist in search and rescue missions.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will add "government oversight of over 300 personnel" as it begins to take control of the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet from contractor HPES, according to David Weddel, the assistant deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance.
September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy's information technology requirements, development and testing process should be reviewed to find ways the pace of development can be accelerated, the service's No. 2 IT official told Inside the Navy last week.
September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
A 2008 attack against Defense Department classified computer networks helped create U.S. CYBERCOM, according to the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance David Weddel, whose office handles both IT and intelligence matters for the Navy. The counter attack, dubbed Operation Buckshot Yankee, raised "the implications of network security to the highest levels," Weddel said in a Sept 1. interview with Inside the Navy.
September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Contractors Lockheed Martin and ATK have delivered three prototypes each of what the Office of the Secretary of Defense says will be the helicopter missile warning systems of the future, according to Capt. Paul Overstreet, program manager for advanced tactical aircraft protection systems.
September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command is hoping to carry the concept of the Common Submarine Radio Room installed on guided missile, ballistic missile and attack submarines over to the surface ship fleet, according to a broad agency announcement.
September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy recently completed a major operational evaluation for the Portable Undersea Training Range -- an up to 100-square-mile range that can be picked up and moved anywhere the fleet needs it -- and the service may buy two or three more in the coming years, the program manager said last week.
September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren is asking industry for information about towing sensor arrays via helicopter.
September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is hoping to find a system that is better at tracking moving targets in complex or "cluttered" environments than the service's existing laser-targeting systems.
September 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is launching a new Cyber Insider Threat (CINDER) program -- with a well-known hacker at the helm -- to respond to insider threats to government and military networks.

August 27, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Army's ground-based sense-and-avoid system's "safety case," effectively expanding the service's available airspace for unmanned aerial system training, according to service officials.

August 27, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Despite claims to the contrary on previous Pentagon reprogramming requests, the first launch of a Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite is scheduled for the summer of 2011, not December of that year, and Congress' recent denial of funds to deal with technical issues will not affect that launch date, a Navy spokesman said last week.
August 27, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has postponed a large interagency maritime domain awareness technology demonstration exercise until next spring due to difficulties in coordinating the event, according to an Aug. 23 Federal Business Opportunities notice and a source familiar with the exercise.

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