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February 09, 2011 |

The Defense Science Board this year will launch a study of cloud computing, according to the board's chairman.

A separate study will look at ways to measure the resilience of missions that depend on IT systems, according to DSB chairman Paul Kaminski.

Cloud computing, which allows multiple users in different locations to access information, resources and data through the Internet, is a hot topic right now in both the halls of the Pentagon and the administration as a whole.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army
plans to leave vendors in the dark on its plans for a low-rate initial
production downselect for the Nett Warrior system, according to the program

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's
science and technology budget is constricted by the continuing resolution now
funding government operations, but the constraints present an opportunity to
prioritize initiatives moving forward, according to a top service official.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Joint
Tactical Radio System's Soldier Radio Waveform Network Manager successfully
completed formal qualification testing last month, according to a statement
from the program office.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
It may be some time before the Navy can create a common controller for unmanned vehicles that spans both the aerial and underwater domains, according to the service's director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
As an EA-18G Growler squadron undergoes its first deployment in Iraq, the program is "making adjustments" and fine-tuning aspects such as supply levels as the fleet gets used to a new airframe operating as the Navy's airborne jammer, according to Capt. Mark Darrah, the program manager.
February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

In the event of a national cyber emergency, U.S. Cyber Command might take the lead defending the nation's military networks as a "supported command" before "turning things over" to U.S. Northern Command, according to a CYBERCOM official.

February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology shop has released a $40 million broad agency announcement soliciting white papers to boost cybersecurity in both federal networks and the Internet at large.

February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon aims to build autonomous systems that can perceive and reason in new, strange environments, the department's chief technology officer said this week.

February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon intends to develop templates by June that will document new milestones for its plan to revamp the acquisition of information technology, according to a senior defense official.

February 02, 2011 |

Navy and Marine Corps efforts to plow savings from efficiencies into investment accounts will permit the purchase of additional aircraft and eliminate the services' strike fighter shortfall, add $400 million to accelerate by three years the procurement of the Marine Personnel Carrier and a nearly $500 million boost to radio and small arms accounts, according to Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army is
preparing to execute a reformed network modernization strategy that will result
in a significant increase in overtures to industry and potential disruptions to
ongoing programs of record, according to top service officials.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army has
released a request for information on how to meet an urgent need for bolstered
sensor systems for unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan.

January 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The cybersecurity authorities of both the executive branch and the intelligence community are expected to be key themes of cybersecurity legislation introduced in the 112th Congress, according to a congressional staffer.

January 26, 2011 |

The Air Force plans to deploy a new high-power, airborne camera system to Afghanistan in the coming months, despite problems revealed in a critical testing memo last month, according to a service officials.

Service officials say they have fixed or are fixing three major deficiencies discovered during field testing of the Gorgon Stare wide-area airborne surveillance pod, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Philip Breedlove told lawmakers today. Testers from the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, recommended those three issues be fixed before the system is fielded.

January 26, 2011 |

The Navy is witnessing a great deal of progress in the development of Iraqi naval forces as U.S. forces are withdrawn from the region, but the Iraqis will need periodic support from a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, told reporters today.

“As we draw down from Iraq, there will be a need and a requirement to have a carrier inside the Gulf sometimes to provide overwatch opportunities to train and operate [with Iraqi forces],” Fox said at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington.

January 24, 2011 |

A new Air Force sensor designed to give commanders a bird's-eye view of the battlefield below them cannot track people once they exit vehicles and has trouble seeing all targets at night, according to draft report by service testers.

The internal Air Force audit of the new, supposedly all-seeing Gorgon Stare sensor, conducted by Air Combat Command's 53rd Wing, reveals an unreliable system of high-power cameras that frequently crashes during test flights. The 53rd is responsible for operational testing of new equipment for strike aircraft.

January 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The Navy will release a request for proposals for the anti-submarine weapon guidance platform slated for the P-8A Poseidon "in the next month or so," and the system's initial operational capability is now slated for 2016, according to Capt. Mike Moran, P-8 program manager.
January 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft program is 99 percent complete with testing its radar, and the program plans to take the aircraft onto a carrier in February, the program manager said last week.
January 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
One of the main lessons coming out of the first brigade-level amphibious exercise on the East Coast in nearly 10 years is the importance of interservice coordination when using unmanned assets for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, according to Maj. Shannon Greene, the intelligence plans officer for Expeditionary Strike Group Two, who spoke with Inside the Navy in a Jan. 19 interview.