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July 30, 2010 | Inside the Army

Defense Department officials are slated to wrap up a three-year joint test culminating in new tactics, techniques and procedures for achieving non-kinetic "effects" against targets in space and cyberspace, according to a department spokesman.

July 30, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is shifting funds away from a short-term solution using buoys to enable submarines to take in their surroundings before coming up to the surface, instead placing a higher premium on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's long-term Blue Laser communications system, according to a program official.
July 30, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy's N2/N6 intelligence directorate is working on a strategy to cooperate with the Air Force on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance processing, exploitation and dissemination, according to the head of the organization.
July 30, 2010 |

The Pentagon has commissioned a new Defense Science Board study to steer investment decisions on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for counterinsurgency operations.

The effort will identify how Defense Department intelligence can "most effectively support COIN operations and what emerging science and technology would have the greatest intelligence potential in this type of warfare," according to a March 8 memo released today by the Pentagon.

July 29, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Office of Management and Budget will undertake detailed reviews of the highest-risk information technology projects across the federal government to address waste and systematic problems.

July 29, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A senior defense official in the Pentagon's networking directorate says the information-sharing initiatives spearheaded by his office will play an integral role in Defense Secretary Robert Gates' plan to streamline efficiencies -- provided the office does not get eliminated in the name of efficiency.

July 29, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's acquisition directorate is poised to bless the start of production for the next phase of a major Pentagon satellite program.

July 23, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The dual-band radar system that was initially intended for the first DDG-1000 will now likely be installed on the CVN-79 aircraft carrier, according to the DDG-1000­ program manager.
July 22, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's acquisition office wants to develop an online toolkit to help streamline the acquisition process for warfighters in the field and to quickly and efficiently get them the items they need.

July 21, 2010 |

Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, the incoming chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command, today said issues surrounding the use of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems during counterinsurgency operations are high on his agenda as the general in charge of advancing new warfighting concepts and joint training efforts.

July 19, 2010 |

The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency late last week notified Congress of a proposed $377 million military electronics sale to Canada.

According to the July 15 agency announcement, the Canadian government is requesting 10 Enhanced Firefinder Radars or 10 Sentinel Radars; 10 Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) vehicular dual long-range system radios; 10 Sentinel humvees, 10 AN/TPX 57 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) units and an assortment of related equipment, services and support.

July 16, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will spend $3.3 billion to keep the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet running under a continuity-of-services contract as it continues to develop the follow-on land-based network, according to a letter to Congress recently sent by Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley.
July 16, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has awarded four contracts worth about $42 million each to four contractors for technology maturation work on the airborne next-generation jammer, meant to replace the aging ALQ-99 jamming system on the EA-18G Growler and eventually the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as well as drones.
July 15, 2010 |

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli today raised questions about the service's Common Controller program -- a kind of beefed-up joystick for steering various unmanned systems from afar -- saying a similar functionality could be achieved with much cheaper, commercially derived gadgets.

July 15, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is asking Congress for permission to use nearly $2.2 million from two Air Force accounts for a program designed to provide a U.S.-Czech ballistic missile shared early warning capability. If Congress agrees, the program could start this calendar year.

July 13, 2010 |

Seeking to emulate the business models of Apple and Google in the commercial smart phone sector, the Army is accelerating its efforts to create a common operating environment for network systems that would allow industry to create standardized applications and plug them into a single network, the service's chief information officer said today.