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August 20, 2010 | Inside the Army

As Northrop Grumman progresses under its Integrated Battle Command System contract, questions remain over how and when the system will be integrated with the Medium Extended Air Defense System and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in the future, according to a company official.

August 20, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has awarded a $455 million contract to ITT Corporation for the production of up to 5,000 vehicle-borne jamming systems to combat improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Navy announced in an Aug. 19 statement.
August 20, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Information security is the biggest challenge facing the Marine Corps aviation weapons requirements branch as it seeks to develop open architecture systems for weapon systems while protecting them from being compromised, an official said recently.
August 20, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The head of Fleet Forces Command has issued staff guidance designed to combat the shortfalls in manning and subsequent maintenance failures described in the damning Balisle Report, a document leaked to some press outlets earlier this year that criticized the Navy's attempts to reduce manning and change training regimes.
August 18, 2010 |

The Defense Department has adjusted its $1.6 trillion portfolio of major weapon systems being developed and acquired, formally ushering in 11 new programs and completing paperwork on four major efforts whose procurement runs are complete or nearly finished.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army vice chief of staff has approved plans to reconfigure the service's fleet of unmanned aerial systems to increase the number fielded to brigade combat teams in theater, but final authorization for the initiative has yet to be given, according to service officials.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Army

In the latest effort to move toward wireless war, Lockheed Martin last week introduced its plans for MONAX, a 3G broadband wireless communications network they say is capable of connecting dismounted soldiers over great distances using commercial smartphones.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Army

With Joint Forces Command slated for closure by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the task of improving the command and control of U.S. forces could fall under the purview of U.S. Cyber Command, but final decisions have yet to be made, according to Defense Department officials.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Defense Department is conducting an analysis of alternatives for technology that can prevent friendly fire incidents, particularly among dismounted ground troops.
August 13, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The next-generation jammer, an electronic warfare system slated for use on the EA-18G Growler and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, could eventually be placed on unmanned ground vehicles, an official told Inside the Navy recently.
August 13, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is considering awarding contracts for the Next Generation Enterprise Network as a multiyear contract rather than a single-year contract with options for extensions, according to a document posted on Federal Business Opportunities last week.
August 12, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration are working on a plan to integrate unmanned drones into the national airspace by relying on ground-based, sense-and-avoid technology among other solutions, according to DOD sources.

August 09, 2010 |

Over the next six to 12 months, the Obama administration plans to eliminate U.S. Joint Forces Command and major Pentagon offices that handle computer networks, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today.

Gates told reporters he is recommending President Obama close JFCOM and assign the command's "force management and sourcing functions" to the Joint Staff. JFCOM's remaining responsibilities will be assessed and those deemed still essential to promote jointness in the military will be reassigned to other entities, he said.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Joint Information Operations Warfare Center, an arm of U.S. Strategic Command, is advancing a plan to beef up the training of U.S. forces in the face of electronic warfare threats that are likely to pose a challenge to operations on future battlefields.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to issue an acquisition decision memorandum soon that will serve as guidance for developing new "apps" -- handy little software applications for soldiers' smartphones -- as leaders stress the technology's potential as an antidote to the lengthy fielding time lines and bloated price tags often associated with buying information systems.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

General Dynamics has developed a rugged and lightweight communications device the company says will answer the Army's call for smartphone-like mobility and capability on the battlefield.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

Lockheed Martin last week received a $71 million, multiyear contract from General Dynamics to develop equipment for the transmission subsystem of the second increment of Warfighter Information Network Tactical. The total contract is expected to be worth at least $400 million, according to Lockheed officials.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
LEXINGTON PARK, MD -- The Navy plans to host a large technology demonstration in the fall that will test extensive interagency cooperation and maritime domain awareness in a number of large-scale emergency scenarios, according to Cmdr. David Harris, innovation branch chief at for the National Maritime Intelligence Center.
August 05, 2010 |

The Pentagon's acquisition directorate is slated this week to consider whether the Common Missile Warning System should re-enter the acquisition process following problems with soaring costs.

Defense Department acquisition executive Ashton Carter certified to Congress in June that the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures/Common Missile Warning System program must continue despite cost increases that triggered a Nunn-McCurdy breach.

July 30, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army revealed the top five winners for the Apps for the Army application development contest last week with winning entries that included applications to support physical training, mental health, disaster relief, mapping and recruiting, according to a statement released by the service.