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February 23, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force this week issued a draft solicitation for the second of a five expected commercial satellite communication pathfinder efforts meant to explore new ways to acquire satellite bandwidth.

February 23, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force hopes to launch at least one analysis of alternatives to explore intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and sensor options in the next two to three years, and is currently working with industry on "multiple lines of effort to determine the best mix of force structure," a service spokesman recently told Inside the Air Force.

February 22, 2017 |

The Marine Corps took delivery of its first low-rate initial production Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar unit this week, according to the service.

February 17, 2017 |

The Air Force said this week it will scrap parts of its strategy to replace the legacy Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite system, attributing the change of plans to its newly adopted, largely classified Space Enterprise Vision.

February 17, 2017 |

The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry's input to develop an architecture to enhance offensive swarming tactics with an eye for how this could help in challenging urban environments, according to a new broad agency announcement.

February 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force Special Operations Command chief Lt. Gen. Brad Webb said Tuesday the command is exploring its options for replacing the U-28A and MC-12 fleets with platforms that can be used in low- and high-intensity operations in an analysis of alternatives slated to wrap up in July.

February 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Defense Department space policy officials told Congress in a recent report that Federal Communications Commission acceptance of Europe's Galileo positioning, navigation and timing system would help address rising concerns about resiliency in the U.S. GPS constellation.

February 15, 2017 | Inside the Pentagon

Responses to a Commerce Department survey designed to gather information on U.S. companies that produce bare printed circuit boards found that the fragile industry is contracting, possibly forcing the federal government to turn to China, according to a source with knowledge of the study.

February 14, 2017 |

Col. Craig Miller, director of the U.S. Special Operations Command J24 intelligence capabilities and requirements division, said Tuesday the U.S. could use new acquisition techniques to speed adoption of technology that would allow coalition partners to share information securely and selectively, amid complaints that clashing approaches to intelligence hurt international combat efforts in the Middle East.

February 09, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force recently awarded Northrop Grumman a contract modification worth up to $140 million to operate and sustain Battlefield Airborne Communication Node payloads, despite an original plan to give the company a four-year follow-on contract that will now be renegotiated.

February 09, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Follow-on testing and evaluation for the latest version of the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System has been pushed back two years to fiscal year 2018, according to the Air Force.

February 09, 2017 |

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Thursday said it has selected Palo Alto, CA-based Space Systems Loral as its commercial partner for the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites program.

February 08, 2017 |

U.S. intelligence analysts -- in a new unclassified assessment prepared over the last year to support a new presidential administration -- predict the "risk of conflict, including inter-state conflict, will increase" during the next two decades and argue a few trends are likely to change the character of conflict over the next 20 years, predictions that carry implications for the U.S. military.

February 03, 2017 | Inside the Army

The Army is seeking help from industry, academia and the nonprofit sector for sensors, communications and electronics, according to a document on Federal Business Opportunities.

January 31, 2017 |

The White House has scrapped the signing of a cybersecurity executive order following a meeting with President Trump and top officials from the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security and the intelligence community.

January 30, 2017 |

The Defense Science Board, in a new report on the U.S. military's research and development enterprise, calls on government laboratories to assert a more active role in helping define new weapon systems and -- more broadly -- shepherding the Defense Department through global technology shifts by working to anticipate combat application of new scientific and technological advances.

January 27, 2017 | Inside the Army

The Army is seeking industry input on potential unmanned aircraft systems for use by individual soldiers, according to a solicitation on Federal Business Opportunities.

January 19, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force Research Laboratory intends to launch a new, experimental satellite navigation payload in 2022 to demonstrate navigation technology and shape future GPS architecture.

January 19, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Fiscal year 2016 testing on one of the Air Force's key surveillance platforms revealed "difficulty in combining various on- and off-board sensor data into a coherent single track on a consistent basis," according to the director of operational test and evaluation's annual report to Congress published Jan. 10.

January 19, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

Piecing together an airspace picture in anti-access, area denial environments that push surveillance aircraft farther away from the battlespace will require a family-of-systems approach rather than one platform that can do it all, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board chair said this week.

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