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March 10, 2017 | Inside the Navy

Navy and Air Force officials are analyzing a potential joint program or common airframes to replace their aging E-6B Mercury command-and-control aircraft, according to top officers.

March 08, 2017 | Inside the Pentagon

The Commerce Department is poised to send out surveys to the semiconductor industry in a follow-up study to a 2009 effort designed to get a handle on the current field, according to a source with knowledge of the effort.

March 08, 2017 |

The Senate Armed Services Committee is in the early stages of developing new cybersecurity legislation, according to Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), as the panel mulls U.S. cyberwar policy and doctrine -- a long-running McCain priority that has gained new emphasis in the aftermath of Russian hacking around the 2016 presidential election.

March 07, 2017 |

The Air Force will continue with plans to launch a bridge capability for a Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite reaching the end of its service life, despite the service's recent decision to re-think its acquisition strategy for a follow-on constellation.

March 06, 2017 |

Lawmakers added nearly $1 billion for cyberspace activities to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2017 budget -- a nearly 17 percent hike compared to the FY-16 budget -- and directed the Defense Department to make plans to overhaul cyber investment budget justification materials beginning in FY-19.

March 02, 2017 |

The Pentagon should create tailored cyber deterrence to threats coming from major and regional powers and terrorist groups and work on enhancing cyber-resilient systems, according to new recommendations by the Defense Science Board.

February 24, 2017 | Inside the Navy

The Navy is planning for the second increment of the multibillion-dollar Next Generation Jammer program to enter the acquisition process at the engineering and manufacturing development phase and is asking industry to participate in an upcoming technology demonstration.

February 23, 2017 |

The Defense Information Systems Agency has released a request for proposals that will help provide "quality engineering and technical support, services and solutions globally" while lowering costs, according to a new document posted this week on Federal Business Opportunities.

February 23, 2017 |

The head of U.S. Cyber Command says his organization should be elevated to a unified combatant command and have a centralized structure similar to that of U.S. Special Operations Command.

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

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 | 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.