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Cybersecurity and Defense Technology

March 4, 2021

The Defense Department's weapons contracts include exhaustive requirements ensuring systems can withstand vibration, resist dust and sand and don't have sharp edges that could cut personnel, but most still fail to include detailed cybersecurity specifications, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today.

March 4, 2021

The Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office and Advanced Battle Management System contractors are planning for a new phase in the "internet of military things" program since the service established it as a more traditional acquisition effort.

March 4, 2021

PICATINNY ARSENAL, NJ -- The Army held a demonstration of FIRESTORM, an artificial intelligence software that is designed to accelerate battlefield decision-making, during a Feb. 26 visit to Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, by the Army's vice chief of staff and other general officers.

March 3, 2021

The Government Accountability Office has denied Anduril Industries' complaint against the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System program, arguing the agency lacks jurisdiction over the protest because the award in question is worth less than $25 million.

March 3, 2021

The Defense Department is developing a data-driven, interconnected web of sensors, weapons and communications systems, but one major roadblock in the effort is the lack of useful Identity, Credentialing, Access and Management solutions, according to a top Joint Staff official.

March 2, 2021

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has reset its Pacific Defense Initiative by elevating the priority of a new sensor project in Palau, dropping a Hawaii radar project in favor of space sensors and adding to a list of unfunded long-term needs, taking it from $20 billion to $27 billion, a 35% hike compared to last year's estimate.

March 2, 2021

The United States will test components of its Joint All-Domain Command and Control program with allies this fall, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall said Tuesday at the AFCEA TechNet Indo-Pacific conference.

March 1, 2021

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence approved its final report today, sending the White House and Congress a bevy of recommendations on how the United States should approach technology competition with China in the coming decade.

March 1, 2021

The MQ-9 Reaper is emerging as a possible contender for the Air Force's armed overwatch acquisition, a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System network and a battlespace awareness enabler in Europe.

February 26, 2021

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown is considering several options to replace the service's aging fleet of E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, including Boeing's E-7 Wedgetail, he told reporters Thursday.

February 26, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is soliciting the public's feedback regarding a revised plan for potentially locating a new radar in Hawaii, specifically a proposal to emplace a large sensor on the Navy-controlled Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai after efforts over the last three years to place the large array at three alternative sites failed.

February 26, 2021

The Army's team in charge of enhancing soldier positioning, navigation and timing operational capability this month wrapped up the first of several exercises planned this year aimed at its sensor-to-shooter learning campaign efforts, the director of the team told Inside Defense in an interview this week.

February 24, 2021

The Air Force is still assessing the impact of Congress' decision to cut nearly half of the fiscal year 2021 funding the service requested for the Advanced Battle Management System program but anticipates the planned on-ramp events and capability rollouts will have to slow down.

February 24, 2021

The Pentagon's Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy will be released in the coming weeks, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Trussler, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, said Wednesday at an Association of Old Crows event.

February 22, 2021

The Defense Science Board last month launched a congressionally mandated study of the Defense Department's cyber warfighting capabilities, including a technical evaluation of DOD's major cyber warfare programs.

February 22, 2021

The Defense Department is working with the General Services Administration's Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program team to develop a "gap analysis" that will compare the cloud services effort with the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification initiative, according to DOD's Stacy Bostjanick.

February 19, 2021

The Defense Department is expecting to release its first request for proposals containing requirements from its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program in March, according to Pentagon acquisition Chief Information Security Officer Katie Arrington.

February 19, 2021

The Navy is readying plans this spring to begin in earnest collaboration with industry and academia at a prototype "software factory" called the Forge -- an entity that aims to accelerate delivery of new capabilities by the program executive office for integrated warfare systems to the surface combatant fleet.

February 19, 2021

The Army is conducting several communications exercises and upgrading technologies and data collection efforts as it gears up for the second annual sensor-to-shooter learning campaign known as Project Convergence, service officials told Inside Defense in a recent interview.

February 18, 2021

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence continued deliberations about its final report this week, discussing new "blueprints" for government action, including shifting billions toward the Defense Department's AI and emerging technology initiatives.

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