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Cybersecurity and Defense Technology

August 9, 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 6, 2010

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 6, 2010

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 6, 2010

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 6, 2010

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 6, 2010
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 5, 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

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

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.

July 30, 2010
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
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

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 29, 2010

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

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 23, 2010
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

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
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.