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Cybersecurity and Defense Technology

October 30, 2018

The services expect the next update to the F-35's logistics information system in "mid-2019" to enable it to connect to legacy information technology systems, according to a Navy spokeswoman.

October 30, 2018

The Army is accelerating fielding of the Lower Tier Air Missile Defense Sensor by five years and planning a radar competition next year at White Sands Missile Range, NM, as part of a new acquisition strategy for the Patriot radar modernization project.

October 30, 2018

China's Ministry of Public Security has issued a new cybersecurity regulation -- taking effect on Nov. 1 -- that will grant regional law enforcement broad authority to inspect companies to ensure they register as a "network-using entity," among other measures laid out in China's landmark cybersecurity law enacted last year.

October 29, 2018

The Air Force's program executive office for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and special-operations forces could turn to the service's new "cash for ideas" initiative to bolster a small-dollar electronic-warfare technology development program.

October 27, 2018

The Army's newest electronic warfare systems will include cyber capabilities as they are developed over the next couple of years, according to the EW and cyber project manager.

October 26, 2018

The Navy has launched an expected multibillion-dollar competition for the second iteration of the Next Generation Jammer program -- the project to develop the capability to disrupt sensors with a powerful low-frequency beam -- by tapping Northrop Grumman, an established supplier in this technology space, and newcomer L3 Technologies.

October 26, 2018

The Chinese government's involvement in and manipulation of emerging Internet of Things technologies, both through investments and espionage, pose a risk to U.S. national security and economic interests, according to a new report for a congressionally mandated commission, which calls for a federal law on protecting data and privacy to counter these threats.

October 25, 2018

The Pentagon is using a General Services Administration contract to buy cloud services for enterprise collaboration and productivity tools like email and messaging, with the potential for multiple awards to be made as part of the “whole-of-government approach,” according to officials.

October 25, 2018

Army programs key to Defense Secretary James Mattis' Close Combat Lethality Task Force will receive more money after Congress' approval of most of the Defense Department's omnibus reprogramming request.

October 24, 2018

Government lawyers have sustained the Navy's decision to boot Raytheon from the Next Generation Jammer Increment 2 technology demonstration program, denying the prime contractor for the NGJ Increment 1 program a lock on the service's electronic attack business and giving Northrop Grumman and L3 a leg up in the multibillion-dollar competition.

October 24, 2018

The Army is seeking industry input on developing multi-channel radios that would meet the service's air-to-ground communications requirements for aviation platforms.

October 23, 2018

A leading Pentagon official on information security questioned whether cybersecurity should be established as a core purchasing principle for the military, as described in a recent MITRE Corp. report.

October 22, 2018

Following a science and technology review in September, the Army's network cross-functional team over the next few months will build recommendations for senior leaders regarding the service's five-year budget plan starting with fiscal year 2021, according to a service official.

October 22, 2018

President Trump has tasked the Defense Department with taking a more active and expansive role in protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from cyberattacks by foreign adversaries, with efforts to secure the supply chain having emerged as the front line in this battle.

October 19, 2018

The Army has completed a capability development document for assured positioning, navigation and timing in all new mounted platforms, according to a service official.

October 19, 2018

GAITHERSBURG, MD -- Defense Department officials responsible for implementing data-protection acquisition rules say cybersecurity guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology -- currently being considered for revision -- will lead to a government-wide approach to securing sensitive information through widespread procurement reforms.

October 19, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Navy's expeditionary warfare office is preparing an overarching mine warfare plan, which will eventually be approved by the service's top admiral and general, to more clearly communicate its strategies and objectives, according to a Marine Corps general overseeing the effort.

October 18, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Pentagon last week approved a mine countermeasures program that will adapt three payloads for use on an unmanned surface vehicle, according to an officer overseeing the program.

October 18, 2018

The Defense Innovation Board will seek wide-ranging input in the coming months before making recommendations to Pentagon leadership on principles to guide the military's use of artificial intelligence, as employees at multiple technology companies remain opposed to working on AI for the Defense Department.

October 17, 2018

The Missile Defense Agency has cleared Lockheed Martin to proceed with full-rate production of sensor panels that will be stacked to create the Long Range Discrimination Radar, a $1.2 billion program to improve the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System.

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