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Adversaries Line Up to Challenge U.S. Forces in the Pacific

November 21, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, USN, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, describes the challenges it faces. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

The U.S. Pacific Fleet seeks to maintain its dominance in the face of strong technology challenges from adversaries.

Look Upward and Inward for the Crux of the Next Battle

November 21, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
A panel of -6s from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command organizations discuss the importance of the space and cyber domains. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Space and cyber may determine who prevails in the next conflict.

It's Not Always a Technical Issue That Inhibits Coalition Interoperability

November 21, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Officials from four nations address issues confronting efforts to achieve coalition interoperability. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Coalition interoperability is not just a technical issue.

In Cooperation on Cyber, the Children Must Lead

November 20, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Cyber experts from government, industry and academia explore cybersecurity solutions during a Women in AFCEA panel. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Government, industry and academia must push for early education in cybersecurity.

China Drops All Camouflage About Its Aggression

November 20, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Intelligence officers serving U.S. Indo-Pacific Command organizations describe a Chinese threat that unambiguously targets world domination. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

U.S. intelligence officials in the Pacific say China is on a long march toward inexorable world domination.

Coast Guard Expands Its Indo-Pacific Presence

November 20, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, USCG, commander, 14th Coast Guard District, describes the service's expanding mission in the Indo-Pacific region. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

The U.S. Coast Guard is expanding its mission in the Pacific and in cyberspace.

The 16th Air Force Targets Capability Integration

November 20, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) provides information warfare capabilities to all of the U.S. Air Force’s air components and several U.S. Combatant Commands, as well as cyber representation to the U.S. Cyber Command, explains Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, USAF, commander, 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) at the AFCEA Alamo Chapter’s ACE event.

Leader outlines the priorities for the U.S. Air Force’s new Numbered Air Force.

Physical Security and Cybersecurity Need to Converge

November 19, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Robert Bauman of Trusted Systems warns of a physical security gap that empowers the insider threat.

An over-reliance on physical information security, coupled with increased emphasis on data protection, left open the door to the insider threat.

It's On With China

November 19, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Phil Davidson, USN, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, speaks at TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

China is aggressively pursuing a global dominance strategy beginning with the Indo-Pacific region. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is working to counter China's aggression.

Innovation, Security Are Foundations of Future Defense Networking

November 19, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discuss the Defense Department's digital modernization at TechNet Indo-Pacific 2019 in Honolulu. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Government and industry must turn to innovation to provide future military networking.

Flying with Augmented Reality

November 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
A Santa Monica-based company has developed an augmented reality platform to allow fighter pilots to train in aerial warfare against virtual opponents. Credit: Photo courtesy of Red6 Aerospace.

Digital solution creates simulated adversaries for fighter pilots training in the skies.

 

Proper Training is at the Crux of Multidomain Operations

November 15, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s commanding general, Gen. Paul E. Funk , USA, speaks to soldiers at Ft. Benning, Georgia in September. How the Army trains its soldiers, especially its leaders, has to change to meet the demands of multidomain operations, he says. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright.

For the Army, investing in its people is the service’s way to be effective in all domains, leader says.

General Dynamics Mission Systems is Sustaining Navy MOUS Ground System

November 13, 2019

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, is awarded a $731,876,547 cost-plus-award-fee and firm-fixed-price indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity contract for Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) ground system sustainment. MUOS is a narrowband military satellite communications system that supports a worldwide, multiservice population of users, providing modern netcentric communications capabilities while supporting legacy terminals.

Progeny Systems Gets Contract Mod in Support of Naval Sea System

November 13, 2019

Progeny Systems Corp,* Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $9,653,476 fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-6201 to exercise options for Navy systems support. This effort will award the procurement of Navy equipment. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (50%); and Charleroi, Pennsylvania (50%), and is expected to be completed by August 2021. Fiscal year 2019 other procurement (Navy) funding for $9,653,476 will be obligated at time of award and funding will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

All-Domain Marines Take to the Fleet

November 14, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, USMC, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, speaks to Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Reyes

For the Marine Corps, advancing multidomain operations means tying closer to the Navy.

DHS Awards Funds for Blockchain Security Technology

November 13, 2019
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: Shutterstock/whiteMocca

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has a contract to develop blockchain security technology to prevent credential fraud.

Getting to Joint Warfighting

November 13, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF, commander of Air Combat Command (r), receives a brief on U-2 Dragon Lady ejection procedures from Lt. Col. Charles, 9th Operations Group deputy commander, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Holmes visited the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, where he was immersed in all aspects of the reconnaissance mission. U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tristan D. Viglianco

For multidomain operations across the forces, the complex array of integrated sensors, data and secure processing needs to be effectively connected to warfighters.

Cold Water Operations Take Precedence

November 12, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, USN, commander, U.S. Second Fleet (c), speaks to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) wardroom during a visit to the Navy's newest aircraft carrier. Adm. Lewis spoke at MILCOM 2019. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Elliott

The U.S. Second Fleet and its NATO command ally in Norfolk look to advance operations in the North Atlantic.

Taking Action on Military Internet of Things Devices

November 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Cyber experts (l-r) Ray Letteer, Will Bush, Jean-Paul Bergeaux and Lisa Lee, discuss the risks of Internet of Things devices during AFCEA Quantico-Potomac’s Annual Cyber Security Panel event on October 31 at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Military leaders need to address the risks of IoT equipment with a comprehensive strategy, experts warn.

DISA Begins Implementing Fourth Estate Initiative

October 30, 2019
By George I. Seffers
DISA is beginning to implement plans to build a common network infrastructure for 14 defense agencies known as the “fourth estate.” The effort could save hundreds of millions of dollars over the long term. Credit: ktsdesign/Shutterstock

DISA's Fourth Estate Network Optimization (4ENO) Initiative moves to the initial implementation phase and could save hundreds of millions of dollars over the lifetime of the program.

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