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IC Must Adapt to Innovation Era

April 15, 2021
By Maryann Lawlor
The U-2 Dragon Lady is a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft flown by the U.S. Air Force. Photo by Lockheed Martin

5G is going to change our communications a lot more than you think.

China Poses Serious Threat in Outer Space and Cyberspace

April 15, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: William Potter/Shutterstock

U.S. intelligence chiefs warn of growing threat by China as it accelerates its drive to global supremacy.

Army Lab Places JADC2 Under Microscope

April 15, 2021
By George I. Seffers
An F-35 Lightning II receives full from a KC-135 Stratotanker. The Army's communications exercises, which are being held in preparation of Project Convergence 21, are evaluating the ability of the different services to pass data from one to the other. The F-35, for example, may be used to pass information to ground forces as part of the Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Mota

Army officials are leading a series of communications exercises in its new Joint System Integration Laboratory in preparation for Project Convergence 21 in the fall.

Additive Manufacturing Aims to Meet DOD’s Needs

April 14, 2021
The DOD is concerned about the cybersecurity of additive manufacturing systems, said David Benhaim, co-founder and chief technology officer for Markforged. Credit: Shutterstock

Cybersecurity is key to software-driven manufacturing.

Intelligence Takes On More Importance in Contested Space Environment

April 14, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying SpaceX’s Starlink L-23 payload launches from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, April 7. As the United States increases its posture in space, it needs better space intelligence to support its missions, experts say. Credit: U.S. Space Force photo by Airman First Class Thomas Sjoberg

Leaders call for robust situational awareness and a highly trained space intelligence cadre for warfighting in the space domain.

Making the Case for Convergence of National and Commercial Space

April 14, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The differences in acquisition systems, the lack of effective communication and the uncertainties associated with the Congressional budgets all create real impediments to space innovation, says Gen. Bob Kehler, USAF (Ret.), of Kehler and Associates, speaking virtually during AFCEA International’s Partnering for Space Power in 2021 and Beyond event on April 13.

Space expert argues for a much greater intersection of industry solutions.

Hostile Nations, Environmental Developments Alter Threat Picture

April 13, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Sittipong Phokawattana/Shutterstock

Reports from the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence predict a variety of threats emerging from global changes and strife. However, the ultimate outcome is not set in stone.

Contractor-Client Communications Key to Efficient Supply Chain Management

April 13, 2021
Effective supply chain management with government customers requires clear communications, says Zach Conover, general manager for Akima LLC’s subsidiaries Truestone, Lynxnet and Aperture Federal. Credit: Shutterstock

Pandemic-related supply chain issues require creative solutions.

Army Adds Multi-Domain Task Force and Fires Command in Europe

April 13, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
Army 1st Lt. Nancy Gomez fires an M777 howitzer during a direct-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 4, 2021. U.S. Army Europe and Africa will soon receive a new Multi-Domain Task Force and a Theater Fires Command, the Army has announced. Credit: Kevin Payne, Army

The task force will include field artillery; composite air and missile defense; intelligence, cyberspace, electronic warfare and space; aviation and a brigade support element.

NIST Develops Prototypical Radio

April 12, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
A prototypical radio developed by NIST researchers helps fill a gap for first responders between push-to-talk radios and cellphones. Credit: Glenn Highcove/Shutterstock

Many of the 4.6 million U.S. public safety personnel still use traditional analog radios, in part because of the high cost of transitioning to cellphone technology.

Plan Now to Secure 5G, Says Government Expert

April 9, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
A communications tower for military 5G rises above a forest. Several challenges loom as the U.S. Defense Department strives to implement 5G into the force. Credit: M.Moira/Shutterstock

Significant challenges lie ahead if 5G is to be harnessed successfully for defense operations.

Guardians Need Advanced Virtual Training for Space Operations

April 8, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Space Force can employ a rapid “training refresh cycle,” with virtual tools and simulation in between real operations, says Lt. Gen. Chance Saltzman, USSF, deputy chief of Space Operations, speaking at an Aerospace Corp. event on April 8.

Elevated knowledge to conduct space operations is needed in an adversarial environment.

Navy Contribution to JADC2 Is Key Service Program

April 7, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Operations officers stand watch in the combat information center of the USS John S. McCain as the destroyer transits the Taiwan Strait. The U.S. Navy's contribution to the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) system is a high priority for Adm. Michael M. Gilday, USN, the chief of naval operations. Credit: U.S. Navy photo

Among the top three initiatives on the Navy CNO's list is the service's effort on behalf of JADC2.

CACI is Providing Joint Geospatial Analytic Support Services to SOCOM

April 7, 2021

CACI Inc.-Federal, Chantilly, Virginia, was awarded a $372,853,235 maximum labor hour contract (H92402-21-C-0005) for joint geospatial analytic support services to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The contract will provide proficient and capable geospatial analysts experienced with the processing, exploitation and dissemination of traditional and non-traditional intelligence data. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $25,731,000 are being obligated at the time of award.

CMMC Industry Advisory Council Announced

April 6, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
A newly formed industry advisory council will allow small and large businesses to provide feedback on the CMMC. Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

The industry advisory council will provide feedback, input and recommendations for implementing the CMMC.

IC Membership Is Proving Crucial for Space Force

April 6, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback, USAF, sees the U.S. Space Force’s membership into the intelligence community as a key step for the year-old service.

The service will feed key space-related intelligence into the greater intelligence community—and have a seat at the table, leader says.

DHS Awards Contract for Biological Threat Data

April 5, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has awarded a contract to Mesur.io to use its Earthstream platform to provide data on potential biological threats, including pathogens. Credit: Fotomay/Shutterstock

The Mesur.io will adapt the Earthstream Platform to provide data that tracks metrics related to an outbreak or emergence to predict risks of a biological threat.

NORTHCOM and NORAD Send Demand Signal to the Defense Department

April 1, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. Glen Vanherck, commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and commander, U.S. Northern Command speaks to reporters on March 31, emphasizing the need to increase the commands’ domain awareness by adding over-the-horizon radar capabilities, space assets and undersea capabilities to provide additional awareness of near-peer adversary threats.

Experiment by U.S. protectors highlights the need for information dominance.

DIA Poised to Release Next MARS Program Product

March 30, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The Defense Intelligence Agency is prepared to release a new module for its Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System (MARS) that will automatically track foreign military forces. By HaseHoch2/Shutterstock

The Defense Intelligence Agency is preparing to release the Order of Battle module for its Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System (MARS).

Navigation Warfare Moves Forward

March 30, 2021
By Maryann Lawlor
Dan Sweet, trainer, Project Manager Positioning Navigation and Timing, instructs a soldier on the mounted assured positioning, navigation and timing system generation 1. As adversaries across the spectrum field new capabilities to disrupt and degrade GPS, soldiers will need more fortifications and assurances in those systems. U.S. Army Photo by John Higgins

The U.S. Army approves situational awareness capability development document, which enables experimentation and rapid prototyping of innovative navigational warfare tool.

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