April 10, 2017

The recent activation of the Unified Video Dissemination System (UVDS) at the Defense Information System’s Agency’s (DISA's) data center in Weisbaden, Germany, has improved the reliable, secure transport of full-motion video (FMV) collected for the purpose of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in support of missions led by all combatant commands, the agency has announced.

March 22, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Women leaders from the U.S. Defense Department speak during an AFCEA DC Chapter monthly breakfast. From l to r: moderator Mary Legere; Barbara Hoffman; Lt. Gen. VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson, USAF; Brig. Gen. Patricia Frost, USA; and Lynn Wright.

Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, USAF, is thankful that her ears bleed in unpressurized aircraft cabins.

She might not otherwise have become an intelligence officer, and now the deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and the Air Force’s senior intelligence officer. 

She entered the Air Force through the ROTC program at West Virginia University, and was awestruck by motivational leaders who helped her develop a yearning to become a pilot.

But her ears bled.

January 10, 2017

AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum of $475,000,000 for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services at multiple locations worldwide. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $150,000 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition and eight responsive proposals were received. The contract includes a 54-month period of performance, with four 12-month ordering periods followed by one six-month ordering period. Estimated completion date is July 2022.

December 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Roboteam has created a lightweight robot for troops and first responders. The Individual Robotic Intelligence System is a rugged, nearly 4-pound platform that can be thrown into any space to provide real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information.

Today’s ruggedized robots will go where man has gone before—and where man should no longer have to go. While U.S. defense officials are not ready to fully relinquish warfighting duties to robots, they are on the fast track to acquiring technologies and platforms anticipated to shake up military operations.

November 15, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Brig. Gen. Brian Cavanaugh, USMC, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific, addresses attendees at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific 2016. Photo by Bob Goodwin

To obtain mission success, the U.S. military must maintain an emphasis on distributed operations that rely heavily on technological capabilities offered through cyberspace, said Brig. Gen. Brian Cavanaugh, USMC, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific.

November 4, 2016

Metron Inc.,* Reston, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,167,816 performance based, cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for the development of a maritime counter-intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C-ISR) planning system designed to defeat adversary ISR networks through optimal planning of coordinated friendly force movement emissions control, and denial and deception operations. The contract includes an 18-month base period which includes three optional taskings, and one 12-month option period that includes three optional taskings. The option period and taskings, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $12,825,833. Work will be performed in Reston, V

October 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Soldiers of the U.S. Army Cyber Protection Brigade (CPB) conduct defensive cyberspace operations in August at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. Elements of U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) are participating in a training rotation as part of the ongoing ARCYBER-led Cyber Support to Corps and Below pilot program.

The U.S. Army aims to move sophisticated offensive and defensive cyber operations out of a headquarters environment to the front lines as it prepares its mission force to adapt to and prevail in the critical cyber warfighting domain.

September 22, 2016

The not-for-profit defense and aerospace research and development firm SRC Inc. delivered to the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) its first Agile Condor pod system, a scalable, low cost, size, weight and power (low-CSWaP) hardware architecture for on-board processing of a great deal of sensor data through high-performance embedded computing. The AFRL envisions using the system to enable real-time processing for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.  

August 5, 2016
By Ralph Wade
A U.S. Air Force target system analyst assigned to the 15th Intelligence Squadron, 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, 363rd ISR Wing provides training using a simulated satellite constellation at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

As discussed in my last post, to meet the needs of the nation’s combatant commands (COCOMs) and National Command Authority, government and industry must evolve the current intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, sensors and ground systems into a truly global ISR enterprise. An incremental approach must be combined with overarching actions to migrate to common ISR information technology infrastructures, orchestrated toward the larger goal of an integrated ISR enterprise. This can be done through three DOD ISR focus areas: 

September 19, 2016

Digital Receiver Technology Inc., Germantown, Maryland, is being awarded a $9,695,794 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for portable, ruggedized and man-packable surveillance equipment and their associated peripherals in support of Combat Direction Systems Activity Dam Neck’s role as in-service engineering agent, technical design agent and acquisition engineering agent. Work will be performed in Germantown, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by September 2017. Fiscal 2016 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $3,380,911 will be obligated at time of award, and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance

September 1, 2016

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a $9,896,412 modification (0007) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0070) to procure intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services using its unmanned aircraft system in support of the Navy. Work will be performed at locations outside the continental U.S., and is expected to be complete in September 2019. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (OCO) funds in the amount of $9,896,412 are being obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

September 1, 2016
By George I. Seffers
The GTRI Airborne Unmanned Sensor System (GAUSS) is used to evaluate sensing devices in airborne testing.

A team of about 200 researchers at a lab in Atlanta toils on sensor prototyping and testing. The lab specializes in building prototypes and improving legacy systems used in a wide range of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and electronic warfare applications. 

August 26, 2016
By Benjamin K. Sharfi
An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line at Hurlburt Field, Florida, in 2014. The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft primarily used as an intelligence-collection asset.

Not surprisingly, as the technology behind unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has increased over the decades, so have their costs. But why do modern-day UAVs and their equipment cost so much? The simple answer: because they can. But that doesn’t mean the cost is justified.

July 29, 2016
By Ralph Wade
U.S. Army soldiers with Company D, 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conduct a preflight inspection of an RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial system at a base in Iraq.

While attending an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) conference about a year ago, a senior U.S. military member stated that the best approach to modernizing and evolving ISR capabilities was through incremental steps. He used a baseball metaphor, saying, “We need to try to hit a series of singles rather than swing for the fences and try to do something big.” He cited a series of large ISR programs valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars that eventually were canceled, shelved or yielded little in terms of new capabilities.

July 27, 2016

The U.S. Air Force and industry partners are developing a unique phased array for high-throughput intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services for X-band satellite services.

During a recent display at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Ball Aerospace and XTAR demonstrated that Ball’s Airlink X-1 antenna configured for the C-130 hatch was able to transmit 4.5 megabits of data per second over the XTAR-LANT satellite, a marked throughput increase over existing terminals, officials say.

June 30, 2016

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, has been awarded a one-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-16-D-0032) for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services. The services will be provided worldwide, as specified in individual task orders.

June 27, 2016

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, has been awarded a one-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-16-D-0031) for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS 1.5-B) intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services. The services will be provided worldwide, as specified in individual task orders. The period of performance is 12-months (six-month base period with two three-month options). This is a sole-source requirement and was issued under the authority 10 U.S.

June 9, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
NATO officials highlight several business initiatives to meet future needs during the NITEC 2016 cyber conference in Tallinn, Estonia. Photo by Marcos Fernandez Marin, NCI Agency

Industry said, “Show me the money,” and NATO obliged.

Officials shared several key business initiatives to meet future NATO needs during the three-day NITEC 2016 cyber conference, informing industry members about 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) worth of upcoming business opportunities and contract work.

April 26, 2016

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, is being awarded a $7,778,244 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for basic and applied research for methodologies and technologies that support rapid development, evaluation and deployment of interoperable surveillance, tracking, security and access control solutions to provide increased capabilities to the warfighter. These efforts will provide a modular and open system architecture approach for creating systems and system of systems across domains to develop sensors and systems that support a variety of aviation platforms/systems. Work will be performed in Princeton, New Jersey (75 percent); and Stonington, Connecticut (25 percent), and is expected to be completed

March 1, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

Maj. Gen. Burke Edwin Wilson, USAF, commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber, offers that the 24th is working with industry “on a plethora of capabilities.” At the top of the list are defensive capabilities, particularly counter-reconnaissance for determining the threats that are coming at Air Force cyber. These include intrusion detection and protection systems, which would be especially useful for meeting the service’s critical infrastructure cyber challenge, he says.

The Air Force is experiencing significant growth in offensive cyber operations, he adds. The service wants to be able to conduct these offensive operations globally.