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Artificial Intelligence Helps Define Army’s Future

September 24, 2020
By George I. Seffers
An Area-I Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated, Unmanned System, or ALTIUS, is launched from a UH-60 Black Hawk at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, March 4 where the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center led a demonstration that highlighted the forward air launch of the ALTIUS. Courtesy photo provided by Yuma Proving Ground

Artificial intelligence systems worked well during the Army Project Convergence exercise. The network and small quadcopters, on the other hand, need some work.

SMC Selects Northrop Grumman in $300 Million Strategic Satellite Effort

September 22, 2020

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $298,044,362 firm-fixed-price Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications contract.  This contract provides a payload to develop hardware and software. Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California, and is expected to be completed May 2025. This is a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $31,190,000 are being obligated at the time of award.

Lax Cybersecurity Threatens Missions

September 25, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Enterprisewide Risk Management (ERM) consists of the formal identification of major risks to the organization’s mission.

Cybersecurity is now a significant area of focus to senior leaders who have witnessed significant financial and reputational damage from adversaries.

U.S. Space Force Defines Its Echelons

September 22, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Space Force will grow to about 16,000 warfighters, civilians and contractors. Top military leaders, including, Gen. John Raymond (l), commander of United States Space Command and Air Force Space Command; Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett (c); and previous Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein, sign memorandums to authorize the service last December. Credit: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs, Photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett

The service’s force organization will be lean but powerful, operations leader said.

NASA and U.S. Space Force Announce New Memorandum of Understanding

September 22, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announce a new memorandum of understanding between the two organizations during a virtual event hosted by the Mitchell Institute.

A new memorandum of understanding was announced today by NASA and the U.S. Space Force during a Mitchell Institute virtual event.

China’s Insecurity Masks Budding Superiority

September 22, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Ships of the U.S. Navy, the Indian Navy, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Republic of Philippine Navy transit through international waters in the South China Sea. Nations increasingly are working together in the face of Chinese aggression in the region. Credit: Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force

China may claim that its global supremacy is inevitable, but it still is plagued by insecurity and doubt.

The Intelligence Community Needs Diversity NOW

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A panel of five intelligence community members related their own personal experiences as they discussed the need for diversity during the final session of the 2020 Intelligence and National Security Summit.

Diversity has assumed utmost importance societally. The same urgency applies to the intelligence community.

AI Looms Large in Race for Global Superiority

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/stefano carniccio

Russia, China and the United States are in a race to develop artificial intelligence. But their paths, as well as their goals, are vastly different.

The National Security Implications of Climate Change

September 18, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Climate change and the damage it inflicts have profound implications to national security, experts say. Credit: Shutterstock/Sepp Photography

Risk to the U.S. military and the nation abound from direct and indirect weather impacts as well as from near-peer adversary actions.

Pandemic Refocuses Corporate Attention on New Employee Areas

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/ImageFlow

Companies supporting the intelligence community are taking a different look at work methods.

DISA Readies Zero Trust Architecture for Warfighters

September 21, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Defense Information Systems Agency is finishing its zero trust architecture to bring advances in security and data availability to warfighters. Credit: DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s efforts will improve cybersecurity across the Defense Department.

Entrepreneurs Join Intelligence Technology Researchers

September 18, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/sibsky2016

The United States has some of the best latent intellectual property in the world, and government and industry must work together to get it into the intelligence community.

Army Picks Homebase for First Software Factory

September 18, 2020
Posted by: Julianne Simpson
Members of AFC and ACC tour the future facilities of the Software Factory. Credit: ACC

The Army Futures Command has named Austin Community College District as the home for its new Software Factory.

Core Issues Drive China's Global Activities

September 17, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Photomarine

China's hard-set philosophical approach to the world is driving its global activities.

Intelligence CIOs Target Advanced Technologies

September 17, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Intelligence community chief information officers are selecting advanced capabilities to support key mission efforts. Credit: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff

Innovative plans have only accelerated during the pandemic, experts say.

Military Services Look at New Approaches to Intelligence Operations

September 17, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff

Intelligence is metamorphosing as recent changes feed into operational evolution.

Defense Intelligence Agency Retools During COVID-19

September 17, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
A DIA employee tests wireless telecommunications technologies during the Joint Innovation Battle Lab 2019. During the pandemic, the agency has shifted its workforce environment to ensure mission success. Credit: Defense Intelligence Agency photo by Public Affairs Specialist Jordan Bishop

The military intelligence agency faced reorganization of some of its processes to keep mission-critical work going.

Negotiating Secure Work During the Pandemic

September 17, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Companies working for intelligence community agencies have had to redefine some processes and procedures to ensure mission-critical work could continue during the pandemic. Credit: Shutterstock/NicoElNino

Intelligence community contractors evolve to serve the national security mission during COVID-19.

Foreign and Domestic Disinformation Vie for Domination

September 16, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff

Focusing on foreign disinformation operations may distract from the real issue: Lies must be stopped at home.

The Global Race for Big Data

September 16, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Big data will be a major disruptor for whichever country manages to gain control of it first. Credit: Artistdesign29/Shutterstock

Whichever country makes the greatest use of big data holds a distinct advantage.

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