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Northrop Grumman begins production of Triton UAS fuselage - News

November 15, 2012
Moss Point, Mississippi – Northrop Grumman began production on the fuselage of the newest line of Navy Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), the Triton high-altitude surveillance drone, on Tuesday at their Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Mississippi. Upon completion, Triton platforms will be able to maintain flight times of up to 24 hours across distances of up to 2,000 miles.

Backpack-version mobile tactical network released by Harris Corporation - News

November 09, 2012
Harris Corporation has released a backpack version of its KnightHawk tactical cellular network solution, KnightLite, allowing connectivity and smart apps to warfighters at the tactical edge. The mobile cellular networking technology runs on the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), and works in conjunction with primary radio communications to provide high-bandwidth information exchange in areas with minimal-to-no communications infrastructure.

Raytheon releases software data transfer solution for cross-domain mobile and tactical information sharing - News

November 08, 2012
WASHINGTON – Raytheon has released the software-based Small Format Guard (SFG), a cross-domain data transfer solution for SWaP-C-minded mobile tactical forces. The adaptable, multi-level data transfer solution is operable on AdvancedTCA (ATCA) processor boards, Single Board Computers (SBCs), or other rugged 64-bit x86 architectures, and supports a variety of security protocols for mission-specific requirements.

Raytheon EMP weapon tested by Boeing, USAF Research Lab - News

November 02, 2012
Boeing has announced that it successfully tested an electromagnetic pulse missile capable of disabling electronics without affecting structures. The Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) was tested by a Boeing Phantom Works/U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate team on October 16 at the Utah Test and Training Range.

Fourth gen defense-grade FPGA and SoC secure architecture released by Xilinx - News

November 01, 2012
Xilinx has announced the fourth-generation secure architecture for All Programmable Zynq-7000 SoCs and defense-grade 7 series FPGAs. Outfitted with Anti-Tamper IP core support and Information Assurance, the off-the-shelf 28 nm process technology devices are reprogrammable and offer low-cost defense-grade solutions for developers of secure Defense and Aerospace systems.

Tech Source, RunTime partner to accelerate GPGPU development with AMD/OpenCL-compliant XMC - News

October 30, 2012
To enhance OpenCL GPGPU development, Tech Source, Inc. has partnered with RunTime Computing Solutions to optimize the use of RunTime’s VSI/Pro GPU math and signal processing library on its Condor 3000 XMC video graphics card. Optimization of the Condor 3000 cards with RunTime’s math and sensor processing library is aimed at easing GPGPU development time and effort.

Infrared sensor system introduced by L-3 Cincinnati Electronics - News

October 26, 2012
WASHINGTON – The NightConqueror 360-Degree HD Infrared Radar (IR) was announced yesterday at AUSA by L-3 Cincinnati Electronics (L-3 CE). The low-infrastructure, low-cost sensors platforms leverage AAR-44 Missile Warning System and 1280x1024 NightConqueror HD mid-wave technologies for 30 megapixel resolution on up to 24 HD IR cameras.

First Bell OH-58F Kiowa Warrior test aircraft completed, U.S. Army saves on in-house build - News

October 25, 2012
WASHINGTON – Completion of the U.S. Army’s first Bell OH-58F Kiowa Warrior helicopter at a prototype facility was announced at AUSA. The new variant of the Kiowa Warrior was designed and built by the Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), and instrumentation is now beginning for its first expected flight test in April.

Lockheed Martin FOPEN recon radar with moving object detection successfully tested - News

October 24, 2012
WASHINGTON – A Lockheed Martin Foliage-Penetrating (FOPEN) radar technology with the ability to detect slow-moving objects has been approved for further testing. Incorporating the Ground/Dismounted-Moving Target Indication (GMTI/DMTI) technology into a Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment-Enabled Radar (TRACER), a U.S. Army test range team displayed the system’s ability to consistently detect moving vehicles and troops that were foliage obscured from a 300-foot tower and ground level. The system will now be integrated into a modular pod for testing on Predator-B or Blackhawk helicopter platforms.

Titus UGV announced by Northrop Grumman - News

October 19, 2012
Remotec, a division of Northrop Grumman, announced the Titus Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) on Wednesday. The multi-mission Andros robot equipped with a touchscreen control interface is equipped with semi-autonomous ordnance acquittal of dangerous materials.
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IT technology infrastructure hampered by budget cuts, business processes - News

October 18, 2012
According to a new report from the TechAmerica Foundation, budget cuts and possible sequestration coupled with internal governance and policies are among the problems facing defense agencies as they attempt an IT technology transformation, a transition that occurs roughly every 15 years. The current IT technology transformation is slated to address upgrades pertaining to virtualization, the cloud, and mobile capabilities, but current budget uncertainties have limited the government’s ability to invest.

Shamoon virus, DoD cybersecurity role defined by Panetta - News

October 12, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta defined Department of Defense (DoD) obligations to cybersecurity during a speech in New York yesterday to the Business Executives for National Security (BENS). The speech held at the USS Intrepid Museum focused on Denial of Service (DoS) attacks recently experienced by major U.S. companies as a primary concern, and highlighted the Shamoon virus unleashed in Saudi Arabia.

DoD deputy CIO outlines spectrum sharing at MobileCon 2012 - News

October 11, 2012
Deputy CIO of the Department of Defense (DoD) Major General Robert Wheeler keynoted at CTIA MobileCon 2012 yesterday on the DoD’s plans to help free 500 MHz of wireless spectrum for the commercial market. The speech was centered on National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) findings that clearing the 1755 – 1855 MHz bands of high-value spectrum for commercial use could cost as much as $18 billion, and unveiled DoD proposals for spectrum sharing. In advance of his spectrum sharing proposal, Wheeler asserted that “there isn’t one solution to clearing [the 1755 – 1855 MHz] spectrum” but that “there will be some vacating” by the DoD, the largest licensee of government-owned spectrum.

Tactical smartgrid proof of concept demonstrated by CERDEC - News

October 05, 2012
The U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering (CERDEC) Command has displayed a proof of concept for a smart grid supporting tactical operations. The data-gathering event was intended to develop solutions for the Department of Defense’s interests in reducing generators, preventing grid collapse and overloads, and a 25 percent minimization of manhours associated with fuel consumption and grid operation. To conform to these interests, a microgrid system was implemented as it is the only available solution that allows for energy storage, renewables, and other technologies that can simultaneously supplement traditional power.
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Report projects DoD spending on clean energy to reach $1.8 billion by 2025 - News

September 28, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS – A report by Pike Research has published that by 2025 the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is projected to spend $1.8 billion on clean energy annually. The clean energy programs, which include provisions for conservation that increase gradually over 12 years, are aimed at quelling the $20 billion in yearly expenditures on energy by the DoD’s various branches. Together, the branches consume roughly 120 million barrels of oil and 3.8 billion kWh of electricity annually, collectively making the DoD one of the world’s largest energy consumers.
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DoD Comptroller Bob Hale testifies to House Armed Services Committee on sequestration - News

September 27, 2012
WASHINGTON – The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) heard statements from Department of Defense (DoD) Comptroller Bob Hale, as he testified that sequestration will “result in a less-capable, less-modern, less ready force and risks creating a hollow military.” His testimony, joined with those of the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and Service Vice Chiefs of Staff, reinforced Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s position that sequestration’s effects on the U.S. military will be “devastating.”

US Army exercises option on 44 Northrop Grumman STARLite radar systems for MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS - News

September 21, 2012
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. – An additional 44 Northrop Grumman AN/ZPY-1 Small Tactical Radar – Lightweight (STARLite) wide-area surveillance radars will be leveraged by the U.S. Army for the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The STARLite systems are composed of ground moving target and discount moving target indicator ability, as well as synthetic aperture radar, and have proved an effective instrument in providing aerial intelligence to warfighters. The deliveries that commence in April of 2013 and end in March of the following year, will bring the total number of contracted systems to 174.

Shipboard interrogator sets for Aegis combat ships contracted to Northrop Grumman - News

September 21, 2012
U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has inked an $11.5 million follow-on production contract with Northrop Grumman for fabrication, testing, and delivery of AN/UPX-24(V) interrogator sets. The firm-fixed-price contract will provide five open-architecture AN/UPX-24(V) processor sets to Aegis combat ships to enhance the vessels’ situational awareness and threat-detection capabilities.

DARPA surveillance system uses EEG for image filtering - News

September 20, 2012
ARLINGTON – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released field test results of the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS), a threat detection system utilizing a camera that interacts with operator brain waves to scan wide areas at extended distances. Test results revealed a 91 percent success rate in threat detection using the CT2WS, compared to the 53 percent successful detection rate of more traditional camera systems.

Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G Radio JTRS-Certified - News

September 14, 2012
MELBOURNE, FL/ROCHESTER, NY — Harris Corporation’s Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack radio has received Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) certification. The first Non-Developmental Item (NDI) to receive JTRS certification on the SRW waveform, the multiband AN/PRC-117G operating SRW v1.01.1 has met the open standards, interoperability, and security requirements of tactical DoD networks. Proven compliant with Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) JTRS standards, the Harris wideband tactical radio system ensures the security risk reduction and interoperability of JTRS waveforms on Software Defined Radios (SDRs).
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