Cyber defense, tackling the climate crisis, and defunding platforms outlined in FY 2022 defense budget request - PodcastOctober 22, 2021
As the second and final installment of the On the Radar series covering the release of the Department of Defense (DoD) official budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, part two focuses on the final three topics outlined in the Innovation and Modernization chapter of the document. Following part one, which highlighted the funding for science and technology research, advanced capability enablers, and space-based systems, part two takes a more interpretive approach. In the third episode of On the Radar, Emma Helfrich and John McHale chat about how the DoD plans to bankroll cyberspace activities and efforts to tackle the climate crisis, and why the divestments are happening where they are. Obstacles like cyberattacks, environmental changes, and technology refresh may be intangible, but can effect mission readiness in a very real way. Modern warfare is constantly evolving and adapting to better operate under circumstances that are difficult to control, and Helfrich and McHale wrap up the DoD budget request series with their takes on how military electronics could acclimate.
FRANCE. Thales has won its first delivery order from the U.S. Army to provide the AN/PRC-170 Javelin Radio. Under the Army single channel TSM radio program, and in support of capability set fielding’s into the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), the AN/PRC-170 Javelin is designed to expand voice, data connectivity, and streaming video to the tactical edge.
AUSTIN, Texas. VORAGO Technologies introduced two new radiation-hardened microcontrollers, the Arm Cortex-M4 VA41628 and VA41629, built to provide flexibility in space-based missions for aerospace and defense.
WASHINGTON. Rhea Space Activity (RSA) has been selected by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) AFWERX program for a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award to continue its effort in the development of an enhanced Lunar Intelligence (LUNINT) Dashboard in support of Space Domain Awareness (SDA).
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Capella Space, an information services company that provides an operational Earth observation data service, announced it has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Technical Center (SMDTC).
UNITED KINGDOM. BAE Systems has joined the Center for Threat-Informed Defense (Center), operated by MITRE Engenuity, as a research sponsor to help the organization with its work to develop resources that protect against cyber-attacks.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. Northrop Grumman Corporation signed cooperative agreements with LIG Nex1 and Huneed as the company develops its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System – Korea (JSTARS-K) solution for the Republic of Korea’s Joint Moving Target Surveillance and Control Aircraft (JMTSCA) requirement.
HUDSON, N.H. The U.S. Air Force has awarded the BAE Systems-Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) team a contract to provide a prototype design for next-generation open architecture signals intelligence (SIGINT) technology under its Global High-altitude Open-system Sensor Technology (GHOST) program.
CARLSBAD, Calif. Viasat Inc., a global communications company, has announced it won a Department of Defense (DoD) contract to provide vulnerability assessment testing and response support under a new pilot program focused on improving the cybersecurity and resilience of DoD weapon systems.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. AeroVironment, Inc. announced the maritime demonstration of a Puma 3 AE small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and Switchblade 300 tactical missile system sensor-to-shooter (S2S) capability as part of NATO REP(MUS) 21, Europe’s largest maritime unmanned systems operational experimentation exercise.
Fifth-generation wireless technology, or 5G, is poised to emerge in a big way into the defense market. While the buzz surrounding the 5G technology standard has been growing in the general public in recent years, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has been trailing behind commercial entities on adopting 5G due in part to both the slower pace of the DoD’s acquisition process and the hard-to-keep-up-with pace of consumer-technology refresh. However, officials at several defense communications companies agree that it’s just a matter of time before 5G-enabled military solutions are deployed and forever change the way in which the armed forces communicate.
BETHESDA, Md. The U.S. Army through the Consortium Management Group (CMG)/ Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace (C5), awarded Lockheed Martin a Project Agreement to continue development of the Terrestrial Layer System (TLS) program, which will provide situational awareness capabilities to the U.S. Army.
SAN JOSE, Calif. Low boom supersonic transport company Exosonic, Inc. has announced a Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract award from the U.S. Air Force (USAF). The contract will fund the development of a low boom supersonic uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator.
WALTHAM, Mass. Hensoldt Inc., the United States affiliate of global defense company Hensoldt AG, and QinetiQ Inc., the United States affiliate of global integrated defense company QinetiQ PLC, have entered into a new agreement establishing a framework for a strategic partnership.
ARLINGTON, Va. Thales has unveiled its Ground Observer 20 Multi-Mission radar (GO 20 MM) radar designed to combine ground and low-level air surveillance in a single surveillance asset. The radar is also engineered to offer early unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detection and automatic classification.
GERMANY. Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT has combined artificial intelligence (AI), digitization, Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA), and 3D printing technologies to develop a multi-function jamming system called Kalaetron Attack that can jam enemy radars and also be used passively as a reconnaissance sensor.
POWAY, Calif. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. is working with the U.S. Army to develop a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) for the multi-domain operations (MDO)-capable Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
BETHESDA, Md. Lockheed Martin has delivered to the U.S. Army critical ground equipment for its Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) system, which is part of a rapid, multi-year hypersonic weapons development program intended to support the service’s focus on long-range precision fires.
RESTON, Va. Four business units of General Dynamics will participate in the Association of the U.S. Army's (AUSA) 2021 Annual Meeting & Exposition to showcase technologies that are designed to enable multi-domain operations for the U.S. Army, including the ability to interoperate with key allies around the world.
VAN NUYS, Calif. IEE, a manufacturer of enhanced displays for military applications, will be exhibiting its line of rugged military displays at the 2021 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., October 11-13.