Archive: IT

Navy Leveraging Commercial Lasers To Shoot Down UAVs

By Geoff Fein The Navy has been testing a commercially available laser technology that the service is looking to use against enemy unmanned aircraft, according to a Navy official. Under the effort, the service has bought eight lasers, Capt. Dave Kiel, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) directed energy and electric weapons program manager, told Defense […]

ONR Pursuing Solutions To Meet Needs of Warfighters

By Geoff Fein The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is seeking ways to provide warfighters solutions for both near-term and future challenges spanning everything from autonomy to power and energy, to total ownership cost, according to a top Navy official. "The balance we try and strike is to help with nearer-term needs and transition products, […]

Cyber Commands Gain Traction, Services Vulnerable To Power Grid Attacks

By Geoff Fein While the Department of Defense is in the early stages of setting up its cyber command, one thing is certain, protecting the nation’s network is vital for the military, defense industry and the public, according to the former head of the CIA. Huge volumes of proprietary data are being lost, James Woolsey […]

Navy Releases Aegis PSEA Draft RFP For Combat System Integrator

By Geoff Fein The Navy last week issued its draft request for proposals (RFP) for the Aegis Platform System Engineering Agent (PSEA) including Advanced Capability Build (ACB) developer support for future development of the Aegis Weapon System (AWS) and Aegis Combat System (ACS). PSEA is the integrator function and a major step in the Navy’s […]

Applied Signal Technology Acquires Firm Serving Cyber, Intel Market

Applied Signal Technology, Inc. [APSG] on Wednesday said it has acquired Seismic LLC, a small cyber security solutions provider serving the Defense Department and intelligence community, in a deal that it believes puts it in the top 10 firms providing network security in the intelligence arena. AST paid $25 million for Maryland-based Seismic, and the […]

Northrop Grumman Introduces Handheld Biometrics Device

Northrop Grumman [NOC] yesterday introduced a ruggedized, handheld, multimodal biometrics collection device it plans to offer for the defense, homeland security, and law enforcement markets, joining several smaller firms that are already competing with similar products. Northrop Grumman’s BioTRAC system is an open hardware platform that accommodates Windows or Linux-based commercial and government off-the-shelf biometric […]

Navy Extends Deployment of GD’s Common Network Interface

By Geoff Fein The Naval Network Warfare Command has extended the deployment of General Dynamics’ [GD] the Common Network Interface (CNI) software package on the Navy’s Information Technology-21st century (IT-21) platforms through March 2012 to allow fleet operators to continue to evaluate the system, the company reported. CNI improves situational awareness for Amphibious Readiness Group […]

New Technologies Enable Mesa Verde To Operate With Smaller Crew Size

By Geoff Fein Operating the USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19), a 23,000-ton ship with a crew of only 315 sailors is a challenge under any circumstance, but the work is made easier with many of the advanced technologies on the amphib, a Navy official said. For example, new build LPDs are equipped with Raytheon’s [RTN] Shipboard […]

Navy Gaining Valuable Distance Support Lessons From LCS

By Geoff Fein While the Navy begins the arduous task of determining which Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) design is the best for the fleet, the service is working to get a better handle on distance support, and to see where similar efforts can be applied across the fleet, according to a top service official. The […]

GoAhead Software Moving Its SAFfire Software From Proprietary To Open

By Geoff Fein GoAhead Software, a player in the Navy’s Common Processing System (CPS), is taking what might be seen as an unusual step in making its SAFfire software completely open, according to a company official. The Bellevue, Wash.-based company will be focusing its attentions away from doing things in a proprietary fashion to doing […]