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C4I for Wed., November 1, 2017, Vol. #, Issue #.

Open Systems Believed Essential As Army Upgrades Precision Navigation Capability

The modern Army relies heavily on equipment that can precisely locate and track all of its tanks, trucks and troops, but upgrading hundreds of thousands of GPS receivers across its fleets is a daunting and costly task.Equipping the entire Army with hardened, assured precision navigation and timing (PNT) equipment is therefore an effort where an…

Army Awards L3 Contract For Improved Apache Manned-Unmanned Teaming Hardware

The Army is moving ahead with an effort to team unmanned aircraft with the AH-64 Apache gunship, awarding $97 million in contracts to L3 Technologies [LLL] for improved communication and control systems.L3 received the contracts as part of the Army’s Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming – eXpanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) helicopter program. The Army is teaming Apaches with Textron Inc.'s…

SAIC Awarded $93 Million Deal to Support USCYBERCOM, J3 Operational Services

U.S. Cyber Command is building on its capacity for cyber mission warfare support with a potential five-year, $93 million task order to Science Applications International Corp. [SAIC] to help coordinate logistical services to the J3 joint operations center.SAIC is tasked with integrating operational planning for cyber space missions under the J3 and will support USCYBERCOM in its effort…

Told To Speed Acquisition, Military Officials Increasingly Turn To Open Architecture Systems

Senior military officials and lawmakers are sending a clear two-word message to the Defense Department acquisition community: Go faster.Increasingly the military services are interpreting that order, along with legislation loosening procurement restrictions, to mean adoption of a modular open systems approach to acquisition.“There’s not a day that goes by when our commandant doesn’t tell us…

Navy R&D Official Talks Importance Of Open Architecture, Faster Prototyping

A Navy official said the service's changing missions are driving open architecture structures and that quickening prototype work is important for the service going forward.As the Navy returns to more sea patrols and recognizing single systems can no longer do a whole job by themselves, this means integration is more important, William Bray, deputy assistant…

Army To Halt Programs On Network That Hinder Ability To ‘Fight Tonight’

The Army is preparing to remedy the most pressing shortfalls with its network after a year-long assessment concluded it was inadequately meeting requirements for mission operations and command-post needs, according to the service’s chief information officer.Halting programs that hinder the ability to “fight tonight” is first on the list of steps to address network problems with…

Industry Seeking Comprehensive Strategy For Future Open Architecture Efforts

Moving to a comprehensive architecture strategy and facilitating greater discussion with industry on cyber security are critical steps needed to address future military system capabilities, according to industry officials.As the effort grows across the armed services to replace legacy systems, industry is seeking to start implementing new architecture standards from the ground up to foster…