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C4I for Wed., November 29, 2017, Vol. #, Issue #.

Army Seeks Near-Term Fixes, Years-Long Pivot To Modernize Networks

During a multiyear restructuring of the Army’s future battlefield communications network, the service will drop components that do not work, fix those that can be repaired or reconfigured and then “pivot” to a new system that can withstand the rigors of future battlefields.The service has adopted a three-pronged strategy to address concerns that several programs…

Open Standards Key To Future Army Electronic Warfare Capability

Standards that define the hardware and software backbones of combat vehicles and other platforms are essential to keeping those weapon systems relevant in a digital world and will be key to fielding future electronic warfare capabilities, according to a top Army scientist.Jason Dirner, head of C4ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) at the Army…

Senate Appropriators Boost Defense Cyber Programs, Decrease Funding For Those Showing Slow Progress

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) released its markup of a $651 billion defense bill for fiscal year 2018 on Nov. 21 and is requesting several defense cyber capabilities programs receive increased funding and called on projects showing slow progress to receive less funding than previously authorized in the White House’s budget request. .The committee’s explanatory statement on the bill…

Air Combat Command Eyes Organizational Changes To Enhance Multi-Domain Operations

The U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) is studying potential organizational changes to improve its ability to operate seamlessly across multiple domains, ACC’s leader said Nov. 20.The review is looking at how best to integrate ACC’s air superiority, attack, command and control, cyber and information warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, said…

Air Force Team To Study Future Needs For Electronic Warfare

The U.S. Air Force is forming a team to examine how the service should improve its electronic warfare (EW) capabilities to stay ahead of potential enemies in that key area.The Air Force is writing the charter for the enterprise capability collaboration team (ECCT) and expects to have the entity up and running by year’s end,…

Mission Specific Approach Needed For Increase In Cyber Threats, Widening Attack Vector

The increasing frequency and widening attack vector of cyber warfare threats is forcing military officials to adopt a more mission specific approach to defensive operations rather than attempting to defend entire networks.A greater emphasis on increasing cyber capabilities in the recently passed fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report and a push…

Air Force Nears Final RFP For GPS III Follow-On Production

The final request for proposals for building the next batch of Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellites will be released on or near Dec. 7, the U.S. Air Force announced the week of Nov. 19.The Air Force had previously indicated that it would issue the final RFP for “follow-on production” sometime in the current quarter. The service…

Lockheed Martin Hands Control Of MUOS-5 Satellite To Navy

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the U.S. Navy’s Communications Satellite program Office handed over operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) communications satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC) on Oct. 11 following an earlier propulsion problem, the company said Nov. 16.The handover was the last obstacle and now allows for Army Forces…