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Navy chooses five companies to install shipboard networking equipment as part of CANES program

Navy chooses five companies to install shipboard networking equipment as part of CANES program

SAN DIEGO, 21 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy communications experts are choosing five companies to share as much as $2.53 billion over the next eight years to install advanced command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) shipboard networking equipment aboard the Navy's surface warship fleet, Navy officials announced Wednesday.

General Dynamics receives $19.5 million contract to provide 15 SEWIP shipboard EW systems

General Dynamics receives $19.5 million contract to provide 15 SEWIP shipboard EW systems

WASHINGTON, 20 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy officials are asking engineers at the General Dynamics Corp. Advanced Information Systems segment in Fairfax, Va., to upgrade electronic warfare (EW) systems for Navy surface warships under terms of a maximum $19.5 million contract announced Monday.

Laser weapons, recycling vetronics technology, and embedded cyber security this week on Rapid Fire

Laser weapons, recycling vetronics technology, and embedded cyber security this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 20 Aug. 2014. Fast, maneuverable laser weapons, recycling combat vehicle technologies for the next generation, and protecting embedded systems from cyber attack highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Armored vehicle market can be a risky place for electronics suppliers

Armored vehicle market can be a risky place for electronics suppliers

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 19 Aug. 2014. Defense electronics suppliers must be getting a little gun-shy these days about participating in U.S. military armored combat vehicle programs.

General Dynamics wins $16.3 million contract for mission computers on Navy EA-18G EW jets

General Dynamics wins $16.3 million contract for mission computers on Navy EA-18G EW jets

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 19 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy avionics experts are asking the General Dynamics Corp. Advanced Information Systems segment in Minneapolis to build 60 avionics computers for EA-18G Growler carrier-based electronic warfare (EW) combat jets.

Navy prepares to ramp-up production of P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol jets for U.S. and Australia

Navy prepares to ramp-up production of P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol jets for U.S. and Australia

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 19 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft experts are making plans to ramp-up production of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jet for U.S. and Australian naval forces.

DARPA asks industry for ideas on maritime networks for ships, submarines, and aircraft

DARPA asks industry for ideas on maritime networks for ships, submarines, and aircraft

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 Aug. 2014. U.S. military researchers are trying to network manned and unmanned surface ships, submarines, and maritime aircraft to maintain viable naval maritime operations with scarce resources in contested environments.

Army asks BAE Systems and General Dynamics to recycle GCV vetronics for Future Fighting Vehicle

Army asks BAE Systems and General Dynamics to recycle GCV vetronics for Future Fighting Vehicle

WARREN, Mich., 18 Aug. 2014. The U.S. Army's Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program to design a modern replacement for the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle was cancelled earlier this year amid rising costs and expanding requirements, yet some technology developed for GCV may live on.

Raytheon to develop UAV-killing laser weapon small enough to fit on Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

Raytheon to develop UAV-killing laser weapon small enough to fit on Joint Light Tactical Vehicle

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 15 Aug. 2014. Laser weapons experts at the Raytheon Co. will develop a tactical laser weapon mounted on a humvee-like maneuverable combat vehicle to protect moving U.S. Marine Corps task forces from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise missiles, and other weapons that are difficult to pick up on radar.

Microsemi SmartFusion2 SoC and IGLOO2 FPGAs undergo NSA information security screenings

Microsemi SmartFusion2 SoC and IGLOO2 FPGAs undergo NSA information security screenings

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., 14 Aug. 2014. The SmartFusion2 SoC and IGLOO2 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from Microsemi Corp. in Aliso Viejo, Calif., have completed information-security screening for use in secure communications and cyber security applications, company officials announced Wednesday.

Lockheed Martin nets $124.6 million contract for critical ballistic missile defense components

Lockheed Martin nets $124.6 million contract for critical ballistic missile defense components

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 13 Aug. 2014. Missile defense experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control segment in Dallas will provide ground-based subsystems for a critical U.S. ballistic missile defense system under terms of a $124.6 million contract announced last week.

US Technologies to manufacture thousands of EW circuit card assemblies for Navy targeting drones

US Technologies to manufacture thousands of EW circuit card assemblies for Navy targeting drones

RIDGECREST, Calif., 13 Aug. 2014. Electronics contract manufacturing expert US Technologies in Fair Lawn, N.J., will build as many as 5,270 circuit card assemblies over the next five years for the U.S. Navy AN/ULQ-21 airborne electronic warfare (EW) system under terms of a $13.8 million contract announced Tuesday.

National Defense Panel releases sobering assessment on the future of the U.S. military

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 12 Aug. 2014. The U.S. military today is in trouble; don't just take my word for it. The challenges facing the Pentagon don't just add up to a bit of trouble; this is BIG trouble -- perhaps the biggest trouble that U.S. military forces have faced since the end of World War II -- and it's going to take time and a lot of money to fix.

Navy asks Lockheed Martin for AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 shipboard ASW systems in $59.7 million contract

Navy asks Lockheed Martin for AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 shipboard ASW systems in $59.7 million contract

WASHINGTON, 12 Aug. 2014. Undersea warfare experts at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Mission Systems and Training (MS2) segment in Manassas, Va., will provide the U.S. Navy with 2014's allotment of AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) systems for surface ships under terms of a $59.7 million contract modification announced Monday.

General Dynamics to upgrade COTS combat system computers on U.S. and Australian submarines

General Dynamics to upgrade COTS combat system computers on U.S. and Australian submarines

WASHINGTON, 11 Aug. 2014. Submarine electronics experts at the General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems segment in Fairfax, Va., are upgrading digital processing capability in U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarine combat systems under terms of a $34.2 million contract announced last week.

Air Force asks industry for new ways to protect computers and embedded systems from cyber attacks

Air Force asks industry for new ways to protect computers and embedded systems from cyber attacks

ROME, N.Y., 8 Aug. 2014. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry for cyberspace-defense capabilities to help the Air Force avoid cyber attacks. Researchers want industry's help in understanding the cyber situation, assessing potential impacts, and implementing deterrence and effects-based defensive methodologies.

Air Force looks to DRS ICAS to supply secure intelligence situational awareness data receivers

Air Force looks to DRS ICAS to supply secure intelligence situational awareness data receivers

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., 7 Aug. 2014. U.S. Air Force combat aircraft experts needed tactical RF and microwave receivers to enable air crews to receive situational awareness information in a secure environment. They found their solution from DRS ICAS LLC in Dayton, Ohio.

DARPA launches ASTIR program to develop advanced imaging radar using electronic sub-reflectors

DARPA launches ASTIR program to develop advanced imaging radar using electronic sub-reflectors

ARLINGTON, Va., 7 Aug. 2014. U.S. military researchers are asking industry to design a new kind of imaging radar that relies on electronic sub-reflector designs, rather than on a moving platform or target, to perform scanning.

Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade electronic subsystems in AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile

Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade electronic subsystems in AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 6 Aug. 2014. Air-to-air missile designers at the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., will make several subsystem upgrades to the AIM-9X Block II aircraft-launched heat-seeking missile under terms of a $44 million contract modification announced Tuesday.

Brain prediction, countering suicide bombers, and vehicle protection this week on Rapid Fire

Brain prediction, countering suicide bombers, and vehicle protection this week on Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 6 Aug. 2014. NASHUA, N.H., 6 Aug. 2014. Predicting a person's ability to learn and reason, a search for technologies to counter potential suicide bombers, and electronic technologies to protect soldiers inside combat vehicles highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Navy chooses secure data transfer units from Physical Optics for carrier-based combat jets

Navy chooses secure data transfer units from Physical Optics for carrier-based combat jets

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 5 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy air warfare experts needed encrypted data transfer units for the carrier-based F/A-18E/F fighter-bombers and EA-18G electronic warfare jets. They found their solution from Physical Optics Corp. in Torrance, Calif.

Intelligence experts reach out to industry for tools that could help predict brain performance

Intelligence experts reach out to industry for tools that could help predict brain performance

WASHINGTON, 5 Aug. 2014. U.S. intelligence researchers are considering a neural-measurement project that attempts to predict people's ability to learn, reason, and the areas in which they are be most likely to become experts.

Navy preparing for major presence of new P-8 maritime patrol jets at Whidbey Island NAS, Wash.

Navy preparing for major presence of new P-8 maritime patrol jets at Whidbey Island NAS, Wash.

SILVERDALE, Wash., 1 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy maritime patrol experts are preparing for a major presence of the new Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol jet at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor, Wash., as the new jet slowly begins to replace the venerable Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol turboprop.

Lockheed Martin to refresh signal-processing technology in Navy's fleet of submarine sonar systems

Lockheed Martin to refresh signal-processing technology in Navy's fleet of submarine sonar systems

WASHINGTON, 31 July 2014. Sonar signal processing experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will upgrade digital signal processing in the sonar systems of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet under terms of a $10.9 million contract modification announced Wednesday.

SPAWAR aims at upgrading MIDS LVT terminals to comply with JTRS software and protocols

SPAWAR aims at upgrading MIDS LVT terminals to comply with JTRS software and protocols

SAN DIEGO, 31 July 2014. Military communications experts from two U.S. defense contractors are upgrading military tactical data communications terminals to standards of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS).

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