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Survey Says: MilCom Networks Are Fragile, Outdated

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Those polled said that resiliency and cyber protection are the two most valued requirements for future milcom systems. The survey also found that there is widespread agreement that the current acquisition systems in place across the Air Force, Army, Navy and DoD are too creaky.

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US, Allies Getting Larger Airborne Network With New JTRS Radios

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The software defined radios will make F/A-18E/F and F-22 aircraft communications nodes in a coalition network.

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Army’s New Radio Strategy Is Unrelenting Competition

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Yesterday, the Army awarded three companies a $12.7 billion, 10-year contract for over 60,000 manpack radios. But execs at General Dynamics, Harris, and Rockwell Collins shouldn’t pop champagne corks yet. The Army has radically changed how it buys radios in recent years so that what the “winning” companies have actually won, in essence, is the… Keep reading →

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Shyu Sings The Army Electric: 2015 Budget Sacrifices Weapons For Electronics

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED 2:00 pm Tuesday with detailed 2015 budget figures WASHINGTON: The 2015 budget effectively kills the Army’s top priority weapons program, the 60-plus-ton Ground Combat Vehicle — as we’ve been predicting since November — but GCV did not die in vain, the Army’s acquisition chief insists. “We sacrificed the GCV” to save programs upgrading electronics… Keep reading →

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Radio Wars: General Dynamics Strikes Back

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


General Dynamics employees building AN/PRC-155 Manpack radios for the Army.

WASHINGTON: Defense contractor General Dynamics has taken hits from the Army, from the Pentagon’s independent Director of Operational Test & Evaluation and from us about its role in the troubled Joint Tactical Radio Systems program. Now, in an interview this morning, the president of GDC4S (that’s General Dynamics Command, Control, Communications, & Computer Systems), Chris Marzilli,… Keep reading →

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‘Year Of The Radio’: Battle On For 3 Key Army Contracts

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Part outsider, part incumbent, Harris Corp. is eagerly upsetting applecarts by taking on defense industry colossus General Dynamics and other established contractors in its bid to grab a hat trick in this year’s Army radio competitions. The largest service is expected to make awards in three of its largest communications programs this year as early… Keep reading →

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Army Radios: Contractors Lobby Congress Against Competition

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Paratroopers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, use Joint Tactical Radio System radios to communicate during a field exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., in March.

As the Army prepares to choose the new builder of its handheld digital radios, the incumbent contractors are tryiing to convince Congress to keep other companies out. The incumbents are General Dynamics, which publicly apologized to the Army over its half of the program last year, and Rockwell Collins. The Army’s own chief of acquisitions,… Keep reading →

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No More Copper Wires: Army CIO To Tell Odierno We Gotta Go to Cloud

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: While Army forces in Afghanistan have more bandwidth and gadgetry than ever, bases back home still make do with archaic copper-wire telephone switches. As the war winds down and units increasingly operate out of the US, the challenge for the Army’s CIO is to move the whole service to a single set of compatible,… Keep reading →

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Billions At Stake As Army Opens Competition For Rifleman Radio

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Army took a major step today towards opening up a major radio program to full and open competition, issuing a formal Request For Information today asking industry’s input on the Rifleman Radio program. [More on this story: Radio contractor General Dynamics apologizes to the Army] The hand-held Rifleman Radio and the backpack-sized Manpack… Keep reading →

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Lockheed Upgrades Joint ISR System With Free Open-Source Software

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ARLINGTON, VA: At $2.6 million, the contract award that Lockheed Martin will announce today to upgrade something called the Distributed Common Ground System is a rounding error in the aerospace giant’s $46.5 billion annual revenue. But in an age of austerity, when mega-programs like Lockheed’s flagship Joint Strike Fighter are under ever-increasing scrutiny, small can… Keep reading →

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