eCrow Newsletter Newsletter RSS Feed. en-us Copyright 2017 4/29/2017 4:29:21 AM 20 DENVER CHAPTER: RF Geolocation Workshop, June 7-8 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />This two day workshop will cover the basics of emitter geolocation plus recent advances in the field. Emitter geolocation is the identification or estimation of the real-world geographic location of an object that emits some type of signal, such as a radar, mobile radio, RFID or even an acoustic source. In its simplest form geolocation involves the generation of a set of geographic coordinates and is closely related to the use of positioning systems. The techniques of emitter geolocation apply regardless of the spectral range of the emissions and typically involve estimation of the Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) and/or Frequency Difference of Arrival (FDOA) among multiple spatially diverse detectors. Applications of emitter geolocation are also numerous ranging from asset tracking to traffic monitoring to defense uses such as battlespace management. <b>Presenter: Professor Mark Fowler from SUNY Binghamton</b></p> 4/24/2017 10:42:14 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: How the Pentagon Plans to Beat Russia and China's Air Defenses in a War <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />U.S. warplanes flying over Syria today find themselves operating within the range of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles. While the U.S. military is unlikely to intentionally attack Russian forces in Syria, the situation highlights the importance of suppressing enemy air defenses&mdash;one major tactic U.S. flyers have long relied upon is radar jamming, or saturating enemy radars with "noise" and false signals so that they can&rsquo;t track and fire upon friendly airplanes. The U.S. Navy has relied on the ALQ-99 jamming system for nearly half a century, even as opposing radars grew in ability. <i>(The National Interest)</i></p> 4/25/2017 12:01:58 AM INDSUSTRY NEWS: Laser Vision: Special Operations Command Prepares to Test Airborne Directed Energy Weapon <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />On a cloudy night in the future, special operators are conducting a nighttime raid on an enemy compound. A mission commander aboard an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship sets his sights on a target. Using a high-energy laser, he aims and shoots at an electrical transformer, the engine of a pick-up truck, communication equipment stacked near the compound&rsquo;s front door, and a drone sitting in the courtyard. "Without the slightest bang, whoosh, thump, explosion, or even aircraft engine hum, four key targets are permanently disabled. The enemy has no communications, no escape vehicle, no electrical power and no retaliatory" intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability, said Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, as he relayed the story. <I>(National Defense)</i></p> 4/26/2017 7:35:45 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: How the Army's Legacy Systems Take on 21st Century Threats <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Despite the high-tech threats facing U.S. forces, the Army continues to operate platforms and vehicles that are decades old. The threat from electronic jamming or electronic warfare is significantly more advanced than decades past, with adversaries such as Russia demonstrating capabilities that have worried commanders. The Army Reprogramming Analysis Team (ARAT) works to keep legacy radars and systems relevant in this highly complex world by collecting and analyzing previously unknown threat signatures and sending updates back to systems and soldiers in the field in a timely manner. <i>(C4ISRNet)</i></p> 4/25/2017 12:06:56 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: Long-Term CR Could Delay Compass Call Fielding by at Least a Year <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />A continuing resolution that lasts until October could delay the Air Force's effort to move the EC-130H Compass Call's electronic attack and early warning capabilities to a new platform by at least a year, a service spokeswoman said last week. "A full-year continuing resolution . . . would likely result in delay of at least 12 months in purchasing and fielding the first rehosted Compass Call aircraft," Capt. Hope Cronin told Inside the Air Force April 21. (Subscription) <i>(Inside Defense)</i></p> 4/25/2017 12:09:54 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: Russia Claims to Have Weapon that Could Cripple the US Navy <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Russian attack jets carry electronic weapons that can cripple the US Navy's missile defence system, Russian state media has claimed. Russia-1's Vesti programme said an electronic warfare device called "Khibiny" was used by a Russian pilot to completely deactivate the defence systems of the USS Donald Cook in a 2014 encounter in the Black Sea. The US' Aegis system, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is designed to protect a fleet against attacks by aircraft, and cruise and ballistic missiles. <I>(The Independent)</i></p> 4/25/2017 12:09:18 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy Readies Swarming Micro-Drones <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Swarming drones serving as nodes in self-configuring sensor networks are being miniaturized to the point where individual autonomous craft amount to little more than flying circuit boards with a vertical stabilizer attached to a 3-D printed fuselage. The U.S. Navy continues to push the state of the art, scaling individual swarming drones down to a palm-size craft called the Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft, or CICADA. The mini-drone under development at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), weighs in at just under 2.3 ounces. <i>(Defense Systems)</i></p> 4/26/2017 7:37:12 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: SOCOM Looking to Fill Niche Technology Gaps <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Special Operations Command&rsquo;s technology development enterprise is charged with acquiring items that the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are unlikely to need. Its unique set of missions sometimes requires singular tools to help its operators do what they do best. Still, SOCOM must rely on the services for the basics. As its chief acquisition executive James "Hondo" Geurts put it at the National Defense Industrial Association Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict conference, "I cannot build an AC-130 without a C-130 from the Air Force and an MH-47 without a CH-47 from the Army." <I>(National Defense)</i></p> 4/25/2017 12:08:24 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy&rsquo;s Energy Magazine Supports Higher Power Demands on Ships <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Navy is working to build more efficient electric ships by eliminating the need for most intermediary power systems and improving electric pulsed combat systems with the next generation Energy Magazine and Energy Magazine Mk II. According to Steve Markle, Director of the Electric Ships Office, at the Navy League&rsquo;s Sea Air and Space Exhibition, the Energy Magazine concept currently in development is being designed to solve two challenges facing the Navy: a demand for more dynamic power and a demand for higher power. <i>(Defense Systems)</i></p> 4/25/2017 12:04:45 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: New Photos Show The Rare Heavily Modified B-707 Operated By MIT as a Communications And Sensor Testbed For The U.S. Air Force <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Dubbed "Hannah", a heavily modified Boeing 707 is operated by MIT Lincoln Laboratory for the Air Force as a communications and sensor testbed used in the development of integrated networking and airborne sensing. Taken on Apr. 14, 2017 at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, by photographer Rich Barnett, the images in this post show the pretty rare Boeing 707-321B carrying civil registration N404PA. The aircraft, currently known as "Hannah" (previously "Paul Revere"), flew with Pan Am for many years since 1965 before being purchased by the Air Force. Currently, it is operated by a joint venture between the Air Force&rsquo;s 350th Electronic Systems Wing and M.I.T.&rsquo;s Lincoln Labs. <I>(The Aviationist)</i></p> 4/26/2017 7:39:50 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: US Army Intelligence 'Bottom-up Review' Underway <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The chief of the U.S. Army&rsquo;s intelligence branch said it is deep in the midst of a "bottom-up review" of its force to determine what is needed at every echelon and across all of the combatant commands. The review is being led by Army Training and Doctrine Command and the Intelligence Center of Excellence. It's expected to wrap up in the late summer when the team will present the findings to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, according to Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, who serves as the senior adviser to both Milley and the secretary of the Army. <i>(Defense News)</i></p> 4/25/2017 12:03:58 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: Australian Navy's Electronic Warfare Training <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />In a collaborative project with Australian industry, the Royal Australian Navy is extending its use of simulation to electronic warfare training. A common electronic warfare sensor suite is planned across the future fleet and future electronic warfare sailors need to have the advanced skills to meet upcoming demand. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne said a contract signed with the Australian company Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems would result in advanced new maritime training systems designed and developed in Australia. <I>(Marine Link)</i></p> 4/25/2017 12:06:07 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: Asia Will Surpass the U.S. in C4ISR Spending by 2025 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 27, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Growing demand for mobile command systems in the Middle East and other war zones is driving the global C4ISR market as network centric warfare strategies begin to dominate the connected battlefield. Meanwhile, China and other regional powers are expected to make the Asia Pacific region the leading market for C4ISR technologies over the next decade, according to new industry surveys. <i>(Defense Systems)</i></p> 4/25/2017 12:02:48 AM DENVER CHAPTER: RF Geolocation Workshop, June 7-8 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 19, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />This two day workshop will cover the basics of emitter geolocation plus recent advances in the field. Emitter geolocation is the identification or estimation of the real-world geographic location of an object that emits some type of signal, such as a radar, mobile radio, RFID or even an acoustic source. In its simplest form geolocation involves the generation of a set of geographic coordinates and is closely related to the use of positioning systems. The techniques of emitter geolocation apply regardless of the spectral range of the emissions and typically involve estimation of the Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) and/or Frequency Difference of Arrival (FDOA) among multiple spatially diverse detectors. Applications of emitter geolocation are also numerous ranging from asset tracking to traffic monitoring to defense uses such as battlespace management. <b>Presenter: Professor Mark Fowler from SUNY Binghamton</b></p> 4/17/2017 9:20:22 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Massive Air Exercise Max Thunder 17 Gets Underway on Korean Peninsula <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 19, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />As tensions on the Korean Peninsula continue to ratchet up, more than 1,000 U.S. military personnel from the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Army, and about 500 Republic of Korea troops, are taking part in the bilateral Max Thunder exercise, which began Monday. Hosted at Kunsan Air Base through April 29, the annual exercise, which has been in the planning stages for months, is designed to improve interoperability between South Korean and U.S. forces, who will be operating out of air bases in Korea and Japan. <i>(Air Force Times)</i></p> 4/18/2017 12:03:30 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: North Korea's Unsuccessful Missile Launch 'May Have Been Thwarted by US Cyber Attack' <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 19, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />A North Korean missile launch that failed shortly after it was fired may have been thwarted by cyber attacks from the U.S. The medium-range missile exploded seconds after it was launched on Sunday from a site near the port city of Sinpo, as Mike Pence, the US vice president, arrived in Seoul for talks with the South Korean government over how to deal with Pyongyang's belligerence. "It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the U.S. - through cyber methods - has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail," the former Conservative foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind told the BBC on Sunday. <I>(The Telegraph)</i></p> 4/19/2017 7:26:35 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Issues New Doctrine on Cyberspace, Electronic Warfare Operations <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 19, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Army on April 11 published a new field manual to guide its cyberspace electromagnetic activities (CEMA). The Cyber Center of Excellence, based at Ft. Gordon, GA, is the proponent for FM 3-12: Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operations. While emphasizing the past decade of U.S. dominance in cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum, the document acknowledges that "regional peers have since demonstrated impressive capabilities in a hybrid operational environment that threaten the Army&rsquo;s dominance in cyberspace and the EMS." <I>(Inside Defense)</i></p> 4/17/2017 11:56:47 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Lasers Will Soon Destroy Enemy Mortars, Artillery and Drones From Strykers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 19, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Laser weapons will protect Strykers on-the-move and Forward Operating Bases as part of an effort to save Soldiers from incoming enemy attacks such as missiles, drones, mortars and artillery. This is the first-ever integration of a laser weapon onto an Army combat vehicle. The Army has upgraded the power of its emerging Stryker-mounted laser weapon to 5kW and confirmed the new weapon's ability to incinerate numerous enemy drones and launch offensive attacks during ongoing testing at Fort Sill, Okla., service officials said. <I>(Scout Warrior)</i></p> 4/17/2017 11:58:53 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Drone-Based EW System Will Hijack Phones <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 19, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />A Russian military drone-based electronic-warfare system is aiming to hi-jack phones. The Leer-3 RB-341V combines jammers and UAVs in order to disable cellular networks, and allow the Russian military to send fake messages. According to the U.S. Army&rsquo;s Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO), which translates Russian media reports: "The UAV can effectively turn into a &lsquo;virtual cellular station&rsquo; by sending messages and totally controlling devices once it replaces a base station". <i>(iHLS)</i></p> 4/18/2017 12:11:12 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: China will Use Massive Electronic Warfare to Defend Illegal Gains in South China Sea <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 19, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The U.S. Department of Defense estimates China is placing huge emphasis on electronic warfare (EW) and will use this heightened capability to better defend its illegal holdings in the South China Sea against any attack by the United States. China has also gone a step further than the U.S. by integrating electronic warfare and cyber warfare into a singular discipline that must be conducted simultaneously. "The (People's Liberation Army) sees EW as an important force multiplier, and would likely employ it in support of all combat arms and services during a conflict," said the annual report on China's military and security developments submitted by the Pentagon. <I>(China Topix)</i></p> 4/17/2017 11:55:26 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: How is the New Air Force B-21 Like the B-2? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 19, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />First and foremost, the new B-21 looks very similar to its B-2 Spirit predecessor. In fact, the new aircraft look startlingly similar to the original Advanced Strategic Penetration Aircraft (ASPA) and the later Advanced Technology Bomber concept from the 1980s that ultimately resulted in the B-2. With the U.S. Air Force revealing concept art and a designation for its shadowy [3] Northrop Grumman B-21 Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B), there are many details that we can now glean about the new warplane. <I>(Scout Warrior)</i></p> 4/18/2017 12:12:09 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: Auditors peg Next Generation Jammer acquisition at $7.6B <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 19, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Congressional auditors peg the Next Generation Jammer program to be a $7.6 billion acquisition effort, the first formal cost assessment made public since the Pentagon's acquisition executive cleared the Navy airborne electronic attack program to proceed into engineering and manufacturing development. The Government Accountability Office, in a report on select big-ticket Pentagon weapon acquisition program, revealed the Raytheon-led NGJ Increment 1 program is estimated to cost $3.5 billion for research, development, test and evaluation and $4 billion for procurement. (Subscription required) <i>(Inside Defense)</i></p> 4/18/2017 12:13:09 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: Anti-Jam Technology: Demystifying the CRPA <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 19, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Controlled reception pattern antennas (CRPAs, pronounced "serpers"), adaptive antennas, null-steering antennas, beamforming antennas...You&rsquo;ve probably heard of at least one of those terms in any discussion around GPS anti-jam technology for defense. Because they are all terms that describe essentially the same thing: a specialized antenna that helps protect GPS receivers from interference and jamming. But what exactly are they? Where did they come from? How do they work? What comes next? Read on and find out. <I>(GPS World)</i></p> 4/18/2017 12:01:14 AM DENVER CHAPTER: RF Geolocation Workshop, June 7-8 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />This two day workshop will cover the basics of emitter geolocation plus recent advances in the field. Emitter geolocation is the identification or estimation of the real-world geographic location of an object that emits some type of signal, such as a radar, mobile radio, RFID or even an acoustic source. In its simplest form geolocation involves the generation of a set of geographic coordinates and is closely related to the use of positioning systems. The techniques of emitter geolocation apply regardless of the spectral range of the emissions and typically involve estimation of the Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) and/or Frequency Difference of Arrival (FDOA) among multiple spatially diverse detectors. Applications of emitter geolocation are also numerous ranging from asset tracking to traffic monitoring to defense uses such as battlespace management. <b>Presenter: Professor Mark Fowler from SUNY Binghamton</b></p> 4/11/2017 9:16:12 AM INDUSTRY NEWS: Drones 'a Critical Component' for Marine Electronic Warfare Tactics <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Unmanned aircraft will be a key pillar for and a major component of the Marine Corps&rsquo; electronic warfare strategy, according to the service&rsquo;s 2017 Aviation Plan, released at the end of March. "UAS are a planned critical component of the [Marine Air Ground Task Force] EW concept," the plan said. "Coupling new UAS employment concepts with emerging payloads provides the Marine Corps the ability to influence the EM Spectrum--providing additional critical advantages in the battle space. UAS provide the MAGTF commander with a persistent lethal and flexible capability." <I>(C4ISRNet)</i></p> 4/11/2017 3:12:12 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: The Air Force Wants a "Cloaking Device" for its Tankers <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The head of the U.S. Air Force's tanker fleet wants a "cloaking device" capable of hiding his giant aerial refueling planes from enemy eyes. The service is worried that such planes would become easy targets in a war scenario involving large, capable air forces such as Russia or China. Almost all major air forces rely on aerial refueling tankers to extend keep their planes flying, to extend their patrol times or help them cross vast distances. Without tankers, the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter would have a combat radius (the distance a combat aircraft can travel one way, expecting combat, fully loaded with weapons) of less than 600 miles. <I>(Popular Mechanics)</i></p> 4/11/2017 3:45:41 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Analyst: We Will Fight Russian & Chinese Tanks, Weapons <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The global proliferation of Russian and Chinese weapons massively increases the likelihood that US Army forces will confront tanks, drones, electronic warfare systems, precision munitions, armored vehicles and artillery made by near-peer competitors. Although the prospect of major-power mechanized ground war between the US and Russia or China may not seem likely, the US Army is tasked with the need to be ready for any ground-combat scenario. What this means, Army leaders expained, is that the current and future combat environment the globe is both increasingly urban and armed with Russian and Chinese-made tanks and weapons. <i>Scout Warrior)</i></p> 4/11/2017 3:29:31 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Combat Shield Inspection Certifies Saber Readiness <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit&rsquo;s Avionics Shop here underwent a Combat Shield evaluation March 20&ndash;24. A Combat Shield evaluation team from the 16th Electronic Warfare Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, conducted the annual inspection to gauge the effectiveness of the threat-detection systems and countermeasures aboard the F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned here. Combat Shield members use a USM-642 Raven signal generator that simulates real-world radar emissions to conduct the testing. The evaluation team hooks the signal generator to an aircraft with cables. Then, the team uses the device to send threat signals, which mimic an enemy attack, to the aircraft. <I>(DVIDs)</i></p> 4/11/2017 3:51:11 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Unmanned Surface Drones Supply Naval Electronic Jamming <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Canadian navy is planning to load electronic jamming equipment into remote control surface drones that could be used to protect Canadian frigates from anti-ship missiles. The gear would "provide jamming capability against anti-ship missile threats," say relevant documents, which also stated the equipment could be used for radar testing and training. The electronic warfare payload must include "real-time, trainable and stabilized video surveillance capability," and be able to identify designated threats, say the documents, quoted on <I>(I-Hls)</i></p> 4/11/2017 3:47:51 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: VMAQ-3 Deploys for Final Time <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Mounds of green sea bags litter the area as Marines and loved ones say their final goodbyes and see-you-later&rsquo;s to each other. Marines assigned to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, left for their squadron&rsquo;s final deployment from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, March 29, 2017. "We&rsquo;re basically going to keep our guys safe," said Staff Sgt. Alex Warrens, a fleet administrator with VMAQ-3. "We can facilitate the ground troop&rsquo;s actions through what our platform does. It&rsquo;s a safety blanket for them. Years ago, my brother-in-law was in the Army in Afghanistan, and my unit was providing coverage for them. It really brings it home for me that those guys on the ground have that extra bit of safety." <I>(DVIDs)</i></p> 4/12/2017 4:01:24 PM;utm_medium=social&amp;;utm_campaign=buffer INDUSTRY NEWS: OPINION: No Reprieve for the VMAQ <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Over the past 40 years, Marine EA-6B Prowlers have been called upon to serve our nation in contingency operations from aircraft carriers and expeditionary airfields all around the globe. For good reason, the legendary Lt. Gen. Tom Miller Jr., best known as the father of the USMC Harriers, called the EA-6B our most important aircraft. A Feb. 7 celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first Marine EA-6B Prowler flight marked an aviation milestone, as the Prowler is now the longest serving jet airplane in Marine Corps history. Its legacy continues as the latest generation of Marines are proudly serving with it at home and abroad until its final sunset, now scheduled for 2019. <I>(Marine Corps Times)</i></p> 4/12/2017 3:57:17 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: DARPA Battles to Unclog Wireless Spectrum <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Among the consequences of a crowded electromagnetic spectrum is noise &ndash; a lot of it &ndash; created mostly by an influx of wireless and other emitters generating a cacophony of signals of varying frequencies and modulation schemes. Ongoing efforts to share and make more efficient use of available spectrum appear to be falling short as the U.S. military relies more heavily on mobile communications while retaining its ability to counter, for example, electronic warfare tactics. <I>(Defense Systems)</i></p> 4/12/2017 3:59:55 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Korea Crisis Deepens as the US Dispatches the Carl Vinson Strike Group to the Region <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The head of all U.S. forces in the Pacific canceled a planned carrier exercises and port visits in Australia and redirected the Carl Vinson carrier strike group to the waters off the Korean Peninsula as the U.S. weighs a series of limited options for dealing with an increasingly unbalanced and dangerous North Korean regime. In a release Saturday afternoon, U.S. Pacific Command announced the cancellation and redeployment of Vinson. Announcing carrier movements in advance is rare, and generally done to send a clear message. <I>(Navy Times)</i></p> 4/12/2017 3:54:51 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Can US Warplanes Evade Russian Air Defenses? We May Soon Find Out in Syria <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br /> If things go south, high-end American fighters may take on top-of-the-line Russian anti-aircraft missiles. For years, the U.S. military has been fretting about the return of conflicts in which air defenses play a big role. If tensions escalate in Syria, high-end American fighter jets might face off against Russia&rsquo;s top-of-the-line anti-aircraft missiles &mdash; and both sides will quickly learn who has the edge. Russia began moving its high-end, ready-for-World-War-III air defense equipment into Syria early on in the conflict. <I>(Defense One)</i></p> 4/12/2017 3:49:34 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Stealth vs. Cruise Missiles: What Is the Best Option if America Goes to War in Syria? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />In the event that the United States decides to expand its air campaign in Syria to either carry out additional punitive strikes or to overthrow the Assad regime, the Pentagon has more options than simply relying on stealth aircraft to suppress or destroy enemy air defenses. While the U.S. Air Force is a staunch advocate of relying on stealth publicly, there are others ways to defeat advanced Russian air defenses such as the S-400 or S-300V4. Indeed, even the Air Force&rsquo;s own tactical gurus at its Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, acknowledge that stealth works best when used in concert with electronic warfare. <I>(The National Interest)</i></p> 4/12/2017 4:10:34 PM;utm_medium=social&amp;;utm_campaign=buffer INDUSTRY NEWS: This VAQ-130 Cruise Video Showcases The Air War Against ISIS From The EA-18G Growler Aircrews Point of View <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />In 2016, VAQ-130 Growler Electronic Attack aircraft worked hard to deny the ISIS militants the ability to communicate. Islamic State militants rely heavily on COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) and DIY radios along with smartphones to communicate, browse the Internet, send emails, exchange messages, dispatch orders, trigger IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) etc. Various platforms of the US-led coalition that fights ISIS in Syria and Iraq continuously work to snoop into Daesh comms, intercept the signals emitted by their devices and, if needed, make such communication impossible (by disturbing the comms or attacking the cell towers or targeting specific high value individuals using cell phones). <I>(The Aviationist)</i></p> 4/12/2017 3:51:53 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Lockheed Holds Classified War Game To Test Multi-Domain Concepts <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Lockheed Martin views the multi-domain warfare concept as so important it is funding and holding a series of classified war games to explore strategies, Concepts of Operation and weapons to see how they might perform taking on an A2/AD opponent. The second game begins today and ends Thursday. As Breaking D readers know, the Multi-Domain approach is relatively simple in concept: use data from below and above the sea, from the land, from the air and from cyber and space, gather it together, analyze it at incredible speed and then attack the enemy from whatever domains and in whatever ways a combination of machines and humans decide will work best. <I>(Breaking Defense)</i></p> 4/12/2017 4:12:47 PM;_hsmi=50471343&amp;utm_content=buffer35705&amp;utm_med INDUSTRY NEWS: Marines Look to Dominate in Information Environment <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 12, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The rapidly changing battlefield landscape is shaped by technological advances and ever-advancing peer actors. That means the military must make adjustments to be able to compete and dominate in futuristic operating environments. While the services are all pursuing multi-domain battle concepts, or seamless operation and coordination across the five domains of warfare, forces organized around the military&rsquo;s newest domain of warfare &#8213; cyber &#8213; are also reevaluating their posture as they are being formed. <i>(C4ISRNet)</i></p> 4/11/2017 4:00:33 PM DENVER CHAPTER: RF Geolocation Workshop, June 7-8 <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 6, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />This two day workshop will cover the basics of emitter geolocation plus recent advances in the field. Emitter geolocation is the identification or estimation of the real-world geographic location of an object that emits some type of signal, such as a radar, mobile radio, RFID or even an acoustic source. In its simplest form geolocation involves the generation of a set of geographic coordinates and is closely related to the use of positioning systems.The techniques of emitter geolocation apply regardless of the spectral range of the emissions and typically involve estimation of the Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) and/or Frequency Difference of Arrival (FDOA) among multiple spatially diverse detectors. Applications of emitter geolocation are also numerous ranging from asset tracking to traffic monitoring to defense uses such as battlespace management. <b>Presenter: Professor Mark Fowler from SUNY Binghamton</b></p> 4/3/2017 9:36:11 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Vice Chiefs: Full-Year CR Would Hinder Ability To Counter Enemies&rsquo; Tech Advances <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 6, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Budget uncertainty is challenging the services as they try to modernize, both to keep up with enemy threats that are advancing around the globe and to replacing aging equipment near the end of its service life, the services&rsquo; second-in-commands said today. Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Glenn Walters said today at the Navy League&rsquo;s annual Sea-Air-Space exposition that a full-year continuing resolution &ndash; which is looming, if lawmakers can&rsquo;t pass a defense spending bill before the current CR expires April 28 &ndash; would stop the Marines from countering the technological advances they are seeing from adversaries around the globe. <I>(USNI News)</i></p> 4/3/2017 9:49:34 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Army Warns Stopgap Measure Will put 47 Programs on Hold <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 6, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Army officials are warning Congress that 47 programs would be put on hold if lawmakers approve a continuing resolution that keeps current funding levels in place for the rest of the year. Those programs include a new mounted gun for Stryker combat vehicles as well as cyber and electronic warfare efforts, the officials said in a document submitted to Congress. Payments to military academy cadets would be halted, and there would be a hold on starting new weapon programs or modernizing existing equipment. <I>(The Hill)</i></p> 4/3/2017 9:44:45 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Navy Implements Interferometer-Based Technology EW <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 6, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Navy is implementing enhanced interferometer-based technology that can covertly assess threats and jam enemy electronic systems as part of full production of Block 2 of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) for the AN/SLQ-32 electronic warfare (EW) system. Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems is conducting the final examination of options regarding the full-rate production of SEWIP Block 2 through a $98.484 million contract modification to the full-rate production procurement contract awarded last year. <i>(Defense Systems)</i></p> 4/3/2017 9:41:53 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Inside Near-Peer Capabilities: How Does Russia Stack up Against the U.S.? <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 6, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />One of the keys behind major pushes within the Pentagon to develop new technologies are advancements by so-called near-peer competitors. Chief among them: Russia. In the assessments by several top military leaders, Russia poses the greatest strategic threat to the U.S. and its allies. Russia&rsquo;s capabilities in cyber, unmanned systems, special forces (sometimes referred to as "little green men"), proxies &ndash; all taken together as so-called hybrid warfare &ndash; have forced the U.S. to reassess how it fights and organizes. <I>(C4ISRNet)</i></p> 4/3/2017 9:58:40 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: The U.S. Military's Strategy to Dominate the Air: Have the F-35 and F/A-18 Join Forces <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 6, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />A half-decade ago, U.S. Navy communicators were using defense journalists to send a clear message to Boeing: We love our F/A-18 E/Fs, but we&rsquo;re done buying any more Super Hornets. Now, that plan has been turned on its head. Not only is the Navy planning to buy more of its mainstay aircraft, but Boeing is working on upgrades and technology that will not only keep the jets flying into the coming decades, but make them very much a major component of the service&rsquo;s aerial strategy. And there&rsquo;s every indication the Navy is on board with such plans for its favorite aviation weapon. <I>(The National Interest)</i></p> 4/3/2017 10:06:46 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: The Little-Known Aircraft That Wages War On ISIS' Communications <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 6, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Denying the enemy the ability to communicate is often equated with denying them the opportunity for victory. As the battle for Mosul continues in the drive to push the Islamic State from Iraq, the U.S Air Force is flying one of its most effective yet least known aircraft, the EC-130H Compass Call, on daily missions to deny ISIS military leaders and fighters the ability to communicate and coordinate defensive actions by shutting down their cell phones, radios, IEDs and very likely their new weapon of choice, drones. <I>(Foxtrot Alpha)</i></p> 4/3/2017 10:04:47 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Battle For Army&rsquo;s Soul Resumes: Lessons From Army After Next <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 6, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />History never repeats, but it often rhymes, and a wise man listens to the echoes. Today, the Army is exploring a new concept of future combat called Multi Domain Battle, which calls for small, agile units designed to overwhelm the enemy with coordinated actions not only on the land, but in the air, on the sea, and in space, cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum. For old defense hands (that&rsquo;s us), many of these new ideas echo those explored two decades ago, during an innovative effort known as Army After Next (AAN). So we reached out to Bob Scales, the former head of AAN, retired two-star general, commandant of the Army War College, and recipient of the Silver Star for valor in Vietnam. In this essay, Scales lays out what the Army needs to learn from history, and what it should beware. <I>(Breaking Defense)</i></p> 4/3/2017 9:55:12 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Weapons Engineering: Augmented Reality on the Battlefield <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 6, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Mixed reality is making headlines all over the world, mostly in the media and entertainment space. After a recent conversation with an inside source at Microsoft Hololens division, I wanted to check in and see how the military uses augmented reality for training or even possibly on the battlefield. In this post, mixed reality for militaries and law enforcement will be explored to try and find connections between commercial entities with military contracts and the current commercial, industrial sectors where mixed reality and augmented reality are being promoted as productivity enhancers and new mediums for media and entertainment. There are many industries where great engineering helps keep people safe. <I>(</i></p> 4/3/2017 10:08:54 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Information Forces Strive to Provide Navy with Most Accurate, Secure Communications <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>April 6, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The fact that only one-third of his command deployed at sea and in uniform illustrates how important his shore-based component is, Rear Adm. Matt Kohler, commander, Naval Information Forces, said. "There are 54,000 of us &mdash; on active duty, in the Reserves and in our civilian component," Kohler said, during an April 3 presentation at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition. "All three are critical, in order to deliver information," he said. Formed in accord with the Pentagon&rsquo;s overall new emphasis on cyber security, Naval Information Forces unites the service&rsquo;s cyber, electronic warfare, information operations, intelligence, networks, and space disciplines under one umbrella. <I>(SEAPOWER Magazine)</i></p> 4/3/2017 9:45:43 PM AOC ADVOCACY: EW Working Group Hosts EW/EMSO Educational Briefing Series for Congress <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 29, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />As the 115th Congress gets underway, there are many uncertainties about the FY 2017 and FY 2018 defense budgets, legislative priorities and regulatory pathways. What we can expect is that electromagnetic spectrum (EMS)-related issues will garner a great deal of attention in Congress, from investment in Third Offset Technologies to defense acquisition reform to Spectrum management and telecommunications. AOC will again have an opportunity to inform and influence policy on a wide range from fronts. To help prepare Congress for these considerations, the AOC worked in cooperation with Electronic Warfare Working Group (EWWG) and the Directed Energy (DE) Caucus to convene a series of educational briefings throughout February to provide congressional staff the fundamentals of EW, DE, and EMSO under the broader context of the Third Offset Strategy. The goal of the briefing series, which will be an annual offering, was to provide Members of Congress and staff a shared starting point to dive deeper into the range of EMS-related issues throughout the year. </p> 3/26/2017 8:02:03 PM;issueID=52139 INDUSTRY NEWS: Breaking Down China&rsquo;s Electronic Warfare Tactics <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 29, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />In the wake of Russia's demonstrations of advanced electromagnetic spectrum and communications jamming capabilities, most recently displayed in their incursion into Ukraine, China also is upping its game in this space, demonstrating similar capabilities in the Pacific. The U.S. Department of Defense, in an annual report to Congress on China&rsquo;s military and security developments, assessed that the country is placing greater importance upon EW, on par with traditional domains of warfare such as air, ground and maritime. <i>(C4ISRNet)</i></p> 3/26/2017 11:04:38 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Dunford: Now is the Time to Address Military Readiness Shortfalls <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 29, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Military readiness must be bolstered, Defense Department leaders told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee today. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the senators that sequestration gutted military readiness and asked the committee to approve a $30 billion amendment to the fiscal year 2017 defense budget request to help the department recover. Dunford was quick to point out that service members are sacrificing and that because of those sacrifices, "the joint forces can defend the homeland and our way of life, we can meet our alliance commitments and we maintain an overall competitive advantage over any potential adversary." <I>(U.S. Department of Defense)</i></p> 3/26/2017 10:56:22 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Reprieve Likely for U-2 Dragon Lady <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 29, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The U.S. Air Force is preparing to extend the service life of the U-2S Dragon Lady for several more years. Under previous budget plans, the evergreen spyplane was due to be retired in 2019-20, leaving only the unmanned RQ-4B Global Hawk to perform the high-altitude reconnaissance mission. Managers at the Lockheed Martin (LM) Skunk Works in Palmdale, California, are preparing upgrade proposals for the U-2&rsquo;s sensors and communications fit. <i>(AIN Online)</i></p> 3/26/2017 11:18:32 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Marines Rush 50 Technologies to Field Test in 9 Months <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 29, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Marines at Camp Pendleton will get to field-test more than 50 different new technologies next month ranging from palmtop mini-drones to self-driving amtracs, from wireless networks to precision-guided mortar shells. Plus there will be plenty of classified systems the Marines can&rsquo;t talk about, including cyber and electronic warfare gear. Technologies that do well may graduate to a more formal Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) or to further testing in the Marines&rsquo; big Bold Alligator wargame on the East Coast this fall, Col. Dan Sullivan, chief of staff at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory here, told reporters today. <I>(Breaking Defense)</i></p> 3/26/2017 10:52:55 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Army: Electronic Domain is Contested <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 29, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />Adversaries currently have the ability to wage electronic warfare against U.S. forces, and Army leaders say they need to develop systems and training to more effectively fight in a contested or degraded electronic domain. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Army modernization, generals stated that one of the side effects of years of budget cuts and sequestration is that the service has forgone investments in modernization to focus on readiness. <I>(FCW)</I></p> 3/26/2017 10:45:24 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force: $147M Funding Increase Needed to Keep Future Fighter on Schedule <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 29, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Air Force needs a sharp increase in funding this budget cycle &mdash; an extra $147 million, to be exact &mdash; to be able to keep technology development for its next fighter jet on schedule, its top uniformed acquisition official said. President Donald Trump&rsquo;s supplemental budget request for fiscal 2017 calls for a funding hike for the Air Force&rsquo;s next fighter jet from $20.6 million to $167.8 million, boosting its initial request about eight times over. <I>(Defense News)</i></p> 3/26/2017 11:02:26 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Rapid Capabilities Office: More Funding Needed to Accelerate Efforts <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 29, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Rapid Capabilities Office is doing what it was designed to do and has already kicked off major efforts with goals to field some initial capability to soldiers by the end of the year. But in order to move forward with some very near-term and readily available capability, the organization is looking for more funding, Doug Wiltsie, the RCO&rsquo;s director, told Defense News in an interview at the Association of the U.S. Army&rsquo;s Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Ala. last week. <I>(Defense News)</i></p> 3/26/2017 10:49:00 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: 2CR Trains on Enhanced Electronic Warfare Systems <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 29, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Army&rsquo;s ability to counter emerging threats across the electromagnetic environment continues to adapt as the Electronic Warfare battlespace evolves. For the first time, outside of a deployed operational environment, Electronic Warfare systems will be inserted at the tactical level here in Europe. During new equipment fielding and training, nearly 20 Soldiers with the 2d Cavalry Regiment, along with elements of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, the 7th Army Training Command and Joint Multinational Readiness Center, trained on the VMAX and VROD Dismounted Electronic Support/ Attack system at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, March 13-17, 2017. <I>(DVIDs)</i></p> 3/26/2017 11:06:32 PM INDUSTRY NEWS: Air Force Pursues Strategy to Defend Against Chinese Anti-Satellite Attacks <p><strong style="font-size:10px;"><a href=>March 29, 2017</a> -- <em></em></strong><br />The Air Force and Pentagon are pursuing a strategy aimed at countering the fast-emerging weaponization of space and preparing to defend against space-war anti-satellite attacks, service officials said. The service mapped out a multi-dimensional space weapons defense plan, resulting from several years of space-focused analysis and research. In 2014, the service conducted a Space Strategic Portfolio Review in which the entire space architecture was assessed. By 2015, the Air Force had completed a "space situational awareness" review highlighting the range of key space security issues as a foundation for the changing strategy. <I>(Scout Warrior)</i></p> 3/26/2017 10:51:10 PM