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Pentagon Creates Software Acquisition Position, New Hire Will Oversee F-35 Upgrades

The Department of Defense has created a new position to oversee its future software strategy, including key elements of F-35 aircraft system upgrades, and has hired a former Air Force cyber operations officer to lead the role.Jeff Boleng, the acting chief technology officer with Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, will begin his tenure as…

Key Lawmaker Proposes Ditching DISA

The Navy is challenging its program directors to find ways of opening legacy systems to new capabilities, but the process of moving to modular, open systems architectures retroactively is a slow and difficult process, according to a senior service scientist.The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) would be scrapped under a Department of Defense streamlining bill…

Ground Troops Need Immersive Simulators To Fight ‘Bloodless Battles’ Before Combat

Inside a 32,000-square-foot former tomato packing plant at Camp Pendleton, Calif., the Marine Corps has constructed an infantry combat simulator so realistic that it sent the wife of one of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the hospital.That level of realism in simulated training must be extended to every soldier and Marine headed for frontline…

Industry Input Needed For Navy, Marine Corps Push For Tactical Cyber Operations

The sea services’ continued push of cyber activities to the tactical edge will require industry partners to deliver more resilient capabilities for offensive and training operations, according to military officials.Cyber leadership from the Navy, Marine Corps and the Coast Guard detailed plans to expand the roles of their cyber forces and information warfare platforms, which…

Air Force To Launch Communications Relay Satellite

The U.S. Air Force announced April 6 that it plans to launch a new communications-relay satellite as part of a multi-payload mission later this April.The Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM (CBAS) satellite, which is intended for geosynchronous orbit, will continuously relay data from existing military communications satellites to support senior leaders and combatant commanders, Air Force…

Connected Aircraft Open New Cyber Threat Vectors To Commercial Aviation, Thales USA Chief Warns

As commercial aircraft increasingly become connected to the larger Internet of Things, the potential for safety risks also rise, the head of Thales’ business operations in the U.S. said on April 11.There have already been hacks of aircraft and aviation-related systems, including inflight entertainment systems, data communications between pilots and ground-based controllers, and airline operations…