The U.S. Congress continues to push the Department of Defense to develop new missile defense technologies, but it remains to be seen if some of these efforts will come to fruition. In particular, the FY19 defense authorization bill recently signed into law calls for developing a new space-based missile defense layer and a boost phase intercept capability. Last year’s FY18 defense authorization bill also included provisions for space-based and boost phase missile defense, if consistent with the Ballistic Missile Defense Review. The new FY19 authorization bill essentially reworks those original provisions, and calls for the development of these technologies subject to the availability of appropriations. Continue reading
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract worth up to $480 million for the conduct of a Critical Design Review and to provide test and production readiness support for the U.S. Air Force’s Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW, pronounced “Arrow”), one of the service’s ongoing hypersonic weapon development efforts. The Air Force is obligating $5 million at time of award. Contract work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by November 30, 2021. Continue reading
BAE Systems recently announced the development of semi-autonomous software under the Distributed Battle Management program. The DBM program of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency provides timely and relevant information to operators and pilots when communication is not assured so they can better manage and control air-to-air and air-to-ground combat in contested environments. DBM technology enables pilots to continue operations when satellite communications and tactical datalinks are shut down – a likely scenario in the modern battlefield, and one that militaries are preparing for. Continue reading
Network-centric tactical operations are in full swing at the U.S. Department of Defense. Forecast International projects that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will spend more than $1.86 billion on its Network-Centric Enabling Technology project over the next 10 years. Continue reading
With the arrival of the Information Age came the theory of network-centric warfare, which refers to a fully networked military force that can share information across all of its service branches and systems. The idea is that this interoperability will result in superior situational awareness and the ability to make quick decisions, providing a competitive edge during battle. Continue reading
The announcement of the successful manufacture of a viable non-mechanical, phased-array, electro-optical microchip as part of DARPA’s SWEEPER program is a landmark event. While phased-array technology has been available in radar (radio detection and ranging) devices for years, this is the first time that there has been a wide announcement of an electro-optic device (in this case, laser detecting and ranging, or LIDAR) demonstrating this ability on board an integrated microchip.
By Greg Giaqunito, Forecast International.
Over the next 10 years, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is forecast to spend approximately $402 million on its Cyber Technology project, with funding averaging over $40 million per year from FY15 through FY18. The Cyber Technology project develops technology to increase the security of U.S. military information systems and enhance the effectiveness of U.S. cyber operations. With the Pentagon exceptionally interested in cyber operations, FI’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Intelligence Forecast reports that funding for this project will remain robust beyond 2024.