Pentagon Faces Yet Another Continuing Resolution

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets AnalystForecast International.

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is among the programs impacted by a continuing resolution. Source: U.S. Army

President Trump and congressional leaders reached an agreement that will keep the U.S. government operating at FY17 funding levels through mid-December. The continuing resolution (CR), part of a broader legislative package that also included a three-month increase to the debt ceiling and nearly $8 billion in hurricane relief funding, was signed into law on September 8.  Republicans had been pushing for a longer extension  to the debt ceiling, but the agreement sets up critical votes on both the budget and the debt ceiling in December. Continue reading

Forecast International Launches Improved U.S. Defense Budget Database

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets AnalystForecast International.

Source: Forecast International’s U.S. Defense Budget Forecast

Forecast International is pleased to announce the launch of a newly enhanced U.S. Defense Budget Forecast database, now featuring the ability to track major program spending and identify winners and losers within every Pentagon budget request.  FI’s budget database provides quick access to DoD request and forecast budget data, justification documents, congressional markups, and more.  The Pentagon’s massive weapons spending plan can be sorted by value, with options for filtering programs by appropriation title (R1/P1), service, and appropriation account.       Continue reading

Dolphins in Trouble

by Stuart Slade, Senior Naval Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Dolphin-Class Submarine. Source: IDF Navy

With the original group of Dolphin-class submarines designed to have a hull life of 30 years and a design initiation-to-commissioning cycle of at least 10-15 years, attention turned to designing replacements for the first three submarines in 2015.  At first, Israeli ambitions seemed somewhat excessive, with references to “an entirely different submarine from the Dolphin or the Dolphin AIP.” Reality appears to have set in, however, with attention now focused on an upgraded version of the Flight II Dolphin class that includes “some room for growth, with new materials, better sonar … but pretty much the same design.” Continue reading

Sounds of Life Heard from Cold War Sonar System

by Richard Sterk, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

U.S. Navy Surveillance Towed Array Sensor Systems (SURTASS) Low Frequency Active (LFA) is part of the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS), installed on U.S. Navy T-AGOS class ships. (Source: U.S. Navy)

Today, more and more nations are using highly advanced diesel-electric submarines that are extremely difficult to detect. And, the U.S. Navy has been forced to rely once again on its Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) – not seen in priority use since the height of the Cold War. This sonar system is considered essential to America’s efforts to detect newer and quieter diesel-electric submarines, especially those operating in the littoral environment. Continue reading

Operation Tomodachi Underscores Need for a New Surface Warship Radiation Detector

by Richard Sterk, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.


Operation Tomodachi, the U.S. mission that provided disaster relief to Japan following the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, attached newfound significance to the need to update the radiation detection devices that equip surface warships.

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JLENS Will Be Produced, but Not in Numbers Once Expected

by Richard Sterk, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

JLENS. Source: Raytheon

JLENS. Source: Raytheon

Despite all its setbacks – sequestration, budget cuts, the recent AWOL trip, and a halt to testing – the JLENS program will, technically at least, be funded through completion. However, JLENS will not be produced in the numbers one expected. Initial Operational Capability and low-rate production are expected around 2017. Most likely only the two test models will be produced and put into operational service.  Still, IOC will probably be achieved around 2017 as scheduled. Continue reading

United States Withholds Military Reimbursement Funding for Pakistan

by Derek Bisaccio, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Pakistani military officials meet following deadly blasts in Quetta. Source

Pakistani military officials meet following deadly blasts in Quetta. Source.

On August 3, The Washington Post reported that the United States had decided to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance to Pakistan after the Pentagon assessed that the Pakistani government had not taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network. Continue reading

The $634 Million Maneuver Control System – Keeping Army Warfighters In the Loop

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

U.S. Army's Maneuver Control System

U.S. Army’s Maneuver Control System.  Source:

The U.S. Army’s Maneuver Control System is an essential component of the service’s Battle Command System, providing critical coordination among Battlefield Functional Areas, or BFAs. The BFAs that pertain to the MCS are Maneuver, Fire Support, Air Defense, Combat Service Support, and Intelligence/Electronic Warfare. A prime element of the MCS is a situation map – part of the Common Operation Picture, or COP – that displays, via use of data from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Defense Mapping Agency, the locations of friendly and enemy units; intelligence, electronic warfare and fire support graphics; and air corridor information. Continue reading

Lawmakers Request $219 Million for U.S. Navy Combat Systems Integration

By Andrew Dardine, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

On board the guided missile cruiser (AEGIS) USS NORMANDY (CG 60). Operations Specialist Seaman (OSSN) Gary Sadler monitors the movement of ships in the Persian Gulf from the Combat Information Center (CIC). The NORMANDY is currently conducting operations in the Persian Gulf with the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) battle group. Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, 5 December 1997.U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate Airman Joseph Strevel (Released)

On board the guided missile cruiser (AEGIS) USS NORMANDY (CG 60). Operations Specialist Seaman (OSSN) Gary Sadler monitors the movement of ships in the Persian Gulf from the Combat Information Center (CIC). U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Joseph Strevel.

The U.S. Navy’s Combat Systems Integration effort is poised to reap $219 million in funding over the next 10 years. This RDT&E funding, as requested in the FY16 U.S. defense budget, will be driven by the demand for advanced technologies to meet evolving military strategic needs. Many warships are currently being upgraded with a range of new electronic equipment. The integration testing conducted under the Combat Systems Integration program ensures that none of this new equipment will interfere with the performance of the other equipment and weaponry on board.

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U.S. Army Earmarks $44 Million for CRA Projects to Thwart Cyber Attacks

By Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

CRA_LogoV2Forecast International is projecting that over the next 10 years, the U.S. Army will spend some $44 million on projects being implemented by its Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance.  In the latter part of the decade, funding will average more than $5 million a year as the Army attempts to bolster its cybersecurity capabilities.

This funding is being driven by the Army’s need to advance the theoretical foundations of cyber science in the context of Army networks.  Among future efforts, the project will develop theories and models relating fundamental properties of dynamic cyber threats to dynamic risk assessments and defensive maneuver algorithms.
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