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 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
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
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, 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.
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
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 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
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.
Forecast 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.