SDA Working on ‘Translators’ to Connect Transport Layer to Other Networks

Some of the satellites that will form the planned “backbone” of joint all-domain command and control may include “translation” payloads to let other satellites feed their data into the Pentagon’s massive mesh network, the head of the Space Development Agency said Oct. 25. SDA is still committed to establishing common standards for networking and communications on the planned National Defense Space Architecture, director Derek M. Tournear said at the Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Security Forum.

LaPlante on Why Weapon Production Constitutes Deterrence

One of the biggest lessons to emerge from the war in Ukraine is that weapons that are in production constitute a credible threat to adversaries, whereas weapons that are merely experimental—or are not actually being made in numbers—are not, according to William LaPlante, the Pentagon’s head of acquisition and sustainment. He said those lessons “amplify” the priorities his organization is pursuing.

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Pentagon’s Project Maven Transition Stymied by Congress, Official Says

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The failure of Congress to pass a full fiscal year 2023 budget on time is hampering the migration of portions of the Project Maven artificial intelligence effort to the Pentagon’s Chief Digital and AI Office, a senior official said. Project Maven, the Department of Defense’s most visible AI tool, is designed to process imagery and full-motion video from drones and other surveillance assets and detect potential threats. It’s also meant to speed the use of AI across the military.

Ukraine's Defense Minister ‘Optimistic’ About New Tanks, Fighter Jets From Allies


Ukraine’s defense minister is confident that Kyiv will eventually obtain Western tanks and fighter planes to help push Russian forces out of the country, but he thinks Washington will have to lead the way before allies will follow. “I’m really optimistic that Abrams tanks are possible in the future, and I am sure that fighter jets like F-16s, F-15s, or Gripen from Sweden will also be possible,” Oleksii Reznikov said.

DOD Creates New JADC2 Integration Office, Puts CDAO in Charge of Data Integration


The Department of Defense has created a new office aimed at synchronizing its acquisition efforts related to its high-priority joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) initiative. The new Acquisition, Integration, and Interoperability Office will look to integrate the various efforts being worked across the services and agencies under the guise of JADC2, which aims to more seamlessly connect battlefield sensors, shooters, and networks for enhanced decision-making.

NY Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing Supports Antarctic Research

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The New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing launched the first of five LC-130 “Skibird” Hercules to Antarctica Oct. 19 to support National Science Foundation research. The LC-130 version of the C-130 Hercules is the largest aircraft in the world able to land on snow and ice on skis. The aircraft are equipped with eight-bladed propellers for the turboprop engines to provide additional power. Throughout the four-month support season, 420 Airmen will deploy for the mission.

Lockheed Martin, Red Hat Team Up to Help Small Platforms Handle Large AI Workloads

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As the Pentagon moves toward equipping its forces with more mobile gear at greater distances and prioritizing artificial intelligence, Lockheed Martin is teaming with open source tech firm Red Hat to equip small U.S. military platforms with advanced software designed to handle increased AI workloads, the companies announced.

Every State But One Uses Federally Banned Foreign Tech, Report Says

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U.S. policymakers have moved to prevent federal agencies and critical networks from using some foreign-made technologies that they say threaten national security. But state and local government entities in nearly every state have purchased technologies from banned companies in recent years to support a host of public services, according to a report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology.

Delay to Incentive Pay Boost for Guard and Reserves Draws Rebuke From Lawmakers

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing the Pentagon over a delay in National Guard and Reserve members receiving higher incentive pay caused by the department failing to deliver a report to Congress on time. At issue is a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that required the Defense Department to give members of reserve components incentive pay equal to the bonuses given to Active-duty service members. The bill required the Pentagon to complete a report before increasing the pay, but the report has yet to be delivered despite being due to Congress on Sept. 30.

Starlink’s Survivability in War a Good Sign for DOD’s Future Constellation


Russian officials have made veiled threats to obliterate SpaceX’s internet satellite network, which has served as a communications lifeline for the Ukrainian military. To date, however, “how many Starlink satellites have the Russians shot down? … zero,” noted Derek M. Tournear, director of the Space Force’s Space Development Agency. Although Russia in November demonstrated that it can strike a satellite in low Earth orbit with a ballistic missile, the fact that it hasn’t taken down any Starlink satellites speaks to the power of a proliferated constellation to deter attacks and provide resilience, Tournear said at a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies event.

DIU Selects Startups for US Military Weather Modeling Project


The Defense Innovation Unit and the Air Force announced that they selected five companies to help build weather models using data from satellites and aerial and terrestrial sensors. Muon Space,, Windborne Systems, Greensight, and NextGen Federal Systems won contracts to demonstrate the integration of commercial data into the Air Force Weather Virtual Private Cloud.