Two will be launched into geosynchronous orbit this year, to keep a close eye on other countries’ satellites and space debris.
GPS Block IIF satellites continue to replace aging satellites, while the Air Force prepares for the next-generation GPS III.
Budget pressures, bandwidth demand and technical innovations in the private sector should lead the military to commercial options.
The potential for spoofing and jamming is prompting a look at old and new technologies.
Analysis of social media and open-source information would help monitor extremist activities.
DARPA’s ARES would have modules for cargo transport, medical evacuation and ISR.
DARPA wants to develop a broader, deeper search engine to support DOD missions, starting with the fight against human trafficking.
Exelis and Lockheed Martin continue to deal with navigational payload problems.