Defense IT

NRL patents a small, orbital space junk sensor

The low-power, low-cost Optical Orbital Debris Spotter will allow for greater monitoring of the space debris threatening critical satellite infrastructure.

Air Force takes steps to fix drone pilot shortage

The service is boosting pay and retention bonuses, training more pilots and reducing the number of missions.

NAVAIR looks to bolster cyber defenses for weapons systems

The command’s Cyber Warfare Detachment is seeking proposals to fill gaps in cyber warfare capabilities and defenses across the board.

Air Force plans to spend $4B on Global Hawk drone program

Northrop Grumman will maintain and modernize the long-range ISR aircraft over the next five years.

DISA releasing heavy-duty suite for mobile classified comm

The kit will allow secure voice, video and data access to SIPRNet from any Internet connection, and will be available DOD-wide.

DARPA to fast-track robotics innovations

By shortening the contracting and development process, the agency wants to engage “nontraditional performers” in rapid, low-cost development of breakthrough technologies.

Army pushing energy efficiency closer to the front

CERDEC demonstrates a base-camp microgrid that cuts down significantly on fuel use, water use and waster generation without compromising services.

Air Force gives 20 companies a spot on $7.9B NetCents 2 contract

The businesses will compete for work in network operations and infrastructure solutions.