Intelligence community must rely on mountains of public data to use artificial intelligence (AI) effectively | Military & Aerospace Electronics

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So says Sue Gordon, who recently stepped down as principle deputy Director of National Intelligence (DNI) after being passed over by President Trump to serve as acting DNI.

“We need to be able to use more data, and trust the data we use. That is a really hard thing for us,” Gordon says. ““But if the intelligence community just stays with the data that we understand, in the way that we have, we will not be able to get to the future.”

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Air Force asks Field Aerospace to upgrade avionics in 178 T-1A trainer aircraft in $21.3 million order | Military & Aerospace Electronics

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U.S. Air Force aircraft pilot training experts are asking Field Aerospace in Oklahoma City, Okla., to replace the avionics in 178 T-1A trainer aircraft under terms of a $21.3 million six-year order announced Wednesday.

Field Aerospace will install Pro Line 21 avionics suite from Collins Aerospace in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This avionics upgrade features four large liquid crystal displays, and readies the aircraft for future airspace operations, including ADS-B Out.

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Northrop Grumman to upgrade 17 Joint STARS legacy radar surveillance aircraft in half-billion-dollar deal | Military & Aerospace Electronics


Surveillance radar experts at Northrop Grumman Corp. will upgrade and maintain 17 E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft under terms of a contract announced Friday worth nearly a half billion dollars.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the Joint STARS, a modified Boeing 707 single-aisle commercial passenger jet that detects, locates, classifies, tracks, and targets hostile ground movements, and communications real-time information through secure data links.

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Military researchers ask industry for autonomous vehicle swarms technology with trusted computing built-in | Military & Aerospace Electronics

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U.S. military researchers are asking industry to develop distributed, secure, and trusted-computing for heterogeneous swarms of autonomous vehicles.

The project seeks to develop a powerful, scalable distributed computer and software development environment that enables secure and trusted collaboration and processing across a heterogeneous mix of autonomous vehicles on low size, weight, and power, and cost (SWAP-C) commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer hardware.

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Mercury targets military avionics and vehicles market with acquisition of rugged display maker APC | Military & Aerospace Electronics


Executives of Mercury Systems Inc. in Andover, Mass., are boosting their company’s expertise in rugged displays for military vehicles and aircraft with their acquisition of American Panel Corporation (APC) in Alpharetta, Ga.

Mercury, which specializes in embedded computing and electronic warfare (EW) has announced the completion of its previously reported acquisition of APC, which specializes in displays for military vetronics and avionics applications.

Mercury is acquiring APC for $100 million in cash, subject to net working capital and net debt adjustments.

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L3Harris to design prototype military aircraft HF software-defined radio to replace venerable AN/ARC-190 | Military & Aerospace Electronics


The L3Harris Communications Systems segment in Rochester, N.Y., will provide the L3Harris Falcon Wideband Airborne HF Radio as a prototype for the project. It is a software-defined, digital multi-mode system that meets ARC-190 communication requirements.

The technology provides airmen an alternative capability in a satellite communications-denied environment with embedded encryption, L3Harris officials say.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is one thing, but computer hardware to run algorithms plays a part, too | Military & Aerospace Electronics

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You need powerful computer hardware that can handle high-powered algorithms, without taking up so much space, weight, and power that it can’t fit into a frontline command post, fighter jet, or tank. And that’s not easy.

There’s “a changing demand signal” from the Defense Department, says Bill Conley, the incoming chief technology officer of electronics maker Mercury Systems in Andover, Mass. He should know: He just left government after a career that took him from a Navy laboratory to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was director for electronic warfare.

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Today’s era of information warfare and drones can make the fog of war thicker, harder to penetrate | Military & Aerospace Electronics


That’s why the increasingly anxious armed forces are wrestling with so-called grey zone operations and information warfare. A successful response requires far more than the military, the Army’s three-star senior futurist says. It will take a unified effort with civilian agencies and foreign allies.

U.S. law and culture make that extremely difficult to do, Lt. Gen. Eric Wesley acknowledged. But the fog of war is a challenge the Army can’t simply set aside, he said. Letting adversaries muddy the debate can dramatically affect whether and how the military will be employed.

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Researchers eye algorithms to enable hypersonic missiles to hunt their prey as efficiently as dragonflies | Military & Aerospace Electronics


The creatures are able to catch 95 percent of their prey, designating them as one of the world’s top predators. Now, Sandia National Laboratories is researching how it can apply a dragonfly’s technique to missiles, says Frances Chance, a computational neuroscientist at Sandia.

The insects take about 50 milliseconds to react to prey despite their limited vision, Chance noted. The project is part of Sandia’s autonomy for hypersonic research campaign. “They’re very good hunters … but they have limited vision,” she says.

Chance is building a computational model to examine what a dragonfly does when it is intercepting its prey and how its nervous system reacts.

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Army looks to FLIR Systems for chemical-detection spray that discloses blister agents like mustard gas | Military & Aerospace Electronics

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FLIR Agentase C2 spray quickly changes color on a surface if a chemical warfare agent is present. With faster and more targeted detection, military decontamination experts can locate trace levels of contamination on surfaces and precisely mitigate the threat.

Blister agents like sulfur mustard and nerve agents such as VX and sarin are an ongoing concern to the military,” said David Ray, President of FLIR’s Government and Defense Business Unit.

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