Tag Archives: ISR

Air Force Headquarters Completes Realignment to Merge All EMS Operations; Mary O’Brien Quoted

Mary O'Brien

The U.S. Air Force has finished consolidating its electromagnetic spectrum operation functions with the recent transfer of the Headquarters' EMS Superiority Directorate to the intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations staff. The realignment enables service officials to streamline oversight, policy and guidance related to EMS operations to improve collaborative work across various domains. 

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Northrop Grumman Awarded Air Force Contract for GHOST Sensor Development; Ben Davies Quoted

Ben Davies

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to design a signals intelligence sensor for high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms. The company will deliver a prototype sensor with airborne and ground components for the Air Force’s Global High-altitude Open-system Sensor Technology (GHOST) program.

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Frank Kendall OKs Infrastructure Plan for Grand Forks Air Force Base to Support ISR Missions

Grand Forks AF Base

Frank Kendall, secretary of the Air Force and a three-time Wash100 winner, has approved the service branch's plan to build and renovate facilities at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota to prepare the military installation for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

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U.S. Air Force Awards Leidos IDIQ Contract to Support ISR Mission; Mike Chagnon Quoted


Leidos announced on Friday that the company has been awarded a potential 13-year, $950 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) prime contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide solutions for a broad spectrum of aviation requirements. The Leidos team will bring a cadre of professionals and tools from across the industry to improve both U.S. and allied ISR capabilities.

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Alion Awarded $292M DOD Contract for ISR and FP Development; Alan Dietrich Quoted

Alan Dietrich

Alion Science and Technology announced on Tuesday that it has been awarded a five-year, $292 million contract for the Advancement of Integrated Persistent Expeditionary Surveillance (AIPES) and Force Protection Systems (FPS) for the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Force Protection Division (HBU) and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane). 

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Air Force to Move Forward With MQ-9 UAV Fleet Modernization

MQ-9 Reaper

The U.S. Air Force intends to update its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles with new technology that could support military efforts to address emerging threats from near-peer competition. USAF said Wednesday that it will award General Atomics' aeronautical systems business a delivery order to build a multidomain operation variant of the MQ-9 platform. 

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Gen. David Thompson: Space Force Looks to Commercial Market for Satellite ISR Capabilities

Gen. David Thompson

Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force, said the service is looking to broaden the procurement of commercial space services with the acquisition of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) satellite data and analytical services. "Comms, data relay, remote sensing, and even ISR and some other things — [these] capabilities are increasingly available in the commercial market,” Thompson said.

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U.S. Space Force Aims to Fully Integrate Commercial Industry; Russell Teehan Quoted

Space Warfighting

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) is attempting to optimize its commercial industry use by opening avenues for small businesses to work directly with the service branch. While the commercial industry has already played a significant role in the military's satellite communications and launch enterprises, the Space Force has not incorporated integrated commercial services more widely.

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Air Force Releases New Mission Statement; Gen. Charles Brown Quoted

Charles Brown Jr.

The U.S. Air Force has introduced a new mission statement - “To fly, fight, and win…airpower anytime, anywhere” - to highlight the capabilities and competitive advantage that airpower brings to the country and joint operations as they counter near-peer adversaries. Gen. Charles Brown, chief of staff of the Air Force, said the service consulted enlisted airmen, officers, guardsmen, civilians and reservists to come up with the mission statement. 

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Space Warfighting Analysis Center to Support Efforts for Improved Threat Monitoring in Space

Space Warfighting

The U.S. Space Force aims to ramp up its modernization of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities for improved space-based threat monitoring efforts through its recently established Space Warfighting Analysis Center. Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback, head of service branch’s ISR Directorate, said SWAC, which is still in the early stages of development, will be responsible for developing a plan for enhancing ISR sensors.

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