Tag Archives: ISR

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

U.S. Space Force

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

Gen. Charles Brown

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

U.S. Space Force

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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Alion Awarded $12 Million GSA OASIS Task Order for Flight Related Software Operational Test & Evaluation; Alan Dietrich Quoted

Alan Dietrich

Alion Science and Technology announced on Thursday that the company has received a potential five-year, $12 million task order from the U.S. Air Force to test, evaluate, and validate mission planning functions for the 28th Test and Evaluation Squadron, located at Eglin Air Force Base. This task order was awarded under the General Services Administration (GSA). 

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Navy Releases Environmental Assessment of MQ-25A Refueling Drone Operations in California

MQ-25A Stingray

The U.S. Navy has issued an environmental assessment stating that home-basing 20 Boeing-built MQ-25A Stingray refueling drones at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Point Mugu, California, will have no significant impact on the environment. Activities that will take place at the naval base include over 960 annual Stingray flight operations and related stationing support for approximately 730 personnel and their families. 

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DOD Unveils Plans for Hypersonics Modernization Through 2030’s

Hypersonic Weapons

The Department of Defense (DOD) has created a modernization strategy for hypersonics to update the nation’s strike missile arsenal. The strategy also entails deploying reusable hypersonic weapons for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions as well as strike operations and space access. The DOD seeks to implement a reusable weapon by the early 2030's. 

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Gen. Charles Brown: Air Force’s New ISR Strategy Includes Reaper Drones

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said the service is now preparing to brief congressional members on a new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strategy that includes the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper drone. “I will tell you right now, the MQ-9 is still a very popular platform with the Combatant Commanders,” he said.

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