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NOAA Plans for Future Satellite Observing Architecture

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration anticipates obtaining data from various government satellites and commercial sensors as it plans for its future satellite observing architecture, SpaceNews reported Monday. Karen St. Germain, director of NOAA’s office of systems architecture and advanced planning for satellite and information service, said the Joint Polar Satellite System in low-Earth orbit could feed data to the agency in the mid-2030s. 

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Navy Adm. Ron Boxall on Unmanned Surface Vessels, Future Frigates

Navy Adm. Ron Boxall, surface warfare director OPNAV N96, has said his goal for 2019 is to bring more weapons and sensors into the battlespace to enable larger combat ships to serve as command and control for smaller vessels, Defense News reported Wednesday. “If you think about what we are trying to do with the surface force, we have large and small surface combatants that will [ultimately make up part of the 355-ship Navy] but we have no requirement for unmanned surface vessels right now, which I see as an absolutely critical part of distributed lethality, distributed maritime operations environment that we are moving into,” Boxall said.

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Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson: Sensors, Hypersonics Could Be Part of USAF’s Future ISR Grid

Air Force Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for the service’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, has said the military branch’s future ISR architecture could include hypersonics, spaced-based sensors and drone swarms, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday. Jamieson said in a Tuesday interview that the future ISR grid could feature a “balanced …

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DARPA Study Aims to Detect Enemy Activity in Strategic Waters

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a new program that aims to study and identify marine organisms that could help sensor systems detect and track the activities of manned underwater vehicles and drones in strategic waters. The Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors program also seeks to investigate the responses …

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