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25 Jul 18. CRFS launches RFeye DeepView. CRFS has launched a new software tool called RFeye DeepView for forensic spectrum analysis, the company announced on 17 July. RFeye DeepView allows the user to analyse the RF spectrum in detail to discover signals of interest that might be intermittent or hidden in the noise. It enables the analysis of large data sets in minutes. DeepView helps the user to rapidly search and drill down to a specific time and frequency and isolate a signal of interest. The I and Q data of a burst lasting a few nanoseconds can then be exported for further analysis or demodulation. DeepView can be used for various military applications to find, record and analyse short, low power transmissions and exploit signals. The system can also hunt for interference that could negatively impact the performance and safety of avionic, radar and communications systems. (Source: Shephard)
25 Jul 18. Future Flight Consortium Selected for UTM in Singapore. Future Flight Consortium – led by Garuda Robotics and comprising Singapore Civil Defence Force, Parkway Pantai, Security Industry Institute, Singtel, Arete-M, AirMap, Gemalto, Flare Dynamics, Volans-i, Skyfront, University of Glasgow (Singapore), and Acorn International Network – has been selected by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Ministry of Transport to develop a connected urban airspace management system for unmanned aircraft in Singapore. The MOT and CAAS call for proposals will spur the rapid development and adoption of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Singapore across various industries. By supporting the development of innovative capabilities, technologies and solutions for navigation, sense-and-avoid, fleet management and UAS traffic management, the program will enable beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight operations in Singapore’s densely populated urban environment while ensuring safety. Drone pilots will remotely operate and monitor BVLOS drones from a Drone Operations Center. Over a two-year period, consortium members will integrate complementary technologies and conduct rigorous tests to demonstrate the reliability and safety of the system.
“Our goal is to make it possible for any enterprise who needs to fly drones BVLOS in Singapore to easily do so in a safe and effective manner,” said Ong Jiin Joo, Future Flight’s Project Director and CTO of Garuda Robotics.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) is exploring how to use drones to form an aerial supply chain. “SCDF is in discussions with Garuda Robotics to explore the feasibility of utilizing BVLOS drones in our operations,” said AC Yazid Abdullah, Director, Medical Department/SCDF. “We look forward to enabling first response teams to save more lives by building an aerial delivery method for critical life-saving supplies,” said Mark Yong, Co-founder and CEO of Garuda Robotics. “Skyfront is extremely excited to provide delivery drones for the consortium, as we believe our ultra long endurance VTOL technology can save lives, improve response times, and reduce costs, without putting further lives at risk,” said Dr Troy Mestler, CEO of Skyfront.
Parkway Pantai, which operates Mount Elizabeth, Mount Elizabeth Novena, Gleneagles and Parkway East hospitals in Singapore, plans to transport blood samples and specimens by drone between these four hospitals and its central laboratory. “Parkway Pantai is always exploring new ways to provide quality healthcare to our customers more efficiently. Emerging technologies like unmanned aircraft systems allow us to unlock new opportunities in how we deliver care more expediently and better serve our patients,” said Phua Tien Beng, Chief
Executive Officer, Singapore Operations Division, Parkway Pantai. “We are excited to be part of the consortium by providing our capability in high payload, long range drones for blood sample deliveries,” said Wesley Zheng, Co-founder of Volans-i.
“Temasek Polytechnic-Security Industry Institute (SII), a CET centre for Security WSQ training, is an advocate for adoption of technology in the security industry,” said Johnson Ng, Head of the Temasek Polytechnic-Security Industry Institute. SII will enable their security company members to respond rapidly to security incidents and fire alarms with drones. “Drones will benefit security operations in the area of surveillance and SII plans to roll out more security technology-related courses in the near future.”
In addition to Garuda Robotics, Flare Dynamics is the other holder of the CAAS Unmanned Operator Permit (UOP) in the consortium. “We are excited by this opportunity to work with CAAS and the consortium to make BVLOS a possibility,” said Vincent Loh, Flare Dynamics’ Co-founder and sales director.
To enable these use cases, the consortium will build and test a single framework for authorizing, monitoring, and coordinating large numbers of heterogeneous aircraft. This framework will enable the generation and approval of flight paths, and the identification and authentication of aircraft and pilots against a secure registry. Fault tolerant and secure public or private communications networks; remote takeoff and landing stations; and advanced onboard detect-and-avoid capabilities will also be developed. The consortium further aims to create standards for national airspace deconfliction; perform detailed risk modeling and concept of operations analysis; and propose methods for providing real-time public access to information about BVLOS drone flights.
“We look forward to leveraging our engineering capabilities and superior islandwide mobile network to deliver high quality aerial coverage and enable seamless connectivity around the drones’ fly zones,” said Tay Yeow Lian, Managing Director of Networks for Consumer Singapore at Singtel.
“As a pioneer in developing solutions for unmanned machines using standards-based private LTE networks, Arete M strongly believes in the vision of BVLOS operations with guaranteed Quality of Service, low latency and freedom from interference,” said Dr PS Tang, Managing Director of Arete M.
“AirMap is proud to be the UTM provider for the Future Flight Consortium and bring our experience in global UTM deployments to Singapore’s growing drone economy,” said Ben Marcus, AirMap co-founder and Chairman.
“For the vision to become a viable reality, Gemalto is proud to bring state of the art security technologies to manufacturers, service operators and public authorities.” said Benjamin Binet, Vice President Marketing Mobile Services and IoT at Gemalto.
“Being part of this consortium has tremendous implication on how we, together with other consortium partners, can play our part in convincing insurance companies in Singapore – which traditionally rate risk on historical data – to move to a dynamic pricing model augmented by technology,” said David Ong, CEO of Acorn International Network Pte Ltd.
“We are pleased to be a part of this consortium, and look forward to achieving great results together,” commented Dr Sutthiphong Srigrarom, Associate Professor, Aerospace Systems, University of Glasgow Singapore.
Results from the consortium’s activities will be published at https://futureflight.sg . Through this two-year project, the consortium aims to increase UAS adoption across a variety of sectors including maritime, aviation, construction, security and public safety, ultimately enabling productivity gains, cost savings and improvements in workplace safety. (Source: UAS VISION)
24 Jul 18. What the new defense bill means for cyber. U.S. House and Senate negotiators have agreed to a defense policy bill that would forge America’s cybersecurity posture through reporting mandates, additional spending and new programs. The 2,522-page legislation released July 23 heads back to both chambers for approval, and must be signed by President Donald Trump to become law. The proposed bill requires the Trump administration to provide more clarification on its cyber policy, which Democrats called “insufficient.” The legislation comes as the Trump administration has removed the top cybersecurity job in the National Security Council. Government contractors have told Fifth Domain they are not aware of who is leading cyber-policy inside the administration. Among the other cyber provisions proposed by the Republican led House and Senate:
Foreign policy focuses on cyber big four
The legislation took aim at the four countries who have been consistently identified as America’s biggest digital adversaries — Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. The proposal said that if any of the four countries attack the U.S. in cyberspace the Trump administration can take proportional action, although it likely already had the authority.
House Republicans rapped the Defense Department in their summary, warning that other nations “are beginning to outpace U.S. capabilities” in electronic and cyberwarfare. They added the department has been struggling to implement the two capabilities “coherently” for years. The bill forced the Trump administration to report new strategies for both domains. The bill also requires the Trump administration to develop a cyber strategy for the defense of NATO, which comes two weeks after a summit where the White House cast doubt on the alliance. In addition, it provides additional funding to combat Russian cyberwarfare and influence operations. However, a provision to reinstate sanctions on Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE was not included in the bill. It is a victory for the Trump administration, who has fought to remove sanctions on ZTE as it negotiates a trade deal with Beijing.
Added contractor and executive oversight
On the domestic front, the proposed legislation attempted to hold the Trump administration and defense community accountable for malicious hacks. The legislation requires congressional reports on cyberattacks that involve the military or defense contractors. It comes after a string of high-profile hacks on defense firms. In June, the Washington Post reported that Chinese hackers stole 614 gigabytes of material from a naval contractor. It appears the largest portion of new dedicated cybersecurity funding is directed to missile defense, although the legislation added more than $100 for test infrastructure which includes cybersecurity, directed energy and hypersonic testing. A new cyberspace solarium commission was also included in the proposal. Modeled around the body which forged nuclear strategy during the Eisenhower administration, the solarium hopes to set the course for America’s future cyber strategy. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
24 Jul 18. How Congress wants DoD to tackle AI and machine learning in 2019. Congress used its annual defense policy bill to require leadership at the Department of Defense to double down on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Pentagon officials have repeatedly said artificial intelligence is a critical technology to staying ahead of potential adversaries. Earlier this month, the Defense Department reorganized its leadership structure to put a greater emphasis on emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence. In addition, the Pentagon said it plans to spend $1.7bn over the next five years to stand up a new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, according to new budgeting figures. Most recently, in an agreement between Congressional negotiators released July 23, lawmakers called for the Pentagon to establish a new commission to review advances in AI technology, a 15-member body that would meet regularly until October 2020. Members will be appointed by the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Commerce and members of congressional defense committees. The commission will focus on AI, machine learning and associated technology with respect to national security and defense. It is expected to review the competitiveness of U.S. technology and foreign advances in AI, potential workforce and education incentives to attract and recruit talent for AI and machine learning technology jobs and research ways to foster emphasis and investments in research to stimulate the development of AI technology. The commission is tasked with presenting an initial report to the President and Congress within 180 days of the passage of the bill. It is also expected to produce annual comprehensive reports on the same topics, which will be publicly available. In addition to the new commission, the NDAA bill establishes other changes to address AI, machine learning and quantum science technology. They include:
A designated official to coordinate AI and machine learning technology development The bill instructs the Secretary of Defense to designate an official who will be responsible for “developing a strategic plan to develop, adopt and transition artificial intelligence technologies into operational use.” This version encourages the official to partner with industry, academia and private industries, and use the “flexibility of regulations and acquisition,” to develop and field AI and machine learning technology for the Department of Defense.
Reports submitted by the Secretary of Defense about US competitiveness in emerging technologies
The bill also requires that the Secretary of Defense and Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency submit classified reports that compare the capabilities of the United States and its adversaries in emerging technology areas. The reports are expected to evaluate hypersonic, AI, quantum information science and directed energy weapons technologies. The NDAA bill says that reports should include evaluations of spending, quantity, quality, test infrastructure, work force and the willingness of adversaries to use technology.
Improving the Air Force supply chain
The NDAA bill allows the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics to use funds for “non-traditional technologies and sustainment practices [which includes artificial intelligence] to increase the availability of aircraft to the Air Force and decrease backlogs and lead times for the production of parts.” The assistant secretary is able to use up to $42.8m for research, development, test and evaluation. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
24 Jul 18. Israeli Embedded AI Processor Startup Hailo Targets Japan and South Korea. Breakthrough deep learning processor boosts processing power of autonomous vehicles, smart home appliances, cameras and TVs. Hailo, developers of a proprietary chip technology for deep learning on edge devices, is extending its efforts to work with technology and business partners in Japan and South Korea. Hailo’s executives will participate in a delegation of Israeli mobility startups that will be visiting the two East Asian powerhouses at the end of July and into the first week of August. In Japan, Hailo will present its achievements and plans in front of 400 automotive industry executives at an event co-arranged by Azapa Corporation and the Israel-based Innovation Center Drive TLV. Additionally, senior Hailo executives led by the company’s CEO, Orr Danon, will conduct business meetings with Japanese and Korean technology companies. Hailo, established in early 2017, emerged out of stealth mode in June and announced that it had completed $12.5m Series A funding round that will help the startup further develop its deep learning microprocessor, which will deliver datacenter processing capacity to edge devices. This latest funding round brings the total raised to date by the Tel Aviv-based company to $16m. Hailo’s breakthrough deep learning processor, whose initial samples are expected to enter the market in H1 2019, will be able to run embedded AI applications on edge devices that are installed in autonomous vehicles, drones, and smart home appliances such as personal assistants, smart cameras and smart TVs, alongside IoT, AR and VR platforms, wearables and security products. The Hailo processor radically reduces size, power and cost, making it suitable for local processing of high-resolution sensory data in real time. The automotive industry, one of Hailo’s key markets, is undergoing a major disruption and is rapidly adopting Deep Learning methods to enable advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving applications that require sensing and processing of the environment. According to IC Insights, ICs used in automobiles and other vehicles are expected to generate global sales of $42.9bn in 2021, compared to $22.9bn in 2016. Existing general-purpose processor infrastructure cannot run compute-intensive deep learning algorithms necessary for these applications. In early July, Hailo was named one of the 20 Most Promising Startups in Israel by the prestigious business publication TheMarker Magazine. According to a market research by IDC, total spending on cognitive and AI systems in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan), has totaled $458.0m in 2017 alone, reflecting an increase of 53.3% over 2016. South Korea ICT Ministry has recently published a national plan that aims to invest around 2.2trn won (around $2bn) by 2022 in order to boost the country’s AI R&D capabilities and transform the country into one of the world’s top four AI powerhouses. As part of the strategy, South Korea is planning to establish six new AI research institutes. In Japan, the Japanese government published its artificial intelligence technology strategy that details top areas for R&D, focusing on the themes of productivity, medical care and health, and mobility. The strategy also encourages collaboration between industry, government, and academia to advance AI research.
24 Jul 18. Did DISA make the cut in the FY19 defense bill? The Defense Information Systems Agency appears to have been saved from the axe, for now. Tucked in the conference report from the Senate and House Armed Services Committees’ annual defense authorization bill, congressional negotiators softened House language that sought to eliminate DISA in favor of creating greater efficiencies within the Department of Defense. Rather, the conference report directs the DoD’s chief management officer to conduct a series of ongoing reviews assessing the efficiencies and effectiveness of each defense agency and DoD field activity. The measure stems from the initiative of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, to slash Pentagon bureaucracy by targeting so-called fourth estate agencies: agencies that don’t fall under a single uniformed service and don’t report directly to the secretary of defense. According to the House Armed Services Committee summary of the bill, these agencies make up 20 percent of DoD’s overall budget. DISA oversees the operation of DoD networks and IT, as well as significant parts of federal communications, mobility, satellite communications and cloud services. The agency has a total budget of nearly $10bn and more than 5,000 employees and 7,500 contractors. Officials at the agency have repeatedly declined to discuss a possible closure, saying they do not comment on pending legislation. While earlier drafts of the policy bill from the House targeted DISA directly by name, the conference report eliminates the direct mention of the agency. The bill calls for a review by January 1, 2020, to identify each activity of an agency that is substantially similar to or duplicative of an activity carried out by another DoD entity or is not being performed to an adequate level to meet DoD needs. Such a review shall be conducted in an ongoing, periodic basis, but no less frequent than every four years, the legislation says. A follow-on report, due to Congress 90 days after the aforementioned review, will contain a list of each agency or field activity the CMO has determined operates efficiently and effectively and without substantially redundant functions. For agencies not included in the list, the bill notes that a plan to better meet DoD needs must be developed to rationalize the functions of the agency or transfer some of the agency’s responsibilities to other organizations. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
24 Jul 18. Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that its next-generation ruggedized battle management hardware successfully supported Australian Armored Cavalry Regiment M1A1SA tanks during the recent Exercise Hamel. The hardware provides the Army’s armored cavalry units improved connectivity within the Australian Defence Force as well as increased U.S., Joint, and Coalition battle management system interoperability in the field. The system was featured for the first time in an operational exercise and successfully connected the main battle tanks to the Army’s battle management network. Prior to integrating the battle management hardware, the tanks had not been able to communicate on this mission-critical network.
“In close cooperation with the Australian Army, together we have provided a combat-proven system that gives commanders, leaders, and Soldiers improved situational awareness and is a mission-critical tool to ensure success on the battlefield,” said Jerry Hathaway, vice president and general manager of DRS Land Electronics business. “DRS is grateful for the collaborative relationship with the Commonwealth of Australia in support of the highly successful Exercise HAMEL. DRS looks forward to leveraging our recent $841M US Army battle management system hardware award into integrated, scalable solutions for emerging Commonwealth of Australia needs. These ultra-rugged computers are part of a long line of combat-proven hardware, for a wide range of platforms, we have provided our allies in the Australian Army,” Hathaway said.
The Army is demonstrating the Leonardo DRS battle management hardware in this environment with the goal of showing that it is able to be used continuously in a complex, maneuver-intensive operational environment. The system gives users the capability to support, not only systems like Blue Force Tracking, but will also be able to run all Australian Army battle management system applications, integrate all required Line of Sight and Beyond Line of Sight communications, and integrate cameras and other sensors all in one computer. The rugged dismountable and out of the hatch BMS tablet capability was used by tank platoon leaders, 2nd In Commands, and Troop Commanders on their tanks to conduct mission planning and digital rehearsals within the unit and present their plans to attached units. The DRS equipment fulfills the Australian Army mission requirements today and is fundamental to providing future capabilities like the Health and Usage Management System, Weapons System Integration, sensor integration, and future upgrades to the network architecture.
21 Jul 18. DISA announces 3 new contracts to modernize communication. The Defense Information Systems Agency has announced a program that it says will improve cyber capabilities and eliminate legacy network technology and infrastructure in the Pacific theater. The program, known as Pacific Enterprise Services – Hawaii (PES-HI), will modernize the Defense Department’s information networks and communications infrastructure in Hawaii. The program consists of three contract vehicles to buy information network infrastructure services and upgrade internet protocol technology. The improvements will allow users of the DoD Information Network and communications technology in Hawaii to access features such as Voice over Internet Protocol and web conferencing.
“Long term, PES–HI will modernize communications infrastructure to meet DoD requirements and provide cost savings and survivability to Pacific Command customers,” Army Maj. Ernesto Gumbs, the deputy program manager, said in a July 18 news release.
PES–HI also will update technology provided under the previous contract vehicle, Joint Hawaii Information Transfer System (JHITS). AT&T had been the contractor on that program since 2006, when it won a $250m deal. JHITS provided more than 45,000 Defense Switched Network telephone services for U.S. personnel in areas such as Singapore and Wake Island and 3,100 point-to-point intra-Hawaii transmission circuits for DoD telecommunications. Legacy services provided by JHITS were absorbed into the PES – HI program when it started, Gumbs said. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
23 Jul 18. NAVAIR pursues future towed self-protection technologies for F/A-18E/F. The US Navy (USN) is investigating systems and technologies for a new towed radio frequency (RF) countermeasures system to protect the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter in hostile RF environments. In a request for information (RFI) released on 18 July, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has requested industry to provide technical and programme-related information for a potential offboard Dual Band Decoy (DBD) system for the aircraft. The DBD programme is intended to serve as a replacement for the BAE Systems ALE-55(V) Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy and the Raytheon ALE-50 Advanced Airborne Expendable Decoy systems currently deployed by the F/A-18E/F. Industry has also been requested to provide information on concepts for the DBD and the maturity of associated technologies. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 Jul 18. Sustainable tactical data communication: HENSOLDT presents the first modified MIDS terminal to the BAAINBw. With this upgrade, the sensor solution house supports the Bundeswehr in continuing to comprehensively fulfil its military mission in the future as part of a data network. Taufkirchen, Germany, 20th July 2018 – Since the beginning of the millennium, the Bundeswehr has used the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) for secure and protected mobile tactical communication via Link-16 in its own and in joint missions with user states inside and outside of NATO. In order to continue using the MIDS Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) in the coming decade and beyond, a so-called Block Upgrade 2 (BU2) is required. As part of this conversion, the terminals’ hardware and software will be comprehensively modernized, in particular to significantly increase data throughput and to adapt crypto components and frequency management to new requirements. At the end of June 2018, the first converted terminals were ceremonially presented to representatives of the Bundeswehr. With these so-called risk reduction terminals, the WTD 81 and other Bundeswehr services can carry out technical investigations, integration and qualification on the working platforms (including Tornado, Eurofighter, A400M, frigates, corvettes, Joint Fire Support Team and Link-16 radio network). HENSOLDT Customer Service has been commissioned to carry out the conversion of almost four hundred MIDS terminals of the German Armed Forces. The project includes the integration of modified or renewed assemblies and components under the responsibility of the EuroMIDS partner companies, as well as the subsequent re-qualification of the modified terminals. The project will be carried out in the coming years at the Taufkirchen site. The companies HENSOLDT, Thales, Leonardo and Indra are equally involved in the EuroMIDS consortium. EuroMIDS supplies and supports the majority of MIDS terminals in use in Germany, France, Italy and Spain. HENSOLDT has developed the power amplifier for the terminals supplied by EuroMIDS and has produced more than 6,000 units and delivered them to EuroMIDS, but also to the American company ViaSat, which previously produced MIDS terminals as well. HENSOLDT Customer Services supports the terminals used by the Bundeswehr and the Austrian Armed Forces as well as all power amplifiers used inside and outside NATO.
20 Jul 18. Leonardo launches SPIDER COMINT system. Leonardo unveiled its new Spider airborne communications intelligence (COMINT) system at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. SPIDER has been developed in the UK and operates in the 20 MHz to 6 GHz band, is designed to “detect, identify, analyse and geolocate” emissions. Jan Boyes, head of ISR and air mobility sales, Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems, told Jane’s that the system is aimed primarily for use on fixed wing platforms similar to the King Air 350, on medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (MALE UAVs) and on helicopters. SPIDER comprises a single antenna array mounted on a 1.4 x .4m baseplate, which would typically be mounted on the belly of an aircraft within a fairing. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
19 Jul 18. The US Army wants to build a better signals intelligence force. The Army’s top intelligence official signed the service’s new signals intelligence strategy July 16, a move that defense leaders believe leaves the Army better situated to better fight despite electronic warfare and cyber attacks. The new strategy ensures “our readiness to provide timely and relevant SIGINT-support [and meet] the commander’s information needs in a large scale combat operation against a sophisticated adversary,” Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, said July 18 during an event on Capitol Hill hosted by the Association of Old Crows. Officials say the integration of SIGINT, electronic warfare and cyber is critical from a material, organization and doctrinal perspective.
“Not only will our four lines of effort improve our SIGINT corps’ capabilities and relevance in the face of rapid changes in the global security environment, it will also enable our electronic warfare and cyberspace effort to meet new challenges,” Berrier said.
The four initiatives in the new strategy include:
– Organizing and building the Army SIGINT force,
– Educating the force,
– Equipping the force, and
– Developing doctrine.
The new strategy increases the Army’s ability to collect intelligence against peer adversaries, such as China and Russia, and provides a firm foundation for successful electronic warfare and cyber operations, Berrier said. A key component of the convergence includes the new Terrestrial Layer System (TLS), a SIGINT/EW system projected to be fielded on vehicles and used by new military intelligence-electronic warfare (MI-EW) companies the Army is working to stand up. The Army wants SIGINT, electronic warfare and cyber systems on the same platforms in the air and ground domain, Maj. Gen. Robert Walters, commander of the Intelligence Center of Excellence, said at the event. These systems, Berrier said, should be able to not only sense the environment but employ some type of action such as electronic attack or cyber capability.
Officials have stressed repeatedly in the last year the need for colleagues in similar disciplines throughout the Army to stay in touch and reap the mutually beneficial equities on behalf of commanders in the field. Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, the head of Army Cyber Command, said commanders shouldn’t have to have something explained to them by the EW guy, the SIGINT guy and then the cyber guy.
“What we decided is there’s a better way, we have to pull it all together” for the commander, he said at the event. “We’re going to have to work together because we all operate in the same space. And so do we really need three separate tools to plan operations in the spectrum? My argument would be no.”
From an organizational perspective, the 29 series electronic warfare personnel will have deep knowledge in both cyber and electromagnetic spectrum operations. On the materiel side, especially with programs like the Terrestrial Layer System, the cyber and intel community are meeting regularly to integrate their requirements, officials said. In addition, Maj. Gen. John Morrison, commander of the Cyber Center of Excellence, told reporters in June that the Intelligence Center of Excellence is working with the Cyber Center to help ensure integrated formation and integrated capabilities. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
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