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05 Mar 14. Overwatch Intelligence Solutions, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced the release of its iCommand™ 1.0 mission command solution. The new software provides military and intelligence users a cloud-enabled service for command and control (C2), operations-intelligence data convergence and sensor/platform integration to deliver real-time situational understanding and enhanced mission-centric collaboration. Tactical Operations Center mission critical information is currently spread across disjointed systems and displays, forcing personnel to scan multiple maps, live data displays, mission plans and intelligence summaries to build understanding of a situation or specific events. Much of this data is presented without context and requires cross referencing of multiple sources of information. iCommand addresses these issues by means of a cloud-based C2 suite. It integrates data into a common platform where context is built and maintained over time. This information is displayed in a unified manner, removing the need to cross reference multiple displays and documents and reducing the time it takes to make decisions. The iCommand solution enables cross-echelon integration from strategic users and platforms down to tactical units. It provides for a converged operations/intelligence battle rhythm through real-time data sharing and collaboration across organizational divides. A variety of apps make possible dynamic, multi-touch, information collaboration across users, organizations and platforms. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwired)

03 Mar 14. An ever-shifting array of budgetary constraints, evolving and increasingly sophisticated adversaries, and policies that run behind the technology they’re intended to manage create challenges for U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, according to their leaders. Adm. Cecil Haney, STRATCOM commander, and Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of CYBERCOM and director of the National Security Agency outlined their top concerns, challenges and priorities for the coming fiscal year during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Feb. 26. While the recent two-year agreement to prevent another round of sequestration has eased some of the budgetary pressures, uncertainty pervades, the commanders said. “Against this dynamic and uncertain backdrop, U.S. Strategic Command’s mission is to partner with other combatant commands to deter and detect strategic attack against the United States [and] our allies and to defeat those attacks if deterrence fails,” Haney said. “This requires increased linkages and synergies at all levels to bring integrated capabilities to bear through synchronized planning, simultaneous execution of plans and coherent strategic communications.” Adequately addressing the next-generation threats that quickly are becoming the status quo requires addressing particular shortcomings, according Alexander. “I can summarize what is happening by saying that the level and variety of challenges to our nation’s security in cyberspace differs somewhat from what we saw and expected when I arrived at Fort Meade in 2005,” Alexander said in his testimony. “We have some key capability gaps in dealing with these increasingly capable threats.” Among those gaps is a landscape that favors adversaries over defenders, as well as deficiencies in cyber forces as well as cyber weapons and systems, Alexander said. Furthermore, the laws and authorities that govern action in cyberspace have not caught up with threats and realities, he noted. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)

03 Mar 14. Russians open cyber front in Crimea. Russia is using cyberspace operations to support military incursion into Ukraine. Russia’s incursion into Ukraine’s Crimea places a spotlight once again on Russia’s employment of cyberspace operations in support of geostrategic object

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