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30 Mar 13. United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent no. 8,406,465, on March 26, 2013, to The Boeing Company, titled as “Aircraft contrail detection.” Inventors: Garrett; Timothy Mark (St. Louis, MO). Assignee: The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL). According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: “Concepts and technologies described herein provide for the detection of aircraft contrails through the identification of contrail shadows in real time imagery provided during a flight. According to one aspect of the disclosure provided herein, aircraft flight data is received at a contrail detection computer. This data is used to locate an antisolar point on a surface of the earth from the perspective of the aircraft in flight. Real time imagery of an opaque or semi-opaque surface below the aircraft that encompasses the antisolar point is received and analyzed for a contrail indicator. When the contrail indicator is detected, it is determined that the aircraft is creating a contrail.” The patent was filed on December 9, 2009 Application no. 12/634,278. (Source: Open Source Information Report/Avionics)
02 Apr 13. Record sales for Sentinel protection. Sonardyne International Ltd. is celebrating a record sales quarter for its Sentinel Intruder Detection Sonar (IDS) for permanent installation at multiple locations across the USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Over the coming months, Sentinel will be deployed in multiple head configurations with integrated command and control solutions to protect strategic harbours and critical infrastructure for a range of Government and energy customers. Including options, installation, training and through-life technical support and maintenance, the contracts are valued at over US$20m. Deliveries will commence in the second quarter of 2013 and continue into 2014. Recognised as the world’s best performing intruder detection sonar on the market, Sentinel has developed a strong reputation worldwide, protecting strategically important waterside facilities, ports, vessels and military assets. The system reliably detects, tracks and classifies underwater targets approaching a protected asset, providing security personnel with advanced threat warnings.
29 Mar 13. Army CIO must improve security for commercial mobile devices, says IG. The Army CIO has failed so far to implement an effective cybersecurity program for commercial mobile devices (CMDs), and until the service does so its networks will remain vulnerable to cyberattack and possible leaks of sensitive data, according to a report from the Defense Department’s Inspector General. The DOD IG study sought to determine whether the Army had an effective cybersecurity program that was capable of identifying and mitigating risks around CMDs and removable media. During site inspections, IG officials sought to verify whether Army officials were properly tracking, configuring and sanitizing CMDs. In the course of its investigation, the DOD found that the Army CIO had failed to appropriately track CMDs and that the office apparently was unaware of more than 14,000 CMDs used throughout the service, DOD IG officials said in the report. (Source: Defense Systems)
28 Mar 13. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has completed its first assessment of the military’s major automated information systems (MAIS), and reports mixed results—particularly for the Army’s Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-A) and the Air Force’s Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System’s (DEAMS)—though Navy CANES received better marks. Of the 14 selected Department of Defense MAIS programs, the GAO reports that: 9 stayed within their planned cost estimates, while 5 did not (with cost increases ranging from 3 to 578 percent); 5 programs remained on schedule, while 9 experienced delays (ranging from 6 m