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17 Apr 13. DoD CIO Teri Takai designated DISA as the DoD cloud broker last summer. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) reports that it has met initial operational capability (IOC) in its mission as the cloud broker for the Department of Defense. DoD CIO Teri Takai designated DISA as the DoD cloud broker in June 2012. In this role, DISA will enable the department to obtain secure, dependable, resilient, multi-provider cloud computing capabilities that will enhance mission effectiveness, improve IT efficiencies, and meet Joint Information Environment objectives. According to the release, DISA has performed cybersecurity assessments of the two commercial cloud services that have been granted Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board Provisional Authorizations. Approval for use of these two commercial cloud services for information approved for public release is imminent, says DISA. (Source: Defense Systems)

24 Apr 13. Sigma Labs, Inc. has signed a Joint Technology Development Agreement (JTDA) with a Fortune 100 aerospace manufacturer for the purpose of collaborating on Sigma Labs 3D additive manufacturing systems. The agreement will accelerate the development and commercialization of products based on Sigma Labs core IPQA® technology, a.k.a., PrintRite3D™. Sigma Labs’ partner currently is making significant and industry-leading advances in 3D printing technology, primarily for aviation & aerospace metal components. 3D metal printing technology is a process that involves taking digital designs from computer aided design (CAD) software, and laying horizontal cross-sections to manufacture the part. In related news, Sigma Labs is in final discussions with Interactive Machines, Inc. to complete a joint venture agreement between the two companies to complete the breakthrough 3D metal prototype machine previously announced on March 14, 2013. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

23 Apr 13. The Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) waveform developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation was successfully demonstrated in a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program flight test, validating an eight-year development effort to advance communication among fifth-generation aircraft. MADL is a high-data-rate, directional communications link. It allows coordinated tactics and engagement to bring significant operational advantages to fifth-generation aircraft operating in high-threat environments. MADL is a key capability provided by Northrop Grumman’s F-35 integrated communications, navigation and identification (CNI) avionics. The F-35 CNI avionics flying onboard two Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft established the MADL link between two airborne platforms for the first time. Data passed between aircraft via MADL was correlated with data from other F-35 sensors by Lockheed Martin’s fusion system to form a simplified situational awareness picture on the cockpit displays. The MADL flight test is an important element of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Block 2 software release, which provides advanced mission systems capability at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and other training and operational locations. At Edwards, MADL joined the CNI Link-16 and Variable Message Format network waveforms already in flight test on F-35 aircraft. Northrop Grumman’s integrated CNI system provides to F-35 pilots the equivalent capability of more than 27 avionics subsystems. By using its industry-leading software-defined radio technology, Northrop Grumman’s design allows the simultaneous operation of multiple critical functions while greatly reducing size, weight and power demands on the advanced fighter. These functions include Identification Friend or Foe, automatic acquisition of fly-to points, and various voice and data communications, including MADL, which was approved by the

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