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08 Feb 14. Military radar simulator facilitates receiver testing and operator training. New from Link Microtek is a portable radar signal generator that is specifically designed for military applications in field or maritime environments, where it can be used for either testing radar receivers or training operators in object detection and recognition and electronic warfare. Manufactured by Ace Wavetech, the Multiple Radar Signal Simulator replicates real radar signal characteristics such as frequency, phase, pulse, modulation and scan type. It incorporates a signal data library with up to 1024 entries and is capable of generating as many as 17 pulse signals per bank with a minimum power level of 15dBm. Receive bands are available in the range 0.5 to 40GHz and can be specified to suit customer requirements. The simulator is supplied with Ace Wavetech’s RF Signal Parameter Management software, which provides an intuitive and clearly laid out graphical user interface for configuring the signal parameters. Pulse type can be selected from CW, stable, jitter, stagger, dwell and switch, and random, with pulse widths ranging from 0.05 to 225µs and repetition intervals from 1µs to 1s. There are eleven different scan types available, including conical, track while scan, steady, circular, and lobe switching. As well as being suitable for virtual missions, the unit is able to simulate the activity of search, acquisition and tracking radars and can also create scenarios such as signal level change at scheduled time, antenna pattern measurement, and DF test using amplitude and angle of the antenna. The radar simulator is equipped with Ethernet, USB and RS-232 interfaces as standard and can be specified with optional geographic information system (GIS) tools.
13 Feb 14. The Defense Information Systems Agency is emerging as a key player in helping the Air Force acquire more enterprise services. Air Force officials said they will rely more heavily on DISA as they consolidate and standardize information systems under the Pentagon’s Joint Information Environment Initiative.
“We fundamentally need DISA to be able to deliver us capability as a service, at a very robust and secure and affordable rate, and we need it to scale extensively, and we need it to be flexible enough to meet all of our mission application needs,” said Brig. Gen. Kimberly Crider, mobilization assistant to Air Force CIO and Chief of Information Dominance Lt. Gen. Michael Basla.
Crider, who spoke at a Feb. 11 AFCEA event, said mission needs include command and control applications that require a high degree of security as well as public-facing Web apps. The Air Force is also counting on DISA’s support to move out on unified capabilities that can be integrated around the world. In terms of cloud computing, Crider noted DISA’s promising capabilities through its milCloud services, which offer on-demand development, test, and production environments.
“We’re hearing a lot about DISA here,” said Lt. Gen. Basla, who also spoke at the event. “So, look for those [request for proposals] for DISA on behalf of the department. Look for RFPs by the Army on behalf of the department.
He said the Air Force is seeking opportunities to lead, follow and partner on contracts for similar efforts. One example is the Air Force Headquarters’ recent migration to Defense Department Enterprise Email, a cloud service offered by DISA. There was no reason not to move to enterprise email, said Essye Miller, director of information management and Headquarters Air Force CIO. “The cost to maintain legacy infrastructure was becoming too much in the midst of a fiscal draw-down,” Miller said. About 7,800 unclassified email accounts and an additional 1,300 mobile devices are now operating on DoD Enterprise Email. Miller said the Air Force expects to begin migrating several tho