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12 Apr 06. Raytheon says it is positioning the software ‘backbone’ for an Internet-like intelligence portal to usurp the Boeing-made software architecture intended to power the C2 operations of the US Army’s FCS. Raytheon has started delivering the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) intelligence backbone, called the DIB, which is the software engine powering the dissemination of strategic intelligence data and imagery to the army, air force and navy. The Boeing-developed Systems of Systems Common Operating Environment (SOSCOE), the software architecture that will form the basis for the critical FCS networking technologies, is three years behind the DIB schedule.(Source: Jane’s Defence Weekly)

10 Apr 06. IBM unveiled a technology on Monday that aims to bring a new level of security to devices such as PDAs and mobile phones that were previously considered vulnerable to attacks. “SecureBlue”, as the technology is called, will enable encryption of data to protect it on the core processors, or central chips, that power such devices. IBM’s initiative might put pressure on processor makers Intel and AMD to step up security on their chips. The invention hard-wires encryption capabilities into a section of the central processor chip, giving a hardware solution that is faster and more efficient than existing security software. IBM hopes to license the technology to chipmakers. “More than half of enterprise data is not on the servers any more, it’s all over the place – on your Blackberry or your phone or laptop or with your business partners,” Charles Palmer, manager of security and privacy at IBM Research, told the Financial Times. “These devices are in harm’s way, but if they are subject to abuse or attack they will not yield their secrets if they have SecureBlue.” (Source: FT.com)

05 Apr 06. A Raytheon Company Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IV with control systems upgrades was successfully flight tested against a subsonic target at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Feb. 16. The upgrades will provide the U.S. Navy with improved performance at a lower cost. The SM-2 Block IV upgrade includes a new steering control section, new thrust vector actuator assembly for the boost rocket motor and a new primary missile battery as well as upgrades to the guidance and control software. The upgrade was completed as part of a value engineering project at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz. The improvement will result in a significant cost reduction of the missile.

05 Apr 06. BAE Systems has successfully completed initial 120mm mortar weapon-level launch shock tests of its semi-active laser seeker for the U.S. Army’s XM395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition (PGMM) cartridge. The seeker met all test objectives and maintained accuracy during an evaluation at Alliant Techsystems’ (ATK) rail gun test facility in Elk River, Minn.

05 Apr 06. BAE Systems has fired the 2,000th round from the Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon Concept Technology Demonstrator (NLOS-C CTD) at Yuma Proving Ground near Yuma, Ariz. The milestone marks the transition from test-firing the NLOS-C CTD to testing and integrating new hardware for the objective NLOS-C Increment 0 prototypes. The prototypes will be delivered for testing to the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems Evaluation Brigade Combat Team in 2008.

11 Apr 06. The U.S. Air Force, in conjunction with BAE Systems and SRA International, has successfully flown the Flexible Access Secure Transfer (FAST) Internet Protocol waveform. The successful concept demonstration flights took place March 29 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The flights demonstrated the ability to add high-speed Internet Protocol connectivity to the Multifunction Information Distribution Systems (MIDS) Fighter Data Link. The demonstrations were performed with an F-15, a Beechcraft King Air, and two ground stations.
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