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24 Mar 14. GDNexus, an online community of technology providers created by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, has made available its first Need Statement for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) domain. With a focus on the intersection of analytics with image and video processing, the Need Statement will match a technology solution with a mission-critical customer requirement.
Registered members of GDNexus were immediately notified via email when this Need Statement was posted to the member portal. Members can now propose technology responses via the free web portal until the May 31, 2014 deadline. All member submissions are vetted through a comprehensive and objective review process. This helps create a level playing field for companies that might not currently supply products and solutions to the government. The GDNexus team also provides detailed feedback on every submission, based on their decades of experience supporting customers in a wide variety of domains, helping members better anticipate and meet future mission needs. Companies interested in learning more about GDNexus and becoming members of this collaborative community of innovation should visit www.GDNexus.com.
24 Mar 14. Combatant commanders and air and missile defenders have long wanted to have the same, unambiguous view of the battlespace in order to make critical decisions within seconds. Over March 18-19, U.S. Department of Defense officials saw how that objective is being achieved through a capability demonstration of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) at the Pentagon. Northrop Grumman Corporation is developing IBCS under the direction of Army IAMD Project Office, the Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. The demonstration highlighted how IBCS delivers a single integrated air picture easily understood by commanders and air defense operators to greatly enhance aircraft and missile tracking and decision making in the very complex air domain. The update also showed how IBCS can enable commanders to tailor organizations, sensors and weapons to meet the demands of diverse missions, environments and rules of engagement in a manner not achievable today. IBCS establishes the foundation for commander-centric, network-enabled operations. By networking sensors and interceptors – as opposed to simply linking them – IBCS provides wider area surveillance and broader protection areas.
IBCS replaces seven legacy command-and-control (C2) systems with a net-centric C2 to reduce single points of failure and offer the flexibility for deployment of smaller force packages. It creates a standard simplified approach via one battle command system common across the forces that eliminates the logistics tail of multiple systems and fundamentally changes the training paradigm. With its truly open systems architecture and a common, government-owned interface, IBCS enables integration of current and future sensors and weapon systems and interoperability with joint C2 and the ballistic missile defense system. The modular architecture also allows the ability to modernize sensors and weapon systems without major rework. The IBCS program resulted from analysis of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom operations to improve mission command as a top priority. Significant IBCS program milestones include planned flight tests late this year at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
21 Mar 14. Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall and IAI/ELTA successfully test MASS and NavGuard ship protection systems. The Bundeswehr, Rheinmetall and the Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) ELTA Group have successfully tested the MASS and NavGuard ship protection systems. The trials took place under the aegis of the German Navy in Howachter Bay in the Baltic at the end of October 2013.