Space Rapid Capabilities Office slates $1B for dynamic space ops C2

WASHINGTON — The Space Rapid Capabilities Office (SpRCO) has tapped 20 firms to compete for up to $1 billion in task orders for command and control software to manage future highly maneuverable satellites. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract for SpRCO’s Rapid Resilient Command and Control, nicknamed R2C2, project “will develop, integrate, and demonstrate capabilities for... Read more about Space Rapid Capabilities Office slates $1B for dynamic space ops C2

US Air Force says it’s on verge of rapid electronic warfare updates

The Air Force is “very close” to being able to rapidly update electronic warfare systems with fresh battlefield data in a matter of hours, one of the service’s commanders said Wednesday. Col. Josh Koslov, commander of the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing , has set an ambitious goal of updating EW systems within three hours, instead of days. In a webcast hosted by C4ISRNET , Koslov said that three-hour... Read more about US Air Force says it’s on verge of rapid electronic warfare updates

AFRL seeks ‘advanced’ ISR sensors, including for moving targets

WASHINGTON — Air Force Research Laboratory is seeking bidders for a new initiative to develop new radars for a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, including tracking moving targets for use by the Air Force, Space Force, Army and Navy. Under the Science and Technology Applied RF Systems (STARS) program, estimated to cost a total of nearly $95 million over six... Read more about AFRL seeks ‘advanced’ ISR sensors, including for moving targets

DOD’s GigEagle Uses AI to Solve Tech Talent Challenges

Earlier this year, GigEagle Agile Talent Ecosystem Initiative Director Brig. Gen. Michael McGinley got a call from a joint program leader who was looking for a software developer to fill a temporary position. Using GigEagle, the Defense Department’s first AI-driven joint talent marketplace designed to match reservists, and others with short-term DOD assignments, McGinley was able to identify 197... Read more about DOD’s GigEagle Uses AI to Solve Tech Talent Challenges

As Pace of Launches Explodes, USSF Eyes Upgrades and Expansion for Spaceports

As the commercial and military space sectors continue their rapid growth, the Space Force is planning to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade its launch facilities—and will consider expanding to other locations, a top general said May 21. Such moves are necessary because the U.S. military’s launch infrastructure and workforce has not kept pace with the increasing number of launches... Read more about As Pace of Launches Explodes, USSF Eyes Upgrades and Expansion for Spaceports

Space Force and Starfish Space lay out their roadmap for satellite docking mission

The U.S. Space Force says a Pentagon partnership with Tukwila, Wash.-based Starfish Space will result in a “first-of-its-kind docking mission” aimed at adding to the maneuverability of national security assets on orbit. Starfish Space’s $37.5 million contract for a demonstration of the startup’s Otter satellite docking spacecraft was awarded two weeks ago , but the Space Force’s Space Systems... Read more about Space Force and Starfish Space lay out their roadmap for satellite docking mission

The United States Air Force's Focus on AI Research and Development

In the vast expanse of the digital frontier, where cutting-edge technology meets the demands of modern warfare, the United States Air Force stands at the forefront of innovation. Among its arsenal of advancements, artificial intelligence emerges as a pivotal force, shaping the future of aerial dominance and national security.   Nestled within the corridors of research institutions and laboratories... Read more about The United States Air Force's Focus on AI Research and Development

AFRL announces ORION, a new 'star' in emerging technology landscape

ROME, N.Y. — The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, in collaboration with several partners, including Assured Information Security, Quanterion Solutions, Griffiss Institute, NYSTEC, and Cisco, has introduced ORION, "a technology accelerator and innovation ecosystem that is revolutionizing military and cyber capabilities within the Internet of Things." ORION, an acronym for Open... Read more about AFRL announces ORION, a new 'star' in emerging technology landscape

The US Air Force is teaching AI to navigate aircraft in case GPS gets taken out in a future fight

In a future war, electronic warfare and anti-satellite weapons could leave the US military without GPS, a critical tool for navigation and targeting. That challenge has prompted the US Air Force to experiment with using artificial intelligence as an alternative navigation method. It is just one of the many AI projects for the US military that could reshape warfare. If the US were to go to war with... Read more about The US Air Force is teaching AI to navigate aircraft in case GPS gets taken out in a future fight

Air Force project blends military and commercial space networks

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force is gearing up for a demonstration next year of a satellite communications network that can seamlessly integrate government-owned and commercial constellations on a single, secure military terminal. The demonstration is a key milestone in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet, or DEUCSI — a program launched in... Read more about Air Force project blends military and commercial space networks