Military

Northrop Grumman To Support DARPA OFFSET Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Phase 1 Swarm Systems Integrator for the Agency’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program. As part of the program, Northrop Grumman will launch its first open architecture test bed and is seeking participants to create and test their own swarm-based tactics on the platform. Northrop Grumman is teamed with Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) and the Interactive Computing Experiences Research Cluster, directed by Dr. Joseph LaViola at the University of Central Florida.

Patriot One Strengthens Management For Efficiency And Growth

Patriot One Technologies Inc. announced several new appointments and a subsequent management realignment aimed at advancing its business policies, innovation management, and operational activities. Mr. Robert Lex is appointed as Vice President of Operations, Dr. Paul Rice, Ph.D. as Vice President of Research, Radar Systems and Mr. Martin Cronin, Company CEO will assume the role of President. These efforts are part of a phased strategy in response to a growing multi-national workforce and are aimed at streamlining enterprise focus on value delivery.

Canadian Defence To Procure VITEC MGW Diamond TOUGH Encoders

VITEC, has been awarded a contract by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) to procure over 1,000 of the company’s MGW Diamond TOUGH encoders. The encoders will be used by the Canadian DND for its Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) project. Installed on each LAV, the MGW Diamond TOUGH appliances will encode video for situational awareness, patrolling information and intelligence gathering missions.

U.S. Army Bans DJI Drones

An August 2 memo cites ‘increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities’ with drones from China’s market-leading DJI. The U.S. Army has ordered troops to stop using consumer drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, according to an Aug. 2 memo seen by Defense One and confirmed by two Army officials. “Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction,” reads the memo from Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for plans and operations. Why? The memo cited “increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products.” Service officials declined to elaborate.

X-Band RADAR Blimps Over Washington DC Tracks Aircraft, Cars, and Boats

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland – After a protracted development program, The U.S. Army is planning to finally deploy by year’s end the first of its new airships designed to aid in air and missile threat detection for the Northeastern U.S. The deployment is highlighting what some in the nation’s defense establishment say is a vulnerability in U.S. homeland protection: the ability to detect a cruise missile targeting a U.S. city.

US Army Developing ‘Pocket-Sized’ Video Surveillance Drone

Miniature surveillance helicopters help protect frontline troops. The US Army has developed a "pocket-sized aerial surveillance device" for combat troops operating in "challenging ground environments." Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts are working on the "The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program," or CP-ISR, to develop a mobile […]

FAA Approves First Unmanned Quadrotor Already Used By U.S. Military

The Instant Eye small unmanned aerial system received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be used by an energy company, which will conduct research, development, and training to see if the system is practical for inspecting infrastructure such as pipelines, power lines, and insulators on towers. It is the first unmanned quadrotor to […]

1.8 Gigapixel ARGUS Is World’s Highest Resolution Video Surveillance Platform By DARPA

Video: duration is 4 mins 40 secs. Author: Weed Worxs Welcome to the new world where everything you do will be on surveillance. As the public worries about invasion of privacy issues from small remote controlled aircraft, here’s a real drone —you’ll never see— with a much better view of everything you do. This is […]

Fort Jackson Adds Automatic License Plate Recognition Cameras From NDI-RS

Longwood, FL (PRWEB) December 02, 2013 Fort Jackson, a U.S. Army installation in South Carolina, has added two fixed automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) cameras from NDI Recognition Systems (NDI-RS) to its existing ALPR deployments. Fort Jackson is the largest U.S. Army training center, training more than 50,000 soldiers each year. Fort Jackson uses ALPR cameras from NDI-RS to monitor vehicles on the base, which covers more than 52,000 acres. By using cameras from NDI-RS, Fort Jackson is able to take advantage of ALPR servers provided by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which maintains a statewide license plate database for all law enforcement agencies in South Carolina, using software from NDI-RS. This allows South Carolina agencies to implement ALPR from NDI-RS very efficiently and cost-effectively, since there is no cost for back-end servers or user licenses, and no extended implementation period. “By leveraging NDI Recognition System’s relationship with SLED, South Carolina law enforcement agencies and other critical installations like Fort Jackson can quickly implement our ALPR solutions,” said Christopher McKissick, Director of Sales. “Using the NDI-RS back office maintained by SLED, agencies get real-time data from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and SLED itself. This enhances security and improves safety for the Fort Jackson training center.” About NDI Recognition Systems: NDI Recognition Systems (NDI-RS) is a global provider of automated license plate recognition (ALPR) solutions for law enforcement, homeland security, and critical infrastructure security, as well as other market […]

China’s Big Drone Push

The state-run China Daily   says this is a big deal , declaring that China has “again narrowed the air-power disparity between itself and Western nations.” Others are skeptical. Chinese military bloggers note that, based on the photos, the  huge engine compromises its stealth , possibly because the Chinese Air Force has  struggled to develop its own engines . Some suspect that the Lijian is a reverse-engineered version of Russia’s Mikoyan Skat drone, equipped with a  Russian-made turbofan engine . Gerry Doyle at Sinosphere concludes that “the stealth features that would make a drone like this a potential balance-shifter  remain unproven in this design .” More From Quartz But though it might not be a game-changer, the Lijian is another landmark in China’s development of drone technology—part of a larger military buildup that the Pentagon worries could prove “ potentially destabilizing ” in the Pacific, as The New York Times reported last year. How might the Lijian “destabilize” things in the Pacific? Du Wenlong, a military expert, told Chinese reporters that the  Lijian’s combat radius is sufficient  to patrol the disputed waters around the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, which both China and Japan claim. It can also provide high-resolution video of activity in the disputed territory, a former People’s Liberation Army major general told T he South China Morning Post . Used for video surveillance, the Lijian would  escalate tension  over the islands, as Rory Medcalf, a security expert at Sydney’s Lowey Institute, says. “So, the Chinese have kind of put Japan […]