Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

General Dynamics contracted for Shadow Compass prototype
by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2016

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a $14.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop the U.S. Air Force's Shadow Compass prototype.

The work will include software and reports.

The company will design, develop, integrate, test and demonstrate the delivery of the prototype.

The system, for intelligence use, must correlate geospatial intelligence, signals intelligence, cyber indicators and warning data streams.

Work will be performed in Virginia and is expected to be completed by May 2018.

The project was competitively bid, with the service receiving two offers.

US nuke force still using floppy disks: report
Washington (AFP) May 26, 2016 - America's nuclear force still uses floppy disks designed in the 1970s to coordinate some of its functions, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday.

The report by the Government Accountability Office points to a number of worryingly outdated "legacy systems" still in use across the US government that are in desperate need of upgrading.

A Pentagon command and control system that "coordinates the operational functions of the United States' nuclear forces, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers, and tanker support aircrafts," runs on an IBM Series/1 computer and uses 8-inch floppy disks, the report says.

That type of computer debuted in 1976, when Gerald Ford was in the White House.

"This system remains in use because, in short, it still works," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson told AFP.

"However, to address obsolescence concerns, the floppy drives are scheduled to be replaced with Secure Digital devices by the end of 2017," she added.

"Modernization across the entire Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) enterprise remains ongoing."

According to the GAO report, the Pentagon is planning to fully replace the system by the end of 2020.

The GAO said the federal government is spending a lot more on "operations and maintenance" of its computer systems than it is on "development, modernization and enhancement."

Last year, for instance, the government spent $61.2 billion on operations and maintenance, compared to $19.2 billion in the other category.

The report also found that the Treasury Department uses "assembly language code," which was initially designed in the 1950s.

The Office of Management and Budget has started an initiative to replace the legacy IT systems, "but until this policy is finalized and fully executed, the government runs the risk of maintaining systems that have outlived their effectiveness," the report states.

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only


Related Links
The latest in Military Technology for the 21st century at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
FLIR Systems launches ground surveillance products
Wilsonville, Ore. (UPI) May 25, 2016
FLIR Systems has launched new ground surveillance tools for border security and force protection. The products announced at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Florida are the LTV-X Light Tactical Vehicle and the FLIR Ranger R6SS portable radar. The LTV-X is a tactical reconnaissance vehicle featuring multiple integrated sensors, such as the TacFLIR 280-HD multis ... read more

Lockheed receives Aegis development contract

Harris continues support services for missile defense systems

Israel successfully tests missile defence system at sea: army

US missile shield in Romania goes live to Russian fury

Russia's new missile has 250-mile reach

MBDA contracted for Spear 3 missile development

Lockheed gets $321M Long Range Anti-Ship Missile contract

Thousands of Hellfire missiles for UAE

Estonian military tests unmanned ground vehicle

U.S. evaluates new Tether Eye ISR platform

Call to minimize drone impact on wildlife

Pentagon Buys 'Safe Solution' for Zapping Drones Out of the Sky

Elbit contracted for tactical communications systems

SpeedCast to build ground station for X-band Satcom Services in Asia-Pacific

Airbus Defence and Space opens a ground station in Australia for its Skynet military satellite

Navy orders additional Digital Modular Radios

Loitering, lethal airborne system for U.S. Army on way

Navistar Defense receives MRAP upgrade contract

US concerned about precision bomb shortage: official

SNC gets contract modification for Thor II counter-IED device

EU arms exports to Egypt fuel killings, torture: Amnesty

EU arms exports to Egypt fuel killings, torture: Amnesty

U.K. regulator cuts Rolls-Royce defense contract

White House threatens veto over House defense bill

Russia to raise military presence on disputed Kuril islands

Chinese state media warns G7 against South China Sea 'meddling'

Beijing lines up diplomatic battle groups over South China Sea

G7 says 'concerned' by situation in East, South China seas

The next generation of carbon monoxide nanosensors

Top-down design brings new DNA structures to life

Physicists create first metamaterial with rewritable magnetic ordering

Little ANTs: Researchers build the world's tiniest engine

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement