In a press conference this week, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said that the DoD is actively addressing the incident involving the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents. Singh said that they are taking this breach seriously where classified documents containing national defense information were removed, retained, and transmitted.
Ronald S. Moultrie, undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, in coordination with John Sherman, chief information officer, and Michael B. Donley, the director of administration and management, will be leading a comprehensive review of DoD security, programs, policies and procedures. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will have initial findings and recommendations for policy and procedure improvement within 45 days. Singh reminded everyone about accessing the media, saying, “We’d encourage you to be mindful of how you are reporting and repurposing these images due to the classified nature of this information and the potential impact on national security, as well as the safety and security of our personnel, and those of our allies and partners.”
Singh also noted that while there’s a small U.S. military contingent in Ukraine, it is only to provide mission critical support to the U.S. embassy. This has already been publicly acknowledged. She said, “To be clear, there are no U.S. combat troops conducting combat operations in Ukraine.”
Contract Opportunities to Watch: Tomahawk Robotics
The U.S. Navy awarded Tomahawk Robotics a $55.0M full-rate production contract for the Flexible Cyber Secure Radio (FlexCSR) program. The FlexCSR contract has a base year award of $28.4M with four additional years for production, post-production support, and engineering services for the FlexCSR system.
FlexCSR is the first stand-alone, encrypted radio that conforms to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Communications Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JCAUS) and provides the ability to operate securely in multiple reconfigurable spectrum bands. The FlexCSR design is the result of collaboration between Tomahawk Robotics, MIT Lincoln Labs, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and the US Navy.
“We are proud to continue our work with the US Navy and to provide NSA Type 1 equivalent data links for tactical robotic communications. The FlexCSR program is emblematic of where the military is moving; robotic platforms with more robust and versatile communication capabilities needed for the more sophisticated and challenging operating environments of the future,” said Brad Truesdell, CEO of Tomahawk Robotics.
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