Mike Gruss

  • The logo of the United States Space Force is seen on the side of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA's) Atlas V rocket during the roll from the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Photo credit: United Launch Alliance
    Last of the AEHF satellites launches from Florida

    An Atlas 5 rocket successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida March 26 carrying a satellite that is expected to provide secure, jam-resistant communications for the military for the next 15 years.

  • The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Jan. 8, 2020, as part of an around-the-world deployment that includes a home port shift to San Diego, Calif. (MC3 Aja B. Jackson/Navy)
    The Navy will test pushing new software to ships at sea

    The Navy plans to test next year whether it can push new software — not just patches but new algorithms and battle-management aids — to its fleet without the assistance of in-person installation teams.

  • Rear Admiral Christian Becker, commander, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, shares how a mindset change is speeding up how data feeds preparedness and how he envisions the information warfare enterprise moving forward. (Rick Naystatt/Navy)
    The Navy’s fleet-footed plan for hardening networks

    NAVWAR Commander Rear Adm. Christian “Boris” Becker shares how a mindset change is speeding up how data feeds preparedness and how he envisions the information warfare enterprise moving forward.

  • U.S. Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy and the Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T. Shanahan hold a round table meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2019. (Sgt. Amber I. Smith/Army)
    Pentagon’s top artificial intelligence official to retire

    The Pentagon plans to announce Jan. 31 that Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, the Department of Defense’s top artificial intelligence official, will retire from the Air Force this summer, C4ISRNET has learned.

  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Gilbert, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron E-3 AWACS Sentry crew chief, inspects a tire of a KC-10 during a pre-flight inspection at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 20, 2018. The crew chief’s extensive list of responsibilities including for pre-, post- and thru-flight checks, and well as various inspections, allows them to fully understand their vital role, making them jacks-of-all-trades when it comes to repairing the aircraft. (Senior Airman Mya M. Crosby/Air Force)
    A new artificial intelligence contract to keep planes flying

    The Pentagon’s Silicon Valley outpost awarded a contract worth as much as $95 million for software that aims to predict when military aircraft will need repairs, a tool that would make more aircraft available for missions and could potentially save billions of dollars in maintenance costs.

  • U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ericka Pauly, 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, shuts down the Strategic Automated Command Control System subnet communication processor at their headquarters facility on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Oct. 3, 2014. The 625th STOS offers various airborne and ground-based capabilities, including intercontinental ballistic missile targeting nuclear command, control and communication and an aerial ICBM launch capability, which enhances the strategic deterrence of the U.S. nuclear triad. (Charles Haymond/Air Force)
    The 5 most engaging battlefield tech stories of 2019

    High-powered radars, the end of floppy disks, defending hypersonic weapons and odd behavior by foreign satellites in space.Readers of C4ISRNET found those subjects most engaging in 2019.