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General Atomics Aeronautical Receives Contract for Unmanned Aircraft

August 25, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Atomics Aeronautical System has received a $7.9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to acquire three extended-range multi-purpose Block 0 unmanned aircraft in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Boeing Awarded Contract to Continue Developing Mobile Laser Weapon

August 25, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company has been awarded a U.S. Army contract valued at approximately $36 million to continue developing a truck-mounted, high-energy laser weapon system. Boeing will complete the design of a rugged beam control system on a heavy expanded mobility tactical truck. Boeing then will build, test and evaluate the system. Boeing also will develop the system-engineering requirements for the high-energy laser technology demonstrator laser weapon system.

BAE Wins Position on $6.9 Billion Contract with U.S. Air Force

August 25, 2008
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has been named as a prime contractor on the U.S. Air Force's future flexible acquisition and sustainment tool contract. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract could be worth up to $6.9 billion divided among the prime contractors. BAE will continue to provide modifications, development and maintenance on all Air Force- and Air Force Special Operations Command-managed weapons.

TeleCommunication Systems Wins U.S. Marine Corps Contract for Network Systems and Support

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received a $3.3 million contract to support the U.S. Marine Corps for its wireless point-to-point link network solution. TCS will deliver systems for use by the Marine Corps in support of operation Enduring Freedom and operation Iraqi Freedom.

BBN Technologies to Add Disruption Tolerance to Military Networks

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

BBN Technologies has been awarded $8.9 million in funding by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under the third phase of the disruption tolerant networking (DTN) program. The DTN program's primary goal is to develop and field network services that deliver critical information reliably. Under this latest award, BBN will integrate the DTN system into fielded military networks that may combine several types of nodes, including wireless, satellite and vehicle-mounted.

ViaSat Supplies Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modems

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

ViaSat Incorporated has delivered 2000 enhanced bandwidth efficient modems (EBEM) for U.S. Defense Department teleport and U.S. Navy operations. The EBEMs include efficient modes for high-speed, point-to-point satellite communications. ViaSat has received follow-on orders for additional EBEMs from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command headquarters.

CACI Awarded $26 Million Contract to Support U.S. Army Force Management System

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has received an estimated $26 million, five-year task order contract to support the U.S. Army deputy chief of staff/G-3, director of force management. Under the award, which is part of CACI's information technology enterprise solutions 2 services contract vehicle with the Army, CACI will provide operations, maintenance and enhancement support for the Army's force management system.

SprayCool Enclosures Selected by Northrop Grumman for Global Hawk Production

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

SprayCool will supply electronics enclosures for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial system under a production contract by Northrop Grumman. Under the contract, Block 30 aircraft will be outfitted with two SprayCool enclosures that will host Northrop Grumman's processing electronics in support of its airborne signals intelligence payload.

ITT Receives Contract for Night Vision Systems

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation has received a $23 million contract by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence for head-mounted night vision systems (HMNVS). HMNVS is a lightweight, single-battery monocular unit that provides enhanced mobility and reliability for soldiers during ground-based operations.

L-3 Awarded United Kingdom C-130 Contract

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications' SPAR subsidiary has been awarded an $18 million contract by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence, Royal Air Force to perform outer wing replacements on three C-130K aircraft.

SAIC Awarded $31 Million Task Order

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded the professional support services task order from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. The contract has a total value of $31 million if all options are exercised. SAIC will provide a broad range of technical services and analytical support, including systems management; systems integration; strategic communications; plans, programs and resources; and Army modernization efforts.

Lockheed Martin Awarded Thermal Camera Contract

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has received an $8.9 million production order under a U.S. Army contract for 150 integrated Dewar cooler assembly thermal cameras from Gyrocam Systems. Lockheed Martin's SBF cameras are designed into Gyrocam systems and provide thermal capabilities to the Army's vehicle optics sensor system for mine protected vehicles.

Booz Allen to Analyze Survivability of Military Systems

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded a $34,500,105 contract for survivability research and development analysis to the European Security Operations Center and the U.S. Army Europe's 66th Military Intelligence Group. Booz Allen has also received an $18.9 million contract to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with logistics chain survivability analysis. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

Land Power Requires System Integration and Development of Architecture

August 21, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

System integration is the name of the game if the U.S. Army is to be able to succeed in this new age of persistent conflict, said Lt. Gen. Michael A. Vane, USA, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center. Saying that the Army is challenged to fight this new war, the general called for network access for the leader and the soldier.

Land power, more than any other domain, requires integration of processes and capabilities, he told a luncheon audience. And, this state of persistent conflict has increased the importance of the individual soldier. That translates to a broad-based integration of systems to extend beneficial capabilities down to the warfighter.

A key element is the development of architectures, Gen. Vane pointed out. He said the operational architecture must drive the system architecture, which must be supported by a technology architecture. Right now, teams are working toward vital integration goals.

Parks: No Distinct Cyberspace Command

August 21, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The dream of a separate and distinct cyberspace command is not going to happen, because cyberspace is an arena in which everyone operates. This was the declaration of the director, U.S. Army Information Operations (USAIOP) and U.S. Army Computer Network Operation-Electronic Warfare Proponents (USAEWP), Combined Arms Command, Fort Leavenworth. Col. Wayne A. Parks, USA, told a track presentation audience yesterday that all aspects of the force use cyberspace, so it is not so much a specific discipline as a theater of operations.

"We have operations in cyberspace, not cyberspace operations," he stated.

Col. Parks added that cyberspace cannot be separated from electronic warfare, as adversaries are using all of the electromagnetic spectrum to access networks. The wired and wireless worlds now are similar.

Chilton: Cyberspace is a Domain

August 21, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, commander, U.S. Strategic Command had a message for attendees here, emphasizing that cyberspace is a domain that the military must operate in and defend. "I consider the surface of the ocean a domain...I consider land a domain," he said during the morning plenary address. "I consider air a domain. I consider space a domain and I consider cyberspace a domain."

Problems in cyberspace can extend to other domains, reducing the ability to command and control troops and conduct missions effectively. In addition, vulnerabilites in one part of the network can affect locations worldwide. Intelligence support is critical for network operations just as it is for operations in other areas. Gen. Chilton called recent attacks on U.S. networks espionage, similar to the practices used by spies. "This can all be done from the comfort of your home in your parent country," he stated

To protect the network, personnel must be prepared and policies must be enforced. The U.S. military needs to improve the security of the Nonsecure Internet protocol routing network by training all warfighters on rules and regulations regarding its use and ensuring such procedures are followed. Gen. Chilton recommends that commanders make it their business to pay attention to the health of the networks every day, and concern themselves with problems and violations. To help alleviate these problems, he advocates cyberspace training in the military academies and service schools, as well as military cyberspace exercises and training events to prepare for attacks.

Army Stands Up 7th Signal Command

August 20, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S Army is establishing the 7th Signal Command (Theater), a signal command for the continental United States (CONUS). Based at Fort Gordon, Georgia, the command reached cadre status in July and will reach initial and full operational capabilities in phased stages. The commander, Brig. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper, USA, is dual-hatted, leading the command and serving as the G-6 for Army Forces Command concurrently.

Col. Michael Kell, USA, G-3 for 7th Signal Command, explained to a track session audience here that his organization will help create centralized control in the United States for commanders looking for signal support during operations. He pointed out that the majority of troops are located within the United States, not overseas. "We are a CONUS-based Army, there's no doubt about that," he said. Part of the command's mission includes extending LandWarNet capabilites to operating and generating forces. It also will establish information managment capabilities and enable the Global Collaboration Environment.

The command will result in a restructuring of forces, with the 21st Signal Brigade scheduled to fall under its authority and the activation of the 93rd and 106th Signal Brigades at Fort Eustis, Virginia, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. At full staffing, the 7thSignal Command Theater should employ 606 military and civilian personnel. Also unique to the command is an intelligence analysis cell within the G-2. The command will work to develop a relationship with the National Security Agency facility at Fort Gordon so the analysts can counter cyberthreats to CONUS networks.

Communication panel emphasizes security concerns

August 20, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army's major communications elements are facing different issues as they try to achieve ever-changing goals amid budgetary, cultural and technological challenges.

Brig. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA, commanding general, NETCOM/9th Signal Command, emphasized the importance of information security-and how that is not given enough attention. "We are not doing well securing our NIPRNET-it's a sieve," she told attendees at a special panel discussion today. The Army is doing well securing its SIPRNET, but it is not robust enough. The warfighter must understand the security threat, she declared.

And, this problem is going to get worse as data proliferates. Gen. Lawrence warned that, with data expected to double in the next few years, the Army must learn to manage that data smartly and efficiently. The problem is not in the pipes, but in the data flowing through them.

Training signal professionals is becoming more complex each year, and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey W. Foley, USA, commanding general of the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, said that his command's campaign plan is "intricately tied" to other Army information campaign plans. He said that Fort Gordon "is in relentless pursuit of world-class training."

The Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Life Cycle Management Command is trying to prepare to move its entire operation concurrent with combat operations overseas. Its commanding general, Maj. Gen. Dennis L, Via, USA, said that the closing of Fort Monmouth provides the command with the ability to rebuild the organization. He predicted process improvements, enhanced integration and more co-located organizations at the new facility being built at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Hight: Think bigger

August 20, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Where most leaders would endeavor to view the big picture, Rear Adm. Elizabeth Hight, USN, vice director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), sees the biggest picture of all. The issue for communicators is not about serving an activity, or a service, or even a military. Nor is it about winning a war in the kinetic sense. It is about all of the services coming together to attain a national goal. But, the rub is how an organization can pursue that goal without losing track of its own specific needs.

EF Johnson Technologies Awarded $2 Million Order from U.S. Department of Homeland Security

August 20, 2008
By Katie Packard

EF Johnson Technologies Incorporated will provide its submersible Project 25 compliant radios and accessories to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under a $2 million task order. The Project 25 compliant radios feature the Enhanced P25 Vocoder and meet military specifications with immersion housing.

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