The changing nature of threats and diversity of adversaries bring unique challenges to maintaining a strong national security posture. In 2015, we will see nation-states, extremist groups and individuals bring a distinctive set of intelligence challenges to U.S. defense officials. By making the best use of ISR technological capabilities, coupled with innovative commercial information technology, we can equip our military leaders with an integrated ISR enterprise to evaluate and anticipate threats so they more fully and quickly understand proper courses of action, whether on a battlefield or at home.
The Twitter and YouTube accounts for U.S. Central Command are back online after hackers, stated to be in support of Islamic State militant group, broke into the accounts and posted menacing messages.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is reorganizing to focus on five Cs: cyber, cloud, collaboration, and command and control, Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, DISA director, announced Monday at a luncheon event hosted by AFCEA's Washington, D.C. Chapter.
While cybersecurity is getting big play in the news these days—as it well should—three topics require just as much attention but have not yet hit the big time. Acquisition, spectrum and interoperability may not have the headline-grabbing charm of the hack into the U.S. Central Command’s Twitter account, but they are issues that need the same serious attention.
CGI Federal Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia (N00039-15-D-0001), and DRS Laurel Technologies, Johnstown, Pennsylvania (N00039-15-D-0002), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) production units. This contract has an eight-year ordering period up to the contract award amount. There are no options. The CGI Federal and DRS Laurel Technologies contracts are an addition to the five CANES production contracts awarded on August 20, 2014. The estimated cumulative value of the multiple award CANES contract is $2,529,500,000. CANES serves as the bridge to the future of Navy afloat networks, consolidating existing legacy and standalone networks and providing the necessary infrastructure for applications, systems and services to operate in the tactical domain. CANES delivers its capabilities within a single complete system, establishing the necessary infrastructure that will enable timely and interoperable information exchange among tactical, support and non-tactical or administrative users, applications and information technology platforms. Work will be performed in Charleston, South Carolina, and Jonestown, Pennsylvania, as delivery orders determine. Work is expected to be completed by August 2022. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated as individual delivery orders are issued. The multiple award contracts were competitively procured by full and open competition bids via the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central and the Federal Business Opportunities websites, with seven offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, is the contracting activity.
The Boeing Company, Directed Energy & Strategic Systems Division, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has been awarded a $51,164,866 cost-plus-award-fee contract for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) guidance subsystem support. The contractor will provide sustaining engineering support and program management support services for the ICBM guidance subsystem. The primary focus will be to ensure any modifications or changes to the guidance system will maintain and/or improve system-level performance. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Heath, Ohio; and Huntington Beach, California, and is expected to be complete by February 1, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with two offers received. Fiscal year 2015 operations and maintenance and research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $13,223,503 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center, Hill Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8214-15-C-0001).