In the Defense Department, networks carry critical information and applications from a data center to the battlefield. Guest blogger Davis Johnson from Riverbed Technology addresses how ensuring the apps travel quickly and securely over the vast networks is not only mission-critical—it can mean the difference between life and death.
Cyber intelligence is the emerging buzz term as the United States works to fend off not just attacks by criminals and nation-state hackers, but terrorists calling for an electronic jihad. The state of cybersecurity isn't as good as experts hoped, given years of initiatives and billions of dollars invested in shoring up vulnerabilities.
Brig. Gen. John F. Haley, USA, has been assigned as commanding general, 593d Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
Brig. Gen. Flem B. Walker Jr., USA, has been assigned as director for logistics operations and readiness, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
Brig. Gen. Steven A. Shapiro, USA, has been assigned as assistant deputy chief of staff, G-4, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
Lockheed Martin is awarded a contract modification for C-130J large aircraft infrared countermeasures Group A kits and jump platform storage assemblies.
3 Phoenix Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,634,738 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-6264) for continuing engineering services to support software development, procurement of commercial off-the-shelf products, and hardware/software integration required to provide improved technology for Navy open architecture and network centric operations and warfare systems in support of Virginia-class submarines, and other submarine/surface ship systems. 3 Phoenix Inc. shall continue to build upon the previous efforts made under the follow-on phase III small business innovative research topic number N04-138 Real-time Data Fusion and Visualization Interface for Environmental Research Data. These services will be rendered, as needed, to support the Navy’s initiative to maintain the pace of performance improvement through judicious use of lower power electronics, advanced algorithm design, and innovative applications of open software and hardware.
Work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 2016. Fiscal 2011 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) and fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $3,168,000 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $11,000,076 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0067 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) to incorporate the electro-optical daylight operations improvement engineering change proposal into the F/A-18 advanced targeting forward looking infrared, electro-optical sensor unit weapons replaceable assembly. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2016. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,000,076 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $99 million firm-fixed-price contract for automated installation entry hardware and software for approximately 35 military installations to provide timely; effective and efficient threat detection necessary for installation commanders to assess and react in all threat environments; and to automate access control processes for authorized and registered personnel entering an installation. Funding and performance locations will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 13, 2019. Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-15-D-0047).
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $101,304,341 modification to the previously awarded Lot IX F-35 Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter advance acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0002) for the procurement of helmet mounted display systems (HMDS) (383) for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy; international partners; and the governments of Japan and Israel under the Foreign Military Sales program. The HMDS is a bi-ocular helmet display system that provides the pilot with aircraft/mission data on the visor display. Data consists of flight, navigation, and weapons symbology and video from onboard sensors.
Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (65 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2018. Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement (Air Force); 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy, Marine Corps); and 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force); international partner, and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $101,304,341 are being obligated on this award, $23,397,200 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchase for the Air Force ($47,086,535; 46.5 percent); Marine Corps ($22,726,422; 22.4 percent); Navy ($15,088,165; 14.9 percent); international partners ($12,166,674; 12 percent); and the governments of Japan ($437,030; 0.45 percent) and Israel ($3,799,515; 3.75 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland is the contracting activity.