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Raytheon Awarded F/A-18 FLIR Repair Funds

December 11, 2014

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $64,066,288 for ceiling priced delivery order 7000 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00383-15-G-005D for the repair of 25 weapon repairable assemblies and 35 shop replaceable assemblies of the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system used in the support of the F/A-18 aircraft. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas (77.2 percent); Jacksonville, Florida (19.9 percent); and El Segundo, California (2.9 percent); and work is expected to be completed by December 2016. Fiscal 2015 Navy working capital funds in the amount of $48,049,716 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole-source requirement in accordance with 10 USC 2304 (c)(1) with one offer received in response to the solicitation. NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, is the contracting activity.

 

Technology Defines Asia-Pacific Challenges, Offers Solutions

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) increasingly is turning to technology to solve problems ranging from new threats to the tyranny of distance over the vast Asia-Pacific region. Cyberspace is both a source of challenges and a potential venue for addressing many of the challenges PACOM is facing as the pace of change picks up in the globe’s largest, most populous area of operations.

A New Approach Seeks to Overcome Cultural Interoperability Issues

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Some interoperability issues are cultural, not technical. Now, a new approach uses advanced virtual technology to help overcome cultural issues before a coalition is formed.

Freedom of Choice May Enable Coalition Information Sharing

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Many nations are loath to share data in a coalition operation, because they fear the wrong partner will access sensitive information. Now, a new system under development will allow countries to tag data for only the countries that they want to view it.

U.S. Army Pacific Improves via Industry Innovation

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Army Pacific has a plan—coordinated with an overall Army modernization effort—to incorporate commercial innovation into its force to overcome many of the challenges it faces in the vast Asia-Pacific region.

Social Media Offers No Substitute for Effective Leadership

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Truly effective leaders eschew digital media such as email and social media when they communicate with their workers. The best form of leadership communication is face to face, according to a panel of government, military and business leaders.

Technology Demographics Favor Cyber Attackers

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The deck is stacked in favor of cyber attackers against defenders. And, that trend is likely to worsen as the march of technology enables new capabilities that empower more cybermarauders.

Cyber Overtakes Terrorism as Main National Threat

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

While terrorists can inflict individual points of damage to the U.S. homeland, cyberspace attacks hold the greatest potential for inflicting devastating damage that could change the nature of the nation.

Sandia National Laboratories Appoints Leland as Chief Technology Officer

December 11, 2014

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has appointed Rob Leland as vice president of science and technology and chief technology officer. 

Shanahan Assigned to Air Combat Command

December 12, 2014

Maj. Gen. John T. Shanahan, USAF, has been assigned as commander, 25th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

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