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GD Receives $876 Million to Move Homeland Security Headquarters

June 13, 2011
By George Seffers

General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a task order through the U.S. General Services Administration's Alliant Contract to support the relocation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's headquarters. The task order has a ceiling value of $876 million and duration of seven years if all options are exercised. As part of the relocation, General Dynamics will provide a seamless, state-of-the-art information-technology (IT) infrastructure that meets the computer networking, telecommunications, building management and physical-security requirements of the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters. General Dynamics will install and maintain components that include: information technology networks and systems, along with data, video and audio/visual equipment; telecommunications, including telephony and accompanying networks and wiring; physical security elements such as video cameras, identification card readers and control access points, all integrated for easy monitoring; and building management systems such as the electronic information boards in parking garages that will need to be operated and maintained.

Battlefield Node Brings Home Bacon for Northrop

June 13, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman System Corporation, Defense Systems Division, Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded about $18 million for the purchase of Global Express aircraft BD-700-1A10, serial number 9001, and the two engines currently installed on the aircraft. This aircraft has been modified to carry the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) payload. The aircraft and engines are provided by Northrop Grumman under sub-lease in support of overseas contingency operations under contract. This contract also provides for the operation and maintenance of the BACN payload by Northrop Grumman and for the maintenance of the leased aircraft. Purchase of this aircraft by the government will allow for extension of operations on a more economic basis. Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

QinetiQ to Support U.S. Marine Corps Program Offices

June 13, 2011
By George Seffers

QinetiQ North America, McLean, Virginia has announced that the U.S. Marine Corps has awarded the company a task order valued at about $7 million to provide engineering and scientific support services to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Command and Control Systems program management office and the Digital Fires and Situational Awareness program management office of Product Group 11, Marine Corps Systems Command. The task order was awarded under the command's Commercial Enterprise Omnibus Support Services blanket purchase agreement. QinetiQ North America will provide a broad range of engineering, acquisition, logistics, and programmatic support services across virtually all ground combat element and MAGTF level command and control programs fielded by the Marine Corps.

GD to Develop Open Architecture Back-End Processor

June 13, 2011
By George Seffers

The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Fairfax, Virginia, a nearly $8 million contract to develop an open system architecture (OSA) common back-end digital processor for the entire family of Air Force radio frequency electronic devices, to include radars, signals intelligence sensors, electronic-warfare and communication systems. General Dynamics will use open interface standards to develop modular, plug-and-play, multi-mission electronic back-end processors that leverage technologies developed under other OSA initiatives conducted by the Office of Naval Research. Back-end processors are used to analyze sensor signals-once they have been converted from analog to digital formats-that have been collected by the radio frequency devices.

Horner To Direct Air Force HQ ISR Capabilities

June 13, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Col. John P. Horner, USAF, has been selected for the rank of brigadier general and assigned director, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Don't Go Chasing Technological Waterfalls

June 13, 2011
By Max Cacas
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"Get it done quickly" is the mantra of Chris Miller, Executive Director of the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Center, Atlantic (SPAWAR), which is also referred to as the Navy's Information Dominance Systems Command. While SPAWAR's Pacific office handles research and development, Miller's group, based in Charleston, N.C. is responsible for acquisitions and getting technology on board ships and into the hands of warfighters.

One of his group's biggest procurements: the life-saving MRAPs (Mine Resistant Armored Protected) vehicle, pioneered by the Marines. "We do 16,000 MRAPs a year, 50 a day, 1,000 a month," he told attendees of the 10th Annual Naval IT Day, held by the AFCEA NOVA Chapter last Thursday. "All MRAPs are not the same," he added, remarking that in some cases, the C4I capabilities of the average MRAP, which constitutes the radios, displays and IT-related equipment found inside, often cost more than the vehicle in which they are installed. Another one of the successful tech projects fielded by his office is a completely mobile air traffic control system that ships in standard shipping containers, which they partnered with the Air Force to develop. Miller said the acquiring environment is changing to meet congressional mandates for reduced spending, and says acquisition must be "accelerated" with a "minimum of complexity," and have an emphasis on "interoperability." He stressed, "operational excellence of the fleet is more important than just chasing technological solutions."

BAE to Develop Airborne Processing and Sensor System

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

BAE Systems, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded about $11 million to develop airborne processing and sensor system hardware and software, including storage for real-time on-board detection and tracking of large numbers-20,000-plus-of dismounts and vehicles over a wide area. It will integrate the tracker with the Wide Area Motion Imaging (WAMI) sensor as well as communications links to the ground station and will develop storage, chipping, dissemination, and processing control. Ground processing software will also be developed to support exploitation of WAMI downlink video and ancillary data. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

ISS to Support Web-enabled Tool Kit in Afghanistan

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS)Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being awarded nearly $50 million for Web-enabled Temporal Analysis Systems tool kit on-site technical support and enhancements at the following sites: Regional Command-West, Heart, Afghanistan; Regional Command-North, Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan; and International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.

FLIR Systems to Provide Hand-Held Thermal Imaging Sensors

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

FLIR Systems, North Billerica, Massachusetts, was awarded approximately $11 million for RECON III, Hand-Held Long-Range Thermal Imaging Sensor Systems, spares, repairs, shipping cases, and upgrades. The Hand-Held Long-Range Thermal Imaging Sensor Systems are to provide support for the Ground-Based Operational Surveillance System. The mission of this system includes intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and assessment of threats. It also provides situational awareness of close proximity and traveled routes of personnel while conducting missions. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.

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