Joe Mazzafro, writing over at the MAZZ-INT blog for the AFCEA Intelligence community, explores the difficulty in finding a person who is both qualified and willing to be the new "Cyber Czar." "Given these circumstances I just don't see many high profile personalities attracted to being the third or fourth choice for a position that lacks authority, reports to a Deputy National Security Adviser and must operate in the shadow of DIRNSA," he writes.
General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded an $11 million task order by Perot Systems Government Services Incorporated to support the U.S. Army at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, under the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Services contract vehicle.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $276 million contract for fielding and operational deployment of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, an airborne communications system that provides warfighters with critical real-time battlefield information.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $30 million contract for Phase A system design and prototype of the Space Fence system. Space Fence will provide the U.S. Air Force with enhanced space surveillance capability to detect and report space objects.
The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a follow-on contract to support the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (TADS/PNVS) and Modernized TADS/PNVS (M-TADS/PNVS) systems on the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The contract has a potential value of $89 million for 2009.
Wyle Laboratories Incorporated has received a $39 million contract to have reliability analysis center research; to develop and deliver data analysis, assessments and evolutions; reliability information analysis and determinations; reliability-centered maintenance analysis; data-element process and standardization assessments; logistics management and planning tools; systems interoperability assessments; system acquisition planning; and financial life-cycle cost estimates for the departments of Defense and Homeland Security and affiliated labs.
Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded a $16 million contract to provide the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) with logistics enterprise security, cyber situational awareness of emerging cyberthreats and network intrusions within DLA boundaries.
Apptis Incorporated has been awarded the Project Manager Defense Communications and Army Transmissions Systems (PM DCATS) Command Center Upgrade Special Project Office contract to provide overall management, engineering, integration and acquisition of turn-key command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems worldwide. The total contract is valued at more than $130 million.