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Defense Department Faces Cyber Strategy Gaps

August 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Defense Department faces many hurdles in its effort to protect and defend government computer networks. According to an unclassified version of a previously issued classified report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), several cyberspace capability gaps exist.

DARPA Funds Advanced Gyroscope

August 1, 2011
By George Seffers

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is providing about $7 million to Honeywell, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to design, develop, and deliver a demonstration of a gyroscope with a goal capability of absolute reference navigation in a compact, four diameter optically integrated gyro-head.

EDO to Supply Radar Signal Simulators

August 1, 2011
By George Seffers

EDO Communications and Countermeasures Systems Incorporated, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a more than $6 million firm-fixed-price contract to supply 56 high-power radar signal simulators. Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman to Develop Electronic Attack Technology

August 1, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a nearly $55 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the engineering, technical and programmatic support services for development of products within the Airborne Electronic Attack Integrated Product Team. Products include, EA-6B operational flight software, EA-6B unique planning component, and EA-18G operational flight software. The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Port Mugu, California, is the contracting activity.

Rugged Detection Systems Headed to Afghanistan

August 1, 2011
By George Seffers

Smiths Detection Incorporated, Edgewood, Maryland, is being awarded a nearly $70 million firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of Rugged Mobile Non-Intrusive Inspection Systems (RMNIIS). The RMNIIS will be used in military and police security operations at checkpoints and entry control points to identify concealed weapons, contraband, ordnance and bulk explosives. The procurement is for 10 RMNIIS with a maximum ceiling of 45 RMNIIS. The contract includes spare parts, outside the continental United States installation, maintenance, sustainment, training, and provisional technical data. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed July 2013. The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

NAVMAR to Provide Unmanned Persistent Surveillance

August 1, 2011
By George Seffers

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a nearly $75 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research project for the development and use of the Persistent Surveillance Unmanned Aerial Systems. This effort includes field service representative support; delivery, installation, operation, and maintenance of hardware; continued testing; engineering services; modeling, simulation, analysis; systems engineering and integration. Some work will be performed in Afghanistan. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Awarded $118 Million for Aegis Modernization

August 1, 2011
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a more than $118 million fixed-price-incentive contract for the production of two multi-mission signal processor equipment sets; three ballistic missile defense 4.0.1 equipment sets; and five Aegis Weapon System upgraded equipment sets to support fielding Aegis modernization capabilities to the fleet. Sets will be delivered to USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51); USS John Paul (DDG 53); USS Benfold (DDG 65); USS Barry (DDG 52); USS Princeton (CG 59); USS Cowpens (CG 63); and USS Gettysburg (CG 64). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Teledyne to Develop High-Definition Focal Planes

August 1, 2011
By George Seffers

Teledyne Scientific and Imaging L.L.C., Thousand Oaks, California, was awarded a $7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for program development for high-definition focal planes on alternative low-cost substrates to reduce focal plane costs and develop high-definition formats. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

The Future Internet: Going Beyond Envelope's Edge

August 1, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

In the first article of a four-part SIGNAL semaphore series, the Internet of the future is envisioned, examined and its implementation explained by leaders of industry.

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