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Warfighting Capabilities Hinge on Cyber Security

October 26, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

"The focus now is on computers over comms, and that's a problem."

North Korean Threat Looms Large

October 26, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

The aggression recently shown by North Korea against South Korea may be just the start of a dangerous period with that rogue nation. North Korea has begun a leadership transition that, if history is any judge, could be violent and destructive for its neighbors and adversaries. Adm. Robert F. Willard, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, told an audience at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2010 that the transition from Kim Jong-Il to his son Kim Jong-Un will be happening much more quickly than the transition that brought the elder Kim to power. That earlier transition took 20 years, during which Kim Jong-Il strengthened his position within the North Korean military by launching a series of assassinations and terror attacks, mostly at South Korean targets and interests. Kim Jong-Il now is in failing health, and his son may follow the same path in a more compressed timetable, Adm. Willard warned. And, North Korea has a burgeoning cyberspace capability. While the United States often worries about the cyberspace threat from China, it should not drop its online guard against North Korea, the admiral stated.

Network Visibility May Be the Miltary's Achilles' Heel

October 26, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

The medium literally is the message in Pacific Command operations, as network situational awareness may be the determining factor in the success of future operations. Adm. Robert F. Willard, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, warned that U.S. military capabilities in this area are strongly lacking. "In command and control, you can't control what you can't see, and you must be able to control everything in these domains," Adm. Willard said. Speaking at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2010, Adm. Willard related that recent Pacific rim exercises illustrated the problem. The cyber element was set up weeks in advance, and it was supported to an unprecedented level by personnel from the newly established U.S. Cyber Command and from other organizations and industry. Yet, at best, experts had visibility into only 50 percent of cyberspace. Worse, leadership had the ability to sense and command in only 10 percent. "You can't command and control that domain unless you can see into it, sense inside it and control it," the admiral reiterated. Often the challenges of network situational awareness overwhelm those tasked with managing it, he continued. "Many people have such a profound sense of complexity about it that they almost give up. But we can't give up," he emphasized.

IAP Powers Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan

October 26, 2010
By George Seffers

IAP World Services, Panama City, Florida, was recently awarded $12 million, which exercises the second option, third year of service, for the operation and maintenance of the electrical power grids at Forward Operating Bases Salerno and Sharana. Work is to be performed in northern Afghanistan. Defense Contract Management Agency, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, is the contracting activity.

AeroVironment Supports Puma Unmanned Aircraft

October 26, 2010
By George Seffers

AeroVironment Incorporated, Simi Valley, California, was recently awarded a $17 million contract that establishes not-to-exceed amounts for Puma all-environment capable variant contractor logistics support, training and accounting for contract services in support of Joint Urgent Operational Need Statement CC-0289, entitled, "Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Route Clearance."  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Provide Jackal Passive Infrared Defeat Systems

October 26, 2010
By George Seffers

Raytheon Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, was recently awarded a $47 million contract for 250 Jackal passive infrared defeat systems as part of the Rapid Acquisition Authority to respond to combat emergencies. Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Receives $187 Million for Common Hardware Systems

October 26, 2010
By George Seffers

General Dynamics C4 Systems Incorporated, Taunton, Masschusetts, was recently awarded a $187 million contract modification to raise the contract ceiling to $2.68 billion. Items to be procured under this contract are Common Hardware Systems-3. U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Develop Triple Target Terminator

October 26, 2010
By George Seffers

Raytheon Company recently received a $21 million contract for the Triple Target Terminator (T3) program, which will develop a high-speed, long-range missile that can engage air, cruise missile, and air defense targets. T3 would be carried internally on stealth aircraft or externally on fighters, bombers and unmanned aircraft. T3 would allow any aircraft to rapidly switch between air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities. T3's speed, maneuverability, and network-centric capabilities would significantly improve U.S. aircraft survivability and increase the number and variety of targets that could be destroyed on each sortie. The enabling technologies are: propulsion, multi-mode seekers, data links, digital guidance and control and advanced warheads. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics to Provide Networks to U.S. Marines

October 26, 2010
By George Seffers

General Dynamics Information Technology, Needham, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $9 million task order MU30 under the U.S. Air Force network-centric solutions contract for dense wave division multiplexing transport networks. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Camp Pendleton, California, is the contracting activity.

Logos Technologies to Produce Prototype Surveillance Systems

October 26, 2010
By George Seffers

Logos Technologies, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded a $9 million contract modification to develop and produce four prototype 59-mega-pixel persistent surveillance systems for field user evaluation. The Lightweight Expeditionary Airborne Persistent Surveillance System is a lightweight expeditionary airborne persistent imagery surveillance system. The Office of Naval Research Laboratory, Arlington, is the contracting activity.

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