In his talk regarding the G-6's strategic vision for managing IT resources ""from the Pentagon to the warfighter in theater," Col. Michael Jones, USA (Ret.), noted the most recent challenge to the U.S. Army: the explosive growth of mobile devices, such as iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android tablets.
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit, Charlottesville, Virginia, has won a contract to upgrade the navigation radars on five Swedish navy patrol boats. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine will retrofit each ship with two dual-band interswitched chart radar systems with navalized display features. The systems are based on Sperry Marine's advanced VisionMaster FT navigation technology with WideView multifunction displays. The initial contract includes five ships with options for six additional ships, plus a spare system, spare parts, service and maintenance. CA Clase Marinelektronik AB, Sperry Marine's sales and service representative in Sweden, will be responsible for installing, commissioning, testing and technical support for the project.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of Poway, California, is being awarded a more than $13 million contract for the purchase of 8 Linux processors, 41 improved display kits and associated spares for the ground control stations under the Predator/Reaper program. Aeronautical Systems Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems of Redondo Beach, California, is being awarded a nearly $428 million contract modification, which authorizes Northrop Grumman to perform design and development, including the incorporation of Defense Department mission assurance and compliance requirements, to modify the National Polar Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System baseline to establish the Defense Weather Satellite System baseline. The contracting activity is Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.
SURVICE Engineering Company, Dumfries, Virginia, is being awarded a nearly $12 million task order to provide technical support to the Marine Corps Regional Network Operation Support Centers, Marine Air Ground Task Force Information Technology Support Centers and the Marine Corps Base/Post/Station (garrison) network operations and support sites, and to provide planning, sustainment and transition support during migration of the Marine Corps information technology environment from a contractor-operated to a government-operated domain. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
When it comes to the transition for C4I systems to cloud computing architectures, both the challenge-and the promise--boils down to "getting the right information to the right individual at the right time--and doing it securely," according to Teri Takai, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks, and DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO).