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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.

Lockheed to Support E-2C Radar System

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Syracuse, New York, is being awarded more than $37 million to support the APS 145 radar system for the E-2C aircraft. The Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Support Satellite Communications Program

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon Technical Services, Norfolk, Virginia, was recently awarded more than $51 million for support of the AN/USC-38 extremely high frequency satellite communications program. The Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.

AeroVironment to Support Puma Training and Logistics

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

AeroVironment Incorporated, Monrovia, California, recently received an approximate $13 million contract modification to confirm Puma unmanned aircraft systems training and contractor logistics support. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Receives Global Hawk Funds

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, San Diego, California, is being awarded an approximate $7 million contract modification for advance procurement long lead items associated with two Block 30 and two Block 40 Global Hawk air vehicles; two in-line Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload; two Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program sensors; two in-line EISS sensors; and other items and activities required to protect the production schedule for Lot 10. One firm was solicited and one firm submitted a proposal. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Air Force Modifies Airborne Signals Intelligence Contract

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Space and Missions Systems Corporation, San Jose, California, is being awarded a more than $8 million contract modification to continue technical support and additional testing using two Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload (ASIP) 1C sensors; buy replacement ASIP 1C assets; design and build one set of flight line MQ-9 emulator support equipment assets; and support the government program office that is designating and building shipping containers for the ASIP 2C pod, cradle and test stand. One firm was solicited and one firm submitted a proposal. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

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