Raytheon Company, Integrated Defense Systems of Sudbury, Massachusetts, and Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mission Systems & Sensors of Moorestown, New Jersey, were each awarded separate $107 million contracts, which will procure preliminary designs for the Space Fence Program. Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a more than $6 million contract modification to previously awarded contract to procure the secure voice system as part of the Aegis weapon system Aegis modernization upgrades. The secure voice system is for DDG 53, CG 60, CG 62, Surface Combat Systems Center, Aegis Training and Readiness Center, and Integrated Warfare System Laboratory. If all options are exercised, the total value of the contract will be $201 million. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity.
The Boeing Company of Seal Beach, California, was awarded a $12 million contract modification, a Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF Space Vehicle calendar year 2011 option exercise. U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Services Incorporated, Gaithersburg, Maryland, is being awarded a $36 million contract modification for the operation of the Naval Array Technical Support Center to include production, repair, refurbishment, installation and testing of towed array sonar systems. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin, Syracuse, New York, is being awarded a $48 million contract modification for exercise of fiscal year 2011 options for the Navy's AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 undersea warfare system. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is a surface ship combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects, and torpedo threats. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
If people want changes in the way the Defense Department procures and manages information technology (IT), then it may be time for them to put their money where their mouths are. The department is proposing sweeping reforms that will revolutionize every aspect of IT procurement and management. If successful, these reforms conceivably could address all of the IT acquisition complaints that have been echoing across the department. All this effort needs is a buy-in from all of the players. Elizabeth A. McGrath, Defense Department deputy chief management officer, and David Wennergren, Defense Department assistant deputy chief management officer, described to a luncheon audience how their office's proposed new approach to IT procurement would be a "radical change" across the board. Calling it an IT consolidation road map, the two officials said the changed approach would place an emphasis on transparency both to improve performance management as well as build trust. McGrath explained, "We are looking to break down the existing process for IT procurement to have more modular, faster delivery of these capabilities." She added that currently, "we're not hitting the capabilities in the first five years." These vast changes proposed by the office will require all participants to do their part, or the effort will fall short. "It's a matter of choice," McGrath declared. "If we decide we won't, then we are detracting from the department's goals. "I'm not painting a picture of doom and gloom," she continued. "The opportunities are sitting right there in front of us."
Most analysts recognize the need for the defense community to be able to adapt to changes, but established techniques and procedures often block progress. The two chairmen of a Defense Science Board study on enhancing adaptability offered suggestions on how traditional roadblocks can be overcome. Alfred Grasso, president and chief executive officer, the MITRE Corporation, and Dr. William A. LaPlante, head, Global Engagement Department, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, told a roundtable audience at West 2011 about four themes that dominated the study. One theme, preparing for degraded operations, generated some concern in the study. LaPlante related that one common characteristic is that militaries that trained with realistic degraded operations-brutal honesty and realism-did much better than those that didn't. While the realism of degraded operations across the services is good at the command level, the operational level is another story. With two exceptions-cyber and space-the realism is not there at that level. LaPlante called for more realism in operational exercises, and he cited the advantages of red/blue teaming-where technicians and engineers find vulnerabilities and fix them simultaneously. Grasso supported the idea of planned adaptability. "Adaptability often is viewed as a responsive act," he said. "However, adaptability and preparation are inexorably linked."