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Policy Remains Major Barrier to Interoperability

August 5, 2010
By Rita Boland

Policy and governance remain the biggest hurdles to interoperability among military services and their various allies and partners according to the joint/coalition panel held this morning at LandWarNet. Representatives from the British Armed Forces, U.S. Marine Corps, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense sat on a panel moderated by a U.S. Navy admiral from the joint staff to discuss the issues inherent in information sharing in coalition and disaster response missions. Throughout the discussion, panelists made jokes to amuse and engage the audience, but their message was deadly serious-information must be delivered to warfighters at the tactical edge so they can successfully, safely carry out their missions.

Cramer Assigned as NUWC-Newport Commander

August 5, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Capt. Todd W. Cramer, USN, has been assigned as commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island.

Bechtold Named CIO for SECDEF Networks

August 5, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Ronald G. Bechtold has been assigned as chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense Networks, Office of the Director, Administration and Management, Washington, D.C.

Lockheed Martin Receives Trident II Shipboard Systems Integration Contract

August 4, 2010
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors, Mitchel Field, New York, is being awarded a U.S. Navy contract potentially valued at nearly $230 million to provide Trident II (D5) strategic systems programs shipboard systems integration; strategic weapon system navigation subsystem; systems design and development; and electrostatically supported gyro navigator refresh.  The Strategic Systems Programs, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

NASA Selects AeroTech to Quantify Benefits of Advanced Weather Avoidance Systems

August 4, 2010
By George Seffers

AeroTech Research Inc., has been awarded a NASA Small Business Innovative Research contract to develop a software toolset that quantifies the beneficial effects of equipping aircraft with improved weather avoidance technologies.  The Advanced Weather Avoidance Requirements Evaluation software will allow airlines and avionics manufacturers to quantify costs and benefits of implementing technologies that reduce the impact that severe weather can have on aircraft operations.

ViaSat Receives $477 Million Blue Force Tracking Contract

August 4, 2010
By George Seffers

ViaSat has announced a $477 million U.S. Army contract to supply the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity, low-latency Blue Force Tracking equipment as part of the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below Program.

How and Why an Institution Must Transform

August 4, 2010
By Rita Boland

The feel and focus of LandWarNet took on a slightly different feel this afternoon as retired IBM Chief Executive Officer Louis V. Gerstner took the stage to discuss institutional transformation. Rather than address military-specific needs, Gerstner explained how he worked to turn around IBM by changing the entire culture of the organization. He told listeners to take the lessons he imparted and apply them as appropriate to military needs.

Young To Join Alenia Aeronautica as CEO

August 4, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Alenia Aeronautica, Washington, D.C., a Finmeccanica Company, has appointed John H. Young Jr. as chief executive officer.

CSC Names Deutsch to Defense Cyber Group

August 4, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Computer Sciences Corporation, Falls Church, Virginia, has named Kenneth W. Deutsch as account executive, Department of Defense Cyber, for its North American Public Sector Defense Group.

Apps4Army Contest Only the Beginning

August 4, 2010
By Rita Boland

Apps for the Army contest winners and the Army chief information officer talk about the winning apps and what these developments mean for the future of the Army.

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