The Marine Corps, through the Infantry Immersion Trainer virtual reality program, is giving Marines, soldiers and sailors one of the most successful, realistic battlefield training opportunities they can possibly experience--short of actually being in Afghanistan.
The Employer Partnership (EP) of the Armed Forces exists to link U.S. employers with service members, veterans and their families. Through the initiative, the military community can receive help leveraging its military training and experience for civilian career opportunities with national, regional and local employer partners.
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a nearly $27 million contract modification for the production of the Navy's Common Display System (CDS), a commercial, off-the-shelf-based, grade A shock-qualified, display system in support of various Navy platforms. The CDS equipment procurement provides a family of display systems that support the Navy's implementation of open architecture for Navy combat systems. The CDS is designed around commercially available hardware and software and will provide computer displays to support combat systems on various Navy ships, submarines, and aircraft, with potential for U.S. Marine Corps and allied use. The CDS will meet the computer display requirements of other programs of record, including Aegis modernization. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Raytheon, McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $48 million contract to provide lifecycle contractor support for sustainment of the Forward Looking Infrared Radar System (FLIR) and Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command, Technology Applications Program Office. The resulting contract will provide life cycle contractor support to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) as well as the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine components, for FLIR and EOSS systems, and subsystems for ancillary equipment.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) recently announced the award of a sole-source contract modification to The Boeing Company, Huntsville, Alabama, with a total award value of nearly $110 million. Boeing will continue performing operation and sustainment services for two MDA programs: ground missile defense and sensors. The GMD portion of the award is $72 million and the sensors portion is for nearly $38 million.
In this month's Incoming column, Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.), discusses the difficulties of change, whether it involves renovating his home or upgrading government information technology. He asks, "What is the proverbial air conditioner in our government and business systems that we are not willing to move, even though it would make everything work? Did we invest in a technology a few years ago that now doesn't scale, but we are not willing to move from our previous decision and continue to throw good money at a wrong decision?"