Many of today's defense policies and military forces are still organized for World War II-type threats, and that doesn't suffice in the age of terrorism, where security and information sharing both have prominent roles.
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin a seven-year, $145 million contract to support its Environmental Response Team with technical and analytical expertise during environmental emergencies in the United States and U.S. territories.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a contract worth more than $100 million by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. to design and develop the David's Sling Weapon System (DSWS). DSWS will intercept short-range ballistic missiles, large caliber rockets and cruise missiles in their terminal flight phase.
SRCTec Inc. has been awarded a $15.4 million contract from the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command to build 14 Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (V)3 systems and spares. The system automatically detects and locates enemy mortar positions by sensing incoming shells and backtracking their trajectory to their firing location.
Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a $1.8 million U.S. Army contract to help the service review and analyze warfighter capabilities. Under the agreement, the company will provide professional support services to the Army's Capabilities Integration, Prioritization and Analysis Directorate.
The U.S. Army has awarded General Dynamics C4 Systems a contract with a potential value of $50 million to provide the service's Land Warrior program with engineering and logistics support. The contract covers a one-year base valued at $19 million, with options for two additional years.
ITT Corporation has been awarded a $169.3 million contract from U.S. Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command as part of the AN/SPS-48G Radar Obsolescence, Availability Recovery (ROAR) program. The five-year contract has a base value of $29 million, plus options for four subsequent annual awards.
While the push forward for better collaboration and information-sharing capabilities will require technical advances, the experts at today's NATO workshop in Brussels, Belgium, are struggling with an even bigger challenge than connecting the bits and bytes.