Bad Movies and Threats to CONUS

September 17, 2012
By: Joe Mazzafro

I started over Labor Weekend to write about my increasing concern about the escalating number of Green on Blue attacks in Afghanistan during August, and even though they are continuing they seem to have receded in importance relative to raising level of violence in Cairo, the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens (along three other Americans) in our Benghazi Consulate, and anti American demonstrations in 20 other countries all triggered by the offense taken at an amateurish YouTube video that seems to mock the Prophet Muhammad.  As with the Danish cartoons from years past, Arab Muslims again seem to be looking for the opportunity to be offended so they can blame the West for what ails their societies.  Or perhaps there is latent Arab anger that the US never relented in its efforts to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.  Meanwhile unrelated to the YouTube clip (it’s a trailer not movie) titled the “Innocence of Muslims” Assad is ramping up his violence against Syrian rebels offended by his secular dictatorial regime while Israel’s Prime Minister is publicly insisting the US articulate for all to know its conditions for taking military action against Iran’s nuclear weapons development program.

I don’t agree with the view expressed by some that the IC not warning of violent demonstrations at the American Embassy in Cairo or the attack on the Consulate in Benghazi represents an intelligence failure.  The political volatility in both Libya and Egypt seems to have been understood and conveyed by the IC; however, at least in Cairo the IC along with the news media continue to be challenged by extracting actionable intelligence from social media.

DARPA's Rotary Wing Multifunction Sensor Program Moves Forward

September 14, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is being awarded a $33,158,857 modification to a cost plus fixed fee contract. The Advanced Rotary Wing Multifunction Sensor (ARMS), Multifunction RF program Phase II, will be the detailed design/build phase which aims for a tower demonstration of a controlled flight into terrain sensor and a multifunction sensor suite, and support of integration of radar data into the synthetic vision avionics backbone. This phase seeks to provide the detailed design of the multiple sub-array aperture based on the concepts developed in Phase 1. This phase will be accomplished by using the extensive set of existing Northrop Grumman RF design and aperture design infrastructure, as has been previously applied in the development of active electronically scanned array products for previous programs. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy Modifies ViaSat Cryptographic Module Contract

George I. Seffers
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ViaSat, Carlsbad, California, is being awarded a $34 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT) Cryptographic Module development and production. The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army platforms and other foreign users worldwide. The MIDS-LVT Cryptographic Module will replace the communication security and transmission security hardware in the MIDS-LVT; thereby extending the operational life of the MIDS-LVT product line. This contract will procure MIDS-LVT Cryptographic Modules for MIDS users worldwide. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Hotels For Heroes

September 13, 2012
By Rita Boland
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Administered by Fisher House, Hotels for Heroes offers free hotel rooms to wounded, injured or ill service members and their families in certain situations.

Using the Tools: Part Three

September 12, 2012
Dan Callahan

Selling into the IC and the Defense agencies is not easy.  Here is part three that will convince you to “up your game” when it comes to tools—in this case, procurement databases and news services, that help you stay on top of events and sales leads.

You may have noticed that I won’t say which one is the best because I believe this has to do with one’s needs and preferences.  The best for my situation may not be the best for you.

GovWin is the older service known as INPUT, which had combined with others (i.e., FedSources) to be perhaps the most well known and perhaps the most heavily used.  While not inexpensive, this is a premier database of government procurement announcements that tends to go way beyond FedBizOpps.  As I have said previously, “time is money” so I consider this to be the kind of database that every professional BD practitioner should have.  GovWin is now an acquisition target but this branded procurement data service will only get better for identifying, tracking and helping to research most open procurements.  I recommend that you use as many features of the service as you can; you will get a better return if you make a slightly deeper investment, both in time and subscription fee.

Cool App-titude: TED

September 11, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

The free TED app for iPad, iPhone and Android offers users more than 1,000 talks from professionals around the world. Created by TED Conferences, the program includes a searchable library of presentations on everything from science to medicine, business and music. Download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Watch a full tour of the TED app here:


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Valor Website

September 6, 2012
By Rita Boland
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The U.S. Defense Department's Valor website pays homage to troops who have earned the country's highest decorations for bravery.

Cool App-titude: Breathe2Relax

September 7, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

This portable stress management tool provides users with deep breathing techniques to promote mood stabilization and anxiety management. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, the free Breathe2Relax app is available for both iOS and Android. Click below to see the app in action:

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Contest Primes Innovation with Cash

September 5, 2012

Lockheed Martin Corporation is sponsoring a competition designed to encourage new ideas about how to enhance global security. Titled "Innovate the Future," the company is asking for ideas on a range of topics, including sustainable energy, cybersecurity and health care.