Cubic Applications Incorporated (CAI) has been awarded a five-year contract with a potential value close to $35 million to provide simulation and network services to support battle simulations and battle command systems for the Joint Multinational Simulation Center (JMSC) located at Grafenwöhr, Germany, and five other European sites. The JMSC is an element of the Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC), the training command of U.S. Army Europe. The JMTC is the largest training command outside the continental United States. JMTC range and maneuver complexes, simulation centers, classrooms and facilities provide realistic and relevant training to U.S. Army, Joint Service, NATO, and allied units and leaders.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, New York, is being awarded a more than $14 million delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for non-recurring efforts in support of airborne mine countermeasures testing and systems development. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Computer Science Corporation, Falls Church, Virginia, is being awarded a task order valued at more than $9 million under a previously awarded contract for technical support to the operating forces, a key element of the Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, support for fielded tactical command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems for Marine Corps operating forces. Technical support under this effort includes on-site/on-call support at the Operating Forces Tactical Systems Support Center, on-site technical representation at specified Marine Corps Command organizations worldwide, exercise support based upon the operational schedule of the supported units, and support of contingency operations (e.g., hazardous duty, combat operations, peace-keeping) on a discrete basis. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
The Systems Group, LLC, Bonaire, Georgia, was awarded a nearly $8 million contract to provide technical support services to the U.S. Air Force in support of its role to assist the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with programmatic, technical and financial planning for AWACS and other aircraft platforms; command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, and training. Electronic Systems Command, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.
DARPA's dynamic spectrum access radio technology is but one solution in the overall quest to increase electromagnetic spectrum efficiency-but it's considered state of the art. The DSA can be likened to a traffic cop in that it directs the flow of spectrum traffic based on usage and volume. Cooperative efforts among international entities in the military, public and private sectors is integral to making this technology a continued success. Read the complete article and share your views on the DSA's impact and further potential.
This all-volunteer organization, more commonly referred to as SKIP, sends care packages to deployed service members. Though many groups across the country perform the same activity, SKIP also works to cooperate with other organizations to enhance the support troops receive.
The key to providing greatly enhanced cyber security may be at hand, but it may also eliminate one of the Internet's greatest characteristics, and a middle ground may be hard to achieve. Carter Bullard, president and chief executive officer, QoSient, told the audience at a MILCOM 2010 Wednesday afternoon panel on cyber security that technologies are needed for three elements-attribution, mitigation and deterrence. Attaining attribution and mitigation will lead to deterrence, he maintained. A key means of attribution is non-repudiation, which he described as having the potential to go after the entire threat matrix. This discipline would provide comprehensive accountability that prevents any interloper from concealing that they attacked, thus creating the concept that a hacker can get caught. Bullard bemoaned the fact that no one is building technology for non-repudiation, calling it "the most misunderstood countermeasure." However, one of his fellow panelists raised an alarm about its incorporation. Elliot Proebstel, on the technical staff of Sandia National Laboratories, warned that building in non-repudiation might threaten valued Internet freedoms. The existing anonymity that every Internet user takes for granted might disappear as every user could be identified. This would be a boon to dictatorships that seek to identify and stifle Internet users opposed to their regimes, he offered.
The U.S. Army is freezing some information technology acquisitions and cutting back on existing facilities for more efficient data flow. These efforts are coupled with a data center inventory designed to allow the service greater flexibility in networking. Maj. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA, director of architecture, operations, networks, and space, Army CIO/G-6, explained to the MILCOM 2010 luncheon audience that the Army has placed a moratorium on the acquisition of servers. Too many servers were being purchased without regard to need, and the existing servers were being used at only about 33 percent capacity. While servers are frozen, Army data centers are melting away. First, the Army began to inventory just how many data centers it had, Gen. Bowman related. The count began at about 160, and it now is up to 279 and still counting. Once the Army has its arms around its data center infrastructure, it will begin reducing their number. The goal is to reduce that number by 75 percent by 2015 on the way to a final tally of less than 10 data centers. Gen. Bowman explained that this reduction will be conducted methodically rather than dramatically. This will prevent some data center adherents from offering legitimate arguments against the reductions. The Defense Information Systems Agency, which is advising the Army on this effort, will pick up some of the data center functions.