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Mobility, Flexibility Top Pacific Force Network Needs

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Being able to project power across the vast and diverse reaches of the Asia-Pacific region will require a mobile and flexible network that will be able to follow the force and adapt to changing conditions and requirements, says the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific.

Technology Gap Widening Among Prospective Coalition Partners

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United States must continue to improve its leading-edge technology to stay ahead of potential adversaries who are closing the technological gap. However, this risks losing interoperability with small nations that would be important allies in an ad hoc coalition. Working with partners well before a coalition is formed may help solve the problem.

Nontechnical Factors Determine Interoperability

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Systems engineers are—and must be—focusing on technical issues that would enable interoperability across national lines; three other important facets ultimately may determine whether members of an ad hoc coalition can achieve effective interoperability in a multinational operation.

The United States Is the Network in the Asia-Pacific Region

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

There never will be a NATO-type alliance in the Asia-Pacific region. So, the United States must host any ad hoc coalition that is to be successful in a multinational operation.

3-D Printing in Space Becomes Reality

December 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The 3-D printer recently installed on the International Space Station has printed a replacement part for itself, proving the process works in space and potentially paving the way for long-term space expeditions.

App Identifies Convenient and Inexpensive Parking Options

December 9, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

'Tis the season for heading out and about to shop, travel and visit with family, and the free ParkMe app could make your activities easier this year. It shows the location and rates for lots and garages near you along with a live map of available street parking, and provides detailed directions.

Alion Awarded RDT&E Contract

December 8, 2014

Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $4.5 million contract to research, develop, test and evaluate (RDT&E) leading-edge technologies for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) that will bring enhanced command and control battle management to warfighters. Under the three-year Holistic Waveform Development Kit (HAWK) contract, Alion will design, develop, test and integrate services for the HAWK Advanced Waveform Development Environment Ecosystem, enabling rapid development of software-defined radio (SDR) waveforms. Alion’s work will support more flexibility for SDR systems, so that disparate radio networks can interoperate. Alion also will provide RDT&E and experimentation to improve the FLEX Data Link, an architecture that simultaneously supports multiple high-speed data transmissions from radar and electronic warfare to signals intelligence. The contract runs until September 28, 2017.

 

Raytheon Awarded JLENS Support Contract

December 8, 2014

Raytheon Integrated Systems Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $12,001,675 firm-fixed-price contract for field and sustainment-level maintenance aiding one Joint Land Elevated Netted System (JLENS) orbit in support of an operational exercise. Work will be performed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, with an estimated completion date of June 4, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with one received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) funds in the amount of $9,001,256 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W9113M-15-C-0001).

 

U.S. Army Exercises Longbow Radar Option

December 8, 2014

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded an $18,487,338 modification (P00009) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-13-C-0028 exercising option year two for the management and logistics for all U.S. government Apache AH-64D helicopter fire-control radar units. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $18,487,338 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2015. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

DARPA Modifies Security and Intelligence Directorate Support Contract

December 8, 2014

Koniag Information Security Services LLC, Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a ceiling $6,767,577 modification (P00005) exercising the first option period on a one-year base contract (HR0011-14-C-0048), with four one-year option periods for contractor support services for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Security and Intelligence Directorate (SID). The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $13,481,154 from $6,713,577. Work will be performed at DARPA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2015. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,327,343 are being obligated at time of award. DARPA, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

 

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