Paul Strassmann offers his insights on network virtualization as an answer to cyber security concerns about the proliferation of things contributing to the "attack surface," such as networks, circuits and computers.
The recently formed Interagency Alternative Technology Assessment Program (IATAP) announced last Friday it plans to collect and review oil spill response solutions from scientists and vendors.
Rear Adm. Thomas P. Meek, USN, has been assigned as commander, Navy Cyber Forces, and Rear Adm. Edward H. Deets III, USN, has taken command of the Naval Network Warfare Command at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Norfolk, Virginia.
The creator of an app called BulletFlight claims it could improve the accuracy of military snipers in training by calculating the trajectory of a bullet's flight path to ensure users hit the target.
The Ultra Electronics division of Tactical Communication Systems has received a contract from the Canadian Department of National Defence to supply Band 4 AN/GRC-245A HCLOSTM software-defined high-capacity radios. The HCLOSTM radio currently is being shipped worldwide in the Band 1 and 3+ frequency ranges in both 16 megabits per second (mbps) and 34 mbps full-duplex capacity. The Band 4 addition will provide enhanced operational flexibility in the crowded frequency spectrum to support communications bandwidth needs on the current battlefield.
The U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command has chosen General Dynamics to compete for future orders under the Common Afloat Local Area Network Infrastructure (CALI) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts. As one of three recipients, General Dynamics will deliver secure, commercial off-the-shelf hardware, software and networking equipment. Each CALI contract has a total potential value of $502 million with all options exercised.
Force Protection Industries Inc. has received a $4.6 million firm-fixed-priced modification under an existing contract delivery order for the purchase of 2,451 automatic fire extinguisher system kits. Under the contract, the kits will be installed on the Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Work is expected to be completed in February 2011. The Marine Corps Systems Command is the contracting activity.
Thales Norway has been awarded a contract by the Swedish Defence Material Administration to supply the Swedish Armed Forces with a command and control (C2) system for helicopter units. According to the contract, Thales will be responsible for system design, integration and supply of systems that provide improved C2 capability to deployed helicopter units. The systems will be interoperable with existing mobile C2 systems within the air force and Nordic Battle Group.
Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr., USAF (Ret.), has been nominated for appointment to Director of National Intelligence, Washington, D.C.