Rear Adm. Donald E. Gaddis, USN, has been assigned as program executive officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs, Washington, D.C.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a follow on contract valued at more than $39 million by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to provide management and systems engineering to NAWCAD's Integrated Communications and Information Systems (ICIS) Division. Under the contract, SAIC will provide contract, organizational, and project management support, as well as material acquisition services in support of various projects.
The U.S. Defense Department has awarded Harris Corporation a $139 million order to provide additional Falcon II AN/VRC-104 high-frequency tactical radios to equip Joint Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The radios will be installed in new standard-sized MRAP vehicles and MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs).
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon Company a $34.4 million contract to continue design work on the AGM-65E2/L laser guided Maverick missile, the newest variant of the Maverick. The contract requires the company to develop, integrate and test the missile's guidance and control section.
The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $28 million contract to continue development of the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.3 system of systems. JCREW is a multifunctional electronic jammer that can be carried by troops, mounted on a vehicle or boat, or used in a fixed location to prevent the detonation of RCIEDs.
Lockheed Martin Awarded Air Force Contract To Integrate Renewable Energy Into Deployable Airfield Power Systems
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $3.5 million contract to develop the Integrated Smart-BEAR Power System (ISBPS) for the service. The Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) program equips U.S. forces with lightweight, air-transportable assets used to establish mobile air bases. ISBPS integrates a variety of energy sources, including renewables, into the existing BEAR power grid.
Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, USA, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
Rear Adm. Jerry K. Burroughs, USN, has been nominated for assignment as program executive officer for command, control, communications and intelligence, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California.
If there is one military leader who can be counted on to tell it like it is, it's Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC, commander, JFCOM. And as the final speaker of the Joint Warfighting Conference, attendees were not let down. With the strength of words, he brought his depth of experience to thoughtfully describe what he sees as the needs for the future. In an international age, every nation brings something to the table, each country brings a tone to an alliance, Gen. Mattis began. This mind-set must be more than just words and become an attitude coalition partners admire. As panelists had discussed just moments earlier, Gen. Mattis called for building command and control-or as he prefers to call it "command and feedback"-from the ground up when it comes to interoperability with coalition partners. "In this age, I don't care how tactically or operationally you are: If you can't create harmony across military, international and civilian lines, you need to go home because your leadership is obsolete," he stated. The mantra of coalition cooperation extends beyond the international realm, the general stated. He reminded military commanders that they must set a command style of collaboration if the military is to remain relevant. Although the conference featured hundreds of technical solutions, the requirement for the future the general stated first has nothing to do with technology at all. "We need commanders who are critical thinkers," he said. Using the old solutions will not resolve new problems, the general added. Gen. Mattis also admonished the practice of over-reacting to relatively minor security incidents. While they should not be taken lightly, he believes overreactions that result in large programs that deplete the nation's treasure are not effective and can actually aid the enemy by robbing the U.S. of the precious funding it needs to fight large battles. "Too often, the enemy does something small and we spend a lot of money because of it.
The final panel of the 2010 Joint Warfighting Conference focused on two topics that have been discussed consistently for more than a decade: lack of interoperability and convoluted acquisition. Though the panelists agreed on the problems, their opinions about solutions differed slightly.