The changeover to another generation of IT professionals is inevitable; it's happening right now. But does the federal IT community have a handle on just what this transition entails, and have the Defense Department and other organizations prepared adequately to take on the changes consistently and effectively? Will they end up with a deer-in-the-headlights look, or will they be able to adjust without a hitch? Discuss your ideas and suggestions here.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Eagan, Minnesota, was recently awarded a $7 million contract to design and develop highly integrated photonic devices for transition into current emerging tactical platforms for the U.S. Air Force and will develop key technology to overcome several of the existing constraints with respect to the integration and packaging of the current generation of photonic devices. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.
FLIR Systems Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $8 million contract for non-warranty repairs and spares for the maritime forward looking infrared radar; high-power microscopic field; and MicroStar systems. These systems are to provide maritime crafts, ground vehicles, and unmanned aircraft with all-weather, day/night, high-resolution, stabilized, forward-looking infrared thermal imaging capability to augment existing optical and radar sensors by imaging enemy forces on land, at-sea and in the air, particularly during periods of darkness and poor visibility. These systems enhance the detection, recognition, identification and tracking targets. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.
AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $24 million contract for 11 mobile maintenance facilities for the Shadow unmanned aircraft system for the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army. The Shadow provides flexible and responsive near real-time battle damage assessment, battle management support, and reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition to ground maneuver commanders. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, CCAM-AR-A, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Corporation, Los Angeles, has elected Sid Ashworth as corporate vice president of Government Relations. The company's Technical Services Sector, Herndon, Virginia, has appointed Kevin Mitchell as sector vice president of production operations.
AT&T Wireless Services, Hanover, Maryland, Sprint-Nextel, Lone Tree, Colorado, and Verizon Wireless, Laurel, Maryland, are each being awarded a contract extension to provide nationwide wireless cellular phone service to the Navy. For AT&T, the estimated amount of the extension for each company is $10 million. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Company Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $59 million modification to a previously awarded contract for CVN 78 dual-band radar common array power system (CAPS) and common array cooling system (CACS) efforts. The purpose of this modification is to procure factory assembly, integration, and test of one ship set of CAPS, one ship set of CACS, CVN 78 dual band radar unique components, and whole-life engineering products for the CVN 78 DBR. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.