The U.S. Army Applied Aviation Technology Directorate has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.5 million contract to continue development of the Kinetic Energy Net (KEN) armor design. KEN is a modular composite armor system developed by Lockheed Martin that is lighter than current aircraft armor, but offers comparable protection. Under the contract, the company will improve the armor's performance by incorporating new forms of advanced ballistic materials and experimental strike faces.
Is it possible for the IDC to enable these organizations to work seamlessly once implemented, or will the usual interoperability problems rear their ugly heads? Technology has come a long way, but has it come far enough to eliminate stovepiped systems and overcome cultural differences? Please share you opinions here.
The U.S. Government's per diem rate determines how business expenses can be reimbursed for government employees and many other business travelers as well. But rates vary from city to city, and country to country, especially in metropolitan areas, and if you're anything like me, you have to look up the mileage reimbursement rate every single time you need it. The PerDiem app, which works with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, takes all that information and integrates it with the GPS/Location Services function of the device to make finding per diem-friendly establishments easier. It also includes a mileage calculator and an overall trip calculator. Limitations noted by reviewers on the App Store include not being able to save favorite locations and a lack of military installations. Annual updates to reflect fiscal year requirements are also necessary. But for 99 cents, it can be very helpful on the go. PerDiem is available from the iTunes Store. These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new Web sites, please use proper Internet security procedures
Two weeks ago, I listened to a U.S. Marine Corps brigadier general plead for a lightweight personal computer that shooters could use at the squad level. All of the talk he heard about net-centric networks was meaningless because network centricity did not reach where it was needed. If the civilians could walk around with BlackBerrys, why couldn't the U.S. Defense Department provide comparable services?
The Defense-wide Information Assurance Program has published an Information Assurance (IA) Policy Chart on the Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center (IATAC) website. The program's goal for the publication is to capture the large breadth of applicable policies, some of which IA personnel may not know, in a convenient organizational scheme. The IA Policy Chart uses color, hatching, fonts and hyperlinks to provide additional assistance to professionals who need to understand the IA policies to build, operate and secure the GIG. Background notes on the effort also can be found on the IATAC site.
The Boeing Company has received a two-year, $21.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enterprise Network Manager Software in Service Support (JENM SwISS) program. JENM SwISS is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a total program value of up to $54.8 million if all options are exercised. Under the contract, Boeing Phantom Works will deliver technical support, maintenance and upgrades for the JENM software. The program will integrate existing JTRS waveform network management systems into a single user-friendly, plug-and-play environment for network planning and monitoring across the JTRS networks.
The U.S. Army has awarded Serco Inc., an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract to compete for task orders under the HRsolutions Program Office for the Studies and Analysis contract. The contract will support the Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA). Serco is among 12 awardees on the $1.3 billion ID/IQ contract over a five-year period, one-year base and four one-year option periods. Under the contract, Serco will compete for work focused on business planning, and research and evaluation, including process re-engineering, policy analysis, manpower planning, training and development, policy development, proof of concept studies, program analysis, predictive modeling and risk management and mitigation.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded Raytheon Company an $88 million contract to install passenger checkpoint screening equipment at airports nationwide. The task order was issued under the TSA's Security Equipment Integration Services contract. Raytheon will be responsible for installing equipment that includes a wide range of technologies. The contract began March 24 and ends March 23, 2011.
The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has awarded Thales Norway a contract to supply the Swedish Armed Forces with a new command and control (C2) system for helicopter units. Under the contract, Thales will be responsible for system design, integration and supply of C2 systems for Swedish helicopter units. The system will provide improved command and control capability for helicopter units deployed in national or international operations. It will be an integrated part of the armed force's overall C2 systems, and will be interoperable with existing mobile C2 systems in the Swedish air force and Nordic Battle Group.
EADS Defence and Security and Thales have received a contract worth 26.1 million euros from the French defence procurement agency to produce and support two sets of deployable geographic modules (MGPs) for the French army's 28th Geographic Group. The program will develop a deployable system that can rapidly produce, maintain and distribute military geography information. The MGP modules will supply geographic data updated in the field to operational land forces via a single cartographic access point.