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LandWarNet Show Daily--Wednesday

August 19, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Wednesday's events at LandWarNet began with a talk by Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC, NATO supreme commander transformation, and commander U.S. Joint Forces Command. The general opened by saying he is passionate about command and control (C2), but added that C2 is an important capability that extends beyond technology. "No matter how brave your soldiers are, they're going to catch RPG's in the chest if you don't get C2 correctly," he cautioned.

The general noted that C2 is commonly seen as a technology subject, but there is a critical human aspect to it. He said his goal is to refine and define C2 problems and to solve them because C2 is the glue that holds military, intelligence and civilian government agencies together. It is essential that command and control is done right, he said.

Citing the approach taken at Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, VA, the general sees C2 as a leader-centric practice. He emphasized that C2 implies trust. This trust is especially true on the battlefield where commanders must rely on their subordinates. Gen. Mattis notes that decentralized command speeds action by allowing field officers to exercise their initiative. But he adds that training and education is key to achieving this goal.

Gravely Sailors Assisting in Interoperability Assessment

August 19, 2009

The stars were in perfect alignment or it was the perfect storm of open schedules. Call it what you will, but when technology assessors and warfighters meet for one week in one place, the results are the same: a mutual learning experience that will benefit warfighters on the front lines.

ITT Receives Contract for Radar Modification Kits

August 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation Electronic Systems Radar Systems - Gilfillan is being awarded a $29 million contract for AN/SPS-48G(V) radar modification kits to support the recovery obsolescence availability radar used to enhance launch on search capability aboard U.S. Navy ships.

Business Technology and Solutions Awarded Contract for Support Services

August 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

Business Technology and Solutions has been awarded a $13.4 million contract for a technical and acquisition management support program to provide a range of diverse nonengineering, technical and acquisition management support required in the acquisition, development, production and support of equipment and weapon systems within the Air Armament Center and other organizations at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

DRS Receives Contract for Research and Development

August 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

DRS Sensors and Targeting Systems is being awarded a $5.7 million completion contract for research and development in the area of photon-trap structures for quantum advanced detectors.

General Dynamics Awarded $42 Million for Submarine Maintenance, Modernization Work

August 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics' subsidiary, Electric Boat, a $42.1 million contract to plan and perform routine maintenance and modernization work on USS Springfield (SSN-761), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine.

Harris to Support Army's WIN-T Program

August 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation has received a contract update from Lockheed Martin to continue development work on wireless networking technology under Increment 3 of the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) program.

LandWarNet Show Daily-Tuesday

August 18, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The theme of this year's LandWarNet conference and symposium is leveraging the global network enterprise to enable full spectrum operations to the warfighter. Gen Carter F. Ham, USA, launched the event by discussing the Army's need to leverage the network and cyberspace to enable command and control. He explained that this was a historic time for Army signals as the service establishes a new unified command devoted to cyberspace.

Army Ponders Cyber Security

August 18, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

One of the key issues at this year's LandWarNet conference and symposium is cyber security and operations. Among the challenges to security is the use of military computer networks for purposes they were not originally designed for. Speaking at a panel on the state of Army cyber security and operations, Brig. Gen. Steven W. Smith, chief cyber officer, Army CIO/G-6, noted that "The NIPRNET was never designed at a command and control network, but it sure is now." The service must facilitate cultural change and newly launched initiatives to ensure the security of its networks, he said.

Herley Awarded $16.6 Million Contract

August 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Herley Industries Incorporated has been awarded a $16.6 million contract through a subsidiary for radio frequency modules. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.

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