Blake Hall is a man on a mission: to help U.S. military personnel use "Web 2.0" Internet technologies to help one another and themselves. Hall's no stranger to demanding missions. A decorated former U.S. Army Captain and Airborne Ranger who led a scout platoon in Iraq, he relates how the first time he ever led a combat mission, his battalion commander laid his hand on his shoulder and said ominously, "Hall, don't screw it up." And based on the overwhelmingly positive, initial response to his and his co-founders' new, veteran-owned web venture, TroopSwap.com, an online community and marketplace for active duty U.S. military, reservists, veterans and their families, that battalion commander would be more than proud.
The notion of robots as trusted companions on the battlefield is no longer limited to the scope of science fiction or TV adventure. With the U.S. Army's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance and its members forging ahead on autonomous technologies, warfighters may just very well have their own "Lassie" to save the day. What more can be done to enhance robotic artificial intelligence to benefit the troops? Share you ideas here.
Alion Science and Technology is continuing to support the U.S. Army Modeling and Simulation Office under a task order valued at more than $3 million. Alion will continue to provide subject matter expertise and services to support the Army Modeling and Simulation Office and the Modeling and Simulation Proponent Office's mission to train and supply qualified modeling and simulation professionals to the Army, recruit and manage the modeling and simulation community to best meet the Army's warfighting needs and to create a fully trained Army modeling and simulation community.
Booz Allen Hamilton, Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a nearly $24 million contract for biometrics, identity management, and homeland security technologies research and analysis for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic. 55th Contracting Squadran, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.
Three Phoenix Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a nearly $6 million firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract for a technology insertion photonics mast. The procurement of this mast will allow for the continued engineering assessment, design and development of a non-developmental item submarine optronics system. The Small Business Innovative Research Phase III contract is to provide engineering services to support software development, procurement of commercial off-the-shelf products, and hardware/software integration required to provide improved technology for U.S. Navy open architecture and network centric operations, and warfare systems in support of USS Virginia class submarine and other submarine/surface ship systems. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $12 million order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for services required to address obsolescence of the SP-103C single board computer shop replaceable assembly utilized within the tech-insert mission computer and tech-insert flight management computer. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Telos Corporation recently received a $13 million order from the U.S. Air Force to deliver a web proxy server replacement as well as certify and accredit an advanced software version for the Combat Information Transport System program. The network management initiative will replace aging equipment and improve security, and includes hardware, software, training, and certification and accreditation services. This contract was awarded through the Network Centric Solutions contract vehicle.
L-3 Link Simulation & Training recently announced the first international sale of its Advanced Helmet Mounted Display to Raytheon Australia in support of the Royal Australian Air Force's Hornet Aircrew Training System. The award calls for L-3 Link to provide Advanced Helmet Mounted Displays to support pilot training on the RAAF's three F/A-18 Tactical Readiness Trainers. L-3 Link's Advanced Helmet Mounted Display will replace current fixed field-of-view flat panel displays, enabling pilots to view out-the-window imagery and systems symbology over a 360-degree field-of-regard.