An iPhone app receiving high ratings could prove to be a one-stop shop for users serving in the U.S. military, their families, veterans and anyone interested in the topic.
Boeing Satellite Systems Incorporated, El Segundo, California, was awarded a $6 million contract modification of the Wideband Global Satellite Communication Block II contract in support of the Military Satellite Communications Program. This mission assurance task order will provide additional on-ground testing while the SV4 spacecraft is in thermal vacuum. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated.
BAE Systems, Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $49 million contract to develop an infrared system that provides a real-time, high-resolution, wide-area video persistent surveillance capability that allows joint forces to keep critical areas of interest under constant surveillance with a high degree of target location accuracy. The Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Contracting Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Thales recently announced that it has signed an agreement with the Royal Navy of Oman to equip patrol boats and corvettes with Vigile electronic support measures (ESM) systems that include Vigile 200 and Vigile 400 systems. The Vigile family of ESM solutions has been developed to monitor, measure and analyze electromagnetic signals, providing the crew with early warning, situation awareness and electromagnetic signals intelligence functions in both open ocean and dense littoral environments.
The Defense Information Systems Agency issued a bridge extension for three Joint Interoperability Test Command multiple-award Omnibus contracts-two held by Northrop Grumman, and another by Interop Joint Venture II. Set to expire August 31, the contracts will be extended six months with three two-month option periods. The extension will add up to $70 million to each contract, changing the total contract ceilings from $1.05 billion to $1.12 billion.
Raytheon Technical Services Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $250 million contract for the development, implementation and sustainment of 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 V-22 Block Fleet release avionics systems software products, including V-22 aircraft avionics acquisition support. In addition, this contract provides for the development, test and production of V-22 situational awareness/Blue Force tracking software and prototype hardware products. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is the contracting authority.
The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, recently awarded General Dynamics Information Technology, Intelligence Solutions Division, Fairfax, Virginia, a nearly $12 million contract to provide logistics support services in support of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence sustainment support (C4IS2) systems. This contract will continue logistics support services for critical Marine Corps C4IS2 systems while a follow-on contract is competed and will provide a transition between the current intelligence information, command and control, equipment and enhancements contract, which expires on June 30, and the follow-on contract.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded advisory and assistance services contracts to Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia; Lockheed Martin Services Incorporated, Gaithersburg, Maryland; and QinetiQ North America, Fairfax, Virginia, to provide advisory and assistance services to the Security and Intelligence Operations Directorate. Each contract has a ceiling of about $365 million. The contractors will assist the directorate in providing information assurance, security, intelligence and counterintelligence services to protect the MDA and Ballistic Missile Defense Systems technologies.
The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, San Diego, a $94 million contract modification.
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have devised a sensor that can detect substances at the nanoscopic scale. What potential practical daily uses could this technology be used for? Are there any ethical considerations for this technology? How would this affect national and public security?