Technological solutions can bridge differences between the U.S. forces and other nations as the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) builds relationships among its diverse partners. The Marine Corps in particular are seeking translation technologies to break down language barriers in daily activities.
General Dynamics has been awarded a $17 million contract to produce gun systems for the Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System and the Centurion Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System by Raytheon Missile Systems. The gun systems will be produced at the General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products facility in Saco, Maine.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract valued up to $20 million to support the service's global monitoring for nuclear treaty compliance. The company will provide engineering, research and program management services for the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
The information technology arena is experiencing large tectonic shifts that are directly affecting requirements for cybersecurity. Transitions-from physical to virtual; from the premise to the cloud; from more formal networks to social networks-will have their counterparts in new security requirements and approaches.
Government needs to "think flat' and create a cybersecurity architecture that emphasizes a peering structure rather than a vertical architecture.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $5.8 million contract modification to provide engineering services for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system. This is the eighth modification to a $128 million contract awarded in January 2009 by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. The contract calls for the company to provide systems analysis, software and hardware engineering, testing and logistics support.
The U.S. Army Information Technology Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin a $292.7 million contract to continue supporting the Pentagon's network infrastructure. Under the agreement, the company will continue to provide network operations maintenance, management and security support for all data networks within the Pentagon and National Capitol Region.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded CSC a five-year task order valued at $200 million to provide information technology (IT) infrastructure support services. Under the contract, the company will provide a full range of infrastructure services, including planning, engineering and implementing IT solutions, and providing support for the USAID network environment.
The rise of China and the growth of other Asian economies could hold serious consequences for the U.S. economy, and subsequently relations with other countries. One day, major world economies no longer will use the dollar as the basis for international transactions. And when the U.S. dollar no longer is the global currency of choice, the United States will have to enter a period of severe frugality.
China and the United States are constantly redefining their relationship in a dynamic that could lead to conflict if both sides are not careful, according to a leading U.S. Asia-Pacific expert.