Argon ST Incorporated is being awarded a $50 million contract for research, development and analysis to produce a command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) system architecture in support of electro-optical, radio frequency, acoustic sensors and special sensor systems for U.S. Navy aircraft and unmanned air vehicles.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract and initial delivery order by the U.S. Marine Corps to be the program support integrator for the Marine Corps Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) program.
CACI International has been awarded a prime contract with a ceiling value of $47 million if all options are exercised to support the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (COE-DMHA). For this contract, CACI will support the COE-DMHA in a wide array of efforts, including research and concept development; education projects; training; international disaster preparedness, mitigation, management and response; humanitarian assistance; and management of the consequences of terrorism.
Raytheon Company has received a $19.3 million U.S. Navy contract to provide MK54 lightweight torpedo hardware. With this award, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems is under contract to deliver 241 MK54 kits, of which 100 kits will be delivered to the Turkish Navy via a Foreign Military Sales agreement.
CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a $50 million prime contract to support the infrared focal plane array technology branch of the U.S. Army's Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). With this contract, CACI will help advance NVESD's infrared focal plane technology to enhance warfighter target acquisition and identification capabilities.
Whether it's needs versus wants, open conversations versus regulations to protect intellectual property or oversight versus open development, agencies and the commercial sector must find the happy medium for acquisition processes to be truly reformed.
When Price Floyd, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, came on board at the Defense Department a couple of months ago, he got the directive from Sec. Gates to use social media to engage-not just push out messages. But within days of starting, Floyd found that most of those social media channels had been shut down.
The ultimate goal of government 2.0 should be a user-friendly government, whether that user is the citizen availing him or herself of services or the user is the government agency using these tools to collaborate and share information, said panelists at a discussion after lunch on Thursday at the Gov 2.0 Summit. For the defense and intelligence sectors, those internal capabilities are most attractive, but even behind the secure networks, challenges of culture still exist.
Acquisitions experts from the government and private sectors agree that the procurement system is broken, but do not necessarily agree about how to fix it. Meeting at AFCEA International's SOLUTIONS Series conference today, a consensus was achieved on contributing factors to the problem. Long acquisition cycles strip the effectiveness of many of the IT systems that are being purchased by the time they hit the field. Time and cost estimates are not realistic from the beginning of the purchasing process. Leadership to bring about true change is lacking. These were just some of the topics brought up during today's discussion, a discussion that will continue tomorrow on the second day of "IT Acquisition: Shifting to a Modern Paradigm," taking place at the National Conference Center, Lansdowne, Virginia, as well as broadcast via the Web.