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Vision System Adds Color to the Night

October 17, 2008
By H. Mosher

U.S. Army soldiers soon will be equipped with an enhanced night vision system that will increase their situational awareness in combat. Developed by BAE Systems through the Army's Program Executive Office Soldier Enhanced Night Vision Goggle advanced technology development program, the digitally fused enhanced night vision goggle, ENVG (D), allows soldiers to view imagery that exploits features from visible, low-light and infrared sensors. The prototype system features a monocular eyepiece that provides several modes of fusion for varied mission needs, such as visible-only imagery, infrared-only images, monochrome fusion or colorized fusion with a user-selectable color palette.

DRS Technologies Receives $33 Million Order for Long-Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System Subassemblies

October 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

DRS Technologies Incorporated has received a follow-on order of $32.7 million for electro-optical subassemblies for the Long-Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3) program. The Raytheon Company is the prime contractor. LRAS3 is a multi-sensor infrared system for Stryker, HMMWV and MRAP vehicle platforms. It enables real-time detection, recognition, identification and geo-location of distant targets 24 hours a day.

BearingPoint Awarded Marine Corps Identity and Access Management Contract

October 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

BearingPoint Incorporated has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for an identity and access management (IAM) solution. The contract is worth up to $15.6 million if all options are exercised. The IAM project is part of the Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Services program of record. The IAM solution will serve as the single IAM system for all Marine Corps systems and users.

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract to Develop New Laser Technology for High-Efficiency Fiber Amplifiers

October 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to develop single-frequency fiber amplifiers for the new Revolution in Fiber Lasers program by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Northrop Grumman will design the building blocks needed to combine laser beams that can be scaled to a weapons-class power level while maintaining good beam quality. Northrop Grumman received a $4.5 million, 15-month contract for Phase I, with an option for a $4.6 million, 18-month Phase II contract.

ITT Receives Contract for Command and Control Capability

October 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation has received a $25.9 million firm-fixed-price contract. This requirement is necessary to expand the command and control capability for Iraqi signal platoons and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance battalions. Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan, Baghdad, Iraq, is the contracting activity.

CSC Receives $88 Million Army Task Order to Provide Systems Engineering and Integration Support

October 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

CSC has been awarded a task order to provide engineering, architecture, integration and readiness support services. The contract was awarded the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office, Command, Control and Communications Tactical and is worth an estimated total value of $88 million. CSC will provide a comprehensive and diverse range of support for the Army's Future Battle Command program. Services include systems engineering and integration, network engineering, architecture development, information assurance, technology upgrade and integration, prototyping, testing, fielding and training.

Raytheon Awarded $165 Million for Light- and Heavyweight Torpedoes

October 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Raytheon Company has received a $165 million U.S. Navy contract to provide MK54 lightweight and MK48 heavyweight torpedo hardware, engineering and support services. Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) will produce and deliver 228 MK48 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) torpedo guidance and control upgrade kits and 192 MK54 lightweight torpedo kits. Nineteen MK48 CBASS upgrade kits are to be produced for the Royal Australian Navy, and 100 MK54 torpedo kits will be delivered to the Turkish Navy via a foreign military sales agreement. In addition, Raytheon IDS will provide associated services to support the U.S. Navy's operational requirements for torpedo programs.

Compound Could Improve Weapon Detection and Sensors

October 17, 2008
By H. Mosher

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University have discovered a light-emitting compound that may assist optical communications as well as eventually help identify biological and chemical weapons at long distances. The compound structure almost went unnoticed because it grows lengthwise, creating long, thin crystals that are well suited for fiber optics but difficult for researchers to study. Scientists were able to determine the structure using the Chemistry and Materials beamline of the Center for Advanced Radiation Sources at the Advanced Photon Source.

Small Satellites Chosen for Big Mission

October 16, 2008
By H. Mosher

The National Science Foundation is funding SRI International and the University of Michigan to use CubeSats in a program called CubeSat-based Ground-to-Space Bistatic Radar Experiment-Radio Aurora Explorer. CubeSats are small satellites, typically a 10-centimeter cube weighing one kilogram, used for science missions that are dedicated to space weather and atmospheric research. The program's mission is to remotely explore small-scale ionization structures in the form of plasma turbulence that occurs in response to intense electrical currents in space. Those structures can have a negative impact on communications and navigation signals by perturbing the refractive index along signal propagation paths. The first launch is scheduled for December 2009.=

JFCOM Seeks Input on Force-Tracking Technologies

October 15, 2008
By H. Mosher

Interest is high in the area of blue force tracking capabilities for the battlespace, but the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) also is interested in people-tracking of another kind, the kind that can help the command ensure that it is doing its job as primary conventional force provider. JFCOM is soliciting industry and academia input on existing technologies to improve the process of tracking the forces it provides to worldwide operations. A notice of the solicitation is in Federal Business Opportunities; all submissions on the topic must be made by October 30 and must contain information on how to support several business processes across all organizations that provide joint forces and several cross-cutting but common joint force-providing processes. In addition, five distinct, integrated capabilities must be detailed in the submission that show how the solutions are service-oriented-network-enabled; collaborative in direct and indirect ways; include a process workflow engine; feature enterprise content management; and incorporate decision-support reporting.

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