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QinetiQ North America Wins Contract for C4ISR Support

May 15, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific has awarded QinetiQ North America's Systems Engineering Group a contract to support the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Programs Office Philadelphia, Product Distribution Center. The five-year contract has a ceiling value of $7.2 million.

CACI Awarded Task Order to Support Software Acquisition and Full Life-Cycle Management for Armu

May 15, 2009
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a task order of $38 million to support the Army's Communications-Electronics Command Life Cycle Management Command, Software Engineering Center, based in Fort Monmouth, NJ. This new work will focus on support software acquisition and full life-cycle management to enhance the C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities of current and future Army Battle Command System, with specific emphasis on command and control.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Describes Defense Plans Under the New Administration

May 14, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Referring to Washington, D.C. as its own area of responsibility, Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn, cited several figures from the recently released proposed U.S. Defense Department budget that illustrate the new administration's changing focus. "From now on, irregular warfare is a regular part of our plan," he said.

Many Elements Contribute to Acquisition System Woes

May 14, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Views about how to improve government acquisition varied greatly during the final panel session of the Joint Warfighting Conference. While some panel members expressed confidence in the current system, admitting it needs some improvements, others stated that much more drastic changes are needed to get solutions into the field.

Global Supply Chain Entwined With Political and Economic Stability

May 14, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Recent news about piracy near the Horn of Africa is only one example of the disruptions to the global supply chain that will have expansive and far-reaching effects, according to Stephen Carmel, senior vice president, Maritime Services, Maersk Line Limited. At the opening presentation on the final day of the Joint Warfighting Conference, Carmel said that because the global supply chain depends heavily on information technology today, cyberattacks are increasing as a vulnerability to the transport of goods.

Force Balance Requires Multifacted Approach

May 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Members from each of the four services offered their insights into how to build a balanced joint force at Wednesday's final panel session at the Joint Warfighting Conference. They may be coming at it from different angles, but all agreed that the need for agility requires the definition of the problems and the adoption of new concepts, platforms and technologies.

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