The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a contract for research, development and operation of information fusion as it relates to the Information Fusion Center established by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division to support U.S. Navy, U.S. Defense Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security operations.
The contract has a maximum potential value of $95.2 million.
Harris Corporation has received an $18 million order from the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command's Battlefield Air Operations office for the Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G wideband tactical radio system. The Air Force is acquiring the AN/PRC-117G to expand the use of high-bandwidth data applications.
Alion Science and Technology is providing simulation tools to the U.S. Army and serving as an integrator between the Generating and Operational Forces under a one-year $1.1 million contract through the Army's Joint Training Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Operations Integration Center. The focus of Alion's work is to train warfighters in counter IED techniques.
BAE Systems has been awarded a $21 million contract from the Office of Naval Research to develop an advanced Electromagnetic Railgun for the U.S. Navy. The 30-month contract is for the detailed design and delivery of an Innovative Naval Prototype Railgun.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a single-source, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract worth up to $180 million from the U.S. Navy to procure, deliver, maintain and provide logistical support to the Medium Range Thermal Bi-Ocular program.
The United States has yet to strike a balance between being dominant in regular warfare and being able to fight an irregular war, according to the deputy commander of the Joint Forces Command. Vice Adm. Robert Harward, USN, offered that the United States even might be losing the war in cyberspace.
Change may be good for progress, but it is not good for Navy shipbuilding. A panel of experts addressing how to "fix" Navy shipbuilding agreed that changing the design in the process is responsible for most of the ills in Navy shipbuilding. However, they disagreed on many proposed solutions-and whether oft-stated ideas would even work in reality.
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Providing economic stimulus to the defense sector could be a key part of revitalizing the U.S. economy, said Linda Mills, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Sector. Mills urged that the government take the defense industry into account as it stimulates the economy to keep and create jobs.
New qualities such as initiative, adaptability and technological knowledge are replacing traditional military criteria for leadership. Panelists discussing "how to find, develop and promote people with the right stuff" cited traits that are valuable in the information age of asymmetric warfare. However, the Navy must change its way of rating and promoting personnel if these qualities are to dominate.