The networked world is beginning to discover that sharing is not always beneficial. Marauders always have been the bane of cyberspace, but now a new set of threats has emerged to imperil more than just the usual targets. Ordinary citizens now are menaced by sophisticated organizations seeking to damage society or to loot it of its funds-or both. And, as always, the network-centric military is under assault by increasingly frequent and effective cyberagents operating under foreign government control.
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Northrop Grumman Corporation is developing a robust, radiation-hardened, wireless spacecraft bus under a $4.1 million first-phase contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). A spacecraft data bus serves as the electrical interface between the spacecraft's equipment and payloads. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will develop a wireless data bus interface that enhances AFRL's innovative electronics architecture for spacecraft called Space Plug-n-Play Avionics, or SPA.
Scientific Research Corporation is being awarded a $6.5 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based contract to provide services for systems engineering, software integration, configuration management, test, fleet introduction, product improvement, quality assurance and life-cycle management support of various command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance (C4ISR) requirements, programs and projects.
GE Aviation Systems LLC is being awarded a $12 million ceiling-priced indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for the procurement of 27 V-22 Crash Survivable Memory Units (CSMU); 120 E-2D Crash Survivable Flight Information Recorder (CSFIR) Voice and Data Recorders (VADRs); and 2 T-6A CSFIR Integrated Data Acquisition and Recorder System and CSFIR supply system spares. In addition, this contract provides for engineering and product support; CSFIR and CSMU hardware; software upgrades, repairs, and modifications for CSFIR/Structural Flight Recording Set (SFRS) common ground station software.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Awarded Army Contract for Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles and Support Equipment
BAE Systems has received a contract from the U.S. Army to supply Tensylon composite armor panels for the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) vehicles. HET vehicles transport, deploy, recover and evacuate combat-loaded main battle tanks and other heavy tracked and wheeled vehicles to and from the battlefield.
Christopher Dorobek, writing in this month's Incoming column, addresses a major question for public managers: Just what is the best way to manage in the public sector? During the 1990s, many government agencies were trying valiantly to put performance standards into place, and took many cues from the private sector. But as Dorobek notes in Ending Government's Private-Sector Envy, government is very different from private industry.
Vangent Incorporated has received a contract through the 350th Electronic Systems Group at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, to modernize the Royal Saudi Air Force's (RSAF's) learning infrastructure. The one-year contract has a total value of $13.5 million if all options are exercised. Under the comprehensive outsourcing contract, Vangent will modernize and expand the learning environment at the RSAF's School of Command, Control and Communication to support rigorous performance standards and overall RSAF objectives. Vangent will design and build a new learning platform that will include solutions for traditional classroom training as well as Web-based e-learning applications.