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Booz Allen Hamilton Wins Share of $900 Million Contract with U.S. Strategic Command

August 20, 2008
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton has been selected to provide services under the U.S. Strategic Command Systems and Missions Support (USAMS II) contract. Booz Allen is one of six firms chosen to compete for up to $900 million worth of advisory and assistance tasks. The USAMS II contract is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. Booz Allen will provide a range of advisory and assistance services support to the Strategic Command, the Defense Technical Information Center and the Air Force Weather Agency. Efforts include mission areas of full-spectrum global strike, space operations, computer network operations, U.S. Defense Department information operations, strategic warning, integrated missile defense, global Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and nuclear deterrence.

Casey: Army needs reset and transformation

August 19, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army is so consumed by the demands of the current fight that it cannot do the things that it is supposed to do, according to its highest-ranking officer. Gen. George W. Casey, USA, the U.S. Army chief of staff, charged that the service is badly out of whack because it has been caught between two worlds.

The United States "didn't have the Army we needed" after 9/11, Gen. Casey told a large crowd at today's plenary session. It has been transforming into the force it needs to be concurrent with combat operations around the globe, and that has not been a smooth process. Currently, the Army is about "70 percent there" in its drive to transform, the chief of staff claimed.

One thing the Army needs immediately is a systematic reset process, he emphasized. Troops that return from Iraq or Afghanistan incur substantial personnel and material costs. In terms of materiel, each rotation from those two countries costs about $70 billion to reset. Having a systematic reset process will help compel the force transformation into a true expeditionary army, he declared.

Sorenson: LandWarNet Program Fragmented, Needs Coordinated Plan

August 19, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army's LandWarNet program, the focus of Army IT modernization-and the focus of this conference-is fragmented, unsecure, expensive and not standardized. This came from Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson, USA, the U.S. Army chief information officer (CIO)/G-6. He told today's luncheon audience that the Army will fix these problems, but it will take a coordinated plan to do so. This Army enterprise network campaign plan will be developed by October, he offered.

Budgetary pressures could impose severe limitations on the Army's ability to modernize its IT infrastructure. Gen. Sorenson told an attentive audience how the Army is entering a period of tremendous uncertainty in terms of its budget, with only half of the IT programs currently funded.

Many existing Army battle command systems in the field are stovepiped, the general noted. The FCS BC is a system of systems, but not every Army system will be FCS-enabled, so interoperability remains a goal.

Donahue: Enabling Expeditionary Capabilities in a CONUS Based Army

August 19, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Despite its ongoing operations around the world, the U.S. Army is a CONUS-based force that must be able to deploy its capabilities seamlessly. Unfortunately, that is not yet the case. Brig. Gen. Brian Donahue, USA, director of the LandWarNet office, Army G-3/5/7, described that challenge to an overflow crowd in a combined track this morning exploring expeditionary capabilities and horizontal network centricity.

And, the Army must be able to maintain its full capabilities throughout the entire spectrum of a deployed operation. Gen. Donahue declared that the Army no longer can afford to separate operational aspects. It must engage in decisive combat-phase three-concurrent with phase four stabilization operations. This was not done in the Iraq War, and now U.S. forces are paying the price.
So it must smooth out capability changes throughout deployment and operation. When the Army was forward deployed, this was not as much of an issue. But now, it cannot afford problems on the CONUS end.

Plans are underway. Over the next 60 days, the Army will sort out a construct at the DOIM level, he stated.

Gifts to Army

August 19, 2008
By Rita Boland

The overwhelming interest and generosity of the American public toward U.S. soldiers and their families prompted the Army to launch Gifts to Army as a centralized source of information for contribution and support opportunities. The Army Gift Program is an established effort, but an amendment to the law now enables the Army to accept donations that assist wounded soldiers, wounded civilian employees and their families. The goal of Gifts to Army is to answer the frequent question from the public: "What can I do to help?"

Sorenson: Talk to the Soldiers in the Field

August 19, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

LandWarNet 2008 began with an introduction by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson, USA, the U.S. Army chief information officer (CIO)/G-6. While Gen. Sorenson's remarks largely focused on what would take place during the three-day conference and exposition, some of his anecdotal comments illuminated the key issues that he hopes will be addressed by the many Army and industry attendees.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Support NASA's Use of Global Hawk for Earth Science Research

August 18, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, sole-source contract from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center for engineering and technical services to support NASA's use of the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for scientific research. The contract has a value of up to $25 million. Northrop Grumman's technical assistance will include analysis, design support for unique systems, simulations, software development and engineering, and operational and manufacturing support.

General Atomics Aeronautical System Receives U.S. Army Contract for Logistics Support

August 18, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Atomics Aeronautical System has been awarded a $10,487,251 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for logistics support for the I-GNAT/Sky Warrior alpha unmanned aircraft system. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Awarded U.S. Army Contract to Continue Patriot "Pure Fleet" Upgrades

August 18, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company will continue the Patriot "Pure Fleet" modernization through a $34.4 million U.S. Army contract. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command contract enables the continuation of upgrading Army Patriot equipment to state-of-the-art Patriot Configuration 3 status. Raytheon will provide hardware upgrades to Patriot radars, engagement control stations and launchers as well as enhanced logistics capability through support to a common configuration.

ITT Awarded Foreign Military Sales Contract

August 18, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation's communications systems business has received a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity foreign military sales (FMS) contract by the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. The contract, which has a potential value of $490 million, was awarded through the security assistance management directorate, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, for the manufacture and delivery of communications and electronics equipment and services required by international customers through the FMS program. Potential products and services under the contract include communications systems, radios and associated products, components, and services such as installation, training and engineering support.

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