Civil government and the military must work together if the United States is to achieve its strategic aims in the Pacific, said a panel of civil government and military experts. And, meeting those strategic goals increasingly is a matter of "soft power challenges" that involve the military in decidedly non-military actions.
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SAIC Awarded $61 Million Contract to Support Grant Administration from the National Institutes of Health
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Research Information Systems to provide software development support services to the electronic Research Administration (eRA). The contract has a total value of more than $62 million if all options are exercised. eRA systems provide information technology solutions and support for the full life cycle of grants administration functions for the NIH. Under the contract, SAIC will provide a broad range of software development services, including system maintenance and enhancement and design and development services.
SRA International Incorporated has been awarded a contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support the Cyber Security Management Center (CSMC). The contract has a potential value of more than $56 million if all options are exercised. SRA will support the CSMC to defend and protect the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the FAA and other federal agencies from cyber attacks. The CSMC is established as the DOT's focal point for all information security incidents and provides a centralized operation that monitors and tracks information security incidents; conducts sensor data analysis; establishes trend analysis documentation; provides proactive and responsive corrective action capability; and provides the DOT with innovative, proactive cyber-attack prevention, detection and response capability.
Lockheed Martin Receives $30 Million Contract for Air Force Self-Awareness Space Situational Awareness Program
Lockheed Martin has received a $30 million U.S. Air Force contract for the development phase of the self-awareness space situational awareness technology demonstration program. Lockheed Martin will develop a technology demonstration payload to provide tactical space situational awareness with dedicated communications. The surveillance system will increase critical awareness of threats to U.S. satellites and will demonstrate the capability to control and manage up to eight instruments for operational systems implementation.
Verizon Business will provide a broad range of data and advanced voice services to the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization through two agreements worth up to $1.12 billion. Under one agreement valued at as much as $752 million, Verizon Business will provide the Defense Department with data services, including network-based Internet protocol virtual private network services based on multi-protocol label switching, asynchronous transfer mode and wireless and point-to-point private lines for existing services. In a separate agreement valued at as much as $368 million, Verizon Business will be the primary provider for voice services to help more than 700,000 users at military locations worldwide communicate and collaborate effectively.
CSC has been awarded a task order from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command to provide command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) regional support center support services. The new services will support the Army's Product Manager Robotic and Unmanned Sensors and the Product Manager Countermine and Explosive Ordnance Demolition. The contract is worth an estimated $192 million if all options are exercised. CSC will provide qualified technicians and logistics personnel to provide maintenance for a collection of networked battlefield sensors and other C4ISR systems throughout Southwest Asia.
Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has received a contract with an estimated value of $14.9 million from the office of the chief information officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DRC will provide business engineering services, technical support, design and architectural support required to assist with the development of enterprise and system-level architectures for ICE.
While other commanders speak of esoteric needs, the head of the U.S. Army, Pacific cites both technological and cultural expertise as the key to mission success. Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, USA, commander, U.S. Army, Pacific, is calling for specific new technologies to help his force meet its dynamic mission requirements.
The biggest challenge in securing and operating networks efficiently may be to understand them-which currently is not taking place, said Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Command. Leading off the first full day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2008, Gen. Fraser offered observations about network operations and security that tended to be more philosophical than technical.
The U.S. Defense Department, through Military OneSource, has established a Wounded Warrior Resource Center (WWRC) telephone number and e-mail address. Troops, veterans and their families can call (800) 342-9647 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to request support if they have concerns or difficulties during the recovery process. Both methods of contact are operational 24/7.