CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a task order with a ceiling value of $29 million by the U.S. Marine Corps under the U.S. General Services Administration's CONNECTIONS contract vehicle. This new work involves initially providing wide area network infrastructure design, fabrication, installation and validation of five microwave relay towers for the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command.
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Raytheon Company has been awarded a U.S. Army contract modification of $21 million to provide mission sustainment and support services for the Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance System--Combined program.
DPSCon Incorporated has received a Small Business Innovation Research Phase I contract award from the U.S. Air Force. The award will support development of a modular, expandable, open-standards addition of processing capability for propulsion health management systems that will increase the speed and depth of processing capabilities over currently utilized Full Authority Digital Engine Control hardware and software.
Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems to Provide Air Traffic Control Ground-Air Communications Systems to Poland
Northrop Grumman Corporation's European subsidiary, Park Air Systems, has been awarded a contract by the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency for the provision of an integrated ground-air radio system providing VHF and UHF frequencies. The project involves the installation of three remotely controlled PAE T6 VHF and UHF multichannel radio systems for the air traffic control center at Warsaw and three remotely controlled PAE T6 VHF and UHF multichannel radio systems for the air traffic control center at Katowice.
The U.S. Coast Guard's fight against minor maritime law violations may be a precursor to terrorism activities, according to one of its district commanders. Rear Adm. Manson K. Brown, USCG, commander, 14th Coast Guard District, described how fishing violations in U.S. exclusive economic zones may be laying the groundwork for terrorist actions in the same manner that piracy and terrorism have become linked.
Here are some notable quotes from the November issue of SIGNAL Magazine. For the complete table of contents, click here
"There is no truly joint network here, just an Army network with joint subscribers." -Col. John B. Hildebrand, USA, commander, 11th Signal Brigade, in Tactical Communications Advances Seize The Day in Iraq
"Cost is a big issue. No one is going to pay any amount just because the word 'fuel cell' appears on it." -Jacob Weiss, president, Medis Technologies Limited, in Personal Power Takes a Walk
"We have operations in cyberspace, not cyberspace operations." -Col. Wayne A. Parks, USA, director, U.S. Army Information Operations and U.S. Army Computer Network Operation-Electronic Warfare Proponents, Combined Arms Command, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in Army Programs Face Daunting Challenges
This month's featured image:
Pfc. John Beckett, assigned to Company B, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, surfs the Internet at an Internet cafe that opened in September at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility on Forward Operating Base Falcon, Iraq. Beckett, a multichannel transmission systems operator from Buffalo, New York, says the new Internet cafe is a convenience for him because he does not own a personal computer.
This group of designers creates specifications to improve client-side applications development on the Web. The site hosts the group's work in several publicly available documents.
Military recruitment and retention rates are steadily being met, but cracks are beginning to appear in the personnel infrastructure. A panel of senior enlisted leaders both lauded the quality and motivation of their enlisted personnel and warned against the possibility of losing large numbers of them in the near future.
|Maj. Gen. Mike Hostage III, vice commander, Pacific Air Forces|
The U.S. Pacific Air Forces are rolling out new technologies and capabilities to government and industry partners while seeking to consolidate for efficiencies. But, its vice commander bemoans continuing cultural and technological hurdles to effective network centricity.
Among the new capabilities are voice over secure Internet protocol (VoSIP), which is in four bases and will be installed in all nine bases over the next 12 months. Airmen also are receiving secure mobile personal digital assistants with Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) security for sending secure e-mail. And, network operations and CERT functions are consolidated into single Air Force network operations.
But Maj. Gen. Mike Hostage III, USAF, vice commander, Pacific Air Forces, wants effective systems delivered on time. "A perfect course of action late to the fight isn't as good as a 90-percent solution delivered on time," he said. And, these systems should serve military needs, not those of industry.
The Army can provide ballistic missile defense capabilities to the Pacific Air Forces' air operations center. This helps improved missile threat defense. But, this data must be displayed on a separate monitor. Gen. Hostage wants that data to be consolidated with Air Force data so it can appear on a common monitor.
And, industry needs to build solutions based on Air Force needs, not its own capabilities. Gen. Hostage told industry, "Show us what you've got, look at our problem set, then help draw the links between the two."
All the advances in network centricity are creating greater problems that threaten to undo the advantages wrought by network-centric operations, noted several panelists discussing support to the warfighter. Vice Adm. Nancy Brown, USN, J-6, the Joint Staff, put it bluntly: "We say we fight joint, but our network is absolutely not joint."