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BBN Technologies to Add Disruption Tolerance to Military Networks

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

BBN Technologies has been awarded $8.9 million in funding by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under the third phase of the disruption tolerant networking (DTN) program. The DTN program's primary goal is to develop and field network services that deliver critical information reliably. Under this latest award, BBN will integrate the DTN system into fielded military networks that may combine several types of nodes, including wireless, satellite and vehicle-mounted.

ViaSat Supplies Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modems

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

ViaSat Incorporated has delivered 2000 enhanced bandwidth efficient modems (EBEM) for U.S. Defense Department teleport and U.S. Navy operations. The EBEMs include efficient modes for high-speed, point-to-point satellite communications. ViaSat has received follow-on orders for additional EBEMs from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command headquarters.

CACI Awarded $26 Million Contract to Support U.S. Army Force Management System

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has received an estimated $26 million, five-year task order contract to support the U.S. Army deputy chief of staff/G-3, director of force management. Under the award, which is part of CACI's information technology enterprise solutions 2 services contract vehicle with the Army, CACI will provide operations, maintenance and enhancement support for the Army's force management system.

SprayCool Enclosures Selected by Northrop Grumman for Global Hawk Production

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

SprayCool will supply electronics enclosures for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial system under a production contract by Northrop Grumman. Under the contract, Block 30 aircraft will be outfitted with two SprayCool enclosures that will host Northrop Grumman's processing electronics in support of its airborne signals intelligence payload.

ITT Receives Contract for Night Vision Systems

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation has received a $23 million contract by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence for head-mounted night vision systems (HMNVS). HMNVS is a lightweight, single-battery monocular unit that provides enhanced mobility and reliability for soldiers during ground-based operations.

L-3 Awarded United Kingdom C-130 Contract

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications' SPAR subsidiary has been awarded an $18 million contract by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence, Royal Air Force to perform outer wing replacements on three C-130K aircraft.

SAIC Awarded $31 Million Task Order

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded the professional support services task order from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. The contract has a total value of $31 million if all options are exercised. SAIC will provide a broad range of technical services and analytical support, including systems management; systems integration; strategic communications; plans, programs and resources; and Army modernization efforts.

Lockheed Martin Awarded Thermal Camera Contract

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has received an $8.9 million production order under a U.S. Army contract for 150 integrated Dewar cooler assembly thermal cameras from Gyrocam Systems. Lockheed Martin's SBF cameras are designed into Gyrocam systems and provide thermal capabilities to the Army's vehicle optics sensor system for mine protected vehicles.

Booz Allen to Analyze Survivability of Military Systems

August 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded a $34,500,105 contract for survivability research and development analysis to the European Security Operations Center and the U.S. Army Europe's 66th Military Intelligence Group. Booz Allen has also received an $18.9 million contract to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with logistics chain survivability analysis. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

Land Power Requires System Integration and Development of Architecture

August 21, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

System integration is the name of the game if the U.S. Army is to be able to succeed in this new age of persistent conflict, said Lt. Gen. Michael A. Vane, USA, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center. Saying that the Army is challenged to fight this new war, the general called for network access for the leader and the soldier.

Land power, more than any other domain, requires integration of processes and capabilities, he told a luncheon audience. And, this state of persistent conflict has increased the importance of the individual soldier. That translates to a broad-based integration of systems to extend beneficial capabilities down to the warfighter.

A key element is the development of architectures, Gen. Vane pointed out. He said the operational architecture must drive the system architecture, which must be supported by a technology architecture. Right now, teams are working toward vital integration goals.

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