Lockheed Martin has been selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to provide information technology support across its Defense Media Activity organization. The contract is worth up to $59 million if all options are exercised. Lockheed Martin will manage and operate the network infrastructure, information security components, uninterruptible power systems, leased communication services, cable plant, telecommunications closets and equipment rooms, and cryptographic equipment.
The SIGNAL Blog
"Significant change" is needed in how organizations approach questions of efficiency and effectiveness, writes Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.) in this month's Incoming column, Change Is a Requisite for the Future of Network-Centric Operations. Noting how businesses are embracing Internet-based Web services and social networking media, he makes a case for a culture of risk-taking and risk managment, and an ecosystem-like, nodal information structure to better achieve an interoperable information core and cut down on translation overhead. While he doesn't discount the security, privacy and intellectual property issues that will come up, he says that we're already well past anywhere we might have dreamed of just 10 years ago, and emphasizes that government must keep pace:
Continuous improvement in cybersecurity, situational awareness, decision making and response to events across all organizational venues is a national imperative and is being driven by speed. Technology is evolving at a rate that continues to leave behind those who lack the agility to accommodate its accelerating rate of change. Achieving this agility requires institutionalizing a culture of risk taking and risk management, along with streamlined acquisition processes.
The single enterprise concept or vertically oriented approach is not the answer. Power lies in shaping and advancing information and knowledge sharing as a global capability across all operational entities. This will create a competitive advantage that denies opportunities to adversaries and is capable of responding to their actions with speed, precision and measured effect. The resultant global adaptive network of networks eventually will challenge, if not render obsolete, present views on bandwidth limitations, information assurance, reliability and connectivity.
ITT Corporation has been awarded a $206 million contract to produce an additional 2,866 CREW 2.1 vehicle receiver jammers, vehicle-mounted systems designed to prevent the detonation of improvised explosive devices. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command and was announced by the U.S. Defense Department.
L-3 Communications' Vertex subsidiary has been awarded an indefinite delivery contract valued at $569 million by the U.S. Navy. Vertex, which has teamed with the Boeing Company for this project, will provide logistics services and maintenance materials in support of T-45A and T-45C trainer aircraft.
CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a three-year, $19.5 million Business Enterprise Integration Services task order contract to provide technical and management support to the U.S. Defense Department Business Transformation Agency (BTA). CACI will provide systems maintenance and development for many major Defense Department business systems currently being enhanced by BTA. The scope also includes defense finance and accounting service projects.
TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received an additional $9.7 million of funding from the U.S. Army to provide additional secure Internet protocol router and non-secure Internet protocol router access point (SNAP) very small aperture terminal satellite systems. This is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command order that was announced in August, with a potential value of $246 million.
Verizon Business has received a 10-year, $21 million contract under the U.S. General Service Administration's Networx Universal contract to provide call center routing and support for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Verizon Business will provide toll-free services, hosted interactive voice response and secure database applications for Veterans Affairs call centers nationwide.
Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corporation and the U.S. Air Force are modifying a cost-plus-award-fee contract by exercising an option for an estimated cost of $7.6 million. This action will provide the U.S. Strategic Command with intelligence enterprise support. The contract is for operations, maintenance and management of the intelligence information technology networks and intelligence applications through system administration, database management, software maintenance and enhancements, and communications security.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for a maximum of $30 million for Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE). The VAATE Phase II and III programs develop revolutionary and innovative technology by the 2017 time frame that will provide a 10X increase in turbo-propulsion affordable capability when carped to a year 2000 state-of-the-art baseline engine. To achieve this goal, the Air Force Research Laboratory's Propulsion Directorate has committed resources to the development of an advanced technology base for aero-thermodynamics and innovative structures, the development of advanced components and the assessment and verification of these components in TRL-6 demonstrator engines.
The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have signed a memorandum of agreement that will leverage development, production, sustainment and upgrade efforts for the RQ-4-based programs under each of the services. The agreement enables the services to continue to pursue common objectives across the RQ-4 enterprise while retaining each service's specific mission and operational requirements. Military officials believe the agreement will promote cost savings and eliminate redundancies. The new memorandum will allow the Navy and Air Force to share data that will help ensure program effectiveness and help contractors increase quality and improve on-time delivery, they say.