A key regional ally, Japan possesses one of the region's largest and most technologically advanced navies. The island nation also began a shift in its defense policy when it converted its Defense Agency into a Ministry of Defense in January 2007. The ministry's English language home page provides visitors with links to documents outlining Japanese defense policy and defense program guidelines. The home page lists recent news releases and features links to Japan's joint staff and its ground, maritime and air self-defense forces. Issues of the Japan Defense Focus, the ministry's quarterly publication, can also be accessed from the site.
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Science Applications International Corporation has received a task order by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office - Enterprise Information Systems to provide engineering support to help maintain and enhance the Biometrics Automated Toolset - Army (BAT-A) system. The contract is valued at more than $37 million if all options are exercised. BAT-A devices collect fingerprints, iris scans, facial photos and biographical information of persons of interest and store information in a searchable data base, facilitating the use of biometrics for intelligence exploitation.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a task order by the U.S. State Department under the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) contract to provide equipment and logistics services. The firm-fixed-price task order is worth more than $36 million over a five-month period. Northrop Grumman and its teammate, ManTech International Corporation, will procure and transport equipment and supplies for African partner nations under the State Department ACOTA program.
BearingPoint Incorporated has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, U.S. Marine Corps contract for information management and business process improvement services. The five-year contract has a ceiling of $22.3 million. BearingPoint will provide information management services under task orders issued by the Programs and Resources Department Information Management Office at Marine Corps Headquarters. Under these task orders, BearingPoint will support, maintain and enhance systems and applications for the Marine Corps' execution of the U.S. Defense Department's Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution process.
ICx Technologies has been awarded a $1.4 million contract from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, Countermine Division, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Under the contract, ICx will provide the next-generation version of its Fido OnBoard explosives detection sensor along with a suite of new air-sampling capabilities.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a U.S. Navy contract for up to $23 million for life cycle engineering and support for the LPD 17 class of amphibious warfare ships. In addition to the prime contractor role for life cycle engineering and support for integrated shipboard electronics, Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems is the total ship electronics systems integrator for the LPD 17 program. The company provides the shipboard wide area network, integrated product data environment, total ship information management and integrated ship electronics architecture for the LPD 17 class of ships.
Harris Corporation has been awarded a $60 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to continue work under the first-year option for the Network and Space Operations and Maintenance (NSOM) program. The contract's potential overall value is $405 million over six and a half years.
QinetiQ North America's Systems Engineering Group has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile command to provide airworthiness and qualification engineering to the Apache Helicopter Division of the Aviation Engineering Directorate (AED). The contract has a ceiling value of nearly $11 million if all options are exercised. QinetiQ North America will provide AED's Apache Division with specific on-site support services, ranging from reviews of airworthiness documents, such as airworthiness releases and safety of flight messages, to reviews of Apache system safety issues and risk management assessments.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center - Pacific to provide tactical data link systems support. The follow-on, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a total value of more than $46 million if all options are exercised. Under the contract, SAIC will provide engineering and technical support, including life cycle and systems engineering, integration, testing, configuration management and integrated logistics support.