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.
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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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
The dream of a separate and distinct cyberspace command is not going to happen, because cyberspace is an arena in which everyone operates. This was the declaration of the director, U.S. Army Information Operations (USAIOP) and U.S. Army Computer Network Operation-Electronic Warfare Proponents (USAEWP), Combined Arms Command, Fort Leavenworth. Col. Wayne A. Parks, USA, told a track presentation audience yesterday that all aspects of the force use cyberspace, so it is not so much a specific discipline as a theater of operations.
"We have operations in cyberspace, not cyberspace operations," he stated.
Col. Parks added that cyberspace cannot be separated from electronic warfare, as adversaries are using all of the electromagnetic spectrum to access networks. The wired and wireless worlds now are similar.