command and control
Different command and control systems are closer to enjoying Web interoperability as a result of experiments performed in coalition exercises. Protocols and processes developed by defense information technology experts can enable data to be exchanged among the services as well as in coalition operations.
The defense information technology realm is exploding with innovation—so much so, the organizations tasked with ensuring effective information systems run the risk of losing control of both the process and its capabilities. The Defense Information Systems Agency has issued a new strategic plan that outlines its approach to ensuring advanced technology implementation without reining in innovation.
Science Application International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $9,686,538 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order under previously awarded basic ordering agreement for the mine warfare environmental aids and library, which provides the mine warfare commander and mine warfare forces with a single tool for the effective command and control of mine warfare. The order includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $13,530,185. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington DC, is the contracting activity.
L-3 Communications Systems, Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $10,005,050 a firm-fixed-price contract to procure beyond-line-of-sight command and control for long lead common data link items parts and labor. Air Force Materiel Command, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.
L-3 Communications, Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded an $85 million firm-fixed-price cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the services in support of the beyond line of sight command and control quick reaction capability. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
Now that information systems have redefined how a military leader exercises command and control, they are being retasked to free that leader from constraints imposed in the process of innovation and revolution. The technology revolution has been established; now the cultural struggle is underway.
The U.S. Marines' Network On The Move system aims to make C2 systems transferable from vehicle to vehicle with no modifications needed. It's proved successful thus far, but what are the drawbacks, if any? And is it interoperable with other military branches?
Command and control is undergoing an evolution spawned by the information technology revolution. These changes may be both desired and immutable, as no military commander can either neglect new capabilities or turn back the technological clock when it comes to managing forces in the battlespace.
Future command and control systems may have agility serving as the foundation for their success. Changes in missions, enabling technologies and threats are altering the landscape for command and control capabilities at all levels of military operations.
DRS Technical Services, Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $6,300,000 time-and-materials contract modification for the engineering and installation support to command and control information technology infrastructure capabilities. Work will be performed in Qatar, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Korea, Germany, Israel and various countries in South America, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 8, 2012. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
The Missile Defense Agency is announcing the award of a sole-source, incentive-based, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to Lockheed Martin Corporation, Information Systems and Global Solutions, Gaithersburg, Maryland, with an estimated value of $980 million. Under this follow-on contract, the contractor will develop, model, fabricate, integrate, test, verify, evaluate, validate, document, deliver, field, train, operate, sustain, and support updates and new capabilities to the command and control, battle management and communications element.
The revolution in information technology has been a boon to military command and control capabilities, but it also has introduced a new set of challenges to operational commanders. These technologies have complicated the process of command and control while simultaneously softening the basic understanding of its principles.
The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $13,666,395 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the development, integration and test tasks services in support of non-Command and Control Link 16 functionality. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Centurum Information Technology Incorporated, Marlton, New Jersey, is being awarded a potential $77 million contract for command and control systems support for new integrated systems/networks. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.
ThalesRaytheonSystems Company has been awarded a $5 million contract to demonstrate a Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) prototype system for the U.S. Marine Corps. ThalesRaytheonSystems will demonstrate its proposed CAC2S system in approximately eight months at Camp Pendleton, California.
SRI International, Menlo Park, California, was awarded a nearly $10 million contract modification to develop software that will provide an enhanced military command and control capability that incorporates system state and operational requirements planning and execution management into a single enhanced capability. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Second Fleet is inviting industry to help the U.S. Navy take a giant leap in the evolution of standardization that will transform the service’s components from simply information sharers to the ultimate operational coordinators. Under the auspices of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, a team at the Second Fleet is directing an initiative that moves the Navy from its current systems-centric environment to a service-oriented architecture. As a result, the service’s reach will extend past its traditional local grasp, and it will take its place as a central supporter of global objectives in an integrated fashion.
As the military looks to commercial technology to help satisfy its communications needs, U.S. Army reservists working in the private sector are bringing a welcomed source of knowledge to the table. Grecian Firebolt 2005, one of the nation's largest annual training exercises for Army Reserve communicators, highlighted the ever-closing gap between military know-how and innovative commercial solutions.
The Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, originally designed to coordinate the defense of North American countries and their allies against the looming communist threat, has expanded its focus and facilities to address the threats emerging in the post-September 11, 2001, world. The transformation was the result of a comprehensive two-year modernization of its command center, completed this year.