The transnational threats of drug trafficking, money laundering and narcoterrorism have increased the value of international intelligence to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The agency is interoperating more closely with U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies to share and process information about threats that only a few years ago were the purview of just one specialty agency.
Intelligence analysts are drowning in data, so companies are working to develop life-saving solutions in the areas of processing, compression and visualization. Years of developing titanic numbers of sensors have resulted in an ocean of data that harbors only a few lifeboats. Companies that succeed in these endeavors not only will enhance homeland security but also will reap the benefit of financial windfalls. In addition to having search agents that would help analysts uncover truly useful information, the intelligence community would benefit from new ways to store and move petabytes of data.
Trident Systems Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a more than $48 million contract for the procurement of technology solutions for persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on small unmanned aerial vehicle platforms. The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Army Special Programs Office has awarded TASC Inc. a $44.7 million contract to provide systems engineering and technical assistance to decision-makers and warfighters on the ground over the next five years. TASC will support intelligence and surveillance research and development efforts, Quick Reaction Capability initiatives, and technical expertise in the material acquisition process, planning, and programming system support.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., has announced new contract awards for its flagship network management and situational awareness products, NeuralStar and dopplerVUE, from two unnamed U.S. national security and defense-focused agencies. NeuralStar is an enterprise-class information management solution that integrates data across distributed networks, and dopplerVUE is a network monitoring and management tool that brings enterprise-grade features to field and tactical networks of any size.
At AFCEA International's Small Business Intelligence forum yesterday, experts revealed tips about how companies-large and small-can increase their business with member agencies of the intelligence community. But, yesterday's blog coverage was just too short to include all of the advice they shared, so here are a few more ideas.
The overwhelming feeling among small business owners and industry overall is that winning a contract with one of the three-lettered agencies is not worth the effort. But IC insiders say the opportunities are out there, and companies should be taking advantage of them.
Computing speed and accuracy are coveted goals, as is software that enables information to be broken down into the most specified subject groupings. Can these software tools become even more discerning, and if so, what other applications await them? How about dual-use technologies beyond the military? Share your opinions and ideas here.
A major U.S. intelligence agency is building its new headquarters facility around a network-centric architecture dedicated to information access and dissemination. The new construct allows the agency to accommodate the technology advances that have changed missions radically over the years.
In "New Document Provides Framework for Interagency Data Sharing," Henry Kenyon describes a newly released document that sets common standards for data security and risk management: the NIST Special Publication 800-37, Revision 1, Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: A Security Life Cycle Approach (NIST SP-800-37).