Having a single agency act as the cloud broker for the whole of the U.S. Defense Department's migration to commercial cloud services slowed the process too much, prompting a policy change to divvy up the duties among the services, says the department's acting chief information officer.
The U.S. Army officially activated its Cyber Protection Brigade earlier this month, marking the first time the service has had such a unit. As the defensive operations enabled by the brigade ramp up, the Army now also has a cyber branch operating provisionally, which will change the way soldiers are assigned to cyber career fields.
General Dynamics Information Technology, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $20,155,487 modification (F40540), exercising option year three, to firm-fixed-price contract (W91QUZ-06-D-0012) for all necessary personnel, equipment, supplies, transportation, tools, materials, supervision and other items, and non-personal services necessary, for command, control, communications and computer information systems operations and maintenance for the 1st Signal Brigade throughout the Republic of Korea.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $19,267,875 modification (P00002) adding Phase II base period within the general scope of the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-13-C-0096) for the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program. The addition of the TERN Phase II program brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $22,124,645 from $2,856,770. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
McCrone Associates Incorporated, Westmont, Illinois, has been awarded a $10,135,521 modification (P00023) to previously awarded contract FA7022-12-0006. Schafer Corporation, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, has been awarded an $8,999,214 modification (P00032) to previously awarded contract FA7022-11 -C-0009 for particle analysis services.
L-3 Communications Corporation, Salt Lake City, has been awarded a $23,115,046 basic ordering agreement order (0005) to previously awarded contract FA8620-13-G-4051. Contractor will provide satellite communications terminals, Predator modem assembly, remote split operations racks, 70 MHz-to-fiber optic converters, and test and monitor subsystems. The company also has been awarded a $20,306,274 basic ordering agreement order (0002) to previously awarded contract FA8620-13-G-4051 for Air Combat Command force structure satellite communications terminals.
Alion Science and Technology Corporation, Burr Ridge, Illinois, has been awarded a $24,896,089 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (0088) to previously awarded contract FA4600-06-D-0003 for research, development, engineering, technical evaluation and information analysis and dissemination for the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force.
Leidos Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a $49,403,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research and development. Contractor will conduct research and development and perform testing for integrated threat warning and countermeasure response, including missile warning, laser warning and hostile fire indication. In addition, contractor will develop techniques for detection of missile, laser and hostile fire threats, and develop and validate countermeasures for these threats.
CGI Federal Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $9,807,114 hybrid, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price task order (N00039-14-F-0029) against an existing GSA Alliant contract (GS00Q09BGD0022) for engineering services in support of the modernization, virtualization and migration of systems and applications from legacy data centers to authorized Department of Defense and Navy enterprise data centers, as well as commercial hosting facilities.
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Atlanta, was awarded an $11,982,586 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for university-affiliated research center follow up for radar-related research and development. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Division, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W56KGU-14-D-0015).
Sotera Defense Solutions, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $24,728,542 cost-plus fixed-fee contract, with options, for research and development on large data frameworks. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Division, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W56KGU-14-C-0017).
The U.S. intelligence community must innovate and expand its capabilities menu just as critics are calling for greater oversight on its operations.
The global network that serves the U.S. Air Force also provides the connectivity it needs for intelligence operations.
The U.S. Navy is expanding its intelligence activities into areas that traditionally have been the purview of other services.
Because it operates in the same realms as all the other military services, the U.S. Marine Corps counts interoperability as its intelligence.
The U.S. Coast Guard brings new capabilities to defense intelligence as it integrates operations with the other services.
The U.S. Army is expanding its intelligence activities both within its own forces and interoperably with the other services.
The growing customer list for defense intelligence is blurring traditional lines of distinction among activities and missions.
New threats such as cyberterrorism complement traditional threats such as weapons of mass destruction among the defense intelligence capabilities underpinning future intelligence activities.
Defeating ISIL will require ground forces from Arab countries. The United States must step up and commit to supporting them if they are to prevail.