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Army Makes Battlefield Cellular Networks Whole

June 26, 2013
By Rita Boland

The Multi-Access Cellular Extension project develops the foundational architecture to integrate the equivalent of commercial cellular technologies into future force networks to enable communications by filling in gaps in fixed infrastructure.

United States to Continue Cyber Dialogue With China in July

June 25, 2013
By George I. Seffers

The United States will continue to develop a bilateral relationship with China regarding cybersecurity issues. In fact, the two countries will meet again in Washington, D.C., on July 8th, according to Maj. Gen. John Davis, USA, senior military advisor to the undersecretary of defense—policy for cyber, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Gen. Davis, the luncheon keynote speaker on the first day of the July 24-27 AFCEA International Cyber Symposium in Baltimore, said the United States recognizes China as a rising power and a major voice in the cyber arena.

High-ranking officials from State Department, Defense Department and other agencies, have been engaged in bilateral, multi-lateral and international forums such as the United Nations and NATO. “As an example, of a critical bilateral relationship, I had the great honor to travel to China twice in the last year and engage as part of a collective U.S. academic and government interagency forum with counterpart Chinese academic and government organizations,” Gen. Davis said.

“U.S. senior government officials across the agencies have been actively engaging their Chinese government counterparts, including the People’s Liberation Army, in a number of ways already, and we would like to see those engagements expand,” Gen. Davis reported. “I had the opportunity to personally encourage a more direct military-to-military relationship with China in a serious effort to help our two nation’s militaries better understand each other, to reduce misconceptions, to reduce misinterpretations and ultimately, to reduce the chance of mistakes that can happen in cyberspace and perhaps spill over into the physical domains.”

ThalesRaytheonSystems to Upgrade NATO Missile Defense Capabilities

June 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
The NATO Communications and Information Agency signed with ThalesRaytheonSystems a 136 million Euro ($177,969,630 U.S.) contract for a significant upgrade to NATO’s current theatre missile defense command and control capability. By bringing new capabilities to NATO’s Air Command and Control System (ACCS), the upgrade will strengthen and expand NATO’s existing theatre missile defence command and control system, which allows the alliance to link national sensors and interceptors to defend against short and medium range ballistic missile threats. The upgrade also improves the capacity of NATO’s Air Command in Ramstein to plan and execute a missile defence battle. The contract, called ACCS Theatre Missile Defence 1, will bring new capabilities to NATO’s Air Command and Control System for receiving and processing ballistic missile tracks, including integration of additional radar and satellite feeds, major enhancement to data communication capacity and improved correlation features. The upgrade is expected to be completed by 2015.

Lockheed Martin Announces $320 Million Contract

June 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin will continue to provide enhanced communications reliability, survivability, information capabilities, and user support within the National Capital Region on behalf of the Air Force District of Washington under a new, approximately $320 million contract, the company has announced. Under the one-year base, nine-options award, Lockheed Martin will run the Network Command Center, supporting the Air Force’s National Capital Region IT communications network used by all Air Force personnel in the Washington, DC region—including the Pentagon, Joint Base Andrews, and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Services will include desktop support, enterprise applications, plans, projects and engineering services, and National Military Command Center support. In addition to the site consolidations, Lockheed Martin also created the Shared Computing Environment, a migration of enterprise platforms across a unified infrastructure of storage, computers, networks, and virtualization environment, establishing a virtual computing space.  

Electric Boat to Develop Sea Sentry Mast and Sensor

June 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $7,562,531 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract for the continued procurement and development of a Sea Sentry mast and sensor. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Welcomes Two New Draft Horses to Supercomputing Stable

June 21, 2013
By Max Cacas

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, has unveiled two new supercomputers that are among the fastest and most powerful devices of their kind. The devices are part of a recently opened supercomputing center that is the new locus of the service’s use of high-speed computing not only for basic scientific research and development, but also to solve basic warfighter needs using the latest available technologies.

“The Army Research Lab is the largest user of supercomputing capacity,” says Dale Ormond, director, U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). “To have a supercomputer there gives us a huge advantage as we move forward in our research and engineering mission,” he adds.

At the heart of the new Army supercomputer center are two IBM iDataPlex systems that are among the most powerful of their kind on the planet. “We have the ‘Pershing,’ which is the 62nd fastest computer in the world, and another one called ‘Hercules,’ which is the 81st (fastest),” he explains. The Pershing contains 20,160 central processing units (CPUs), 40 terabytes of memory, and operates at 420 teraflops. The Hercules has 17,472 CPUs, 70 terabytes of memory, and operates at 360 teraflops.

The $5 million dollar center also features state-of-the-art electrical supply systems designed to support supercomputing, and special cooling systems designed to manage the heat that comes from all the CPUs that make up both supercomputers. The new facility has over 20,000 square foot of space, which will eventually house as many as six large supercomputing systems by 2016.

Pershing and Hercules join other Army supercomputers run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Mississippi, along with supercomputers operated by the Navy and Air Force.

DRS Receives Potential $455 Million Computer Contract

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
DRS Tactical Systems Inc., Melbourne, Fla., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $455 million for the production of the Mounted Family of Computer Systems hardware for the Army Mounted Common Operating Environment. Performance location and type of appropriation will be determined with each order. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Lockheed Supports Aegis Radar for Six Nations

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $6,872,082 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide technical engineering, configuration management, associated equipment/supplies, quality assurance, information assurance and other operation and maintenance efforts required for the Aegis development and test sites, including the Combat Systems Engineering Development Site, SPY-1A Test Facility and the Naval Systems Computing Center. This contract contains options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $304,402,466. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Japan, Korea, Spain, Norway and Australia under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

Smartronix to Support Cyber Operations in Four Countries

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Smartronix Inc., Hollywood, Md., is being awarded a $17,009,473 firm-fixed-price contract with cost reimbursable, contract line items, for cyber operations support. This contract provides for program management, knowledge and information assurance management, network operations and maintenance, help desk and engineering support services at Quantico, Va., Camp Pendleton, Calif., and various Marine Corps detachments inside and outside the continental United States. This contract contains two option periods, which if exercised, would bring the maximum dollar value to $39,989,046.  Work will be performed primarily within Quantico, Va.; Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Okinawa, Japan; Stuttgart, Germany; New Orleans, La.; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Kansas City, Mo.; and Seoul, Korea, with an expected completion date of June 29, 2014. The Regional Contracting Office, National Capital Region, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Alliant to Support Aircraft for U.S. and Denmark

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $20,017,724 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to procure various AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System Weapons Replaceable Assemblies. These newly manufactured assemblies include 92 A(V)2 and 328 B(V)2 Integrated Optical Sensor Convertors; 18 A(V)2 and 99 B(V)2 Computer Processors. Additionally, this effort will procure 240 A(V)2 to B(V)2 Integrated Optical Sensor Convertor retrofits, and 60 A(V)2 to B(V)2 Computer Processor retrofits for the U. S. Navy and Air Force assets will repair hardware to ready for issue condition and will cover technical and cost data submissions. These systems are for installation on U. S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force helicopters, rotorcraft and low/slow flying, fixed wing aircraft. Additionally, these systems are for installation on aircraft platforms operated by the government of Denmark. Work will be performed in Clearwater, Fla.; Austin, Texas; Netanya, Israel; Iwata City, Japan; Loveland, Colo.; Northvale, N.J., and various locations throughout the U.S. and should to be completed in December 2015. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

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