All too often, the topic of cyber presents a negative view of vulnerabilities and attacks, but cyber has a positive role to play in national defense, said Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, speaking as a keynote at AFCEA TechNet Augusta.
The late Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by his nom de guerre, V.I. Lenin, used to be famous, or at least infamous. As the founding dictator of revolutionary Russia, Lenin built a grim, cruel and mighty police state whose oppressive successor to this day menaces all too many unhappy people in eastern Europe. The man the Communists once idolized as “our dear Ilyich” is long gone and, in decent circles, not missed very much.
A key challenge to building a new tactical technology acquisition model is that it requires carefully identifying and prioritizing requirements, as well as staying engaged with the acquisition arm of government throughout the acquisition process. Carefully defining an operational requirement—not the end technical solution—allows industry to develop and provide the most effective solution. Industry has a strong economic impetus to provide the capability that the operating forces require.
The U.S. government is adopting changes to the cloud computing certification program that will better protect against potential insider threats. The improvements include additional penetration testing, more thorough testing of mobile devices, tighter controls over systems being carried from a facility and more stringent scrutiny of systems connecting from outside the network.
The U.S. Army is extending advanced communications to disadvantaged users, fielding a series of capabilities to various groups in an effort to give soldiers at the pointy end of the spear the connectivity they need. With the rollout, forward-deployed troops should be able to access classified networks via wireless 4G long-term evolution connections. National Guard units also are acquiring the tools to aid their troops in disaster response scenarios.
U.S. Defense Department and interagency special operators are scheduled to begin receiving new tactical mesh networking equipment this month. The kit provides a mobile, ad hoc, self-healing network that offers a full range of situational awareness data, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance feeds, blue force tracking and a voice over Internet protocol capability.
Despite substantial research and investments, widespread interoperability continues to elude the Defense Department, the joint force and their partners. Some of the hurdles are inherent in the current acquisition and budgeting process.
Fiscal year 2015 marks the official kickoff of a U.S. Army program to develop a foliage-penetrating radar that will simultaneously locate still objects and track moving objects from a fast-moving fixed-wing aircraft.
Harris IT Services Corporation, Dulles, Virginia, has been awarded an $8,207,316 modification (MG0620) to previously awarded contract FA8771-04-D-0003 for network support services. The Space and Missile Systems Center Contracting Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.
Leidos Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, is being awarded a $6,547,341 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for innovative research and development in the area of Heterogeneous Networking and Advanced Communication Technologies Development and Demonstration. This award is the result of a competitive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency broad agency announcement, with 28 offers received. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity (N65236-14-C-2821).
L3 Global Communications Solutions Incorporated, Victor, New York, was awarded an $8,402,031 undefinitized contract action for sustainment of the Army's existing combat services support, for very small aperture terminal transmission systems and satellite communications terminals. The Army Contract Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-C-0057).
LinQuest Corporation, Los Angeles, has announced that the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in El Segundo, California, awarded a $29 million, cost-plus-incentive fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to its existing contract. With this option, the total value of LinQuest's Military Satellite Communications Analysis, Systems Integration, and Engineering Services (MASIES) contract for system engineering and integration support services increases to $154.8 million.
SBD Alliant LLC, Vienna, Virginia, is being awarded a $10,205,502 order (HQ0034-14-F-0182) under General Services Administration's Alliant small business government-wide acquisition hybrid firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials contract GS-06F-0656Z to provide information technology services for the Defense Acquisition University. Washington Headquarters Services, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Incorporated, Rockville, Maryland, has been awarded a $7,530,004 modification (P00365) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and fixed-price-incentive-fee contract FA2521-07-C-0009. Contractor will augment the maintenance capabilities for the Instrumentation Radar Support Program with one-of-a-kind parts and supplies, on-site overhauls and emergency technical support. This contract involves foreign military sales.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $10,482,257 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-13-C-9999) for product support and engineering investigations in support of the full rate production Lot 2 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $8,879,035 for delivery order 4001 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring efforts for software modifications required for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS II) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast enhancements, including integration of the TAWS II software into the 2018 product line. These services are in support of the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia and Denmark.
A-T Solutions Incorporated, Fredericksburg, Virginia, was awarded a $9,016,253 modification (P00005) to contract W911QX-12-C-0174 for freedom of maneuver for the Afghan national security forces programs. These programs will develop and assess a spiral development and prototyping approach to expedite integration of technical and operational information. These programs will also integrate tactical training and technologies for host nation forces that support counter-improvised explosive devices operations in Afghanistan.
Watts Constructors LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded a $38,914,500 firm-fixed-price contract for a satellite communications earth terminal station facility. Work will be performed in San Miguel, California, with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, California, is the contracting activity (W9128-14-C-0040).
Science Application International Corporation, McLean, Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0001); Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio (W91CRB-11-D-0002); Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean,Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0003); Exelis Incorporated, Alexandria, Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0004); Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Herndon, Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0005);
Cassidian SAS, Elancourt, France, has been awarded a maximum $98 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, with firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursement contract line item numbers for support and sustainment of the Eagle Vision Data Acquisition Segment (DAS). The sustainment effort includes systems support, telephone support, software/hardware maintenance, onsite/emergency support, security accreditation, configuration management, sustaining engineering, spare management, sustainment training and overall program management.