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Advanced Capabilities Required for Future Navy Warfighting

April 4, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

Future conflicts likely will be fought in degraded information technology environments, which will require the U.S. Navy to develop and exploit new capabilities to continue to operate in contested cyberspace. Technologies such as a flexible information grid, assured timing services and directed energy weapons must be part of the naval information system arsenal if the sea service is to maintain information dominance through the year 2028.

These were just a few of the findings presented in the Navy’s Information Dominance Roadmap 2013-2028, which was released in late March. Presented by Rear Adm. William E. Leigher, USN, the Navy’s director of warfighter integration, the report outlines the growing challenges facing the fleet and how the Navy must meet them.

The report divides information dominance challenges into three areas: assured command and control (C2), battlespace awareness and integrated fires. While the United States will continue to maintain supremacy in those areas, that supremacy is shrinking as more nations are closing the gap between U.S. capabilities and the ability to disrupt them.

Among the advanced capabilities the Navy will require toward the end of the next decade is assured electromagnetic spectrum access. Achieving this will entail fielding greater numbers of advanced line-of-sight communication systems; being able to monitor combat system operational status and adjust it using automated services; having a real-time spectrum operations capability that enables dynamic monitoring and control of spectrum emissions; and generating a common operational picture of the spectrum that is linked to electronic navigation charts and displays operational restrictions.

Raytheon to Support Global Broadcast System

April 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon, Intelligence and Information Systems, Defense and Civil Missions Solutions, Sterling, Va., is being awarded an $11,795,303 firm-fixed-price contract for sustainment services supporting the Military Satellite Communications System Global Broadcast System. The contracting activity is Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

CSC to Support U.S. Marine Corps Tactical C4 Programs

April 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Computer Sciences Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a potential $19,872,025.08 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide technical and engineering support to Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity Operating Forces Tactical Systems Support Center and the operating forces worldwide with continuous support of fielded tactical command and control, communications and computer (C4) programs. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, Camp Pendleton, Calif., is the contracting activity.

NAVMAR to Develop Advanced Sensors for Special Operations Command

April 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $17,970,662 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for engineering, integration, system maintenance/repair services, and training for the continued development of advanced sensors and systems in support of naval aviation missions of the Special Operations Command. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

Link Warfighters to Technologists at the Lowest Possible Level

April 1, 2013
By Lt. Ben Kohlmann, USN

As conflicts become more complex and uncertain in the 21st century, quick pivots to new technologies will become increasingly important. The starting point for this rapid fielding must begin with more frequent, and more relational, lower level warfighter-technologist interaction.

The current system does this nominally, but the relationships usually are far removed from the waterfront or the front lines where many user-generated solutions could be discovered. Science advisers, often from places such as the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory or the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), are stationed regularly at critical commands throughout the services. They provide a useful link between incredibly intelligent technologists and seasoned veterans.

Unfortunately, many of the interactions are only with senior officers and not the muddy boot or deckplate warriors who know best what is giving them day-to-day headaches. Additionally, many of the officers dedicated to acquisition programs are years removed from being actual operators. With the accelerating pace of technological change, even a year away from operational status can leave noticeable knowledge gaps.

Experience certainly is valuable, but after spending a long period of time in the same profession, a person’s creativity sometimes is lost. Even known innovators can get stuck in ruts when not exposed to different views of the world over sustained periods of time. Furthermore, as technology evolves, the quickest adopters usually are the younger generations. They often have better insights into how to integrate emerging, generationally ubiquitous trends to their professions than do their seniors who relied on legacy systems.

Thales Awarded French LTE Study Contract

April 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
The French defence procurement agency has awarded Thales, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, a contract to study long-term evolution (LTE) technology standards for mobile telephony. The 10-month technical and operational study will identify the potential capability gains of commercial LTE technology for French land, air and naval forces on domestic and expeditionary operations in collaboration with security forces.

Simlat to Provide UAS Training Center for Finnish Defense Forces

April 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Simlat Ltd., Herzliya, Israel, was selected to provide an unmanned aerial system (UAS) training center, including its high-fidelity UAS training systems to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF), as part of the FDF Mini UAS program. The simulation center will support the new Orbiter Mini UAS fleet, which was selected by the FDF last summer as its future UAS. The program includes the manufacturing and delivery of Orbiter Mini UAS, as well as the development of independent operational, training and maintenance capability.

Linquest Receives Satellite Communications Contract

April 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Linquest Corp., Los Angeles, Calif., is being awarded a $7,002,010 firm-fixed-price contract modification contract for military satellite communication system engineering and integration services. The contracting activity is Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.  

Two Firms to Support Future Warfare Center

April 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Quantum Research International, Huntsville, Ala., and BAE Systems Technology, Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., were each awarded a $85,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modifications to provide research, development, test and evaluation services in support of the Future Warfare Center. The Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity. 

Lockheed Martin Awarded Simulation Contract

April 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum value of $146 million. The award will provide for the services in support of the Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability. The Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. 

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