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Dealing with Big Data Takes an Ecosystem

May 21, 2013
By Max Cacas

Effectively dealing with data sets measured in terabytes and petabytes sometimes takes an ecosystem. And at times, that ecosystem is dependent on metadata, a sub-dataset that describes the dataset so that it can be analyzed quickly.

That’s according to Todd Myers, a big data specialist with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), who spoke at the AFCEA SOLUTIONS Series - George Mason University Symposium, "Critical Issues in C4I," on Tuesday.

Myers said that in an era when an intelligence community analyst no longer has the luxury of staring at a monitor for hours poring over a video feed searching for “that one delta that will deliver a needed clue,” properly applied metadata can provide the speed needed for what he calls “contextual resolution."

One firm that seeks to help analysts sift through big datasets is sqrrl. Ely Kahn, chief executive officer of sqrrl, said his firm relies on open source big data tools like Hadoop to provide analysis with “low latency,” the big data code for speed and efficiency. He told symposium attendees that one of the most interesting aspects of both big data and open source is that they have helped create new ways to write the applications that are being used to unlock the secrets in big data.

What the Joint Information Environment is Not

May 21, 2013
By Max Cacas

When it comes to the U.S. Defense Department’s Joint Information Environment (JIE), it's best to toss out old thinking about information technology programs.

“The JIE is not a program,” David DeVries, deputy chief information officer for information enterprise, Defense Department, stressed. DeVries oversees the effort to tie together the vast information technology resources of the military, providing crucial information to warfighters “at the point where they need it.”

DeVries delivered the opening keynote address at the AFCEA SOLUTIONS Series-George Mason University Symposium, “Critical Issues in C4I.”

The JIE, he said, encompasses work going on simultaneously in the realms of data center consolidation, identity and access management, and mobile. In the area of mobile, DeVries told the conference that part of making the JIE work is realizing that such devices must be managed, and policies must be set to maximize their value to the warfighters.

The SOLUTIONS conference also is set to explore big data, cloud computing, interoperability, information technology acquisition reform and mobility management. The conference continues through tomorrow at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Lockheed Awarded Aegis Funds

May 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $24,071,521 modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for Aegis Combat System engineering agent efforts for the design, development, integration, test and delivery of computer program baselines and associated technology insertion hardware design support for the next/future advanced capability build. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

Jacobs Technology Awarded Two Service Support Contracts

May 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Jacobs Technology Inc., Lincoln, Mass., was awarded two cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursable contract for interim support of services to provide engineering and technology acquisition support services. The contracts are valued at $9,682,777 and $7,543,139. The types of services to be acquired under this contract includes but are not limited to: engineering services, engineering support, technical support, provisioning and logistics, modeling and simulation, configuration and data management, architectural support, test and evaluation, security engineering and certification, capability- based planning, commercial-off-the-shelf integration, integrated master plans and scheduling and technical review assistance to approximately 400 system/program activities. Work will be performed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., with primary geographically separated units at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, Maxwell AFB, Ala., Tinker AFB, Okla., Lackland AFB, Texas, Randolph AFB, Texas, Peterson AFB, Colo., and Offutt AFB, Neb., with an expected completion date of Nov. 19, 2013. This contract was a sole source acquisition and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, Mass., is the contracting activity.  Contract has an foreign military sales component as the contract requires company to travel overseas for host nation support.   

Defense Department Personnel Urged to Provide Information for DOD Enterprise White Pages

May 17, 2013

Defense Department personnel are encouraged to update their information for the new DOD Enterprise White Pages, which provides browser-based access to DOD enterprise identity and contact information maintained by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) Person Data Repository.

The tool, which can be accessed by users with a valid Common Access Card or External Certification Authority certificate via the Internet or the Unclassified-But-Sensitive Internet Protocol Router Network, is part of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Identity and Access Management collection of solutions.

DOD personnel can update their duty organization, duty location and other attribute information managed by the DMDC at http://milconnect.dmdc.mil.

The DOD Enterprise White Pages replaces the Joint Enterprise Directory Services search.
 

 

 

Nanosatellites STARE at Space Junk

May 17, 2013
By George I. Seffers

 

 

 

BAE Awarded Smart Waveform Research and Development Contract

May 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems, Merrimack, N.H., was awarded a $11,943,869 modification to a previously awarded contract for smart waveforms using evasive and adaptive protocols (SWEAP) software/hardware/testbed to demonstrate CommEx's capabilities for recognition, optimization, and mitigation in software-only upgrades using the current processing resources, software upgrades on enhanced processing resources, hardware and antenna upgrades. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $18,245,337. Fiscal 2013 Research and Development funds provided by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the amount of $4,590,234 will be obligated at the time of award. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
 

BAE Supports U.S. Navy Air Warfare Center

May 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $37,760,767 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option for engineering and technical services and supplies for the design, development, integration, test and evaluation, maintenance and logistics support of communication-electronic platform, equipment, systems and subsystems in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Requirements Division. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Air Force Procures Fault Detection System

May 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Total Quality Systems, Roy, Utah, has been awarded a $7,055,753 firm-fixed-price contract for Small Business Innovative Research Phase III Intermittent Fault Detection and Isolation System, which will provide services in support of the development and delivery of an 8448-channel intermittent fault detection and isolation system and an F-16 AN/APG-68 radar system programmable signal processor test program set, including the required interface test adapter. The contracting activity is Air Force Sustainment Center, Hill AFB, Utah.  

Jacobs Technology to Support U.S. Air Force Bases

May 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Jacobs Technology Inc., Lincoln, Mass., was recently awarded two cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursable contract for interim support of services to provide engineering and technology acquisition support services. One contract is valued at  $8,527,294, the other at $14,448,258. The types of services include but are not limited to: engineering services, engineering support, technical support, provisioning and logistics, modeling and simulation, configuration and data management, architectural support, test and evaluation, security engineering and certification, capability based planning, commercial-off-the-shelf integration, integrated master plans and scheduling and technical reviews. Work will be performed at Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB), Mass., with primary geographically separated units at Peterson AFB, Colo.; Langley AFB, Va.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, with an expected completion date of Nov 15, 2013. Contract has a foreign military sales component as the contract requires company to travel overseas for host nation support. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting authority.

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