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Pacific Command Adjusts 
to New Regional Emphasis

November 1, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

The new U.S. strategic thrust toward the Asia-Pacific region is boosting longtime efforts in both coalition building and force projection. Bilateral alliances are evolving into multinational operations, and U.S. forces are increasing their forward deployed presence in quantity and capability.

Mixing With 
Manned Aircraft

November 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers

A new crash avoidance 
system will allow both 
manned and unmanned
 planes to operate 
in U.S. airspace. 

The U.S. Army is developing a collision avoidance system that will allow unmanned and manned aircraft to fly in the same airspace more easily and safely. The first-of-its kind system will enable service operators returning from the war zone to fly drones in the same U.S. skies as civilian aircraft, keeping the warfighters proficient and ready for the next conflict.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that a pilot be able to see and avoid other aircraft flying in the same airspace. But of course, drones have no onboard pilots. The Army currently has two FAA-approved options for meeting the requirement, and neither option is good, service officials say. The first is to fly a manned chase aircraft, such as a Cessna or a helicopter, behind the unmanned air system (UAS) to ensure it complies with FAA safety regulations. “It’s expensive. You can’t chase at night, and you can’t chase in clouds, so warfighters are limited,” says Viva Austin, Army product director for the Unmanned Systems Airspace Integration Concepts office. Another option is to use ground observers, but the observer must remain within about a mile and a half of the aircraft.

L-3 to Provide Full-Motion Video Receivers

October 29, 2012
George I. Seffers

L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $11,315,945 firm fixed price and cost plus fixed fee contract for full-motion video receivers and interim contractor support. The contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle  Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

SpectrumS4 Awarded ETASS II Contract

October 24, 2012
George I. Seffers

SpectrumS4 LLC, a Burlington, Mass., joint venture of Spectrum Comm Inc. and S4 Inc., has been awarded a contract worth up to $851 million to provide Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services (ETASS II) to the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. ETASS II is a five-year, multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide a broad range of engineering acquisition support including, but not limited to technical support, acquisition support, provisioning and logistics support, modeling and simulation, configuration and data management, architectural support, test and evaluation, security engineering and certification, capability based planning, and integrated master plans and scheduling.

Integral to Provide Intelligence Support for Deployed Forces

October 24, 2012
George I. Seffers

Integral Consulting Services Inc. recently announced that it has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity single award contract worth up to $49.7 million from the U.S. Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) for all-source intelligence analysis and support services. Integral will provide biometrics-enabled intelligence (BEI) and all-source identity intelligence (I2) analytical support to NGIC, Defense Department customers from the tactical to national levels, and interagency partners. Integral also intends to perform watch list management functions, coordinate reach-back BEI support for deployed forces, and perform related supporting tasks as required.

Alion to Continue Modeling and Simulation Support

October 24, 2012
George I. Seffers

Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Va., has been awarded a $63 million competitive award on the Software, Networks, Information, Modeling and Simulation (SNIM) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. Alion has been providing modeling and simulation technical support of the Navy Warfare Development Command in the areas of software development, systems integration, analysis and event support through technologies including Joint Semi-Automated Forces, Joint Simulation Bus and various command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems for many years. With this award, Alion will continue its support of the Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE) and provide critical modeling and simulation software development, NCTE architecture, training systems integration, network engineering, and research and development for Fleet Synthetic Training and Joint/Fleet experimentation.

Northrop to Provide Missile Warning System Sensors

October 24, 2012
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Electronic Systems Sector, Land and Self Protection Systems Division, Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded a $14,868,396 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option to procure 90 sensors and associated technical data in support of the Advanced Threat Missile Warning System, a subsystem of the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures System. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Multiple Firms to Provide U.S. Navy C5ISR

October 24, 2012
George I. Seffers

AASKI Technology Inc., Ocean, N.J.; Advanced C4 Solutions Inc., Tampa, Fla.; By Light Professional IT Services Inc., Arlington, Va.; Cybrix Group Inc., Tampa, Fla.; GStek Inc., Chesapeake, Va; Juno Technologies Inc., Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Mercom Inc., Pawleys Island, S.C.; Mystikal Solutions LLC, North Charleston, S.C.; STARGATES Inc., Arlington, Va.; and Syneren Technologies Corp., Lanham, Md., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based, multiple award contracts, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive and firm-fixed-price orders, to provide command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance electronics and communications services and solutions in support of mission capabilities within the transport and computing infrastructure portfolio to provide the full system life cycle support including research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable, and interoperable C5ISR, information operations, enterprise information services and space capabilities. These contracts include options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these multiple award contracts to an estimated $98,760,000. These 10 contractors may compete for the task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

Medtronic to Supply Radiology Systems

October 22, 2012
George I. Seffers

Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., was awarded a fixed price with economic price adjustment contract worth a maximum $63 million for radiology imaging systems, subsystems, and components. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

Remotec Unveils Next-Generation Robot

October 19, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
The Titus unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is smaller, lighter, faster and smarter than its predecessors in the Andros family of systems. Titus weighs 135 pounds and measures 27 inches long, 16 inches wide and 23 inches high. It retains the four-articulator design common to Andros vehicles and also features a unique operator control unit with a hybrid touch-screen and game system-style physical controls.
 
The Andros operating system provides greater information to the operator while easing user workload through more interactivity with intelligent payloads, such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear sensors. It also includes preset arm positions and the ability to more easily manipulate objects.
 
Titus was designed using a modular approach, which allows the robot to be adapted for a variety of mission scenarios. Removable articulators, wheels and tracks provide users with the capability to navigate passageways that are only 16 inches wide or race toward a threat at a top speed of 7.5 miles per hour. Industry standard interfaces such as Universal Serial Bus and Ethernet make it easier for users to maintain and upgrade Titus and to incorporate payloads and sensors.
 
The system was unveiled this week by Remotec Incorporated, Clinton, Tennessee, a Northrop Grumman Corporation subsidiary. Remotec is a Northrop Grumman subsidiary.

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