Virtual training for U.S. Army soldiers advanced in both capability and fidelity recently with the release of Virtual Battle Space 3. Designed for units at the company level or below, its flexibility makes it applicable to the range of Army missions, reducing costs and logistics needs for users.
U.S. Army officials envision a future in which ground and air platforms share data and where soldiers at a remote forward-operating base easily can access information from any sensor in the area, including national satellites or reconnaissance aircraft flying overhead.
The U.S. Army’s current tactical network delivers a wide range of capabilities for warfighters, including unprecedented communications on the move. But the complexity can overwhelm commanders who have countless critical tasks to complete and soldiers’ lives in their hands. Future tactical networks will automate many processes and may be smart enough to advise commanders, similar to JARVIS, Iron Man’s computerized assistant.
The United States had a pressing need for a new defense capability. That was what many thought, but as is often the case in a democracy, not all agreed. The debate went on for some time, but it finally was settled, and Congress approved a large sum of money to design and field the new system.
Future wars will be fought not over territory, not over ideals nor even over prestige. Future wars will be based on what creates wealth, according to a former Defense Department official who helped usher the department into the information age.
A U.S. Army team is modernizing legacy cryptographic equipment at bases around the world to safeguard military information shared on already overhauled tactical networks.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mission Systems and Training, Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $11,645,964 undefinitized, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursement contract. This contract provides contractor logistic support for the Iraqi Integrated Air Defense System.
Thales Defense & Security Incorporated, Clarksburg, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $13,437,584 firm-fixed-price contract for purchase of sonar transducers. This is a three-year base contract with no option periods. Using military service is Navy. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia (SPRPA1-14-C-Y048).
The Boeing Company, St. Louis, is being awarded $20,753,552 for delivery order 0201 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for non-recurring engineering and associated program management, logistics and spares for the AEA-18G aircraft in support of the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Spin Systems Incorporated, Sterling, Virginia, is being awarded a $8,447,038 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00039-14-D-0009) for the technical refresh and deployment, and operations and sustainment of the Department of Defense Information Technology Portfolio Repository and the Department of the Navy Application and Database Management System information technology platform.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $52,444,840 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for material and services to perform an equivalent flight hours fatigue test to substantiate the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft service life. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0036).
Compliance with Defense Information Systems Agency rules are a must. Break the rules, and companies can lose their applications or have systems removed from the network.
Cyber attacks are high on the Department of Homeland Security’s radar, but increasing reliance on network technology might be making the country more vulnerable to cyberthreats rather than less.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Aerospace Systems, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $3,643,333,802 modification to definitize the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye advanced acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-9999) to a multi-year, fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract. In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of 25 full rate production E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Millennium Engineering and Integration Company, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,528,016 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide mission planning, test execution and operations, data analysis and reporting, software and hardware maintenance/upgrades, and communications and facilities engineering in support of Missile Defense Communications and Operations Node systems in support of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program.
Welkin Sciences, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $9,909,482 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for small business innovative research, phase III contract, for advanced communication technologies. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Division B, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W56KGU-14-C-0008).
EastCor Engineering LLC, Easton, Maryland, was awarded a $29,405,380 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Magnum Project advanced research and development and operational field testing and assessments using novel sensor systems for enhanced target detection and location. The Army Contracting Command, Adelphi Division, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QX-14-D-0002).
Raytheon Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $235,485,020 foreign military sales, firm-fixed-price contract for Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target (PATRIOT) weapon system, procuring 72 radar digital processor upgrade kits: 62 for the United States and 10 for foreign military sales to Kuwait and the Netherlands; it also includes procuring spares for the United States, Kuwait and the Netherlands.
Honeywell Technology Solutions Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $12,932,500 firm-fixed-price modification (P00004) to contract FA8806-13-C-0001 for the Hybrid site upgrade at Vandenberg Tracking Station B-Side. The Core Hybrid contract is an approach the government is taking to upgade the remaining sites of the eight Air Force satellite control network sites. The Core Hybrid will modernize the electronics with each of the sites and integrate those electronics with the existing antennas.
Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $12,481,100 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide support services to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) in the areas of training and education; engineering; program and financial management; plans and programs; communications, command, control, computers and intelligence (C4I); naval operations; manpower and personnel management; technical support; logistics and supply; English language training; special studies and management.