Defense Operations

May 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Navy has evaluated color-coded chemical detection technology known as colorimetric explosive detection kits, the service recently announced.

May 9, 2014

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a maximum $15,167,984 firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract modification (P00039) to FA8106-10-C-0010 to continue contractor logistic support services for the Iraqi Air Force's Cessna 208s intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance caravan and the Cessna 208 armed caravan and for aircraft maintenance student training on both aircraft types without a break in service. Work will be performed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2014.

May 9, 2014

BAE Systems Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, was awarded a $444,812,310 firm-fixed-price contract (W91CRB-14-D-0010) for Individual and Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III weapons sights.

May 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded $17,969,104 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0506 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0004) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic warfare controller and the MV-22 mission computer. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

May 9, 2014

Global Technical Systems Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded an $84,900,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for production of the Common Processing System (CPS), spares and associated engineering services. The CPS is a computer processing system based on an open architecture design. CPS consists of the CPS enclosure assembly and three subsystems: the processing subsystem, the storage/extraction subsystem, and the input/output subsystem.

May 9, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Poway, California, was awarded a $296,941,937 modification (P00073) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0075 for Gray Eagle overall logistics support and fleet sustainment operations, including spares and repairs. Work will be performed in Poway, California, and Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of May 7, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Redstone, Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
 

May 9, 2014

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $19,018,574 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-11-C-0017) for the upgrade of six CF-18C/D Advanced Distributed Combat Training Systems for the government of Canada under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity.

May 9, 2014

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, has been awarded a $20,545,422 delivery order (0265) on the SENSIAC indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, sole-source contract (HC1047-05-D-4000) for Foreign Military Sales Electronic Warfare Sensor Systems. SENSIAC will support FMS and their customers in centralizing technical, engineering, and analytical support of all EW sensor systems, improving the hardware and software capabilities of EW sensor systems, and improving expendable countermeasures technologies.

May 9, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $7,920,664 firm-fixed-price delivery order (#4007) against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for Aircraft Mine Counter Measure Removable Mission Equipment B Kits in support of the MH-60S aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

May 9, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $15,590,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0031) for the upgrade and overhaul of 12 P-3C aircraft for the government of Taiwan under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

May 8, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The House Armed Services Committee unanimously approved in the early morning hours Thursday its version of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill, authorizing nearly $601 billion overall.

The powerful committee’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) consists of $521.3 for spending on national defense, and an additional $79.4 billion placeholder for overseas contingency operations—a number that could fluctuate as war-funding requirements still have yet to be finalized.

May 6, 2014
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Air Force is continuously broadcasting L2C and L5 civilian GPS signals. Though the changes make little immediate difference to the general population, the makers of GPS devices will use them to develop next-generation devices.

 

May 1, 2014
By Lt. Col. Jan Norris, USA, 
and Whitney Katz
The full Joint Airborne Command and Control/Command Post (JACC/CP) system, which consists of four pallets with seats and work stations for as many as 16 users, sits in the cargo hold of a C-17 with soldiers deploying to a distant operation. Unlike the C-130, both ground troops (paratroopers) and battle staff can occupy the aircraft simultaneously with the JACC/CP.

The ability to communicate en route directly with ground elements during an airborne theater insertion has taken a giant leap forward with a communications system boarding a C-17 Globemaster III. A long-distance deployment across the vast Asia-Pacific region has opened the door to en route command and control over secure or unsecure links.

July 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
Proving the value of ground robots on the battlefield, the TALON paved the way for a wide range of other unmanned platforms.

The organization largely responsible for introducing robots on the battlefield now plans to field a miniaturized ground robot, a small unmanned aircraft, a Special Forces robotic exoskeleton and a host of other advanced technologies in an effort to combat terrorism around the world.

June 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
Virginia National Guard soldiers from the Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit respond to a simulated cyber attack during a cyberdefense exercise.

Cybersecurity remains a priority for the U.S. Defense Department, with officials protecting resources for it in the face of overall budget constraints. Guidance from the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 directs a mission analysis of cybercapabilities not only in the active military, but also across partners, to help forces maintain their edge in protecting the nation.

June 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
Smoke drifts into the sky from buildings and houses hit by shelling in Homs, Syria. Many Jihadi fighters leaving Syria will funnel through the Balkans and may pose a threat to other parts of the world.

In the coming months, extremists fighting in the Syrian civil war likely will begin returning to Europe, funneling through the Balkans where they can find cheap weapons, like-minded allies and temporary accomplices in the form of organized criminal groups. Conditions are ripe, according to experts, for those individuals to spread across Europe, launching terrorist attacks on major cities.

June 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
Russian Topol-M ballistic missile. Russia and China have the capability to fit ballistic missiles with maneuverable reentry vehicle warheads capable of shifting course in flight. Photo by Vitaly V. Kuzmin, via Wikicommons.

The U.S. missile defense program now trails emerging ballistic missile threats from rival nations that are outspending the United States in quests to move ahead and stay ahead, defense analysts caution. Emerging technologies such as maneuverable re-entry vehicles, a type of ballistic missile warhead capable of shifting course in flight, essentially render existing U.S. antiballistic missile defense capabilities ineffective.

June 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
Seaman Alex Snyder, USN, right, explains the functions of the helm on the navigation bridge of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to Maj. Gen. Chen Weizhan, deputy commander of the People’s Liberation Army, Hong Kong Garrison, center, and Col. Li Jiandang, Hong Kong Garrison liaison officer during a distinguished visitor embark.

China and Russia represent two of the most robust, comprehensive concerns to worldwide stability. Almost every major geostrategic threat—cyber attack, nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, capable military forces, political influence, economic power, sources of and high demand for energy—is resident in those two countries that often find themselves at odds with the United States and its allies.

June 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
Col. Karlton D. Johnson, USAF, is the U.S. Forces Korea J-6 and senior communicator for U.S. forces in Korea.

A new facility for cybersecurity is allowing U.S. Forces Korea to coordinate efforts with other U.S. commands as well as Republic of Korea civilian government and military forces. The Joint Cyber Center serves as the focal point for increasing international cooperation between U.S. and Korean forces in their defensive measures against increasing cyber aggression from North Korea. It blends activities from the local J-2, J-3 and J-6 along with input from other forces worldwide.

June 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
The Centers for Academic Excellence-Cyber Operations program is succeeding, NSA officials say, but enthusiasm at some schools has been dampened as a result of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The first graduates are emerging from centers of excellence for cyber operations that teach the in-depth computer science and engineering skills necessary to conduct network operations. The program better prepares graduates to defend networks and should reduce the on-the-job training needed for new hires, saving both time and money.

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