Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp., East Rutherford, N.J., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $9,500,000 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the manufacture and delivery of communications/navigation radio frequency avionics flight line tester AN/USM-708 and/or AN/USM-719. This contract is in support of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and various foreign military sales customers under the foreign military sales program.
Rockwell Collins Network Enabling Software Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $14,960,418 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract for development, test, fielding and support of software. This contract supports the Tactical Air Control Party close air support system software version 1.4.5. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8307-14-C-0006).
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, St. Petersburg Fla., was awarded a $32,832,550 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00024-13-C-5212) for Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) design agent and engineering services. CEC is a sensor netting system that significantly improves battle force anti-air warfare capability by extracting and distributing sensor-derived information such that the superset of this data is available to all participating CEC units.
One of the U.S. Army’s top priorities is ensuring the right information is available in any environment down to the lowest tactical level on the battlefield. Oshkosh Defense, recently demonstrated its command, control, communications and computers (C4) and systems integration capabilities to connect soldiers to the network on its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV).
Lockheed Martin will continue to support a tethered aerostat-based system that provides real-time, around-the-clock reconnaissance and surveillance for warfighters in Afghanistan.
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic awarded an estimated $700,000 task order to Engineering Services Network Inc. (ESN), to provide engineering and technical services.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems was awarded a contract by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for non-developmental V-22 Internally Transportable Vehicles (ITV).
L3-Kollmorgen Corp., Northampton, Mass., was awarded a $10,970,754 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-5447), for the fiscal 2013 MK 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System units including the associated equipment, services and emergent provisioned item order for spares requirements and level-of-effort engineering services.
BAE Systems Information and Electronics, Nashua, N.H., is being awarded an $11,005,126 modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-6302) to fabricate, assemble, test and deliver three AN/SQQ-32(V)4 Minehunting Sonar Set High Frequency Wideband upgrade systems.
Raytheon, McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $50,150,434 basic ordering agreement (FA8620-11-G-4050) for 37 Multispectral Targeting System (MTS)-B Turret units, 37 MTS HD electronics units, associated containers, MTS-B initial shop replaceable unit/spares, and support equipment. Work will be performed at McKinney, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2014. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2013 procurement funds in the amount of $50,150,434 are being obligated at time of award.
The SI Organization Inc., King of Prussia, Pa., was awarded an $83,748,017 multiple-type contract including cost-plus-incentive-fee and firm-fixed-price for systems engineering and integration (SE&I) technical support. This contract provides for SE&I for the GPS Enterprise system of stems that are composed of three product segments that are a space segment, a control segment and a user segment. The Air Force Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8807-14-C-0001).
Analytical Services Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $157,120,496 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Under this contract, the contractor directly supports all phases of flight and ground testing and is responsible for the development, sustainment and modernization operations of Ballistic Missile Defense System dedicated test data management and data analysis lab infrastructure, test data transfer network connections, distributed operations systems and servers, and other systems. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala.
The U.S. Army has begun introduction of a new vehicular intercom system designed to offer soldiers 21st century communications features inside a variety of vehicles. A recent milestone decision by the Army’s program executive officer for enterprise information systems (PEO EIS) gave the go-ahead for procurement of the Army-Navy/Vehicle Inter Communications 5 system, or AN/VIC-5.
It has been less than two years since the president and the secretary of defense released the latest strategic defense guidance, titled, “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense.” A key tenet of this guidance was a strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region. This guidance acknowledged the ongoing threat in the Middle East and South Asia, but it also postulated that the threat capability had been reduced there. It also made the case that, “U.S. economic and security interests are inextricably linked to developments in the arc extending from the Western Pacific and East Asia into the Indian Ocean region and South Asia, creating a mix of evolving challenges and opportunities”—hence the rebalance.
The U.S. Air Force cyber community is failing for a single fundamental reason: the community does not exist. In 2010, the communications community began to be identified as the cyber community. An operational cyberspace badge was created, and those who previously had been communications professionals now were seen as cyberwarriors. This change did not effectively take into account that cyber and communications are two distinct fields and should be entirely separate communities.
Over the past year, I’ve had the honor of forming, organizing and implementing two teams of emerging military leaders. Both have provided valuable insights, mostly through learning from doing and adapting after failure. The adage “ask for forgiveness rather than permission” runs deep throughout both, and individual members are given high degrees of autonomy. Working with these two groups, I have learned several lessons along the way, and I hope to carry them forward into the critical second year.
The U.S. Pacific Command intelligence community is fostering an increased dialogue between China and other nations with interests in the Pacific Rim. The expanded effort is designed to build trust, avoid misunderstandings and improve cooperation in areas where China’s national interests converge with the national interests of the United States and others.
Legacy communications are underpinning new capabilities as the U.S. Army Pacific works to upgrade its systems before obsolescence defeats innovation. The new technologies and systems that will define U.S. military networking are beginning to reach across the Defense Department’s largest theater of operations. Yet, budgetary constraints are hindering implementation of new capabilities, and the existing systems that form the foundation of theater networking badly need upgrades before they begin to give out.
Warfighters will soon have an easier time accessing and operating battlefield command and control applications from their vehicles, thanks to a new family of tactical computers being issued to Army and Marine Corps forces. The computers will replace multiple pieces of equipment, saving space and power and providing users with better situational awareness by allowing access to a variety of battlefield software applications previously only available to commanders in fixed command centers.
People, not technology, are still the greatest advantages or inhibitors in the world of military interoperability. For NATO, bringing together the right humans has enabled amazing advancements during the last five years, but it has also caused confrontations delaying momentum in certain cases.