The Army wants to converge its multiple networks into a single architecture that offers the potential to reduce complexity and lead to more efficient battlefield communications. An upcoming exercise focuses on advancing this initiative with the ultimate goal of collapsing the service's many small and mid-sized networks into one.
U.S. Navy researchers are developing a state-of-the-art encryption device for integration onto KC-130 tankers and unmanned aerial systems. An existing version of the device is being installed onto B-52 bombers, E-4s, which serve as airborne command centers for the U.S. president and other National Command Authority officials, and E-6s, which are command and control centers for nuclear weapons. The encryption system can be integrated into virtually any platform and offers backward-compatible, software-definable algorithms that can be updated during operations without downtime.
Listen to many senior leaders in both the civilian and military sectors today, and it becomes apparent that there is no shortage of good ideas. Indeed, with austerity and sequestration the new reality, the lack of funds requires creativity. However, far too many fail to take personal responsibility by citing a vague “we should” mantra instead of the more powerful—and personally accountable—“I will.”
China’s activities in space have caught the attention of U.S. and other countries’ officials, altering how personnel must consider the domain. The importance of the area outside of Earth to military operations makes the location critical for any nation looking to put itself into a terrestrial position of power. During 2012, China conducted 18 space launches and upgraded various constellations for purposes such as communications and navigation. China’s recent expansion into the realm presents new concerns for civilian programs and defense assets there.
The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff have updated doctrine for future warfighters to realign space situational awareness as the fifth mission area and to offer direction on operating in a contested or degraded space environment. The updated document will guide combatant commanders and other warfighters for years to come, influencing training, mission planning and global operations.
Recent insider security breaches have put increased scrutiny on the U.S. intelligence community’s cloud computing plans. But cloud computing initiatives remain unchanged as the technology is expected to enhance cybersecurity and provide analysts with easier ways to do their jobs in less time.
Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Va., was awarded a $179,585,058 firm-fixed-price, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract in support of the Saturn Arch program and provides continued operations, sustainment and integration of aircraft platforms configured to host a suite of sensors deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (W58RGZ-13-C-0134).
New Generation Power Inc., Chicago, Ill., was awarded potential vendor indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, non-option, non-multi-year contract with a cumulative maximum value of $7 billion. The government is awarding this contract for use in competing and awarding power purchase agreement (PPA) task orders.
Hydroid Inc, Pocasset, Mass., is being awarded a $36,323,734 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of unmanned underwater vehicles. The unmanned underwater vehicles provide the military force with very shallow water and shallow water mine countermeasures as well as underwater object localization tools. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity (N00174-13-D-0005).
Insitu Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded $7,264,250 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #0016 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0008) for hardware repairs and modifications to previously procured ScanEagle Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) for the government of Poland under the foreign military sales program. This effort procures spares, operations and maintenance training, and technical UAS publications.
The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has signed a Co-operative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) with Locata Corporation, Canberra, Australia, to build and demonstrate new Locata technology for use in GPS receivers. The CRADA is specifically directed to evaluate Locata’s patented Vray switching antenna and new correlator technologies for multipath mitigation in position receivers that run at GPS frequencies.
Lockheed Martin, Colorado Springs, Colo., has announced it will continue supporting the air, space defense and missile warning missions for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Cheyenne Mountain Complex under a $20 million contract modification to the Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) program. Under this option, awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Lockheed Martin will continue to sustain national defense missions at multiple locations worldwide.
Ayak LLC, Southport, N.C., was awarded a maximum $7,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for repair, replacement and installation of various electrical distribution components. Work will include overhead, underground and facilities electrical distribution components.
Crane Electronics Inc., doing business as STC Microwave Systems, Signal Technology Corp., Chandler, Ariz., has been awarded an estimated $12,399,945 indefinite-delivery, requirements, firm-fixed-price contract for repair efforts of ALQ-161A radio frequency surveillance/electronic countermeasure (RFS/ECM) system shop replaceable units. Contract is to acquire depot level repair of nine shop replaceable units in support of ALQ-161A RFS/ECM used on the B-1 aircraft.
FlightSafety Services Corp., Centennial, Colo., has been awarded a $19,876,585 modification (P02A5) to previously awarded contract F33657-01-D-2078 for support of the KC-10 Aircrew Training Systems.
ARCTEC Alaska Joint Venture, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska is being awarded a $39,327,456 modification (P00366) to previously awarded contract FA5000-04-C-0011 for the operation and maintenance of the Alaska Radar System, consisting of 15 remote radar sites. The contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force 673rd Contracting Squadron.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded an $11,427,527 firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year contract modification (P00001) of contract (W58RGZ-13-C-0086) to exercise the option to procure one additional Longbow crew trainer for the Apache helicopter program. The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $19,050,973 firm-fixed-price, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract modification (P000014) to contract (W56HZV-11-C-0130) for 41 improved thermal sight system for foreign military sales (FMS), light armored vehicle LAV-25. This is a FMS to Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Tank and Automotive, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin MS2, Owego, N.Y., has been awarded a maximum $7,382.694 firm-fixed-price order (THA7) against contract (SPRWA1-13-D-20000) for radar data processors. Using military service is Royal Australian Navy. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $7,037,522 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #4090 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0005) for ten organic airborne mine countermeasures technical insertion common console kits in support of the MH-60S program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.