Defense Operations

September 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
XTRA Aerospace, Miramar, Fla., is being awarded a $15,958,369 firm-fixed-price contract to procure Boeing 737 commercial spare parts for the low-rate initial production Lot IV effort in support of the P-8A fleet. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-13-C-0147).

September 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

September 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $35,883,761 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for software engineering, hardware, integration, technical support, and training requirements of the Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network targeting function, including the areas of National Target Base production and National Desired Ground Zero List development. The 55th Contracting Squadron, Offut Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity. (FA4600-13-D-0001)

September 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

September 19, 2013
By Rita Boland

Biometrics is on the verge of becoming more pervasive than ever in everyday life, setting the stage for personal identifiers to take the place of other common security measures. The expansion mirrors increased usage in fields such as military operations, citizen enrollment and public safety.

 

October 1, 2013
By Henry S. Kenyon
A major goal of the upcoming Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 14.1 exercise will be converging multiple Army communications networks into a single network. By collapsing these multiple networks together, the service hopes to reduce the complexity of its networks. The added simplicity is also intended to help better manage networks and extend data access to dismounted soldiers and their mobile devices.

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.

October 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Navy’s nuclear ballistic submarine USS MAINE, one of the nation’s newest Ohio class submarines, conducts surface navigational operations approximately 50 miles due south of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. The Naval Research Laboratory’s cryptographic system now destined for aircraft has already been integrated onto the Navy’s nuclear fleet.

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.

October 1, 2013
By Lt. Ben Kohlmann, USN

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.”

October 1, 2013
By Rita Boland
Senior Amn. Xavier Rubio, USAF, tests a satellite communications dish aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor.

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.

October 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers
Defense Satellite Communication System satellites provide critical communication links used by the Defense Department and U.S. allies.

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.

October 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers
Recent insider leaks have added fuel to the fire for cloud computing critics, but National Security Agency officials remain committed to their approach for delivering an enterprise-wide architecture to the entire intelligence community.

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.

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

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).

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

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.

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

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).

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

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.

September 13, 2018
George I. Seffers

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.

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

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.

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

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.

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

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.

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

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.

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