A massive telecommunications infrastructure modernization effort in Afghanistan is designed to contribute to socioeconomic development; provide entry into the global information society; and support national prosperity, sustainability and stability. A key part of that effort is coming to fruition: officials with a telecommunications advisory group in that country expect the completion very soon—possibly this month—of a fiber-optic ring around the nation’s perimeter.
The U.S. Army Signal Corps is expanding the work its personnel conduct while dealing with technology and operational challenges that both help and hinder its efforts. On the surface, Army signal is facing the common dilemma afflicting many other military specialties—it must do more with fewer resources.
The exponential expansion of geolocation technology throughout all levels of society is presenting a range of challenges for policy makers eager to take advantage of the benefits while protecting personal privacy. Unfortunately, much of the discussion surrounding the challenges is fragmented or lacking in authority.
In his June interview with SIGNAL Magazine, Gen. Keith B. Alexander advocated bringing together the signal community, signals intelligence and the cyber community. In that interview, he said, “We need to think of ourselves not as signals, not as intelligence, not as cyber, but instead as a team that puts us all together.” Yet, that goal raises several questions. How can these concepts be achieved? How can a combination of more than 15,000 system enclaves from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force become interoperable? What technologies are needed in the next five years while insufficient budgets make consolidations difficult?
The working group that helped solve the coalition interoperability puzzle in Afghanistan is working across the U.S. Defense Department and with other nations to ensure that the lessons learned will be applied to future operations around the globe. Experience in creating the Afghan Mission Network may benefit warfighters worldwide, such as those in the Asia Pacific, and may even be applied to other missions, including homeland security and humanitarian assistance.
Current efforts to deal with big data, the massive amounts of information resulting from an ever-expanding number of networked computers, storage and sensors, go hand-in-hand with the government’s priority to sift through these huge datasets for important data. So says Simon Szykman, chief information officer (CIO) with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
For years, the Defense department took a “do it alone” posture when it came to sharing information and protecting its networks and communication infrastructures from security attacks. Now in an interconnected world of reduced budgets and ever-increasing security risks, the DOD is fundamentally changing the way it approaches information sharing and cybersecurity.
The U.S. Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) is a good idea that is not achieving its potential, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The U.S. Army is conducting a full and open competition to acquire more quantities of the Rifleman Radio and also will soon open competition for purchasing additional Manpack radios. The draft request for proposals (RFP) seeking solutions from all industry partners for the Rifleman is now available, and an informational industry day will be followed by the release of the formal RFP.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, option-eligible, non-multi-year, contract modification (P00094) of $11,423,474.37 with a cumulative maximum value of $156,370,264 in exercise of its option for additional engineering services for the MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems program. The US Army Contracting Command—Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-09-C-0136).
McKesson Technologies Inc., Alpharetta, Ga., has been awarded a maximum $29,903,345 modification (P00007) exercising the first option-year period of a two-year base contract (SPM2D1-11-D-8385) with one two-year option and one one-year option periods for digital imaging network-picture archive communication system. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
Now that the Joint Information Environment (JIE) has become one of the top priorities for the Department of Defense information technology officials (see Gaining Consensus on the JIE, June 2013), it is more important than ever to make sure that this new paradigm of extending voice, data and multimedia to the warfighter integrate well with existing enterprise services within the military. That’s according to David DeVries, the deputy chief information officer for information enterprise with the Defense Department, speaking on a recen
Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $10,118,368 modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-09-C-0062). Under the Terahertz Electronics (THz) program, the performer shall develop critical device and integration technologies necessary to realize compact, high-performance electronic circuits that operate at a center frequency of 1.03 THz. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity.
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, Kongsberg, Norway was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year, contract award modification of $14,786,467 with a cumulative maximum value of $51,094,647 for the M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station system and system spares. This is an award contract modification to exercise options CLIN. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, Picatinny, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-12-C-0103).
Northrop Grumman Systems Co., Carson, Calif., was awarded a cost plus incentive fee, option-eligible, non-multi-year, contract modification (P00071) of $22,876,078 with a cumulative maximum value of $157,432,543 for extension of base contract seven months to provide continuing supplies, services and maintenance for the Counter Rocket Artillery Mortar (CRAM) Command and Control System. The U.S. Army Contracting Command–Red Stone Arsenal (Missile), Redstone, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-07-C-0335).
Catapult Health Technology Group, Bethesda, Md., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year, contract with a cumulative maximum value of $26,917,073 for information technology support services for multiple locations of the Army Research Laboratory. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Installation Contracting Division, Adelphi Division, Adelphi, Md., is he contracting activity (W911QX-13-F-0030).