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Lockheed to Provide Receiver Transmitters

February 19, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., has been awarded a maximum $30,814,317 firm-fixed-price contract for receiver transmitters. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPRWA1-13-D-2000-THAC).

Raytheon Receives Radar Contract Modification

February 19, 2014

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $9,522,446 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68836-13-C-0084) for the full design, manufacture, and installation of test equipment, associated testing, and training to standup an organic depot maintenance facility to support the AN/APY-10 Radar. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Supports Global Broadcast Service Operations

February 19, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, Gaithersburg Md., has been awarded a $16,421,355 modification (P000064) for an existing cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (FA8726-09-C-0006) for Global Broadcast Service (GBS) Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DEC C) Software Sustainment and GBS Operations Center (GBSOC) Operations. This contract modification adds software sustainment to maintain the GBS DECC software baseline and provide personnel to staff the GBSOC 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in support of worldwide GBS operations. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity.

Plateau Software to Support Environmental Protection

February 19, 2014

Plateau Software Inc., Issaquah, Wash., has been awarded a $9,000,000 firm-fixed-price, sole-source, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for support and maintenance of existing information technology systems that support the Environmental Protection and Sustainment program. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Mobile District, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-14-D-0018).

Northrop Grumman to Provide Spectrum Monitoring Subsystem

February 19, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Herndon, Va., has been awarded a $12,430,650 firm-fixed-price contract for Spectrum Monitoring Subsystem to be installed at U.S. Army Remote Monitor Control Equipment locations. The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-C-0021).

Looking Within and Looking Beyond the Far Horizon

February 14, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Internal change may be the key to managing external change as the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Coast Guard enter a new era of limited budgets and unlimited global challenges. From research and development to acquisition, these services are looking toward changing methods and technologies to keep the force viable and accomplish their missions. Meanwhile, a range of adversaries continue striving to find and exploit weaknesses in U.S. capabilities and operations.

The Marines Need a Few Good Connectors

February 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Storming ashore from the sea is becoming increasingly difficult for the U.S. Marine Corps as it faces new missions on the heels of personnel cuts. The nature of Marine assault from the sea is changing, and its aging fleet of amphibious ships are losing their effectiveness both chronologically and evolutionarily.

The Navy Needs Innovation

February 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy will depend heavily on technology innovation to meet increasing operational demands on a fleet that is aging and suffering from budget constraints, according to the vice chief of naval operations. Adm. Mark E. Ferguson, USN, told the audience at the Thursday luncheon town hall that the Navy needs to work cooperatively with industry to develop the innovative technologies and capabilities it needs.

Technologies Offer Hope for Navy Operations

February 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy is looking to technology to help it fulfill its mission obligations in a time of severe budget constraints. Commercial technologies may provide effective solutions at a fraction of their military counterparts; innovations promise to add advanced capabilities to existing platforms; and new readiness plans may help economize deployments while increasing effectiveness. However, a lot of plans must fall into place for these technologies to take their places in the force.

 

Unmanned Systems Experience Growing Pains

February 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Unmanned systems for reconnaissance, surveillance and warfighting have grown so quickly in popularity that they are spawning a familiar list of challenges that must be met sooner rather than later. Many of these issues have arisen with other military technologies that became popular quickly, and planners found that fixing these problems was significantly more difficult the deeper the technologies were embedded in everyday military operations.

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