Defense Operations

July 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Boulder, Colo., was awarded a $6,786,896 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the improvement of the Joint Tactical Ground Station system. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $37,986,896. The Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.
 

July 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Critigen-Clark Nexsen Joint Venture, Greenwood Village, Colo., is being awarded a maximum amount $35 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for geographic information systems, professional surveying and mapping services for work predominantly in the western continental United States, but also worldwide. The work to be performed also includes data collection, development and integration as follows: geospatial data development and enterprise-level deployment; acquisition, development, maintenance and analysis of geospatial data and metadata; survey and mapping (photogrammetr

July 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $9,293,000 modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract to exercise an option to procure long lead materials and related support for the full-rate production of five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Lot 2 aircraft. In addition, the modification definitizes the advanced acquisition contract to a fixed-price contract. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting.

July 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

DISA’s Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization awarded a firm fixed price contract for the Mobile Device Management (MDM) system and Mobile Application Store (MAS) to Digital Management Inc. (DMI) of Bethesda, Md., Thursday for an initial award amount of $2.9 million, with four six-month option periods for a total lifecycle amount of nearly $16 million. The base period of performance for this contract is July 9, 2013 to July 8, 2014.

July 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
InfoReliance Corp., Fairfax, Va., has been awarded a time and material and firm-fixed-price contract with an estimated maximum amount of $9,179,734 for Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) in support of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Directorate of Information Operations (J6). The contracting activity is DTRA, Fort Belvoir, Va.

July 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Harris Corp., Palm Bay, Fla. is being awarded a $9,370,956 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed price contract for AN/WSC-6 E(V)9 satellite communication (SATCOM) systems. The AN/WSC-6 E(V)9 system is used by surface ships to provide a military SATCOM capability in the super high frequency range. This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $40,515,414. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, is the contracting activity.

July 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

July 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

July 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Exelis Inc., Van Nuys, Calif., is being awarded a $20,285,451 modification to previously awarded contract for AN/SPS-48G(V) radar modification kits to support the Recovery Obsolescence Availability Radar. AN/SPS-48 radars are installed on USN ships for three-dimensional air search. The modification kits are expected to increase operational availability and decrease operating and support costs. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington,, D.C., is the contracting activity.

July 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Md., is being awarded a $24,502,359 modification under a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract to increase the estimated ceiling cost for the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar engineering and manufacturing development phase and associated other direct costs to reflect the anticipated cost growth. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

July 1, 2013
By Max Cacas

Rear Adm. Robert Day Jr., USCG, assistant U.S. Coast Guard commandant for command, control, communications and information technology, sees the Joint Information Environment as an opportunity to resolve some of the most pressing information technology problems in the years to come as he faces a future with more challenges and fewer resources. He says a military-wide common operating environment will establish “enterprisewide mandates that programs cannot ignore.”

July 1, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

Today’s financial skimping will lead to military forces and equipment that are short on readiness for future conflicts. Cutbacks in training and travel to conferences where service members network, learn about the latest in technologies and benefit from educational courses is one way to meet mandated budget cuts; but in the long term, they will result in service members who are ill-prepared to meet the challenges of what some believe will be a volatile future.

July 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers
 The National Security Agency is wrapping up the Fishbowl pilot program, which distributed 100 Android devices to users. The program now transitions to the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Project Fishbowl spurs industry to
 meet military
 and intelligence 
community needs.

July 1, 2013
By Rita Boland

On-the-move communications go digital for 
troops in regular or disadvantaged locations. 

July 1, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) command center at Fort Meade, Maryland, is the focal point for the agency’s efforts to maintain network connectivity throughout the U.S. defense community. DISA’s information assurance work has taken a new turn as capabilities such as commercial communications technologies and the cloud have altered the cyberscape.

The increasing use of readily available and inexpensive commercial technologies by the military is changing the way the Defense Information Systems Agency provides information assurance. As these technologies are integrated into the Defense Department information infrastructure, the agency is adjusting its approaches to providing security for its networks and the data that reside on them.

July 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers
The National Security Agency's Information Assurance Directorate is responsible for securing data for the entire national communications system.

While many cybersecurity experts preach the gloom and doom of more advanced adversaries attacking U.S. networks, one government official contends that U.S. network defenders can meet the challenge. Training, education and technological improvements are showing dividends in a better-prepared cyber workforce.

July 1, 2013
By Max Cacas
Eric Forsythe, Ph.D., team leader and flexible electronics display deputy project manager  with the Army Research Laboratory, poses with some of the equipment used to produce the flexible displays at the Army's Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University.

Recent developments in advanced materials bring the Army closer to next-generation displays for a new breed of warfighter mobile devices.

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