Defense Operations

June 27, 2013
By George I. Seffers

Cyber Symposium 2013 Online Show Daily, Day 3

Gen. Keith Alexander, USA, who directs the National Security Agency (NSA) and commands U.S. Cyber Command, wrapped up the final day of the AFCEA International Cyber Symposium with a strongly-worded defense of the U.S. intelligence community, which is under fire following recently-leaked documents concerning the collection of data on the online activities of ordinary citizens in the United States and abroad. The general deviated from the topic of cyber long enough to address the controversy.

June 27, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy has programmed change into its $3.45 billion Next-Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract.

 

June 26, 2013
By George I. Seffers

Cyber Symposium 2013 Online Show Daily, Day 2

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) took center stage during the second day of the AFCEA International Cyber Symposium in Baltimore. The conference devoted one full panel to the joint environment, but presenters throughout the day stressed the JIE’s importance to the future of the U.S. military and coalition partners, discussed some of the challenges to achieving the vision and vowed that the department will make it happen despite any remaining obstacles.

June 26, 2013
By Rita Boland

The Multi-Access Cellular Extension project develops the foundational architecture to integrate the equivalent of commercial cellular technologies into future force networks to enable communications by filling in gaps in fixed infrastructure.

June 25, 2013
By George I. Seffers

The United States will continue to develop a bilateral relationship with China regarding cybersecurity issues. In fact, the two countries will meet again in Washington, D.C., on July 8th, according to Maj. Gen. John Davis, USA, senior military advisor to the undersecretary of defense—policy for cyber, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Gen. Davis, the luncheon keynote speaker on the first day of the July 24-27 AFCEA International Cyber Symposium in Baltimore, said the United States recognizes China as a rising power and a major voice in the cyber arena.

June 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

June 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $7,562,531 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract for the continued procurement and development of a Sea Sentry mast and sensor. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.

June 21, 2013
By Max Cacas
The U.S. Army has a long history of using supercomputers to further research and development toward meeting warfighter needs. A historical display of past Army supercomputers was part of the dedication of the new Army Supercomputing center.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, has unveiled two new supercomputers that are among the fastest and most powerful devices of their kind. The devices are part of a recently opened supercomputing center that is the new locus of the service’s use of high-speed computing not only for basic scientific research and development, but also to solve basic warfighter needs using the latest available technologies.

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
DRS Tactical Systems Inc., Melbourne, Fla., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $455 million for the production of the Mounted Family of Computer Systems hardware for the Army Mounted Common Operating Environment. Performance location and type of appropriation will be determined with each order. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity. 

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Mission 1st Inc., Shrewsbury, N.J., was awarded a $12,350,815 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for services in support of the Theatre Signal Command. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $111,350,815. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity. 

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
FLIR Systems Inc., Billerica, Mass., is being awarded a $42,657,995 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Hand Held Imager-Miniaturized Long Range systems and associated support. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity. 

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Andover, Mass., was awarded a $10,393,270 modification, to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Radar Digital Processor Upgrade Kits for the PATRIOT missile system. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
STG Inc., Reston, Va., was awarded a $16,600,208 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for information technology services and support. The cumulative total value of this contract is $32,980,349. The Army Contracting Command, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is the contracting activity. 

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Exelis Inc., Clifton, N.J., has been awarded a $16 million modification that increases the current indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract ceiling to $40,900,000 for research and development under the Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Research program to continue crucial threat assessments, technology evaluations and threat/technology model developments that support critical warfighter needs. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. 

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