Defense Operations

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

Pacific IC Source, Yucaipa, Calif.; LC Engineers Inc., Rahway, N.J.; Laguna Components Inc.; Laguna Beach, Calif.; Impact Components, San Diego, Calif.; and JRH Electronics LLC, Marlton, N.J., are each being awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts for the procurement of electronic components for the U.S.

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Corp., Integrated Systems, Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $17,146,324 modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract for additional product, fleet, and engineering investigations support for the full rate production Lot 1 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. The company also was awarded a not-to-exceed $7,474,835 delivery order under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement for the repair of 43 line items on

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

URS Federal Technical Services Inc., Germantown, Md., is being awarded a maximum value $18,788,706 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering, technical and programmatic support for the Spectrum Electronic Warfare Department, which primarily focuses on direct support of airborne electronic defense, airborne electronic attack, maritime, and expeditionary divisions. Tasks include research and development support; system engineering and process engineering; modeling, simulation, and analysis; prototyping, pre-pro

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

Smiths Detection, Edgewood, Md., was awarded a $6,966,409 modification to a previously award firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of M41A Joint Chemical Agent Detectors and M4A1 Communications Adapters. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity.

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $7,998,226 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for information technology services for the Pentagon and National Capital Region. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $49,675,273. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity. 

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

Motorola Solutions, Columbia, Md., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $16,877,999 for land mobile radio support services. Work will be performed in Kuwait. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity. 

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

Archer Western Federal JV, Chicago, Ill., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $16,983,000 for the construction of an unmanned aerial vehicle complex on Fort Campbell, Ky. The Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, Ky., is the contracting activity. 

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

NextiraOne Federal LLC, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $25,589,368 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity contract for long-term support of the Nortel Networks family of digital telephone switch systems within the Department of Defense. Work will be performed in Herndon, Va.; Bahrain; Japan; and Republic of Korea. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity. 

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

Agile Defense Inc., Fairfax, Va., was awarded a cost-plus-award-fee contract with a maximum value of $31,878,082 for unclassified information technology services for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Army Contracting Command, Research Triangle Park, N.C., is the contracting activity. 

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

EaglePicher Technologies LLC, Joplin, Mo., is being awarded a $7,096,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Thermal Lithium Battery High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Control Section Replacement Thermal Batteries for the U.S. Air Force. This effort will include design, one-time performance, test, manufacture and acceptance requirements for a multi-tapped, squib-activated, lithium or lithium alloy anode, thermal battery. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

June 5, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury, Mass., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $23,760,905 contract modification to previously awarded contract for the execution of Phase II CVN 78 dual band radar test and evaluation engineering support at the Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Software Development Laboratory and Wallops Island Engineering Test Center Land Based Test Site. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

June 3, 2013
By Henry S. Kenyon

If necessity is the mother of invention, innovation will be the father as the U.S. Navy seeks new methods that will allow it to continue to modernize amid harsh budget constraints.

June 1, 2013
By Lt. Ben Kohlmann, USN

The advent of social networks is transforming the way the military does business. Net-centric warfare once was in vogue, seeking to capture electrons and raw fiber to transform the way combat was fought. Yet an even more powerful and unanticipated net is making waves in remarkable ways. It is the power of relational networks, fostered by loose ties and catalyzed by the proliferation of quickly evolving online platforms.

June 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers
The Internet is much like the early days of the airline industry and will need to be regulated to keep networks safe, says Roger Krone, president of the Network and Space Systems business unit within the Boeing Company, Chicago.

With attacks on critical data increasing in numbers, intensity and sophistication, securing networks is becoming a global effort while fostering greater information sharing among agencies, governments and the public and private sectors. The future of cybersecurity offers greater opportunities for industry and greater cooperation on national security and critical infrastructure protection, say executives at some of the largest U.S. defense companies.

June 1, 2013
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Transportation Command has taken a novel approach to its Joint Cyber Center, reflecting the unusual needs of this organization that plays a role across U.S. military operations. Officials have found their decisions, such as uniting disparate experts in a single physical location, help save resources while increasing cooperation with the many industry partners that have integral roles in the efforts to keep supplies and people moving.

June 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers
A U.S. Marine Corps F-35 aircraft is escorted by two Marine F/A-18 Hornets as it flies toward Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Later this year, the Defense Department will establish a program of record to ensure communications between different generations of fighter aircraft, and that program will feed into the Joint Aerial Layer Network vision.

The concept connects disparate networks to provide greater information to warfighters.

U.S. military officials envision one day being able to network together virtually all airborne assets, providing data to warfighters in the air, on the ground and at sea, even under the most harsh conditions. Major milestones in the coming months and years will bring that concept closer to a fielded capability.

June 1, 2013
By Rita Boland

Integrating air land, and sea forces on a monthly basis saves money and creates continuity of operations.

June 1, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Air Force officers monitor moving target indicators during a training exercise for the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS).

Costs, security and operations requirements share top billing on priority list.

The U.S. Air Force is looking to overhaul its networking capabilities to meet new taskings in the post-Southwest-Asia era. Limited resources are changing the way the Air Force moves information throughout the battlespace, so the service must confront its challenges through innovative approaches and cooperative efforts.

May 31, 2013
By Rita Boland

Fort Bliss, Texas, has installed an unusual mircogrid to help power a dining facility on base, introducing a new approach to the U.S. Army’s efforts to find alternatives to traditional power. The technology is intelligent, optimizing energy usage.

May 24, 2013
By Max Cacas

A hand-picked group of Defense Department’s top information technology experts will work with a giant in the cloud computing industry to determine how security will play a part on the military’s migration to the cloud.

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