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ARCTEC Alaska to Operate and Maintain Radar System

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

ARCTEC Alaska Joint Venture, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska is being awarded a $39,327,456 modification (P00366) to previously awarded contract FA5000-04-C-0011 for the operation and maintenance of the Alaska Radar System, consisting of 15 remote radar sites. The contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force 673rd Contracting Squadron.

U.S. Army Procures Apache Longbow Crew Trainer

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded an $11,427,527 firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year contract modification (P00001) of contract (W58RGZ-13-C-0086) to exercise the option to procure one additional Longbow crew trainer for the Apache helicopter program. The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Provide Thermal Sight Systems to Saudi Arabia

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $19,050,973 firm-fixed-price, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract modification (P000014) to contract (W56HZV-11-C-0130) for 41 improved thermal sight system for foreign military sales (FMS), light armored vehicle LAV-25. This is a FMS to Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Tank and Automotive, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin to Provide Radar Data Processors to Australia

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin MS2, Owego, N.Y., has been awarded a maximum $7,382.694 firm-fixed-price order (THA7) against contract (SPRWA1-13-D-20000) for radar data processors. Using military service is Royal Australian Navy. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa.

Lockheed Martin to Support Airborne Mine Countermeasures

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $7,037,522 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #4090 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0005) for ten organic airborne mine countermeasures technical insertion common console kits in support of the MH-60S program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

World Wide Technology Wins Radio-Frequency Identification Contract

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

World Wide Technology, Maryland Heights, Mo., is being awarded a $9,967,138 firm-fixed-price contract for support to the Defense Logistics Agency Radio-Frequency Identification Program upgrade. Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-13-F-0167).

Northrop Supports E-2D Hawkeye

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded $11,655,626 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #0009 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-10-G-0021) for the design, development, first article, and production units for ten pieces of peculiar support equipment (PSE); and the procurement of 29 additional pieces of previously developed PSE for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Receives Airborne Sonar Funds

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, R.I., has been awarded a maximum $45,179,000 undefinitized contractual action (5026) against basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-09-G-001Y) for the manufacture and delivery of airborne low frequency sonar helicopter dipping sonar systems. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa.

BAE Continues to Support Perimeter Defense Radar

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Rockville, Md., has been awarded a $7,300,000 modification (P00106) to previously awarded contract (FA2517-09-C-8000) for the fifth option-year renewal. BAE shall provide non-personal services to operate, maintain, and support the perimeter acquisition radar attack characterization system and site. The 21st Contracting Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity.

NATO Forwards Biometrics

September 17, 2013
By Rita Boland

NATO is investing time, talent and treasure into advancing biometrics, Col. Bernard Wulfse, Dutch Army, commander, Joint Task Force Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED), explained at the Biometric Consortium Conference. The alliance has named biometrics a critical capability shortfall to address. Key to achieving goals for biometrics is bringing all the partner nations together—not only the few currently supporting the efforts. Methods that proved useful against IEDs have applications in the biometrics realm, and lessons can be applied from the former to the latter.

Current conflicts generate from within states, not between them, so identifying enemies is difficult. More investment in rooting out the bad guys is necessary, Col. Wulfse explained. This anonymity in the physical and cyber realms makes it impossible for traditional forces to deploy their best capabilities. “Asymmetric threats … have rendered our strengths ineffective,” Col. Wulfse said.

Identity management of friend and foe can help mitigate the threats of these types of adversaries and not only in the military context. Other applications include C-IED, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, access control and more. Unlike in times past, biometrics efforts now truly have support from the highest headquarters, the colonel stated.

Despite this support, the basic challenges remain the same. The potential of biometrics for military use is not fully understood. NATO lacks harmonization in guidance, procedures and standards. Capabilities among the various armed forces are unbalanced. There is a lack of knowledge and trust in the biometrics arena, and many of the troops collecting biometric information today will not see the benefits from their work because it often takes years for the data to become a usable resource.

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