Defense Operations

March 8, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
L-3 Communications Avionics Systems Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract for $18,631,032 for Chinook (CH-47) Helicopter flight display units. Using military service is Army. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. 

March 8, 2013
George I. Seffers

Aero Thermo Technology Inc., Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded a potential $20,741,835 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide guidance systems, technical, analytical and program services to support the TRIDENT II Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile guidance systems requirements for strategic systems programs. They will support key guidance system technology development and coordination between the U.S.

March 8, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Charles Stark Draper Laboratories Inc., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded $257,839,173 to provide Trident II (D5) Guidance System Strategic Program Alteration (SPALT) materials including: labor and consumable material to meet requirements for the guidance system on-going SPALT of MK6 MOD 1; test and procure data package assemblies; and circuit card assembly materials with electronic components. The Navy's Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Hensel Phelps Kiewit Joint Venture, Chantilly, Va., was awarded a $564,689,000 firm-fixed-price, incrementally-funded contract. This increment is worth $56 million. The award will provide for the design and construction of a high- performance computing center on Fort Meade, Md. Work will be performed in Fort Meade, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2015. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity.

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a potential $74,398,851firm-fixed-price contract for global sustainment of Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Program Systems and associated equipment and software at 66 military installations worldwide. The work to be performed provides for preventive and corrective maintenance to sustain all Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Systems, associated equipment and software.

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Information Systems, McLean, Va., was awarded a $9,784,125 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to exercise the option for systems sustainment in support of the biometrics database. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity.

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Electronic Systems Sector, Land and Self Protection Systems Division, Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded an $11,665,702 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for software and the integration of that software into the hardware design of the AN/APR-39D(V)2 processor and appropriate antennas and receiver resources in support of various naval aviation platforms. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems, Aurora, Colo., is being awarded a $12,099,527 contract modification to provide allowance of digital signatures of critical information exchanges and proof of message origin. The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

March 5, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United States quickly must adopt a segmented approach to its military forces to ensure that key elements can survive a comprehensive cyber attack, according to a recently released Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force on Resilient Military Systems. This approach entails a risk reduction strategy that combines deterrence, refocused intelligence capabilities and improved cyber defense.

March 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

 

March 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

Homeland Security Conference 2013 Show Daily, Day 3

Although many in government are moving as quickly as possible to adopt new technologies, such as cloud computing and mobile devices, individual agencies still face cultural challenges that sometimes prevent them from moving forward, according to officials speaking as part of the Chief Information Officer Council at the AFCEA Homeland Security conference in Washington, D.C.

March 1, 2013
By Max Cacas

Significant fuel savings and operational efficiencies are some of the benefits of an intelligent power management system that includes multiple energy sources.

March 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers
The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical equipment is set up during a Network Integration Evaluation at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

Officials work to provide a new cloud approach across 
the service as well as the Defense Department.

U.S. Army officials estimate that by the end of the fiscal year, they will go into production on a new cloud computing solution that could potentially be made available across the Defense Department and could eventually be used to expand cloud capabilities on the battlefield. The platform-as-a-service product incorporates enhanced automation, less expensive software licensing and built-in information assurance.

March 1, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman
Racks of gear provide Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) capability for the JOIN facility. The network can debug software upgrades as well as resolve interoperability issues.

The whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts in a networked software engineering realm.

A network built after its major move to a new base is allowing the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command to link diverse communications systems into an overarching network. This enables capabilities ranging from debugging software updates before they are sent to the front to a multinational exercise for validating operational activities.

March 1, 2013
BY Robert K. Ackerman
A Soldier from 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division uses the Joint Capabilities Release (JCR) during a U.S. Army Network Integration Evaluation (NIE). The successor to the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) system, the JCR will be a bridge to the Joint Battle Command-Platform, or JBC-P.

Aberdeen Proving Ground becomes the home of high-techology development, validation and deployment.

March 1, 2013
By Rita Boland
Artist’s rendering of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System scheduled for fielding to the U.S. Army in 2014. The system will provide enhanced connectivity to the Distributed Common Ground System-Army, the service branch’s premier intelligence enterprise.

The plug-and-play technology will close large capability gaps in the field.

The U.S. Army is developing the first airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform fully enabled to connect analysts with the Distributed Common Ground System-Army. That system will help remedy problems currently hindering soldiers from having all data feed into a single repository. With the new aircraft, the process will be streamlined from the flying support, so information reaches ground commanders faster to facilitate more timely decision making.

March 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers
Officials at the National Nuclear Security Administration are implementing a cloud computing solution known as Yourcloud that will improve security, cut costs and provide an anytime, anywhere, from any device networking capability.

Officials aim to have a solution in place by year's end.

The U.S. agency responsible for the management and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons, nuclear proliferation and naval nuclear reactor programs is racing to put unclassified data on the cloud this year. Cloud computing is expected to provide a wide range of benefits, including greater cybersecurity, lower costs and networking at any time and from anywhere.

March 1, 2013
by Kent R. Schneider

Anyone who has attended an AFCEA conference in the past two months has heard the constant drumbeat from senior government leadership on the limitations on operations and readiness likely to occur in defense, intelligence and homeland security. At the AFCEA/USNI West 2013 Conference in San Diego January 29-31, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a packed audience that the U.S. Defense Department did not know how much money it would receive, when it would receive it or what the restrictions on its use would be.

March 1, 2013
By Lt. Ben Kohlmann, USN

The defining images of the opening stages of the 2001 Afghanistan invasion were of bearded U.S. Special Operations forces on horseback talking with invisible air assets high overhead. Ancient transportation technology melded with cutting-edge communication protocols created an odd but appropriate scenario in the midst of a wholly unanticipated conflict. The synergy of high- and low-capability technologies likely will define 21st century conflicts, especially with foes we cannot currently imagine.

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