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U.S. Army Modifies Switchblade Contract

September 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Aerovironment Inc., Monrovia, Calif., was awarded a $29,049,837 firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year contract modification (P00015) of contract (W31P4Q-12-C-0263) for procurement of the Switchblade Agile Munitions Systems and associated hardware and support services. The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Redstone Arsenal (Missile), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $529 Million Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Funds

September 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., has been awarded a $6,637,223 modification (P00041) on contract (FA8625-12-C-6598) for large aircraft infra-red countermeasures (LAIRCM). The contract modification incorporates interim contract support of the U.S. LAIRCM line replacement units. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $529,124,094. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WLYK - LAIRCM, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Government Secure Solutions to Support Intelligence in Afghanistan

September 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

Government Secure Solutions CGI Inc., Manassas, Va., was awarded a $27,019,494 cost-plus-fixed-fee, non-option eligible, non-multi-year contract for services support of technology enhancements that are integrated into the intelligence enterprise for use in Afghanistan and world-wide. The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command – Fort Belvoir, Va. is the contracting activity (W911W4-13-C-0009).

L-3 to Support U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command

September 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

L3 National Security Solutions Inc., Reston, Va., was awarded a $23,934,919 cost-plus-fixed-fee, non-option eligible, non-multi-year contract for services and support to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command Futures Directorate integration environment and enhancements to the intelligence enterprise. The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command – Fort Belvoir, Va. is the contracting activity (W911W4-13-C-0008).

Lockheed Martin Receives Aegis Contract Modification

September 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $48,817,610 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5132) to exercise options for technical engineering, configuration management, associated equipment/supplies, quality assurance, information assurance, and other operation and maintenance efforts required for the Aegis development and test sites, including the Combat Systems Engineering Development Site, SPY-1A Test Facility, and the Naval Systems Computing Center. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Trex Enterprises Wins Long-Range Surveillance Award

September 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

Trex Enterprises Corp., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $23,550,321 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for military imaging surveillance technology-long range (MIST-LR) technical area 1. The objective of this program is to research and advance computational imaging techniques in support of beyond-the-diffraction-limit imaging. These techniques will provide high-resolution imagery from available apertures and thus will support target identification missions at extended ranges supporting operations in denied environments. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-13-C-7371).

Georgia Tech Awarded Sensors Development Contract

September 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga., has been awarded a $24,973,043 cost-plus-fixed-fee, delivery order on an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (HC1047-05-D-4000-0241) for the SENSIAC program executive office for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I), sensors development and integration engineering functions. The contract will explore, through analysis and experimentation, innovative sensor concepts and emerging technologies that will enable improved joint force commander situational awareness and command and control capability. Enterprise Sourcing Group, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity.

New Systems Seek to Connect Troops at the Tip of the Spear

September 4, 2013
By Henry S. Kenyon

Two ongoing military programs, the ready-to-deploy Solider Network Extension (SNE) and the Content-Based Mobile Edge Networking (CBMEN) program now in prototype, aim to connect troops at the very tactical edge back to larger military data and communications networks. These programs—one service-oriented, the other an agency effort—are part of the Defense Department’s thrust to make warfighters, especially individual soldiers in small units, more connected.

Information Age Leadership Requires a New Type of Boldness

September 1, 2013
By Lt. Ben Kohlmann, USN

 

Bureaucracies are slow to change, and few may be more anemic than the military services. With a foundational and personnel structure optimized for the Cold War and the industrial age, this unfortunate reality is acutely evident as the information age accelerates into ever more complex manifestations.

While some leadership principles remain constant regardless of the era, quite a few must be adapted to the realities of their time. Some of the characteristics already have defined, and will continue to define, effective 21st century military leadership.

One such characteristic is the ability to look outside traditional vertical hierarchies. The world is becoming increasingly interconnected, and relational networks are being fostered from Internet-based social networks that span ages and ranks. Technology is replacing itself at an increasing rate, so traditional definitions of expertise that rely on seniority are less relevant.

Very often, younger generations have a better ability to interact with technology than their more experienced senior leadership. These digital natives often will recognize capabilities and new avenues of application more quickly than their older leaders. However, traditional hierarchical structures with numerous levels of interference between the deckplate operator and senior decision maker stifle solutions that could transform an operation.

More than ever, senior commanders need to embrace crowdsourcing options and direct engagement with creative, entrepreneurial, lower-level subordinates. This could be accomplished by establishing command innovation cells characterized by open dialogue with no fear of reprisal, followed by action taken on recommendations. These are great ways to empower more junior personnel to take ownership and make an impact.

Eyeing Next-Generation Biometrics

September 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers

The FBI is on schedule to finish implementing next-generation biometric capabilities, including palm, iris and face recognition, in the summer of next year. New technology processes data more rapidly, provides more accurate information and improves criminal identification and crime-solving abilities.

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