Defense Operations

December 3, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Adaptive Methods Inc., Centreville, Va., is being awarded a $7,477,445 cost-plus-fixed-fee Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract under topic N02-152, entitled “Environmental Mission Planner.” This effort shall upgrade the existing fleet product, FORCEnet ASPECT, from its current capabilities for the Improved Extended Echo Ranging System and the emerging Multistatic Active Coherent System. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity. 

December 3, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $9,088,594 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursement modification to a previously issued delivery order for additional airborne mine countermeasures test support and system development efforts in support of the MH-60S aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Engility Corp., Mount Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a $9,746,234 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide technical and engineering support services in the areas of requirement specification, design, implementation, test, management, and maintenance of laboratory/information system and project/program related software in support of the VH Executive Transportation Program, the MH-53 program, the VXX program, and Avionics System Integration. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

 

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

 

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $31,937,699 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, time and material contract for Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods for the Iraq Air Force. The contract involves foreign military sales to Iraq. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.  

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
University of Pennsylvania, Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, is being awarded an $8,122,014 modification to a cost contract. Option 1 is being exercised to continue research under the Broad Operational Language Translation program to address the compelling need to perform multi-turn communication with non-English speaking local populations of foreign countries and allies. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va is the contracting activity. 

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

 

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $15,010,161 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for operations and maintenance services in support of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in November 2013. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $12,276,792 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for engineering service support of the AN/BVY-1 Integrated Submarine Imaging System (ISIS). The AN/BVY-1 ISIS provides mission critical, all-weather, visual, and electronic search, digital image management, indication, warning and platform architecture interface capabilities for U.S. Navy submarines. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Raytheon Co., Aurora, Colo., is being awarded a $7,242,477 contract modification for support of the Global Positioning Systems, Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX). The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. 

December 1, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman
This experimental antenna developed by LGS Innovations mimics a spherical antenna by arraying circuit boards bearing printed structures. Without having a series of electrical connections, the boards nonetheless resonate as if the construct was a spherical antenna.

Scientists bend, not break, the laws of physics.

Faced with limitations imposed by physics, laboratory researchers are generating antenna innovations by tweaking constructs to change the rules of the antenna game. Their efforts do not seek to violate long-held mathematical theorems or laws of physics. Instead, they are working to find lawful ways of working around limitations that long have inhibited the development of antennas that would suit user needs with fewer tradeoffs.

December 1, 2012
By Max Cacas
The Argos multiple-antenna array prototype combines 64 standard cellphone antennas into one base station that can send data directly to 16 different devices at the same time.

Beamforming could help increase capacity of cellphone networks 
to meet the demands of data-hungry smartphones and tablets.

December 1, 2012
By Rita Boland

Academic investigations are establishing the future
 of transmission technology for troops and civilians.

Improving antennas for defense or commercial purposes has as much to do with mathematics as it does with hardware. Researchers in the Wireless Networking and Communications Group at the University of Texas at Austin are exploring algorithms along with other properties that should improve communications systems on the battlefield.

December 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers
Future armored vehicles could include antennas integrated into the armor coating and other technologies designed to rid the service of whip antennas.

U.S. Army officials

 seek to replace the

 commonly used 
device.

December 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers
Three 100-foot towers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, provide the Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate with new capabilities to perform radar research. The actual radars atop each tower were relocated from Rome, N.Y., as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure.

U.S. Air Force researchers use 3-D printers and
 other cutting-edge concepts 
to create
 the next 
innovations.

There is no Moore’s Law for antennas because size reduction and performance improvement will always be subject to the limitations imposed by electromagnetic physics and material properties. But steady advances in computer technologies, such as electromagnetic modeling and simulation and 3-D printing, enable antenna technology researchers to push the limits of possibility on behalf of the warfighters.

December 1, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Marines communicate digitally over a network. The Next Generation Enterprise Network, or NGEN, will take a new approach to networking yet evolve from the existing Navy Marine Corps Intranet.

The program may be revolutionary, but its product is evolutionary.

Despite its sea-change approach to acquisition, the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network program is being designed to evolve from its predecessor, the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, in bids submitted by the two teams vying for the multibillion-dollar contract. The two bidders are focusing their efforts on the transition between the two networks, which is a process that will take several years.

December 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers
Vice Adm. Kendall Card, USN, deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance and director of naval intelligence, once commanded the USS Abraham Lincoln, during combat operations and in support of tsunami relief efforts in Sumatra, Indonesia.

The U.S. Navy is on a course designed to rule the information arena.

With information operations growing increasingly critical to combat operations, the United States cannot afford to be anything less than number one in the data wars. And the U.S. Navy is implementing several measures to ensure information dominance. Measures include dramatically reducing the number of data centers and legacy networks, further developing the Information Dominance Corps and building an unmanned vehicle capable of being launched from sea

December 1, 2012
By Max Cacas
LASR director Alan Schultz engages one of the lab's humanoid robots in the Prototyping High Bay.

A new facility allows scientists to test innovations 
for autonomous and unmanned systems.

A new manmade realm allows robots to learn how to scale sheer cliff walls, go from the ocean to the beach or cross hot, burning desert sands. In this environment, researchers can examine the machines’ every move and how they interact with human warfighters. And one day, these robots also may help save sailors’ lives at sea.

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