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Raytheon to Support Air Traffic Navigation Systems

September 23, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Mass., was awarded a $79,300,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, non-option-eligible, multi-year services contract to provide technical support services to assist the Product Management Office for Air Traffic Control Systems and the Communication-Electronics Command, Logistics Readiness Center with life cycle management support for 39 air traffic navigation, integration and coordination systems and 21 fixed-base precision approach radar systems and equipment. The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P&T-13-D-E023).

TCOM to Support Persistent Surveillance

September 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

TCOM L.P., Columbia, Md., is being awarded $14,926,978 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-13-G-0011) for 22M aerostat parts and spares in support of the Army's Persistent Ground Surveillance System Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

XTRA Aerospace Awarded P-8A Support Contract

September 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

XTRA Aerospace, Miramar, Fla., is being awarded a $15,958,369 firm-fixed-price contract to procure Boeing 737 commercial spare parts for the low-rate initial production Lot IV effort in support of the P-8A fleet. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-13-C-0147).

U.S. Navy Procures Engineering and Technical Services

September 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded a $15,582,635 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering and technical services in areas of studies, analyses, engineering, component development, prototyping, development, test integration, operational demonstration and research and development of both hardware and software in order to maintain various Navy systems over their planned life cycle. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, West Bethesda, Md., is the contracting activity (N00167-13-D-0008).

SAIC Awarded Strategic Planning and Analysis Network Contract

September 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $35,883,761 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for software engineering, hardware, integration, technical support, and training requirements of the Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network targeting function, including the areas of National Target Base production and National Desired Ground Zero List development. The 55th Contracting Squadron, Offut Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity. (FA4600-13-D-0001)

Lockheed Martin Receives Space-Based Infrared Systems Funds

September 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif. has been awarded a $42,410,080 modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract (FA8810-13-C-0001) for advanced procurement of non-recurring engineering and long-lead materials for the space-based infrared systems GEO 5-6 program. This contract modification provides for the purchase of additional long-lead material items and the associated non-recurring engineering being procured under the basic contract. The contracting activity is the Space Based Infrared Systems Directorate of the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base Calif.

Biometrics' Unprecedented Public Integration

September 19, 2013
By Rita Boland

Biometrics is on the verge of becoming more pervasive than ever in everyday life, setting the stage for personal identifiers to take the place of other common security measures. The expansion mirrors increased usage in fields such as military operations, citizen enrollment and public safety.


Multiple Army Networks Merging

October 1, 2013
By Henry S. Kenyon

The Army wants to converge its multiple networks into a single architecture that offers the potential to reduce complexity and lead to more efficient battlefield communications. An upcoming exercise focuses on advancing this initiative with the ultimate goal of collapsing the service's many small and mid-sized networks into one.

Over the years, the Army has developed a variety of networks to support communications and command and control, explains Col. Mark Elliott, USA, director of the Army’s LandWarNet Mission Command. For example, Army intelligence and logistics forces operate their own networks to meet their specific mission needs. “All of these networks have grown up over time.”

The Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) exercise scheduled to take place in Fort Bliss, Texas, October 22 through November 11, will begin this data transport convergence process in a controlled environment. The first phase, which kicks off in the upcoming NIE 14.1, will collapse Army intelligence networks into the service’s communications infrastructure and work out the details and issues as they arise, he explains.

Col. Elliott is sanguine about the Army’s prospects for successfully merging its various networks because by working through the NIE, there is no need to push the process unnecessarily. “You don’t have to rush to failure,” he says. During the NIE, the Army will set up the various operational networks needed to support a deployed force, such as its intelligence capabilities. The service will examine how intelligence traffic can be moved onto the broader Army network, and then it will take metrics and make adjustments to make the process work smoothly. The Army has extensive intelligence systems with many specific mission requirements, so it will take time to determine if all or only some of those functions can be moved to the broader service network, he says.

New Cryptographic Device Destined for Drones

October 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Navy researchers are developing a state-of-the-art encryption device for integration onto KC-130 tankers and unmanned aerial systems. An existing version of the device is being installed onto B-52 bombers, E-4s, which serve as airborne command centers for the U.S. president and other National Command Authority officials, and E-6s, which are command and control centers for nuclear weapons. The encryption system can be integrated into virtually any platform and offers backward-compatible, software-definable algorithms that can be updated during operations without downtime.

It is that ability to load algorithms without downtime that researchers tout as one of the biggest benefits of the new system. “This is critical for the ability of the warfighter to be able to replace algorithms as they become obsolete. You don’t have to take a platform offline like almost every other crypto out there now,” says Stanley Chincheck, director, Center for High Assurance Computer Systems, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, D.C. “You can do that while it is up and running. That is a unique feature that many crypto devices just don’t have.”

Chincheck cannot reveal a lot of details because of security concerns, but KC-130s and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will receive the next incarnation of the Programmable Embeddable INFOSEC (Information Security) Product (PEIP, pronounced peep). The version under development is known as PEIP III. The other aircraft—B-52s, E-4s and E-6s—are receiving the current version, PEIP II.

Getting From “We Should” to “I Will”

October 1, 2013
By Lt. Ben Kohlmann, USN

Listen to many senior leaders in both the civilian and military sectors today, and it becomes apparent that there is no shortage of good ideas. Indeed, with austerity and sequestration the new reality, the lack of funds requires creativity. However, far too many fail to take personal responsibility by citing a vague “we should” mantra instead of the more powerful—and personally accountable—“I will.”

I recently had the chance to visit with a woman who attended the International 11.5 Davos Conference. At this gathering of the world’s luminaries, she somehow had made her way into the front row of the proceedings, from where she watched high-ranking government officials from around the world wax eloquent about solving global problems: “We should fix poverty by doing… ,” and so forth. Fed up with the use of this term, she got hold of a microphone during the question-and-answer session and simply said, “I’d really like to see the conversation move from one of ‘we should’ to one of ‘I will’ if you are truly serious about this.”

The crowd was stunned, and silence met her observation from the dais. This, however, was short-lived. The speakers recognized the importance of her words, and the conference took on a new tone following her request.

On a much smaller scale, this mantra has infused many of my peers in the junior ranks. They hear senior leaders asking for solutions, and they take it upon themselves to execute real change. A close friend of mine once said, “Execution is the new innovation,” and I believe this is a profound statement. Good ideas are a dime a dozen, but what sets the doers apart from dreamers are those who actually are able to push an idea through to reality despite the obstacles.


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