GPS vulnerabilities could be addressed with upgraded long-range navigation.
The newly reconstituted Joint Staff office is not just picking up where the previous version left off.
The U.S. Army’s system for enabling shared situational awareness to track friends or foes at the lowest tactical levels is undergoing multiple capabilities upgrades intended to increase the value of the technology. Advances include the ability to handle more data traffic, as well as better encryption, more timely reporting of position and improved navigation.
Military radio experts reveal emerging trends in acquisition and technology.
The U.S. Air Force soon will begin installing a new system to aid intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planning and tasking.
Possibly as early as this month, U.S. Air Force officials will begin installing a prototype system that supports the command and control of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. The system dramatically reduces manual labor and cuts the planning development process from hours to minutes, allowing warfighters to focus on the mission.
Insitu Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $12,430,363 delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the hardware required to modernize the ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems and the systems ancillary equipment. This hardware includes replacement/upgraded air vehicles and components. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $15,004,104 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification for additional system engineering and software maintenance for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Low Rate Initial Production Lots 1 and 2 aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.
Battlespace Flight Services LLC, Arlington, Va., is being awarded a $26,801,188.00 contract modification for operations and maintenance services to support the Predator medium altitude long endurance unmanned (MQ)-1 remotely piloted aircraft at Creech Air Force Base. The contracting activity is AMIC/PKCA, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
Advanced Mission Systems Inc., Fort Mills, S.C., was awarded a $12,749,028 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development and validation of a close target reconnaissance and physical surveillance methodology. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Md., is the contracting activity.
Thales Raytheon Systems Co., Fullerton, Calif., was awarded a $14,349,670 fixed-price incentive contract for the services in support of the Sentinel radar. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $33,074,969 contract modification for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node payload and supplemental type certificates integration capability on the E-11A S/N 9506 aircraft. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., was awarded a $56,275,374 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the services in support of sensor technologies to the Army’s current force architecture. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 25, 2014. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded an $8,907,747 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the operational services in support of two cargo unmanned aircraft systems deployed in support of the Marine Corps. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
The Boeing Co., Albuquerque, N.M., was awarded a $16,182,854 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the research and development efforts for test and integration of a beam control system with a high power solid state laser along with sustainment of support equipment/vehicles in a counter rocket, artillery and mortar scenario. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Baltimore, Md., was awarded a $499 million firm-fixed-price contract for the renovation of the Intelligence Community Campus at Bethesda, Md. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity.
People, not necessarily technology, come together in a plan to foster creativity in acquisition.
The head of technology information at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization has initiated a plan to improve how coalition members procure capabilities by focusing first on personnel, not technology. Through the new approach, government, industry and academia will re-frame conversations and have more meaningful dialogues, which should lead to deploying apt solutions more quickly.
Raytheon Co., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $129,852,079 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the services in support of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Component Plug and Fight A-Kit Implementation. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.