International

July 1, 2015
By Mario de Lucia
The audience listens to a panel discussion at NITEC 2015.

Extensive cooperation among NATO member nations, their industries and their academics will be necessary to address the challenges facing the Atlantic alliance, according to speakers at NITEC 2015.

July 1, 2015
By Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

China is flexing its muscles and expanding its reach, particularly in the maritime domain. As the United States tries to consolidate the so-called pivot to Asia by bringing 60 percent of the U.S. fleet to bear, leaders need to be thinking through all their other options to deal with the growing ambition of the People’s Republic of China.

June 1, 2015
By James C. Bussert
A new Chinese littoral combat ship, or C-LCS, bears a striking resemblance to the U.S. Navy’s USS Independence, LCS-2, shown in the next photo. China has introduced new classes of catamarans and trimarans for coastal operations./ Photo courtesy www.sharkhunters.com

China is introducing designs for catamarans—and even trimarans—that seem destined to serve as the country’s littoral combat ships. Some of the trimarans closely resemble their U.S. counterparts, although differences—some quite interesting—do exist.

June 1, 2015
By Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Every day in the South China Sea, the Chinese are slowly adding to what Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Harry Harris, USN, has called the Great Wall of sand. The idea of using floating bases to create operational and legal advantages has been around for centuries, but it has strengthened as technology has provided the ability to build significant platforms at sea.

May 27, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Sentinel-1 satellite

The annual Copernicus Masters competition seeks participants to submit ideas, applications and business concepts using Earth observation data that could lead to significant changes to the status quo in a number of fields. The international competition, with a deadline of July 13, offers cash prizes and support valued at more than 300,000 euros.

May 4, 2015
By George I. Seffers

NATO has initiated Dynamic Mongoose, this year's biggest antisubmarine warfare exercises in the North Sea, with a focus on detecting and defending against submarines.

May 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers

Twenty companies will participate in a trade mission with Romania and Poland.

April 1, 2015
By Capt. James H. Mills, USN, and Capt. Danelle Barrett, USN

Partnerships are vital to preempt adversaries and achieve global economic vitality and political stability. This courage to share will enable new levels of success in global security and attainment of national strategic objectives.

February 26, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
NASA's Nanosatellite Launch Adapter System was developed to increase access to space while simplifying the integration process of miniature satellites, called nanosats or cubesats, onto launch vehicles.

Nations plan to launch more than 500 small satellites over the next five years, an increase of two-thirds in the number of the small space-bound platforms when compared with launches over the past decade, according to an international space firm report.

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

China is flexing its muscles and projecting power far beyond its traditional realm, but North Korea poses a bigger threat by nature of its irrational leadership.

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) has become so important a part of U.S. operations in the Asia-Pacific region that experts now are viewing it as a military doctrine and striving to improve it.

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

India, a nonaligned nation long reluctant to involve itself in the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region, has begun to increase its involvement with the United States and other nations of the dynamic region.

February 12, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Viewed as an indispensable force for peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States risks losing the support it enjoys from nearly every nation in that hemisphere if it is ambiguous and not willing to take a stand during crises, said defense experts.

February 1, 2015
By Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

People often ask me about what keeps me awake at night after a long career in the military. What is the country that worries me the most? Russia? China? Iran? Pakistan? All are good candidates; but the most dangerous and unpredictable is North Korea.

January 12, 2015

Six3 Intelligence Solutions Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $12,783,597 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for intelligence support services in Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of July 9, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $9,587,697 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W560MY-15-C-0004).

January 12, 2015

Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $7,179,527 modification (003748) to multi-year foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-05-A-0031 (Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany) for systems and computer resources support. Fiscal 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 research, development, testing and evaluation, operations and maintenance (Army), and other procurement funds in the amount of $7,179,527 were obligated at the time of the award.

January 7, 2015

Technical Communications Solutions Corporation, Swampscott, Massachusetts, was awarded a $8,622,068 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Jordan) contract for the installation of fiber optic cable that will satisfy the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) fiber optic-last mile (FO-LM) and fiber optic-long haul (FO-LH) requirements, and shall include the installation, testing and sustainment activities required for the JAF FO-LM and the FO-LH cable links. Work will be performed in Jordan, with an estimated completion date of January 6, 2016.

December 29, 2014

The Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, California, is being awarded $39,540,071 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide the U.S. and U.K. Trident II (D5) maintenance, repair, and rebuilding and technical services in support of the navigation subsystem. This contract contains options, which, if exercised, would bring the contract to a maximum dollar value of $80,164,349. Work will be performed in Huntington Beach, California (75 percent), and Heath, Ohio (25 percent), and work is expected to be completed Sept.

December 22, 2014

The Boeing Co., Seattle, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $171,169,232 undefinitized modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for the procurement of a P-8A training system in support of the P-8A training requirements for the government of Australia. In addition, this modification will include two operational flight trainers, two weapons tactics trainers, one part task trainer, one training system support center and program/training support. Work will be performed in St.

December 17, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, has been awarded a $657,400,000 hybrid contract including firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized contract action for aircraft for the Republic of Korea. Contractor will provide four RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles, two spare engines and the applicable Ground Control Environment elements. Each will contain an Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite. Work will be performed at San Diego, and is expected to be complete by June 28, 2019.

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