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Leonie Awarded Afghanistan Information Support Contract

May 15, 2014

Leonie Industries LLC, Pacific Palisades, California, was awarded a $55,449,092 firm-fixed-price competitive contract for the Military Information Support Task Force–Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 21, 2019. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W560MY-14-C-0002).

U.S. Navy Awards Israeli F-35A Mission Systems Software Funds

May 15, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $101,900,000 not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded cost-reimbursement contract (N00019-12-C-0070). This modification provides for non-recurring engineering and sustainment tasks for mission systems software and autonomic logistics development of the F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing Air System for the government of Israel under the Foreign Military Sales Program. In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of autonomic logistics hardware to support Israel pilot training. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in April 2015. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Alliant to Support Iraqi ISR Aircraft

May 9, 2014

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a maximum $15,167,984 firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract modification (P00039) to FA8106-10-C-0010 to continue contractor logistic support services for the Iraqi Air Force's Cessna 208s intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance caravan and the Cessna 208 armed caravan and for aircraft maintenance student training on both aircraft types without a break in service. Work will be performed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2014. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.

L-3 to Upgrade Canadian Combat Training Systems

May 9, 2014

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $19,018,574 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-11-C-0017) for the upgrade of six CF-18C/D Advanced Distributed Combat Training Systems for the government of Canada under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade P-3C Aircraft for Taiwan

May 9, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $15,590,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0031) for the upgrade and overhaul of 12 P-3C aircraft for the government of Taiwan under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

China and Russia Pose an Array of Dangers to the West

June 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

China and Russia represent two of the most robust, comprehensive concerns to worldwide stability. Almost every major geostrategic threat—cyber attack, nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, capable military forces, political influence, economic power, sources of and high demand for energy—is resident in those two countries that often find themselves at odds with the United States and its allies.

Korean Cybersecurity Becomes a Joint Endeavor

June 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

A new facility for cybersecurity is allowing U.S. Forces Korea to coordinate efforts with other U.S. commands as well as Republic of Korea civilian government and military forces. The Joint Cyber Center serves as the focal point for increasing international cooperation between U.S. and Korean forces in their defensive measures against increasing cyber aggression from North Korea. It blends activities from the local J-2, J-3 and J-6 along with input from other forces worldwide.

The cyber center coordinates through its headquarters and partners with its counterparts at the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). Through PACOM, the center works with the U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM). Any direction the center receives from CYBERCOM would come through PACOM.

Col. Karlton D. Johnson, USAF, is the U.S. Forces Korea J-6 and senior communicator for U.S. forces in Korea. He says what is unique about this cyber center is its partnership with the Republic of Korea. Col. Johnson notes that, in March and June of 2012, cyber attacks hit the Korean national infrastructure and its banking sector. U.S. forces viewed the threat across the board to ensure they were defended, and it coordinated with Korean partners through the Joint Cyber Center (JCC).

The colonel emphasizes that the two countries do not share locations at the cyber center. They “share what is shareable” through their bilateral cooperation protocols. Earlier this year, Korean and U.S. forces held the first bilateral cyber tabletop exercise, in which the U.S. Forces Korea J-6 served as the synchronizing agent with Korean government and military agencies.

Col. Johnson continues that he has “an outstanding working relationship” with the commander of the Korean cyber command as well as with the Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff J-6 and the Korean Ministry of National Defense. All are focused on broad cyberdefense because Korea has been on the front lines of cyber, he notes.

Access, Not Oil, Fuels China's South China Sea Policy

June 1, 2014
By James C. Bussert

China’s encroachment in the South China Sea for more than 40 years has much more impact on freedom of navigation and international confrontations than on pursuit of resources. While it has been staking territorial rights to oil- and gas-rich island regions also claimed by multiple countries, the Middle Kingdom has been employing maritime forces ranging from fishing boats to Coast Guard and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels in ways that suggest expanded control over oceangoing traffic.

Boeing Awarded Signals Intelligence Funds

May 2, 2014

Boeing has received its first production order for the Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment (SSEE) Modifications program from the U.S. Navy, as well as a fifth order for SSEE Increment F systems, six for the U.S. Navy and four that will support the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. The modifications will advance maritime forces’ ability to detect, geolocate and exploit signals sent by potential threats on selected SSEE Increment E and F systems. The fifth order for the current system will bring SSEE's real-time capabilities to a U.S. ally for the first time.  

Logos to Support Kestrel Surveillance in Afghanistan

May 2, 2014

Logos Technologies Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $23,648,907 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for field service representatives, operators and analysts required to support Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems Kestrel systems deployed outside of the continental United States for the U.S. Army. Work will be performed in Fairfax; Afghanistan; and Raleigh, North Carolina, and is expected to be completed in December. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-14-C-0196).

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