International

February 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

All the challenges vexing a modern military—budgetary limitations; information technologies; cyber; and joint and coalition interoperability—are defining operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Covering more than half the Earth’s surface and comprising dozens of nations, the vast area is rife with geopolitical rivalries that complicate efforts at regional security. And, the one domain that knows no geographic bounds—cyberspace—weighs heavily on the success of potential warfighting operations in that region.

February 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
U.S. sailors on the bridge of the USS Ramage monitor a Spanish frigate as it departs Souda Bay during their scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff has updated its maritime joint command and control guidance, reflecting changing practices across the fleet. Although the rewrite is part of regularly scheduled reviews, the timing is apt for world conditions. U.S. attention is moving east to a far more watery environment than the one the country has focused on for the last dozen or more years, and contentions among nations for waterway control continue to mount in areas such as the East China Sea.

February 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Navy officer communicates with the USS George Washington to coordinate airlift operations during Operation Damayan, the relief effort following the devastating Philippine typhoon in November 2013. Prepositioned equipment and early entry communications gear proved invaluable to rapid disaster relief in the stricken area.

The success of Operation Damayan, the massive Philippines typhoon relief effort by the U.S. Pacific Command, owes as much to preparation as to execution, according to a U.S. official involved in the operation. Military communications equipment designed for easy entry and quick activation provided essential networking capabilities. Longtime multinational and bilateral exercises laid the groundwork for interoperability, both technological and organizational, between U.S. and Philippine armed forces. 

February 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
An H-60S helicopter conducts deck landing qualifications on USS Milius destroyer off the coast of Guam. Milius was the first ship to begin installing CANES and will serve as the operational testing platform for the next-generation afloat network.

U.S. Navy officials expect to award a full-deployment contract for a new shipboard network this spring, and they plan to install the system on nine ships this year. The network provides commonality across the fleet, replacing multiple aging networks, improving interoperability and driving down costs. The Common Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program represents a new business model for delivering capability to the fleet, Navy officials say. The program consolidates five legacy networks into one, which enhances operational effectiveness and provides better quality of life for deployed sailors.

January 13, 2013

Airtec Inc., California, Md., is being awarded a $9,477,860 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68335-13-D-0010) for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in support of the U.S. Southern Command. The contractor will provide ISR services utilizing two contractor-owned, contractor-operated aircraft, with government furnished property previously installed on the aircraft.

January 8, 2014

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $10,510,029 firm-fixed-price contract for nine multi-spectral targeting systems for Royal Danish Navy MH-60R/S helicopters. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-12-G-JQ66-0037).

January 6, 2014

BAE Systems Information and Electronics Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, N.Y., is being awarded a $12,835,546 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2020) for supplies and services required for the delivery, installation, and testing of six French E-2C compatible AN/APX-122A Mode 5/S Interrogator units for the government of France

January 6, 2014

BAE Systems Information and Electronics Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, N.Y., is being awarded a $12,835,546 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2020) for supplies and services required for the delivery, installation, and testing of six French E-2C compatible AN/APX-122A Mode 5/S Interrogator units for the government of France

January 6, 2014

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $46,652,280 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0110 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for integrated logistics support and sustaining engineering for F/A-18A-D, F/A-18E/F, and EA-18G aircraft for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia, Canada, Spain, Finland, Switzerland, Kuwait, and Malaysia.

January 6, 2014

Exelis Inc., Clifton, N.J., has been awarded a $9,796,591 firm-fixed-price modification (P00004) on an existing contract (FA8540-11-C-0012) for manufacture and delivery of AN/ALQ-211 (V)-9 AIDEWS pod classified and unclassified spares. This award is the result of a source-directed acquisition and is 100 percent foreign military sales for Pakistan. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.

January 6, 2014

BAE Systems Information and Electronics Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, N.Y., has been awarded a $21,742,595 modification (P00004) on contract (FA8615-13-C-6014) for the F-16 Mode 5 Advanced Identify Frien

December 30, 2013

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration (IESI) Inc., Greenlawn, N.Y., is being awarded a $16,472,873 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Common Identification Friend or Foe har

December 27, 2013

Sensor and Antenna Systems, Lansdale, Pa., is being awarded a $21,804,323 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0047) to exercise an option for the procurement of eight low-band transmitters (LBT), 11 vertically polarized (VPOL) antennas, and 17 high-band, horizontally polarized (HPOL) antennas for the AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system (TJS) for the U.S. Navy.

December 27, 2013

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $8,035,430 firm-fixed-price contract for support of naval aircraft advanced targeting system. This contract is a sole-source acquisition. Location of performance is Texas and Switzerland with a December 2014 performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPRPA1-09-G-001X-0112).

December 27, 2013

Lockheed Martin Corp., Manassas, Va., is being awarded an $11,912,771 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the Integrated Common Processor Program. The organization will provide software and hardware development, production, installation, training, maintenance and provisioned items under the Maritime Surveillance Systems Program Office, PMS-485, Program Executive Office Submarines, Naval Sea Systems Command.

December 27, 2013

Exelis, Van Nuys, Calif., has received a contract valued at more than $8 million to provide transportable, precision ground control approach capabilities to the Estonian armed forces, the company recently announced.

December 23, 2013

Lockheed Martin Corp., Manassas, Va., is being awarded an $11,912,771 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the Integrated Common Processor Program. The organization will provide software and hardware development, production, installation, training, maintenance and provisioned items under the Maritime Surveillance Systems Program Office, PMS-485, Program Executive Office Submarines, Naval Sea Systems Command.

December 20, 2013

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, Kongsberg, Norway, was awarded a $37,872,000 modification (P00048) to contract W15QKN-12-C-0103 for maintenance of the M153 common remotely operated weapon station. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity.

December 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded an $8,808,979 (not-to-exceed) firm-fixed-price modification (P00004) on an existing contract (FA8540-12-C-0012) for sniper advanced targeting pods (ATP) for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The contractor will provide compact multiband data link software and firmware configuration support on the RSAF's F-15SA aircraft and provide resources required for the management, fabrication, repair, support, testing and shipping of its non-developmental item sniper ATP system.

December 20, 2013

Raytheon Network Centric Systems, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., has been awarded a $12,878,000, firm-fixed-price contract (FA8540-14-C-0002) for identification friend or foe (IFF) AN/APX-114 Interrogators. The contractor will provide 94 IFFs for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The company also was awarded an $11,662,862 firm-fixed-price contract (FA8540-14-003) for identification friend or foe AN/APX-119 transponders. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.  

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