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U.S. Marines Assess Robotic Systems in Jungle Environment

July 16, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab wraps up experiments testing multiple systems, including robots, radios and ship-to-shore transporters in Hawaii.

U.S. Army Seeks Lightweight Common Robotic System

July 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Responses to request for information are due August 15.

EastCor Engineering to Develop Novel Sensor Systems

July 3, 2014

EastCor Engineering LLC, Easton, Maryland, was awarded a $29,405,380 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Magnum Project advanced research and development and operational field testing and assessments using novel sensor systems for enhanced target detection and location. The Army Contracting Command, Adelphi Division, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QX-14-D-0002).

Defense Spectrum Community Aims for National Strategy

July 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Defense Department officials intend to complete a departmentwide spectrum strategy road map this month, which will make more frequencies available to warfighters, provide greater flexibility—especially for international operations—and ultimately allow warfighters to conduct their missions more effectively. At the same time, however, some are suggesting a nationwide strategy to allow for more innovative and effective spectrum management and sharing across government and industry.

The Defense Department released its spectrum strategy in February to address the ever-increasing demand for wireless spectrum to achieve national security goals. That strategy largely was written by personnel within the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO) in coordination with the office of the chief information officer for the Defense Department. Now, the two offices are working on a road map for implementing the strategy.

Concurrently, some are recommending development of a comprehensive, nationwide strategy for spectrum management affecting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and all other agencies as well as the commercial sector. “What we have is a spectrum structure within the United States that was first created by the Telecommunications Act of 1934. We have created a pretty rigid system. What we’re pushing for through our spectrum strategy are changes and innovative ways to operate spectrum,” says Stuart Timerman, DSO director. “We would like to see that adopted nationally to have a national spectrum strategy where the FCC, NTIA and all of the federal agencies and commercial industry would plan for the future.”

Network Complexities Challenge Army, Force Structure Changes

July 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The complexities of the U.S. Army’s networks and spectrum allocation processes interfere with the need to reassign units to different tasks, creating major delays and presenting serious challenges.

Two Firms Receive Scanned Array Sensor Contracts

June 6, 2014

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $7,051,595 contract (FA8650-14-C-5502) for the Affordable Radio Frequency Multifunction Sensors (ARMS) program. Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded a $3,750,297 contract (FA8650-14-C-5503). The ARMS program will focus on developing new manufacturing processes to enable an increase in reliability and a decrease in cycle time and costs for Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) sensors. The emphasis will be on addressing key manufacturing issues while decreasing the program risk and increasing the manufacturing readiness level to 6. Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing Technology Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. 

Sechan Electronics Awarded Sensor Netting System Contract

May 30, 2014

Sechan Electronics Inc., Lititz, Pennsylvania, is being awarded an $8,734,680 firm-fixed-price delivery order under previously awarded contract (N00024-12-D-5203) for production of Signal Data Processor – Sierra (SDP-S) assemblies in support of the Cooperative Engagement Capabilities (CEC) program. The SDP-S assemblies provide an open architecture assembly to the CEC systems using commercial-off-the-shelf components. The SDP-S provides the core of the CEC system providing processing capability. The SDP-S assemblies are used on CEC shipboard, airborne and land mobile platforms to provide a composite network picture. CEC is a sensor netting system that significantly improves battle force Anti-Air Warfare capability by extracting and distributing sensor-derived information such that the superset of this data is available to all participating CEC units. CEC improves battle force effectiveness by improving overall situational awareness and by enabling longer range, cooperative, multiple, or layered engagement strategies. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy Modifies Sensor Netting System Contract

May 30, 2014

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Largo, Florida, is being awarded an $11,014,015 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-5231) to exercise an option for five AN/USG-3B Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Airborne Systems. CEC is a sensor netting system that significantly improves battle force anti-air warfare capability by extracting and distributing sensor-derived information such that the superset of this data is available to all participating CEC units. CEC improves battle force effectiveness by improving overall situational awareness and by enabling longer range, cooperative, multiple, or layered engagement strategies. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

NATO Testing Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities

May 16, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Representatives from the U.S. Army and Air Force, along with 17 NATO nations and three partner nations, will participate in a joint reconnaissance trial in Norway this month to test and evaluate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance concepts and technologies.

U.S. Navy Evaluates Color-Coded Explosive Detection Kits

May 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Navy has evaluated color-coded chemical detection technology known as colorimetric explosive detection kits, the service recently announced.

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