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Raytheon Receives Sensor Netting System Production Funds

October 4, 2012
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Network Centric Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla., is being awarded a $20,334,000 not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price letter contract for Cooperative Engagement Capabilities (CEC) production during fiscal years 2012-2013. 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. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, is the contracting activity.

Managing Change in the
 Intelligence Community

October 1, 2012
By Max Cacas

A new computing architecture emphasizes shared resources.

The nation’s intelligence community has embarked on a path toward a common computer desktop and a cloud computing environment designed to facilitate both timely sharing of information and cost savings. The implementation could result in budget savings of 20 to 25 percent over existing information technology spending within six years, but the ramifications could include large cultural changes that result both in lost jobs and business for industry partners.

Al Tarasiuk, chief intelligence officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), explains that the changes will be difficult. Agency employees, and the vendors who help operate and manage information technology for the 17 agencies composing the nation’s intelligence apparatus, will feel the effects of the cost cuts.

“Right now, technology is not our biggest risk. The culture change is our biggest risk, and that extends to our industry partners. We have a lot of industry employed in the community through service contracts and other things. They could help, or they could choose not to help,” Tarasiuk emphasizes, candidly describing the pivotal role of these firms in a transition that could spell the loss of both business and jobs. “They know, and I’ve been very open with them, that we’re not going to need the pool of resources of people that we have today to manage what we have in the future.”

SAIC to Support Sensors in Afghanistan

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
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. 

STARA to Provide Surveillance Technologies in Afghanistan

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
STARA Technologies Inc., Gilbert, Ariz., is being awarded an $11,267,011 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovative Research contract under topic A07-046 “Precision Guided Aerial Delivery of Intelligent Ground Based Munitions and Sensors”. This effort is for persistent ground surveillance towers, common ground control stations, surveillance tower integration kit systems, integration support and field service representatives for the Persistent Ground Surveillance System forward operating bases throughout Afghanistan for the Army. Work will be performed in Gilbert, Ariz., and Afghanistan and is expected to be completed in September 2013. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity. 
 

Lockheed to Support Optic Sensors in Afghanistan

September 26, 2012
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems L.L.C., Sarasota, Fla., was awarded an $11,036,550 firm-fixed-price contract for vehicle optics sensor systems and support services. Work will be performed in Sarasota; Afghanistan; and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Supports Sensor Netting System

September 21, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Raytheon Company, Largo, Fla., is being awarded a $7,008,900 contract modification for engineering support services in support of the Cooperative Engagement Capabilities (CEC) program. The CEC program 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, DC, is the contracting activity. 

SAIC to Deploy Sensor Suite to Afghanistan

September 17, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Science Applications International Corporation, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Intelligence System Services, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $74,400,000 undefinitized contractual action contract modification for fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance of Angel Fire Spiral 2+ Blue Devil Block I. The location of performance is Afghanistan. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

ChemImage to Develop System for Screening Vehicles for Explosives

August 13, 2012
By George Seffers

ChemImage Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently announced that the U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command awarded the company an $811,000 contract for integrating its real-time sensor technology used for standoff detection of explosives into a multi-sensor vehicle screening system. The comprehensive screening system is currently being designed to screen vehicles for explosives. ChemImage Corporation, in conjunction with other detection sensor developers, is working to design a system that will allow military personnel to detect vehicle-borne threats from a safe distance.

Oklahoma State to Provide Sensor Technology for Warfighters

July 25, 2012
By George Seffers

Oklahoma State University/University Multispectral Laboratory, Ponca City, Oklahoma, is being awarded a $13,639,889 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed fee, performance-based contract to provide services that bring together research, practical application, and the integration of hardware and software to execute testing and evaluation of sensors and related technologies to fulfill warfighter requirements. This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to an estimated $49 million. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

Cool App-titude: Sensor Kinetics for Android

July 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Have you ever wanted to delve a little deeper into your smartphone? With the new Sensor Kinetics app, Android owners can test and monitor all the standard sensors available in their devices.

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