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New IED Detection Technology Transferred to U.S. Army

June 26, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Army now has a modified radar system that can detect roadside bombs, day or night and in any weather, from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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.

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.

Lone Wolf Terrorists Prowl the Balkans

June 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

In the coming months, extremists fighting in the Syrian civil war likely will begin returning to Europe, funneling through the Balkans where they can find cheap weapons, like-minded allies and temporary accomplices in the form of organized criminal groups. Conditions are ripe, according to experts, for those individuals to spread across Europe, launching terrorist attacks on major cities.

Boston Marathon Bombing Lessons Learned

April 30, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Intelligence agencies could have investigated more thoroughly and shared information more effectively, but even if they had performed perfectly, they may not have been able to prevent last year's Boston Marathon bombing, according to a report delivered before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Consolidation Is 
the Course for Army 
Electronic Warfare

April 1, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

Melding the disciplines of spectrum combat will enable greater flexibility and more capabilities.

The growth in battlefield electronics has spurred a corresponding growth in electronic warfare. In the same manner that innovative technologies have spawned new capabilities, electronic warfare is becoming more complex as planners look to incorporate new systems into the battlespace.

No longer can electronic warfare (EW) function exclusively in its own domain. The growth of cyber operations has led to an overlap into traditional EW areas. EW activities for countering remote-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Southwest Asia led to an increased emphasis on EW defense and offense. It also exposed the problem of signal fratricide when those EW operations interfered with allied communication.

The U.S. Army sped many systems into theater, and now it is working to coordinate those technologies into a more organized capability. The effort focuses on an integrated EW approach that will reconcile many of the existing conflicts and clear the way for more widespread use of EW in future conflicts.

“The Army definitely has wrapped its arms around the importance of EW,” declares Col. Joe DuPont, USA, project manager for electronic warfare at the Program Executive Office (PEO) Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEWS), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

The majority of the Army’s EW assets currently come from quick reaction capabilities (QRCs) that have been fielded over the past decade; these capabilities are attack, support and protection. The requirements largely came from theater, and the next systems due for fielding reflect those requests.

Northrop Grumman Awarded JCREW Option

January 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems, Network Communication Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $14,098,840 modification to exercise an option under previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for all material and services to support system development and demonstration phase through preliminary design review for the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.3 System of Systems. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

Next Tier to Build JIEDDO Enterprise Portal

October 19, 2012
George I. Seffers

Next Tier Concepts Inc., Vienna, Va., is being awarded an $8,980,601 firm-fixed-price contract for enterprise portal technical and strategic support services. The contract will provide strategic and technical support to mature the JIEDDO knowledge management governance model and architect; and build, operate and maintain the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) enterprise portal. The contracting activity is the JIEDDO Contract Operations, Arlington Va.

U.S. Marines Up CREW Contract to $500 Million

June 28, 2012
By George Seffers

Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, is being issued a modification to a previously awarded five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to change the maximum contract value to $500 million. This contract is for the product support integrator for the U.S. Marine Corps Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Program. The work provides program management and maintenance technicians to support the CREW systems used in and outside the continental United States. The contracting activity orders product support integrator services through the award of individual delivery orders based on the terms and conditions in the basic contract.  Work will be performed in Charleston, South Carolina, Twentynine Palms, California, and Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed August 20, 2014. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Procures Mobile Homemade Bomb Detector

April 5, 2012
By George Seffers

Chemlmage Bio Threat LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was awarded a $9,890,534 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to procure the LightGuard on-the-move device for the detection of homemade explosives and precursor materials. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

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