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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.

Lockheed Awarded F-35 Electronic Warfare Funds

June 6, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $90,914,168 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0004) to incorporate the updated system architecture into the original Diminishing Manufacturing Sources redesign activity for the Electronic Warfare System in support of the F-35 Lot VII effort for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marines and the governments of the F-35 International Partners: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, 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.

Northrop Grumman to Support MV-22 Technology Upgrade

May 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded $17,969,104 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0506 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0004) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic warfare controller and the MV-22 mission computer. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Georgia Tech to Support Electronic Warfare Systems Foreign Sales

May 9, 2014

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, has been awarded a $20,545,422 delivery order (0265) on the SENSIAC indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, sole-source contract (HC1047-05-D-4000) for Foreign Military Sales Electronic Warfare Sensor Systems. SENSIAC will support FMS and their customers in centralizing technical, engineering, and analytical support of all EW sensor systems, improving the hardware and software capabilities of EW sensor systems, and improving expendable countermeasures technologies. Air Force Installation Contracting Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

MQ-8 to Receive Electronic Warfare Pods

May 2, 2014

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, is being awarded a $10,833,670 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development and integration of a multi-capability pod (MCAP) onto the MQ-8C, including the purchase of two MCAPS and one MCAP Mass Model. The MCAP provides multiple electronic warfare sensors for employment in the littorals. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0011).

Egypt Procures F-16 Electronic Countermeasure Technology

March 20, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $6,882,489 firm-fixed-price modification (P00026) to contract (FA8615-10-C-6051) to develop, deliver and install 20 advanced countermeasure electronics system-system integrity (ACES SI) retrofit kits, modify 24 radar warning receivers and procure three electronic warfare memory loader verifiers for F-16C/D (16 C's and 4 D's) Block 52 aircraft. This award is the result of a source-directed/sole-source acquisition and is 100 percent foreign military sales for Egypt. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson, Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Exelis to Equip Turkish F-16s with Electronic Warfare Pods

March 17, 2014

Exelis Inc., Clifton, N.J., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $75,281,878 firm-fixed-price, time and material, undefinitized contract award for ALQ-211(V)-9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) pod acquisition. The contractor will provide 21 ALQ-211(V)-9 AIDEWS pods, associated support services, support equipment, countermeasures dispensing system integration and spares in support of the Turkish Air Force F-16D Block 50 program. This award is the result of a source-directed, sole-source acquisition and is 100 percent foreign military sales for Turkey. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8540-14-C-0007).

Boeing Supports Electronic Warfare Aircraft

March 3, 2014

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $22,401,663 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, delivery order 0166 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for supplies and services to support follow-on test and evaluation of the F/-18 E/F and EA-18G aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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