The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization awarded Stratos Government Services Incorporated, Washington D.C., a not-to-exceed $315 million contract for Military Sealift Command's (MSC) next-generation wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service. The contract will replace the current MSC Afloat Bandwidth Efficient Satellite Transport (BEST) commercial satellite communications infrastructure.
Raytheon Technical Services, Norfolk, Virginia, was recently awarded more than $51 million for support of the AN/USC-38 extremely high frequency satellite communications program. The Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.
At a time when almost all of government is being squeezed by efforts to lower spending, a new report from a congressional watchdog agency strongly suggests that the Defense Department needs to do a better job of managing its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems. "Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance: Actions Are Needed to Increase Integration and Efficiencies of DOD's ISR Enterprise," (GAO 11-465) warns that the department must improve its control over disparate ISR efforts if it is to provide effective ISR support to the force.
Integral Systems Incorporated, Colorado Spings, Colorado, was recently awarded by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center a more than $13 million contract modification to its Command and Control System-Consolidated contract. Under the terms of the contract modification, Integral Systems will continue to provide its EPOCH Integrated Product Suite to simplify operations by consolidating satellite ground systems.
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Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, was awarded a $49 million contract modification to provide contractor sustainment engineering support for the advanced extremely high frequency satellite program. U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.
TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated, Annapolis, Maryland, was recently awarded a contract for Military Sealift Command's next generation wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service. The contract has a $315 million ceiling price and will replace the command's current Afloat Bandwidth Efficient Satellite Transport commercial satellite communications infrastructure. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Company recently received the first production order for next-generation Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) satellite communication terminals. The initial production award is for 22 systems, consisting of 15 ship, five submarine and two shore terminals, along with other services and products; it is valued at more than $37 million. The program could potentially be valued at $1 billion over five years.
General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies received an $80 million contract from Harris Corporation to design, manufacture and install six new 16-meter antennas and upgrade four 9-meter satellite communications antennas. Supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R series (GOES-R) program, the antennas will enable critical command, control, telemetry and sensor data communications between satellites and ground stations.
Anew type of digital receiver driven by a superconducting microprocessor could greatly increase the sensitivity of U.S. military satellite communications terminals. By directly converting signals from the antenna into data, the device eliminates the need for analog conversion systems, saving equipment space and reducing airlift and maintenance costs.
Troops on the move soon will find connecting to other service members much easier and less cumbersome. A satellite terminal in development will put connectivity at the fingertips and on the backs of warfighters. This ruggedized manpack combines a satellite terminal and High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor Type 1 security tool into one device. The terminal will give the military an Internet protocol advantage by providing secure, high-speed Internet access.
A tiny nation on the brink of bankruptcy and a tenacious technological futurist could parent a telecommunications leap as significant as the Internet itself. The Republic of Nauru, a South Pacific island one-quarter the size of Manhattan, is set to be the host country licensor of the Super Wide Area Network, defined by its creator as Wi-Fi or WiMAX on steroids. Once built and launched, the satellite system not only would offer unheard-of ubiquitous communications capabilities but also would bridge the digital divide with a business model that provides citizens of even the poorest countries with access to the latest technologies.
Military forces around the world can expect better information sharing beginning next year. The launch of the next generation of satellite communications will bring an order of magnitude jump in communications ability over current capabilities, and the new technology will interact with legacy systems to provide improved services for all users.