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JCS ISR White Paper Calls for More Joint Solutions

October 27, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The future of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance is purple—or Pentagon parlance for the military services working together in a joint environment. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calls for improved development and the sharing of ISR data and technologies, not just among the U.S. military services, but also with industry and foreign militaries.

Airtec to Provide ISR Services in Columbia

September 1, 2014

Airtec Inc., California, Maryland, is being awarded a $10,780,768 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in support of the U.S. Army's Southern Command. The contractor will provide ISR services utilizing two contractor-owned, contractor-operated aircraft. Work will be performed in Bogota, Columbia, and is expected to be completed in May 2015. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-14-D-0032).

U.S. Navy Awards Common Sensor Payload Contract

December 23, 2013

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded an $8,977,748 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for common sensor payload (CSP) AN/AAS-53 high-definition retrofits. CSP AN/AAS-53 high- definition retrofits, while functioning on manned or unmanned aircraft, provide battlefield commanders with a day/night imaging sensor and laser designator for reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and target designation. The payload must operate day and night, detect and recognize operationally-meaningful targets at survivable standoff ranges, determine range-to-target, auto track and designate targets for precision-guided standoff weapons, provide target-location coordinates, and display continuous high-resolution imagery to the battlefield commander. The ability to provide such a capability to the supported commander will greatly increase battlefield effectiveness. The CSP high-definition will have adequate on-board processing to perform auto tracking, designation, and to support the transmission of near-real-time motion imagery. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity. 

Leiodos to Support U.S. Army ISR Programs

October 30, 2013
George I. Seffers

Leiodos Inc., McLean, Va., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum amount of $36,717,969 to provide maintenance and logistics services in support of intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance programs. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-14-C-C001).

SAIC to continues Angel Fire and Blue Devil Support in Afghanistan

August 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $30 million modification (P00038) to an undefinitized contractual action (FA8650-10-C-1887) for operations and maintenance (O&M) of Angel Fire Spiral 2+ Blue Devil Block I. Work will be performed in Afghanistan. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $243,484,412. The contract modification is for the Blue Devil Block 1 outside the continental United States O&M program, which will provide operational mission support of deployed warfighters with an advanced multi-intelligence, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sensor system. This additional work reflects the extension of the program up to six months. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.  

Northrop to Research Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solutions

April 10, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $40,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research, development, enhancement, integration, deployment and sustainment the secure access baseline for the EnterpRise multi-level access solutions for the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Intelligence Agency, and other intelligence community and Defense Department customers. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.

Five Firms Awarded Autonomous Systems Contracts

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

Five firms have been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide program and configuration management, technical services, systems engineering, hardware and software development, material analysis, testing, repair, and installation services in support of projects for autonomous and non-autonomous systems, as well as, maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and information operations enabling technologies. All awardees will compete for task orders during the ordering period. Awardees and potential contract amounts are: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Annapolis, Md., $64,767,382; DRS Technical Services Inc., Herndon Va., $63,032,636; Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., San Diego, Calif., Science Applications International Corp.,San Diego, $56,761,735; and General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Fairfax Va., $48,420,344. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Being Number Two Will Not Do for Information Dominance

December 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Navy is on a course designed to rule the information arena.

With information operations growing increasingly critical to combat operations, the United States cannot afford to be anything less than number one in the data wars. And the U.S. Navy is implementing several measures to ensure information dominance. Measures include dramatically reducing the number of data centers and legacy networks, further developing the Information Dominance Corps and building an unmanned vehicle capable of being launched from sea

Australia Extends Maritime Surveillance Contract with Cobham

October 31, 2012
George I. Seffers

Cobham has reached agreement with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to extend the existing Sentinel aerial maritime surveillance contract by 2 years, the company recently announced. This £105 million ($22,580,000) contract extension secures the contract until the end of 2021. Cobham Aviation Services has been protecting Australia’s borders since 1995 under a performance based service contract involving the full turnkey operation of 10 highly modified Bombardier Dash 8 maritime patrol aircraft that fly 2,500 missions and 15,000 hours each year.

Prototype Improves
 Command and Control 
of Intelligence Data

October 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Air Force soon will begin installing a new system to aid intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planning and tasking.

Possibly as early as this month, U.S. Air Force officials will begin installing a prototype system that supports the command and control of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. The system dramatically reduces manual labor and cuts the planning development process from hours to minutes, allowing warfighters to focus on the mission.

The Deliberate and Dynamic Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Management (D2ISRM) system provides more machine-to-machine communication, reducing the slow, manual work involved in planning and assigning tasks for ISR assets such as Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. The D2ISRM is expected to begin a “limited early install” into the Air Force’s Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System (AOC WS), reveals Perry Villanueva, program manager of the Air Force Command and Control (C2) Constellation program at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.

The AOC WS is the Air Force’s command and control center for planning, executing and evaluating joint air operations during conflicts. Earlier this year, the service awarded a potential $504 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Information Systems sector, McLean, Virginia, to modernize the AOC WS. The modernization effort will move the operations center to a single computing environment, eliminating the need for warfighters to search myriad systems for different types of information, enhancing the speed of command and enabling more effective mission planning and execution.


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