The changing nature of threats and diversity of adversaries bring unique challenges to maintaining a strong national security posture. In 2015, we will see nation-states, extremist groups and individuals bring a distinctive set of intelligence challenges to U.S. defense officials. By making the best use of ISR technological capabilities, coupled with innovative commercial information technology, we can equip our military leaders with an integrated ISR enterprise to evaluate and anticipate threats so they more fully and quickly understand proper courses of action, whether on a battlefield or at home.
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 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).
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.
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).
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $14,338,925 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.
GeoEye Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, a leading source of geospatial information and insight, announced the receipt of a $111 million cost-share payment from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In early June, the company successfully passed a major milestone in their GeoEye-2 satellite's development as part of the NGA's EnhancedView program, triggering this cost-share payment. When operational in 2013, GeoEye-2 will collect at 34-centimeter resolution imagery and will provide cost-effective, shareable imagery for the U.S.
FLIR Systems Incorporated, Wilsonville, Oregon, is being awarded a $12,291,223 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of AN/AAQ-22E BRITE Star Block II Systems and engineering services. This acquisition is for production quantity of 11 AN/AAQ-22E BRITE Star Block II Systems; engineering services; three turret forward-looking infrared units; and two central electronic units that will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, detection, identification and targeting capability in day/night operations for both manned and unmanned platforms. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Cran
AeroVironment Incorporated, Monrovia, California, recently announced that it has received a firm fixed-price order for 12 hybrid small unmanned aircraft systems from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk) on behalf of the Swedish Army. The order consists of Puma AE and Wasp air vehicles, ground stations, training, and logistics support. Contract options could increase the procurement to a total of 30 systems.
NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $12,499,940 cost-plus-fixed-fee order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for a Phase III B Small Business Innovation Research project under topics N92-170 and N94-178 entitled, respectively, "Laser Radar (LADAR) Identification Demonstration" and "Air Deployable Multi-Parameter Environmental Probe." This order provides for the assessment and deployment of innovative intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), and communication systems that, when com
The littoral fight must adapt asymmetric ground tactics if U.S. forces are to defeat the enemy. In his viewpoint article, one Navy lieutenant believes it must be done; but can operational obstacles from land to sea be overcome?
SAIC, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $32,876,384 firm-fixed-price, time-and-material contract to fulfill a requirement of the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing (480 ISRW) for support of the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission. Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity.