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U.S. Air Force Modifies NORAD Support Contract

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services, Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $20,794,692 modification (P00288) to contract (F19628-00-C-0019) to support critical mission operations for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Cheyenne Mountain Complex/Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment (NCMC/ITW/AA) in support of air, missile and space defense for the national command authority.  The total cumulative face value of the contract (including this modification) is $1,800,000,000. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity. 

Iris Technology to Provide Solar Power Adaptors

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Iris Technology Corp., Irvine, Calif., is being awarded a $6,622,350 firm-fixed price delivery order under previously awarded contract (M67854-12-D-5049) for the procurement of 1,325 solar power adaptors (SPA II) in support of the Product Manager Expeditionary Power Systems, Program Manager Combat Service Support. The SPA II is planned for use by the various Marine Corps communities in rugged and austere environments to power radios, computers, and charge multiple types of batteries. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Navy Modifies Portal Contract

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $10,989,287 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-6278) to exercise an option for Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III engineering and technical support services in support of SBIR Topic No.N03-049, “Automation and Work Flow Advances Using Technology Infusions for Manning Reduction.” The concept for this SBIR is for a Navy-wide implementation of portal technology for internal and external information sharing requirements. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Navy Purchases Harris Radios

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Harris Corp., RF Communications Division, Rochester, N.Y., is being awarded a $22,117,791 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Harris radios and associated components which will be utilized within the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosive Response enterprise that interfaces with first responders, National Guard teams, military tactical components, law enforcement, and other Department of Defense entities. This contract includes the first delivery order for the procurement of 30 Harris tactical radios and associated components. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-13-D-0019). 

Defense Media Activity Procures Satellite Decoders and Encryption Systems

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Bluewater Communications Group LLC, Hauppauge, N.Y., (HQ0516-12-D-0001); Globecomm Systems Inc., Hauppauge, N.Y., (HQ0516-12-D-0002); and TVC Communications LLC, Annville, Penn., (HQ0516-12-D-0003) have been awarded a maximum $45 million firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification exercising the first option year to provide Cisco satellite decoders and HD encryption systems for the Defense Media Activity. The Defense Media Activity, Fort George G. Meade, Md., is the contracting activity. 

BAE Awarded DARPA Contract

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers
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BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Burlington, Mass., is being awarded a $29,023,781 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-13-C-0075). This award supports the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Insight Program, which is developing an adaptable, integrated human-machine exploitation and resource management system. The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va. 

Lockheed Martin to Deliver Spectral Beam Technology

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Aculight, Bothell, Wash., is being awarded an $11,796,483 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N68936-12-C-0212) to exercise an option under this Phase III Small Business Innovation Research contract to fabricate, test, and deliver a spectral beam combined fiber laser subsystem. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

Booz Allen Hamilton Supports C4 and Electronic Warfare for Saudi Arabia

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $21,743,595 modification (P00009) under previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00189-12-C-Z064) to provide support services in the areas of training and education; engineering; program and financial management; plans and programs; communications, command, control, computers and intelligence and electronic warfare; naval operation; manpower and personnel management; technical support; logistic and supply; English language training; special studies and management support services for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces associated with the Saudi Naval Support Program requirements in the United States and Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia, and McLean, Va. The Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk, Philadelphia Office, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. 

Industry Must Share Cyber Intelligence Among Itself

July 31, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman
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While government and industry wrestle with issues of sharing cyber intelligence, different private sectors face an equally difficult—and important—task of information sharing among themselves. Many face similar threats, and their survival against cybermarauders may depend on how well they share threat knowledge.

Information sharing is a major discussion point in the two-day AFCEA Global Intelligence Forum in the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. In a panel discussion, Robert Mayer, vice president of industry and state affairs at the U.S. Telecom Association, called for more cross-sector activity and engagement so that the industry sectors share more information.

“We in industry have a responsibility to bridge across the silos and create cross-connections,” he stated.

That will not be an easy task. Industry traditionally has been reluctant to share information with government; sharing with other sectors will raise similar concerns. Larry Zelvin, director of the National Cyber and Communications Integration Center at the Department of Homeland Security, cited a lack of clarity, with industry on information sharing. Many companies are fearful, he noted, and longtime cultural issues must be overcome.

Needed Cyber Skill Sets Grow in Number, Complexity

July 30, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Effective cyber experts require an increasing skill set that is putting them out of reach of the government. As threats have become more diverse, so have the abilities needed to defend against them, and the government may need to turn to innovative methods of building its cyberforce.

Rear Adm. Edward Deets, USN (Ret.), director, software solutions division, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon, told the audience at the AFCEA Global Intelligence Forum in the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that the nation has “a geopolitical knowledge gap—not just analysts, but also people doing things in the traditional tradecraft that we do today.” Foreign espionage is increasing as national relationships change and developing countries become players in the global marketplace.

Steven Chabinsky, chief risk officer and senior vice president for legal affairs at CrowdStrike, warned against expecting the incoming generation of professionals to be immediately adept at new technologies without the need for training. “Today’s generation is not that much more skilled than we are,” he stated. “They are familiar with using the technology, but don’t take false comfort in thinking that we won’t have to train them.”

Chabinsky also called for a new approach to training and education. “We have overemphasized college education to the point where people need their master’s degrees,” he charged. “Instead, we need more apprenticeships, and government can take the lead on this.”

Adm. Deets pointed out the need for government support for professional development. “[The Defense Department] must invest in intelligence training and education tracks for people to be integrated into the cyber domain. It’s incredibly expensive,” he said.
 

 

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