Electronic Warfare Tool Enters Engineering and Manufacturing Development Phase

July 9, 2013

The U.S. Army is creating a software tool that will enable soldiers to coordinate and synchronize electronic warfare operations across the electromagnetic battlefield. The Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT) will feature 22 distinct functions, including deconflicting offensive, defensive and friendly signals as well as integrating intelligence and terrain data. As part of the Army’s long-term plan for the Integrated Electronic Warfare System (IEWS), electronic warfare officers could use the software for pre-mission planning and to identify threats.

EWPMT development is taking place in six phases, and during the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, the first set of software tools will be tested in select units. The tool is scheduled to be fully operational across the Army by the end of fiscal year 2019.

Col. Joseph P. DuPont, USA, project manager, Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, shared additional information about the EWPMT and the IEWS in a presentation to the AFCEA Aberdeen Chapter in November 2012 and in an article in SIGNAL Magazine in April.

Cool App-titude: HISTORY

July 16, 2013
By Rachel Lilly
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Great news for history buffs—the HISTORY channel now has an app for iPad, iPhone and Android with access to full episodes and clips from popular shows, including Vikings, American Pickers, The Men Who Built America and The Bible.

In addition, the app lets you create a customized Watchlist of your favorite shows and view exclusive clips not shown on television. It also features a topics section with clips on categories of history.

A cable subscription is not required to use the app, however, Comcast and DIRECTV subscribers can log in for access to even more content. Streaming is only available in the United States.

Download the HISTORY app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

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Defense Department Issues First Acquisition Report

July 15, 2013

Lawmakers now are reviewing the U.S. Defense Department’s first annual data-driven review of purchasing. Officially titled “Performance of the Defense Acquisition System, 2013 Annual Report,” the document is the first publication of an annual effort to sift through the mountain of data available on the department’s purchases and to determine which work and which don’t. The point of the report, says Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, “is to help us all figure out ways to do a better job with [acquisition]” and ultimately to ensure more and better products.

Despite significant improvement in some areas, Kendall maintains that there is “considerable room for improvement.” The report serves to reinforce the need for the Pentagon’s Better Buying Power Initiative, which was announced nearly three years ago, he adds.

Trace Systems Provides IT Support Services in Afghanistan

July 12, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Trace Systems, McLean, Va., was awarded a $6,953,728 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, option-filled contract to procure information technology support services in Afghanistan. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $21,225,120. The U.S. Central Command, Joint Theater Support Contracting Command, Bagram, Afghanistan, is the contracting activity.