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TRADOC Leader Describes Lessons Learned, Future of Warfare

May 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor
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The keynote speaker at the East: Joint Warfighting 2013 Wednesday lunch, Gen. Robert W. Cone, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, highlighted the progression from network-centric warfare to the Army’s digital divisions and rapid decisive operations in Iraq. In addition, the general discussed lessons learned, pointing to the conclusion that the nature of war remains a clash of wills and is inherently human.

The military also learned that it is impossible to predict the level to which humans can adapt. Gen. Cone said that coalition fighting in Southwest Asia showed a lack of understanding of this human equation of war. “Unless we pick this up as a key lesson, we’re going to come apart. We need to prepare the land forces so they have a good understanding of the human domain. The lesson was that we weren’t prepared for the human dimension [of the conflict],” the general said.

These are not criticisms of operations but rather lessons that will help the military—in particular the Army—prepare for future conflicts. For example, everything the military does must be linked to national security objectives the general said. If a tactic or idea works, the adversary will continue to use it, including kinetic and cyber. The range of military operations must extend from support to influencing human behavior, Gen. Cone said. To support these kinds of missions, the Army is aligning its force structure with the combatant commands’ needs.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $555 Million to Modernize Global Hawk

May 15, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a maximum ceiling $555,600,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Global Hawk modernization. The tasks on each delivery or task order will fall into, but are not limited to, the following categories:  management, including program, business and technical areas; engineering efforts, including configuration management, data management, reliability, availability& maintainability, and related areas of concern such as technical refresh, diminishing manufacturing sources, etc.; studies and analyses; design, development, integration, test and evaluation; retrofit requirements; and integrated logistics support. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

Rockwell Collins to Provide Electronic Radios for Aircraft

May 15, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $9,175,668 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-priced contract to exercise an option for the procurement of AN/ARC-210(V) electronic radios and ancillary equipment for a variety of aircraft. Equipment being procured includes 40 C-12561A/ARC control radio sets; 80 MT-6567/ARC mounting bases; 40 MT-7006 ARC amplifier mounts; 40 AM-7526/ARC high power amplifiers; 40 MX-11745/ARC low noise amplifier (LNA) diplexers with high power radio frequency switches; 4 C-12561A reprogramming kits with universal serial bus (USB) port connectors; and 80 RT-1990(C)/ARC receiver-transmitter. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. 

Three Firms to Support Shore Networks

May 15, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va., is being awarded a potential estimated $79,344,625 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract to support shore networks with sustainment services for the Base Level Information Infrastructure to include project management; engineering, technical and integrated logistics support; configuration management; certification and accreditation and enterprise applications. Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a potential estimated $73,228,573, and Engility Corp., Mt. Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a potential estimated $67,773,004. Fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance, Navy and Fiscal 2013 Other Procurement, Navy funds will be obligated against individual task orders as they are issued, and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

Boeing Surveillance Aircraft Contract Modified

May 15, 2013
George I. Seffers
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The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $27,500,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for additional integrated logistics services in support of the low-rate initial production of the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft. The Naval Air System Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.   

Coalition in the Face of Change

May 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor
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Members of a Wednesday morning panel at East: Joint Warfighting discussing the state of coalitions described the way participants, participation and contributions have changed since the term itself hit the modern scene in the early 1990s.

Vice Adm. William Douglas Crowder, USN (Ret.), former deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy, and president, Crowder Strategies and Solutions LLC, began the conversation by posing several pertinent questions, including whether the term “coalition” has lost its punch in recent years. For example, former Vice President Dick Cheney almost exclusively referred to “coalition operations” in Afghanistan, whereas today’s politicians are more likely to use the term “U.S. forces.”

This point led to Adm. Crowder’s second question to the panel, which asked the panelists to address whether the term coalition remains a military term or whether it is now simply a political term. The admiral’s final question may have been aimed at technology—whether or not coalitions force all to operate at the lowest common denominator—but resulted in panelists pointing out that technology is only one element that allies bring to operations. The others, such as knowledge of languages and cultures, are just as important and have proved to be crucial in many multinational missions.

FLIR to Provide Talon System

May 15, 2013
George I. Seffers
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FLIR Systems Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $82,434,800 for the procurement of the Talon Forward Looking Infrared System. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

Raytheon Names New Leaders


Raytheon, Waltham, Massachusetts, has announced several leadership changes, naming Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy executive vice president and chief operating officer. Daniel J. Crowley was named president, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Lynn A. Dugle was named president of the Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) business. John D. Harris II has been named vice president and general manager of the IIS business.

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