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Combining Cyber into MAGTF

August 15, 2012
By Max Cacas
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Along with all the other tools at their disposal, Marine commanders now have complete cyber resources as part of the traditional Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) operational doctrine, said Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills, USMC, deputy commandant for combat development and integration and commanding general of the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, U.S. Marine Corps.

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

August 15, 2012
By Max Cacas
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Cyberspace was never designed with security in mind, and no one group, or one nation, can totally control the Internet. Based on those two realities, cybersecurity requires both teamwork and collaboration, Mary Lee, director of strategy and policy development, Cyber Task Force, National Security Agency, stated during the TechNet Land Forces East conference on Wednesday.

Can You Trust the New Router in Your Server Room?

August 15, 2012
By Max Cacas
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When the talk turns to cybersecurity, most people think about cyber attacks, trusted Internet connections and malicious bots. But do they think about the security of the supply chain that brings routers, switches, and other hardware and software components into your network to prosecute your mission?

Boston Dynamics to Build Humanoid Robots for DARPA

August 15, 2012
By George Seffers

Boston Dynamics Incorporated, Waltham, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $10,882,438 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The contractor will develop and build a set of identical humanoid robot systems for use by performers in both phases of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge Program. This effort will develop robotic platforms consisting of two legs, a torso, on board computing, two arms with hands, and a sensor head. The robots to be delivered to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will be distributed to the top software development teams based on the results of the Virtual Disaster Challenge of the Robotics Challenge program. The contractor will also provide in-the-field support and as-required maintenance to the delivered systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

General Atomics to Support Predator Data Link Upgrades

August 15, 2012
By George Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, is being awarded $26,767,748 firm-fixed-price cost plus incentive fee contract for the Predator Primary Data Link configuration upgrades on MD-1A/B ground control station retrofit kits. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

AAI to Provide Shadow Unmanned System Data Link Kits

August 15, 2012
By George Seffers

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $46,524,041 firm-fixed-price contract to procure tactical command data link retrofit kits for the Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Purchases Harris Radios

August 15, 2012
By George Seffers

Harris Corporation, Rochester, New York, was awarded an $85,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract modification to procure radios. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

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