Budgetary pressure may force the military to change the way it procures communications and information systems. The result may be the elimination of duplicative systems and interoperability problems.
The SIGNAL Blog
The adage of "train the way you fight" isn't working for Marines using communications and networking systems. The result is that personnel have to learn how to use vital command, control and communications (C3) gear in the field, which hinders their effectiveness in a combat zone.
The top priority for the U.S. Pacific Fleet is not merely command and control, it is command and control of command and control (C2C2). That is the assessment delivered by Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, USN, deputy commander and chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
The U.S. Marine Corps is ramping up to conduct operations in cyberspace as part of its everyday capabilities. Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTFs) will operate in cyberspace as they do on land, sea and air.
Technological solutions can bridge differences between the U.S. forces and other nations as the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) builds relationships among its diverse partners. The Marine Corps in particular are seeking translation technologies to break down language barriers in daily activities.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract valued up to $20 million to support the service's global monitoring for nuclear treaty compliance. The company will provide engineering, research and program management services for the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
The information technology arena is experiencing large tectonic shifts that are directly affecting requirements for cybersecurity. Transitions-from physical to virtual; from the premise to the cloud; from more formal networks to social networks-will have their counterparts in new security requirements and approaches.
Government needs to "think flat' and create a cybersecurity architecture that emphasizes a peering structure rather than a vertical architecture.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $5.8 million contract modification to provide engineering services for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system. This is the eighth modification to a $128 million contract awarded in January 2009 by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. The contract calls for the company to provide systems analysis, software and hardware engineering, testing and logistics support.
The U.S. Army Information Technology Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin a $292.7 million contract to continue supporting the Pentagon's network infrastructure. Under the agreement, the company will continue to provide network operations maintenance, management and security support for all data networks within the Pentagon and National Capitol Region.