The SIGNAL Blog
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a follow-on contract from the consolidated city of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana, for information technology services that will offer improvements in customer service, technology efficiencies, risk avoidance and cost effectiveness. The four-year contract extension is valued at $33.9 million.
Argon ST Incorporated is being awarded a $50 million contract for research, development and analysis to produce a command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) system architecture in support of electro-optical, radio frequency, acoustic sensors and special sensor systems for U.S. Navy aircraft and unmanned air vehicles.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract and initial delivery order by the U.S. Marine Corps to be the program support integrator for the Marine Corps Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) program.
CACI International has been awarded a prime contract with a ceiling value of $47 million if all options are exercised to support the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (COE-DMHA). For this contract, CACI will support the COE-DMHA in a wide array of efforts, including research and concept development; education projects; training; international disaster preparedness, mitigation, management and response; humanitarian assistance; and management of the consequences of terrorism.
Whether it's needs versus wants, open conversations versus regulations to protect intellectual property or oversight versus open development, agencies and the commercial sector must find the happy medium for acquisition processes to be truly reformed.
When Price Floyd, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, came on board at the Defense Department a couple of months ago, he got the directive from Sec. Gates to use social media to engage-not just push out messages. But within days of starting, Floyd found that most of those social media channels had been shut down.
The ultimate goal of government 2.0 should be a user-friendly government, whether that user is the citizen availing him or herself of services or the user is the government agency using these tools to collaborate and share information, said panelists at a discussion after lunch on Thursday at the Gov 2.0 Summit. For the defense and intelligence sectors, those internal capabilities are most attractive, but even behind the secure networks, challenges of culture still exist.