Every service has faced changes brought about by new technologies and new missions, but the Air Force is wrestling with nothing less than a total overhaul of its structure and activities. Its legacy mission was fairly clear-cut: maintain air superiority and provide support to ground forces where needed. But now, experts are building a new force of unmanned combat air vehicles that vie in importance with piloted craft. And, the Global War on Terrorism and the information technology revolution have struck at the very heart of the Air Force's raison d'etre.
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Rockwell Collins Incorporated is being awarded a $31 million contract for ultra-high frequency satellite communications and high frequency communications waveform software support for the network enterprise domain under the Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System. This contract includes options that could bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $45 million.
The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk has awarded CSC a task order to provide operations, maintenance and management support to the Outside the Continental United States Navy Enterprise Network in the Far East. The task order has a total contract value of $29 million.
The New South Wales Police Force has selected Unisys Australia for a three-year deal to implement and provide maintenance services for an end-to-end digital imagery management system to manage and protect digital images taken by forensic teams as well as images and video footage received from the public. The contract has an estimated value of approximately AU$6 million (US$4.75 million).
General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a $51 million contract from the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC). General Dynamics will support SPAWAR SSC Atlantic through the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Secure Voice and Defense Red Switch Network, Information Assurance and Interoperability program.
Harris Corporation has been awarded a $27 million contract to provide network and systems engineering and other key support services for the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA's) Multinational Information Sharing Program Management Office.
Delays in obtaining security clearances are actually the second biggest problem for companies of any size. The first is what those who want to work with the intelligence community affectionately call the chicken-and-egg problem. Getting a security clearance for corporate personnel is not possible without having a contract that requires secured personnel; however, companies cannot be awarded a contract that requires security clearances until they have personnel that have received security clearances.
Representatives from the DIA, NGA and NSA shared their insights about how to get a foot in the door at intelligence community agencies during the second panel presentation at the AFCEA Small Business Intelligence Forum this morning in Fairfax, Virginia. All agreed that it requires more than the standard marketing approach but emphasized that it is worth the investment in time and talent.