Acquisitions experts from the government and private sectors agree that the procurement system is broken, but do not necessarily agree about how to fix it. Meeting at AFCEA International's SOLUTIONS Series conference today, a consensus was achieved on contributing factors to the problem. Long acquisition cycles strip the effectiveness of many of the IT systems that are being purchased by the time they hit the field. Time and cost estimates are not realistic from the beginning of the purchasing process. Leadership to bring about true change is lacking. These were just some of the topics brought up during today's discussion, a discussion that will continue tomorrow on the second day of "IT Acquisition: Shifting to a Modern Paradigm," taking place at the National Conference Center, Lansdowne, Virginia, as well as broadcast via the Web.
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From politics to national security to data transparency to important new public service applications, the Gov 2.0 Summit, co-produced by O'Reilly and TechWeb, covered a wide range of issues facing government as it tries to balance security, transparency and the new media environment. The theme in the afternoon was the wide range of applications that can be built using geospatial technology.
Telecommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received an additional $8.2 million of funding from the U.S. Army to provide additional Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) and Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) Access Point (SNAP) Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Satellite Systems.
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a contract modification to L-3 Communications Integrated Systems for further developmental engineering on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The option is valued at approximately $8.7 million, bringing the total value of the contract to approximately $37.7 million.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $151 million contract by the U.S. Navy's NATO SeaSparrow program office to produce 186 Evolved SeaSparrow missiles, with an option for $210.3 million to produce an additional 255 missiles.
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors is being awarded a $13.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract for management and engineering services to maintain and modify as necessary the design of DDG 51-class combat system compartments and topside arrangements in support of the program executive officer Integrated Warfare Systems.