Although it seems UAVs have been around for a long time-and are essential in current operations-the ground truth is that a number of challenges remain to be resolved before these aircraft can be used to their full potential.
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Tony Montemarano, component acquisition executive, DISA, revealed that the agency is working on a campaign plan in which the word "convergence" is used time and time again.
"The principal point here is that it is the information we want to manage, not the technology. The technology should be transparent to the user."--Malcolm Green, chief of communication services, NC3A
"We have to understand that the changes in technology, computation and so forth have created what I call a fundamental change in our social atmosphere."--Adm. Thad W. Allen, USCG, commandant of the Coast Guard
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded CSC a seven-year contract to provide information technology support. CSC is one of seven companies awarded a blanket purchase agreement by the EPA with an estimated value of $955 million for all the firms.
Rockwell Collins has been awarded a five-year, $52.3 million contract to supply the Canadian Department of National Defense with extended data rate (XDR) international partners variant (IPV) single channel anti-jam manportable (SCAMP) terminals for use with U.S. advanced extremely high frequency (AEHF) satellites. The foreign military sale contract will be executed through the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM).
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded QinetiQ North America a contract worth up to $15.6 million to provide asset tracking services. Under the contract, the company will manage the services facilitating in-transit visibility under FEMA's Total Asset Visibility program.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a task order from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to support the office's integration to the GovTrip electronic travel service. The GovTrip integration will help the GAO increase efficiency and reduce travel costs. Work on the task order will last for four years and will take place in Fairfax, Virginia.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon Company a $19.8 million contract to continue production of ALR-69A(V) radar warning receiver systems for the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Under the contract, the company will manufacture and test 34 of the digital receivers under the low-rate initial production program. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March 2011 and end in June 2012.