The U.S. Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center has awarded General Dynamics Information Technology a contract for hull, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems alterations installation team support. General Dynamics is one of six firms awarded the five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a potential value of $475 million.
The SIGNAL Blog
The U.S. Navy's Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division has awarded General Electric (GE) Inspection Technologies LP a $22,679,613 contract to procure up to 1,600 common video borescope sets (CVBS), including associated technical and logistics data and training. The CVBS is used to inspect interior engine components and air frames for cracks, foreign object damage and corrosion.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation the first phase of a $28.9 million Nitride Electronic NeXt Generation Technology (NEXT) contract. The work will develop next-generation gallium nitride technology to support defense communications, aircraft and space systems. The first phase of the contract is worth $12.4 million.
Savi has been awarded a contract valued at $6.6 million to provide radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking technologies and services under the U.S. Defense Department's RFID III procurement contract. The RFID tags, which are attached to cargo containers and other supply chain assets, enable near-real-time supply visibility and interoperability with allied forces and government organizations.
"One of the DNI's goals is to work to restore trust for the intelligence community and to be as transparent as we can about what we do. That way, we can earn back the trust of the American people."
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.
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