The steps necessary to achieve the Air-Sea Battle strategy may induce long-sought major changes in U.S. military force structure. Yet, some aspects will require game-changing decisions and shifts in priorities. Two retired flag officers-Lt. Gen. David Deptula, USAF (Ret.), former deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, U.S. Air Force, and Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, USN (Ret.), former commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, outlined how Air-Sea Battle will affect the force at Joint Warfighting 2012 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Gen. Deptula said that Air-Sea Battle has the potential of becoming an integral part of U.S. national strategies. And. Adm.
FNG-PAT Joint Venture, LLC, Detroit, Michigan, was awarded a $9,912,567 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a theater communications facility and network control center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Winchester, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
URS, Germantown, Maryland, was awarded a $99,199,868 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of lighting kit motion detector systems. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.
Sensor and Antenna Systems Incorporated, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $38,956,741 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for 48 low band transmitters; 13 vertical polarized antennas; and 28 horizontal polarized antennas associated with the AN/ALQ-99 low band transmitter. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
ReconRobotics Incorporated, Minneapolis, Minnesota, was awarded a $13,975,038 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 1,100 Recon Scout XT micro unmanned ground robots in support of video reconnaissance. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems - Information and Electronic Systems Integration, Nashua, New Hampshire, was awarded a $38,010,103 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, was awarded a $31,359,202 to provide for the services in support of furthering the technology development phase of the Common Infrared Countermeasure Program. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
China and the United States are hindered in their efforts to build trust by cultural differences that exacerbate misunderstandings between the two nations. A panel of China experts at West 2012 in San Diego outlined several unintentionally contentious areas between the Pacific powers, but it did not have solutions for all of the challenges. Vice Adm. John M. Bird, USN, director of Navy Staff and former commander of the Seventh Fleet, said that China and many in Asia view the world differently than the United States does, especially when it comes to values. "We fall victim at our peril when we try to apply our mindset to them," he warned. "For example, our idea of deterrence is their idea of containment.
Support for naval operations is not unusual among U.S. Navy officials, but Undersecretary of the Navy Robert O. Work made a cogent argument that the 21st century will be the maritime century. Speaking at the Thursday morning plenary address at West 2012 in San Diego, Work explained that the need for global reach mandates a strong and versatile maritime force, and the U.S. Navy is being structured to meet future challenges. Work stated that the center of gravity of the new defense strategy is a true maritime strategy. New basing agreements extend the Navy's reach and provide support for a plethora of potential missions.
Enemies attacking in cyberspace and budget cutters slashing defense programs are the premier threats to the U.S. military, according to a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), warned a luncheon audience at West 2012 in San Diego that cyber is an existential threat to the nation. "We don't have many existential threats any more; cyber is one," he said, adding, "I understand that the enemy is as good as we are." The other significant threat to the U.S. military is possible budget sequestration cuts. Adm. Mullen described the current budget crunch as "a long time coming." He and other planners saw the potential problem looming nine years ago.
MilDef AB, Helsingborg, Sweden, will support the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) with rugged Rocky RK9 rugged computers and special electronics. The first deliveries to DALO will take place this month.
International Business Machines Corporation, Yorktown Heights, New York, is being awarded a $6,576,024 cost contract for the Broad Operational Language Technology Program. The program has a goal of creating technology capable of translating multiple foreign languages in all genres, retrieving information from the translated material, and enabling bilingual communication via speech or text. Specifically, this contractor will conduct work for activity A, "Genre-Independent Translation and Information Retrieval System," and activity C, "Human-Human Dialogue System." The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems, Totowa, New Jersey, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for a maximum $24,062,919 for installation of advanced radar warning receiver ship sets on C-130 aircraft. The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity.
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia, is being awarded a $25,135,974 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, requirements contract for ground-based sensors for remotely controlled aircraft. ESG/PKS, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.
Spectrum Laser and Technologies Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being awarded a $8,704,839 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of circuit card assemblies in support of the Naval Air Systems Command. The circuit card assemblies are integrated into the MH-60R and MH-60S armed helicopter weapon system projects. The circuit cards contribute to the helicopter's ability to perform surface warfare, force protection, maritime interdiction operations, combat search and rescue, and vertical replenishment support missions. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.
Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence, USA, chief information officer/G-6, opened LandWarNet 2011, by promising that every one of the 453 vendors at the conference will be visited by a member of her senior team. They will fill out surveys describing the technologies they saw, which she will review, and she encourage all attendees also to contribute their insights about solutions that can address the Army's challenges by filling out the surveys. Gen. Lawrence introduced Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, USA, Chief of Signal, Fort Gordon, who described some of the changes that are on the way, including the use of avatars to track each soldier as he or she enters the Army.
Following the triple disasters of the earthquake in Japan, the tsunami, and the continuing nuclear crisis, I interviewed Dr. Lin Wells, Director, Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University, concerning his thoughts about emergency preparedness and disaster recovery efforts in Japan. Wells is a well-known expert in emergency preparedness and disaster recovery who has provided leadership and expertise in preparing for and responding to some of the worst disasters in our recent history. His efforts to promote coordinated approaches are helping advance response and preparedness capabilities around the world.
The Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration 2010 (CWID 2010) final report has been released in a Consumer Reports style and includes a list of the top 11 performing technologies. The event comprised 32 interoperability trials that focused on challenges warfighters are facing in Afghanistan in the areas of exchanging information among coalition partners, military services and government agencies. Additionally, the solutions addressed issues of command, control and communications among emergency responders.
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