command and control

March 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
The E-6B Mercury has been dubbed the most dangerous aircraft in the world because of its capability to command and control nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. The next-generation Airborne Launch Control System will be capable of launching both Minuteman III and Ground-Based Deterrence System missiles. Credit: Josh Plueger

The next-generation airborne missile control system being developed by the U.S. Air Force will take advantage of modern communications and electronics systems such as software-defined radios to provide a number of capabilities, including improved cybersecurity.

February 7, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, USN, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6), describes the challenges facing Navy information warfare during her keynote luncheon speech at West 2018.

New technologies, capabilities and tactics will be necessary for the U.S. Navy to prevail in the burgeoning arena of information warfare. But while some needs are obvious, the course for the overall way ahead remains elusive.

Explaining the complicated nature of naval information warfare was Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, USN, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6). Speaking at the Wednesday keynote luncheon at West 2018 being held in San Diego February 6-8, Adm. Tighe outlined a series of challenges and potential options, beginning with the state of the realm.

January 31, 2018
By Alberto Dominguez
Fort Leonard Wood is the first Army site to transition to a modernized, Internet protocol-based network. Credit: U.S. Army photo

U.S. Army stakeholders are working together to steadily modernize the network that reaches from the home station to the tactical edge. To understand this effort, one needs to understand the changing mission requirement for the command element at home station to maintain a consistent, secure, and reliable connection with dispersed, tactical teams maneuvering on the battlefield.

January 10, 2018
 
The U.S. Army has kicked off a new effort to modernize expeditionary command posts. Credit: U.S. Army

The U.S. Army intends to improve expeditionary command-post capabilities by providing mobile, scalable and survivable platforms, the service announced. The Army recently authorized the implementation of the Command Post Integrated Infrastructure, or CPI2, effort in December to address mobility issues and to ensure communications hardware and mission-command application integration across platforms.

The Army has established several technological goals, which include:

• Leveraging secure wireless technology for rapid connectivity.

• Improving mobility.

November 6, 2017
By Maj. Aleyzer Mora, USA
The U.S. Army’s Home Station Mission Command Center technology refresh delivers standardized technology, multiple networking components, enhanced audio-visual capabilities and an updated physical infrastructure.

The Home Station Mission Command Center technology refresh, generally called the HSMCC tech refresh, is part of my portfolio for the modernization of command centers under the U.S. Department of the Army’s Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program. In fiscal year 2017, the Army performed an HSMCC tech refresh on four command centers to establish an interim technical baseline while the service finalizes the system requirements, standardizing the disparate, off-the-shelf technology at the division and corps headquarters.

July 18, 2017
 
A Canadian Forces CF-18 fighter intercepts a U.S. Strategic Command B-52 bomber over Canada as part of a coordinated exercise. Northrop Grumman is being awarded a $98 million contract to operate and maintain Strategic Command’s command and control capabilities.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia; and Bellevue, Nebraska, has been awarded a $98,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus incentive-fee contract action for the overall operations and maintenance of command and control capabilities for U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).

May 1, 2017
 

The U.S. Air Force Materiel Command has awarded Raytheon Company a contract with an initial value of up to $375 million over six years to sustain and modernize the Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System (AOC WS), the company announced. Raytheon will update the existing AOC WS baseline software and develop and deploy new software upgrades to improve air and space command and control operations. Air and Space Operations Centers provide a strategic capability for the U.S. Air Force with operators at 22 global locations using the AOC WS to command and control aircraft through all of the Air Force's critical missions.

 

April 6, 2017
 

Northrop Grumman Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $48,061,680 modification (P00144) to contract (W31P4Q-08-C-0418) to provide support to the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) development contract engineering and manufacturing development phase activities; and provide continuity during transition of the IBCS effort. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2017. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $20,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

March 30, 2017
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $33,671,707 modification (P00016) to contract (W31P4Q-15-C-0065) for continued software development, training, maintenance of the Counter-Rocket, Artillery Mortar command and control system. Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California; and Madison, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $33,671,707 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

February 1, 2017
 

The U.S. Army awarded a $39,000,000 firm fixed price time and material contract to Systematic, Centreville, Virginia, for a command and control and battle-management system that will serve as the common framework to synch mission command functions and data, providing increased collaboration and flexibility.

February 1, 2017
By Cmdr. Jamie Gateau, USN (Ret.)
A U.S. sailor aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer sets up a virtual server administrator account during a training course provided by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Command. The command furnishes fleets with fly-away network operations support teams that offer tailored, hands-on information technology and information assurance training to maintain command, control, communications and computers readiness.

U.S. Navy commanders often struggle to deliver uninterrupted communications at sea without the added complications of providing command and control in denied or degraded environments. They face a double whammy of operational and technical hurdles. 

Processes for developing concepts of operations are complex, painstaking and exacting. Although technology sets the boundaries for what is possible, most of the hard work is decidedly nontechnical. It lies in determining which signals and messages have priority, which data sources and destinations are critical, and which ones can be relegated—and for how long.

January 1, 2017
By Henry S. Kenyon
In addition to military uses, the iCommand system offers civilian governments applications for law enforcement, disaster management and transportation authorities.

A software-based fusion tool aims to ease the problem of tactical information overload by collecting and parsing incoming data, sending just the right types of intelligence to users in real time. The system represents this data graphically on a single screen, superimposing it over satellite and 3-D map imagery showing friendly and known enemy unit locations.

November 16, 2016
By George I. Seffers
A panel discusses challenges in cyber domain at AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific in Hawaii. Photo by Bob Goodwin

Operating in a relatively new operations domain, cyber fighters are coping with a wide range of challenges, including lack of training and still-to-be-defined policies, doctrines and authorities.

July 28, 2016
 

Oasis Systems LLC, Lexington, Massachusetts, has been awarded an $8,153,576 modification (25) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8721-13-D-0001 0003 for professional acquisition support services. Contractor will provide program management, financial management, administrative and other related support utilizing established government, contractor and industry practices for the Theater Battle Control Division in support of surveillance and command and control capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense; Joint Forces Air Component Commander; Commander, Air Force Forces; and peacetime surveillance and maintaining air sovereignty of U.S. and Canadian airspace.

July 28, 2016
 

Six3 Intelligence Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $9,578,964 modification (P00001) to contract W564KV-16-C-0058 for intelligence analysis services. Work will be performed in Germany, Italy and Syria, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2017. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $6,370,000 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany APO AE, is the contracting activity.

June 30, 2016
 

4 Star Technologies Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia (N65236-16-D-4800); Atlantic Diving Supply Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia (N65236-16-D-4801); Advanced Computer Concepts,* McLean, Virginia (N65236-16-D-4802); Blue Tech Inc.,* San Diego, California (N65236-16-D-4803); CDW Government LLC, Vernon Hills, Illinois (N65236-16-D-4804); CounterTrade Products Inc.,* Arvada, Colorado (N65236-16-D-4805); FCN Inc.,* Rockville, Maryland (N65236-16-D-4806); Global Technology Resources Inc.,* Denver, Colorado (N65236-16-D-4807); iGov Technologies Inc.,* Reston, Virginia (N65236-16-D-4808); M2 Technology Inc.,* San Antonio, Texas (N65236-16-D-4809); Marshall Communications Inc,.* Ashburn, Virginia (N65236-16-D-4810); MicroTechnologies LLC.,* Vienna,

March 30, 2016
 

Readiness Management Support L.C., Panama City, Florida, is being awarded a $16,721,185 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N65236-09-C-6872) for a ceiling increase and period of performance extension of 90 days to June 30, 2016; and three one-month options to September 30, 2016, to provide continued aviation command and control operations and maintenance services in support of the Air Force Central Command.

March 1, 2016
By Rory Welch
Operators staff the East Coast Satellite Operation Center (ESOC) in Northern Virginia. The ESOC flies the majority of Intelsat’s global satellite fleet, which provides mission critical support for the full range of the company’s government and commercial customers.

Growing threats to national security in the space domain have prompted U.S. Air Force leaders to revamp plans and programs to adapt to a new reality of reinforcing system and network resiliency and shifting its people and resources to focus on warfighting functions. Government space capabilities, augmented by commercial systems, will play critical and active roles to secure U.S. and allied interests in and through the increasingly contested domain of space, requiring the Air Force and the Defense Department to proactively plan how to enable more coordinated and integrated space enterprise operations.

January 28, 2016
 

BCF Solutions Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (FA8730-16-D-0004); IGOV Technologies Inc., Reston, Virginia (FA8730-16-D-0007); People Tec Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8730-16-D-0009); Pelatron Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii (FA8730-16-D-0012); Smartronix Inc., Hollywood, Maryland (FA8730-16-D-0013); and BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, have been awarded contracts under the Platform for Engineering and Integration of Tactical and Strategic Systems (PEIT

February 23, 2015
 
A Boeing E-4B, an airborne command post, flies over the U.S. Navy Blue Angels F-18s during an air show. The E-4B serves as the National Airborne Operations Center for the president and secretary of defense. In case of national emergency or destruction of ground command control centers, the E-4B provides a survivable, command, control and communications center to direct U.S. forces, execute emergency war orders and coordinate actions by civil authorities.

Boeing Aerospace Operations, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a $67,338,521 modification (P00211) to previously awarded contract FA8106-07-C-0001 for design and development of an E-4B low-frequency transmit system. The total cumulative face value of the contract, including the referenced modification, is $433,292,284. Contractor will provide engineering services to finalize development and deliver a prototype aircraft kit. Work will be performed at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal year 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $819,098 are being obligated at the time of award.

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