Podcasts are the audio on-demand equivalent of video these days. They are a bit more portable because anyone with a smartphone or tablet can tune in and catch up on episodes—not only all the time but also wherever they want. It’s a bit difficult to watch a movie while driving, although it’s been done. Podcasts also feature one other capability that on-demand viewing does not facilitate: audience participation.
Australia is a key toward successful implementation of the U.S. pivot to the Pacific, according to the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Yet despite a longtime military relationship between the two allies, U.S. forces must be careful as they build their presence there, he added.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific is looking for smaller, lighter communications and networking gear as it returns to its roots as an amphibious force, their commander offers. Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, USMC, said that new capabilities for assured interoperable networking must be balanced against size and weight limitations for the rapidly deployable force.
Warfighting may be serious business, but game playing has its place. Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, USMC, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, told that to some young junior reserve officer training corps students attending TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu.
Urging them to consider a life in the military, he said the service needs the 19-year-old’s smartphone mentality. He also told them to continue their game playing as an introduction to the future that will help the military when they enter it.
“You young folks … keep playing “Call of Duty”—it’s important,” the general said.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $82,821,104 modification (P00023) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-12-C-0009 to exercise option year three performance based logistics program support for Apache Attack Helicopter modernized target designation sight/pilot night vision sensor equipment. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $82,821,104 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is December 31, 2015. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Silicon Graphics Federal Inc., Annapolis Junction, Maryland, was awarded a $30,750,000 modification (P0002) to firm-fixed-price contract W912DY-13-G-0025 to acquire commercially available high-performance computing systems for the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program to conduct complex calculations at the Air Force Research Laboratory Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is July 3, 2019. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $64,066,288 for ceiling priced delivery order 7000 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00383-15-G-005D for the repair of 25 weapon repairable assemblies and 35 shop replaceable assemblies of the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system used in the support of the F/A-18 aircraft. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas (77.2 percent); Jacksonville, Florida (19.9 percent); and El Segundo, California (2.9 percent); and work is expected to be completed by December 2016.
BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, New York, is being awarded a $34,290,601 indefinite-delivery/inde
Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $12,463,696 modification (P00649) to previously awarded contract F04701-02-C-0002 for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency system. Contractor will provide protected key management architecture (KMA) for installation, integration and factory test of the replacement KMA system with the existing AEHF control and space segments. Work will be performed at Sunnyvale, California; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,979,384 are being obligated at the time of award.
An emerging capabilities coordination cell (EC3) is the mechanism by which the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) seeks to incorporate commercial innovation to meet its mission needs. The EC3 approach is integrated with overall Army plans to upgrade the force over the next 11 years.
Ashton Carter, the nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, should have better access to the White House than did his predecessor, said a former Defense Department official. John Grimes, former assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, offered that Carter will need to be able to reach beyond the barriers that Hagel faced to be effective in a time of great change in the department.
Establishing a clear and effective mission partner environment (MPE) will require careful planning to avoid the development of new silos amid the Joint Information Environment (JIE). Ultimately, a Defense Department planning group may hold the key to success.
Raytheon Integrated Systems Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $12,001,675 firm-fixed-price contract for field and sustainment-level maintenance aiding one Joint Land Elevated Netted System (JLENS) orbit in support of an operational exercise. Work will be performed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, with an estimated completion date of June 4, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with one received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) funds in the amount of $9,001,256 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W9113M-15-C-0001).
Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $4.5 million contract to research, develop, test and evaluate (RDT&E) leading-edge technologies for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) that will bring enhanced command and control battle management to warfighters. Under the three-year Holistic Waveform Development Kit (HAWK) contract, Alion will design, develop, test and integrate services for the HAWK Advanced Waveform Development Environment Ecosystem, enabling rapid development of software-defined radio (SDR) waveforms.
Koniag Information Security Services LLC, Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a ceiling $6,767,577 modification (P00005) exercising the first option period on a one-year base contract (HR0011-14-C-0048), with four one-year option periods for contractor support services for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Security and Intelligence Directorate (SID). The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $13,481,154 from $6,713,577. Work will be performed at DARPA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2015.
Sonatech Inc., doing business as Channel Technologies Group, Santa Barbara, California, is being awarded a $34,384,013 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of TR-343 sonar transducer ship sets. The TR-343 transducer is part of the AN/SQS-53 hull-mounted sonar array assembly, which is a component of the AN/SQQ-89(V) acoustic sonar weapons system.
The Boeing Co., Seal Beach, California, has been awarded a $12,941,460 modification (P00078) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8819-08-C-0006 to continue logistics support, special studies and local area network sustainment. Contractor will conduct maintenance and operations services for the development and delivery of the logistics infrastructure for the Space-Based Space Surveillance Block 10 System. Work will be performed at Seal Beach, California, and is expected to be completed by June 20, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,322,548 are being obligated at the time of award.
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., today announced the consolidated screening list (CSL), a streamlined collection of nine different screening lists from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury that contains names of individuals and companies with whom a U.S. company may not be allowed to do business due to U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other restrictions. The CSL is designed to make it easier for U.S. companies to comply with export laws.
A mobile operations fusion kit that provides easy, rapid and on-the-go interoperability for mobile field operations and communications will be developed in European and Middle Eastern military markets as well as in the United States.
C2UK Ltd. and Mutualink Incorporated partnered to further develop and circulate the communications-based product portfolio. Overseas, C2UK will leverage the state-of-the-art, secure communications and information-sharing technology, expanding the companies’ global reach, particularly of command and control (C2) systems.
Northrop Grumman officials say they are developing a new kind of cyber system—a disposable system tailored for a single mission. The concept, they say, will make it more difficult for adversaries to penetrate or maneuver inside user networks.