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Gentex is Providing Advanced Helmet Systems to SOCOM

July 11, 2019

Gentex Corp., Simpson, Pennsylvania, was a awarded a $95,000,000 maximum, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (H92403-19-D-0004) for the purchase of SOF personal equipment advance requirements (SPEAR) coxswain helmet systems, in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) procurement division. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $150,000 are being obligated at time of award. This is a five-year contract with a two-year option period.

The Navy Kicks off Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity Prize Challenge

July 11, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Navy is pursuing machine learning-based cyber security through a new $100,000 prize challenge. Credit: U.S. Navy illustration by Frances Zukowski

The $100,000 contest is especially looking for nontraditional partners to submit solutions.

Congress Raises Privacy and Civil Liberty Concerns with the DHS’ Use of Biometrics

July 11, 2019
 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security takes a closer look at how the government is using biometrics in protecting the nation. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrea Izzotti

The federal government's use of facial recognition and other technologies must be scrutinized, some lawmakers assert.

As-A-Service Technology Models Can Help the Military, U.K. Report Claims

July 10, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Advanced digital tools, accessed through as-a-service models, offer benefits to the military, a study from Frost &Sullivan says. Credit: Shutterstock/Titina Ongkantong

Digital platforms give users access to advanced commercial computing tools, which can improve readiness.

Northrop Grumman is Supporting the Air Force's Weather-Related Missions at Offutt AFB

July 9, 2019

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a $92,905,016 ceiling increase and option modification (P00027) to previously awarded FA4600-14-D-0004 for systems engineering, management, and sustainment supporting weather-related missions; increasing the ceiling of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract and providing for the establishment of options to increase the ordering period by six months. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $392,905,016 from $300,000,000.

CIA Remains Tied to the Industry

July 3, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Thousands of British and French troops wait on the dunes of Dunkirk Beach, France, for transport to England during World War II, between May 26 and June 4, 1940. The Central Intelligence Agency cites the military evacuation of Dunkirk as the time its predecessor agency started depending on the private sector for key strategic intelligence. Credit: Shutterstock/Everett Historical

The intelligence agency continues to turn to the private sector for help solving complex problems.

NGA Tabs 10 MagQuest Winners

July 2, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected 10 innovative projects to help the agency measure the Earth’s magnetic field as part of its MagQuest competition. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrey VP

The Earth's magnetic field may have nothing to hide if 10 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency innovation awards bear fruit.

Raytheon is Helping the Air Force with Next Generation GPS Circuit Design

July 1, 2019

Raytheon, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $47,676,543 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for next generation application specific integrated circuit Preliminary Design Review (PDR). This contract provides for the design, develop and test of modernized Global Positioning System receivers that are intended for future military applications to the PDR level. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed by December 2020. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

U.S. Requires an Updated Nuclear Triad and Advanced Communication Systems

June 28, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. David Goldfein, USAF, chief of staff of the Air Force, speaking at the Mitchell Institute Strategic Deterrence Breakfast event on June 26, warns of increasing posturing of Russia and China in the Arctic region.

The Joint Chief makes the case for robust tools to defend the nation.

Army Corps of Engineers is Overseeing $5 Billion in Border Patrol Construction in Texas

June 27, 2019

Burgos Group LLC,* Albuquerque, New Mexico (W9126G-19-D-0041); Southwest Valley Constructors, Albuquerque, New Mexico (W9126G-19-D-0033); SLSCO Ltd., Galveston, Texas (W9126G-19-D-0036); Bristol Construction Services LLC,* Anchorage, Alaska (W9126G-19-D-0039); J&J Contractors Inc.,* North Billerica, Massachusetts (W9126G-19-D-0043); Gibralter-Caddell a Joint Venture, Montgomery, Alabama (W9126G-19-D-0037); Puyenpa Cottles Joint Venture LLC,* Copperas Cove, Texas (W9126G-19-D-0038); Texas Sterling Construction Co., Houston, Texas (W9126G-19-D-0035); BFBC LLC, Bozeman, Montana (W9126G-19-

President's Commentary: Social Media Is the Fire of This Era, and We Are Getting Burned

July 1, 2019
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

Social media is a tool that can provide both positive and negative impacts. These include national security implications.

Chenega MIOS Wins Trendsetter Award

July 1, 2019
Accepting the Trendsetter Award on behalf of Chenega MIOS is Heather Lacroix (c), a member of AFCEA’s Small Business Committee and president of Chenega Technical Innovations. The award was presented by Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA, and Tina Jordan, AFCEA’s vice president of membership, at the Homeland Security Conference. Credit: Carizza Rosales

Chenega MIOS (military, intelligence and operations support) has been awarded the AFCEA Trendsetter Award.

Incoming: Having Great Technology Isn't Enough; Operators Must Use it

July 1, 2019
By Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA (Ret.)

With budget resources so tight, we no longer can afford to invest in capabilities that are not successfully deployed.

Ensuring the Physical Security of Microelectronics

July 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Some of DARPA’s research into microelectronics is creating automatic security mechanisms integrated into the design of microchips, which are smaller than a grain of sand.  Connect world/Shutterstock

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, is looking to automatically include defense mechanisms into the design of microchips.

National Science Foundation Pushes the Quantum Edge

July 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The NSF’s Quantum Leap initiative includes a number of programs aimed at advancing the quantum technology research and helping the United States maintain a competitive edge over other nations.  Nicolle R. Fuller/ NSF

The NSF is investing in research institutes designed to advance quantum technologies.

Detecting Microelectronic Defects

July 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The need from the semiconductor manufacturing industry to be able to validate circuits will only grow in the future, says Lynford Goddard, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Shutterstock/fotografos

As semiconductor manufacturers aim to produce devices at the 5-nanometer node, the ability to find tiny defects created inadvertently during the fabrication process becomes harder.

Crawling Robots on the Brain

July 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Using traditional processes for manufacturing silicon chips, researchers can fabricate 1 million nanosized robots on a single chip. The robots may one day crawl around inside the body to collect data on the brain or the spinal column. Shutterstock/solarseven

Researchers suggest mini machines could serve medical purposes such as gathering data on the brain or the spinal column.

Security Homesteads the Chip

July 1, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Shutterstock/Kritsana Maimeetook

The fight to secure microelectronic chips is becoming as basic as the chip itself.

Disruptive by Design: What the Military Can Learn From Swedish TV

July 1, 2019
By Anders Klintäng

From a military standpoint, the base architecture of Swedish TV could help evolve our networks to handle next-generation requirements for higher-level data streams and keep larger data sets further downstream to provide more data for operational awareness in a complex battlespace.

Russia Continues Information Warfare

July 10, 2019
By Gopika Ramesh
According to a recent study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Russia has not ceased its disinformation efforts. Credit: Shutterstock/Viacheslav Lopatin

The nation is persisting with its disinformation tactics, focusing on Western democracies.