command and control

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.

January 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine


Sailors collect and analyze weather observations at the Naval Aviation Forecast Center at Naval Station Norfolk. Information technology provides more valuable information to commanders than ever, but its users face challenges in exploiting it effectively without sacrificing key tenets of command and control.

Some badly needed basics are taking a back seat to electrons.

July 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The inertial navigation system (INS) market size is estimated to be $2.75 billion in 2014 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.98 percent to reach $4.63 billion by 2019, according to Research and Markets, a Dublin-based market analysis firm. Though North America and Europe have the largest market for INS in terms of commercial and defense aviation, military and naval applications, a lot of INS development programs have been launched in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

May 15, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The late Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN (Ret.), looks over my shoulder as I work in my home office. His picture graced the May 2003 cover of SIGNAL Magazine, highlighting an article Clarence A. Robinson Jr., wrote based on an interview with the admiral. I was lucky enough to escort SIGNAL’s freelance photographer to take the photo of Adm. Cebrowski when he led the charge for change as the director of the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of Force Transformation. I received a cover photo plaque that hangs in my home office for my effort, though it really wasn’t necessary.

August 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

SSB Inc., Fairfax, Va., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, option-filled contract with a maximum value of $8,192,670 for technical support services in the areas of database and web development and maintenance for command and control applications. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-13-D-0014).

August 1, 2013

The new next-generation dispatch center for the San Luis Obispo County, California, Sheriff’s Office is one of the first in the nation to be completely Internet protocol-based, bridging its existing radio system with the latest smartphone and tablet technology. The new system turns a standard PC into a communications dispatch console and also turns a smartphone into a multi-channel land mobile radio handset for secure, on-demand push-to-talk communication.