June 26, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Army now has a modified radar system that can detect roadside bombs, day or night and in any weather, from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories developed a modified miniature synthetic aperture radar (MiniSAR) system mounted on UAVs. While they have been demonstrating the technology, also called the Copperhead system, for troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2009, it was not until recently that Sandia Labs transferred it to the Army, according to a company news release.

May 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Navy has evaluated color-coded chemical detection technology known as colorimetric explosive detection kits, the service recently announced. Colorimetric detection technology is based upon a series of chemical reactions that produce a visual response, most often in the form of a color change dependent upon the molecular structure of the compounds being tested. 

January 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems, Network Communication Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $14,098,840 modification to exercise an option under previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for all material and services to support system development and demonstration phase through preliminary design review for the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.3 System of Systems. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

October 19, 2012
George I. Seffers

Next Tier Concepts Inc., Vienna, Va., is being awarded an $8,980,601 firm-fixed-price contract for enterprise portal technical and strategic support services. The contract will provide strategic and technical support to mature the JIEDDO knowledge management governance model and architect; and build, operate and maintain the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) enterprise portal. The contracting activity is the JIEDDO Contract Operations, Arlington Va.

June 28, 2012
By George Seffers

Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, is being issued a modification to a previously awarded five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to change the maximum contract value to $500 million. This contract is for the product support integrator for the U.S.

April 5, 2012
By George Seffers

Chemlmage Bio Threat LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was awarded a $9,890,534 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to procure the LightGuard on-the-move device for the detection of homemade explosives and precursor materials. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

September 30, 2011
By George Seffers

EDO Communications and Countermeasures Systems Incorporated, also known as ITT Force Protection Systems, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a $103,000,905 firm-fixed-price contract to procure 3,351 Band-C upgrade kits, initial spares and consumables, engineering support services hours, and data to upgrade fielded Counter Radio-Controlled Electronic Warfare Vehicle Receiver/Jammer (CVRJ) Systems. CVRJ systems are vehicle-mounted electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of radio controlled improvised explosive devices.

July 15, 2011
By George Seffers

R4 Incorporated, Eatontown, New Jersey, was awarded about $9 million for contractor logistic support on various improvised explosive device defeat/protect force equipment at approximately 60 locations. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

May 6, 2011
By George Seffers

Integrated Systems, Ellicott City, Maryland, was recently awarded a $49 million contract to provide operational support services for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, with an estimated completion date of May 10, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

April 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Army National Guard is ramping up training opportunities for troops to fight back against the deadliest weapon in war zones-the improvised explosive device (IED). With an ultimate goal of increasing practice while decreasing travel costs, the guard is funding dedicated training lanes across the United States to give soldiers the skills they need to stay safe in any situation.

In the latest issue of SIGNAL Magazine, News Editor Rita Boland discusses how this initiative helps troops improve their tactics against IEDs in her article, "Battling Bombs at Home."

March 4, 2011
By George Seffers

ITT Corporation, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a more than $8 million basic ordering agreement for engineering service support for Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Vehicle Receiver Jammer (CVRJ) systems, fielded in theater. The CREW CVRJ systems are electronic jammers that are mounted in vehicles and at fixed-site compounds that prevent the detonation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane Indiana, is the contracting activity.

December 28, 2010
By George Seffers

EDO Communications & Countermeasures Systems, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a $17 million contract modification for the production and support of 265 JCREW 2.1 radio-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) electronic warfare (CREW) systems to Australia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Vehicle mounted CREW systems are one element of the U.S. Defense Department's Joint Counter RCIED Electronic Warfare program. Spiral 2.1 CREW systems are vehicle mounted electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. This contract is for the urgent procurement and support of CREW systems, to be used by Australian forces.

October 1, 2010
By George Seffers

Foster-Miller Incorporated, Waltham, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $71 million contract modification for the procurement of Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) production systems, depot-level repair parts, spare kits, depot repair services, parts supply, training, engineering enhancements, configuration management and approved accessories. The MTRS is a small robotic vehicle used by explosive ordnance disposal technicians to conduct remote reconnaissance, render safe, and/or dispose of explosive devices. The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

September 15, 2010
By George Seffers

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, was awarded a $49 million contract, in which the government requires SRI International, under the direction of engineering research and development center and with assistance from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to provide necessary support, material and equipment, including training center and mobile ground station, to continue operations in Iraq of Desert Owl-1, an existing advanced airborne penetrating radar system. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center Contracting Office, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.

August 20, 2010
By George Seffers

ITT Advanced Engineering & Sciences, Annapolis Junction, Maryland, is being awarded a $455 million contract for the production of up to 5000 Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.2 mounted systems to meet urgent requirements of the Department of Defense in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  Mounted JCREW systems are electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices and are critical to protecting U.S. personnel from the threat posed by improvised explosive devices. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

July 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
Army vehicles are required to carry jammers to counter improvised explosive devices. Researchers seek technological solutions to prevent the devices from interfering with friendly force communications and use spectrum more efficiently.

The complexities of the U.S. Army’s networks and spectrum allocation processes interfere with the need to reassign units to different tasks, creating major delays and presenting serious challenges. To solve the issue, researchers intend to deliver a wide range of technologies, including automated spectrum planning and allocation tools and smarter radios, that will use spectrum more efficiently, network more effectively and provide commanders the flexibility to reorganize as needed.

June 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
Smoke drifts into the sky from buildings and houses hit by shelling in Homs, Syria. Many Jihadi fighters leaving Syria will funnel through the Balkans and may pose a threat to other parts of the world.

In the coming months, extremists fighting in the Syrian civil war likely will begin returning to Europe, funneling through the Balkans where they can find cheap weapons, like-minded allies and temporary accomplices in the form of organized criminal groups. Conditions are ripe, according to experts, for those individuals to spread across Europe, launching terrorist attacks on major cities.

April 30, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Intelligence agencies could have investigated more thoroughly and shared information more effectively, but even if they had performed perfectly, they may not have been able to prevent last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, according to a report delivered today before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

April 1, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman
The U.S. Army is striving to develop a multifunction electronic warfare, or MFEW, system that will provide a defensive electronic attack capability.

Melding the disciplines of spectrum combat will enable greater flexibility and more capabilities.

The growth in battlefield electronics has spurred a corresponding growth in electronic warfare. In the same manner that innovative technologies have spawned new capabilities, electronic warfare is becoming more complex as planners look to incorporate new systems into the battlespace.