The United States will continue to develop a bilateral relationship with China regarding cybersecurity issues. In fact, the two countries will meet again in Washington, D.C., on July 8th, according to Maj. Gen. John Davis, USA, senior military advisor to the undersecretary of defense—policy for cyber, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Gen. Davis, the luncheon keynote speaker on the first day of the July 24-27 AFCEA International Cyber Symposium in Baltimore, said the United States recognizes China as a rising power and a major voice in the cyber arena.
Cobham, Wimborne, United Kingdom, has been awarded a £16 million ($24 million) order to supply NATO forces with leading-edge vehicle mounted Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection equipment. These systems will be delivered in 2013 by Cobham Antenna Systems. Cobham will deliver enhanced counter-IED detection capabilities, which can be safely deployed from within the protection of mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles.
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Kingsley, USAF, has been selected for the rank of major general and assigned as director, North Atlantic Treaty Organization-Afghanistan Transformation Task Force, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $23,933,208 firm-fixed-price contract for 24 multi-spectral targeting systems. The system is an airborne, electro-optic, forward-looking infra-red, turreted sensor package that provides long-range surveillance, high-altitude target acquisition, tracking, range-finding, and laser designation, and for all tri-service and NATO laser guided munitions. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.
Brig. Gen. Steven M. Shepro, USAF, has been assigned commanding general, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, and commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.
The NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency announced today the award of the agency's largest cyber defense contract to date. The approximate 58 million Euro NATO Computer Incident Response Capability, Full Operational Capability contract was awarded to a Finmeccanica, Rome, Italy, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, Falls Church, Virginia. The contractor team will provide security on NATO's networks and protect over 22,000 NATO military and civilians employees enhancing NATO's cyber defense infrastructure and its ability to support member states.
The NATO Command and Control System Management Agency on behalf of the NATO Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense Program Office and in coordination with the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency, recently awarded a contract to ThalesRaytheonSystems to implement operator identified requirements in NATO's Interim Theatre Missile Defense Capability. The contract will upgrade the operational hardware and software of the interim capability to the standards being implemented in the latest configuration of NATO's Air command and Control System.
Atlantic CommTech Corporation, Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded an $11,950,723 firm-fixed-price contract for protective aircraft shelter interior intrusion detection systems and redundant cable for the 498th Nuclear Systems Wing. Atlantic CommTech is performing 100 percent of the work throughout six NATO installations in Europe. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity.
Sharing is a magic word when it comes to NATO member nations pooling technology resources. Nine alliance countries plan to integrate abilities so that one hand knows what the other is doing-or what it's capable of doing-in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). This is taking place through the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency's Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition 2 (MAJIIC 2) project. The aim, says George I.
Raytheon System Company, McKinney, Texas, was recently awarded $9,840,000 firm-fixed-price contract for 10 multispectral targeting systems in support of Navy MH-60S helicopters. The multispectral targeting system provides long-range surveillance, high-altitude target acquisition, tracking, range-finding, and laser designation for the Hellfire missile, and for all tri-service and NATO laser-guided munitions. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.
Since its founding in 1949, NATO has experienced numerous growing pains. Next up: NATO is undergoing a huge reduction in the number of its agencies-a move that aims to greatly streamline operations. The NATO realignment, planned for implementation by June 2012, will consolidate its 14 agencies down to just three. George I. Seffers examines this effort in his article, "And Then There Were Three," in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine.
Maj. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, USAF, has been appointed deputy chief of staff, operations and intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Casteau, Belgium.
Military organizations and companies aren't the only ones looking for a better way to do business these days. The budget crunch resulting from the global financial crisis is hitting NATO as well, but its network management agency is springing into action with plans for fiscal success. In his article, "NATO Focuses on the Bottom Line to Support Warfighters," in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine, Henry S.
AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced today that Italy's Ministry of Defense - Directorate of General Aeronautical Armament has selected AAI's Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems for the Italian Army. Under this 51 million euro-$64 million-award, Italy will purchase four Shadow systems for deployment alongside NATO forces.
Maj. Gen. Frank K. Kisner, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assigned as commander, NATO Special Operations Headquarters, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe, Belgium.
One of only two non-U.S. military leaders of NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Gen. Stephane Abrail, French Air Force, launched the second day of the Joint Warfighting Conference by calling it the most important conference of its kind. First and foremost, coalition commanders in the future will need balance to prepare for the operations of tomorrow. Although the militaries must not neglect Gen. Stanley McCrystal's needs as a leader of the fight in Afghanistan today, they also must plan for the needs of mission leaders of 2015 and 2025. "The five-year horizon is a tricky one.
"NATO SATCOM will certainly be handicapped if interoperability with national systems is not key to the design of how we go forward."--Malcolm Green, chief of Capability Area Team (CAT) 9 National Information Infrastructure (NII) Communication Infrastructure Services, NC3A
More than 300 representatives from 30 nations are examining solutions to future warfighting challenges in Rome this week at the 2009 Concept Development and Experimentation Conference. Specifically, members of U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) and NATO nations are conducting work that will promote multinational cooperation. Conference participants are discussing concept development and experimentation in the areas of countering hybrid threats, providing security force assistance, developing strategic communications and deterring non-state actors.