secure software

June 6, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The DevSecOps software platform being deployed by the DOD Enterprise DevSecOps Enterprise Initiative will enable software fixes in minutes and automate testing and security, among other capabilities, says Nicolas Chaillan, chief software officer, U.S. Air Force, co-lead of the Initiative.

The Defense Department is pursuing an aggressive software development program, called the DOD Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative. The effort is focused on bringing automated software tools, services and standards to DOD programs so that warfighters can create, deploy and operate software applications in a secure, flexible and interoperable manner, explained Nicolas Chaillan, chief software officer, U.S. Air Force, co-lead of the DOD Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative. The program is a joint effort of the DOD’s Chief Information Officer, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment and the services, he said.

April 23, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Engineers from the 517th Software Engineering Squadron, including (l-r) Carl Stuck and Scott Vigil, project directors; David Jolley, director; and Brent VanDerMeide, flight director, have created a new software development platform. U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromer

A new software development system built by the Air Force will help developers get digital tools out to warfighters faster. Engineers at the 517th Software Engineering Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, created a workflow system and software development methodology to improve the development testing and fielding of new software products.

Nicknamed “The Pipeline,” the new continuous development software platform enables paired programming and test-driven development with automated test and evaluation, Todd Cromar of 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs reported. It features a development secure operations, known as DevSecOps, a faster, more secure software development methodology, Cromar noted.

January 28, 2019
 

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded a $19,590,756 modification (P00020) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0033). This modification provides for the procurement of software design and system integration, qualification testing, and cybersecurity activities as well as engineering services in support the MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Air System. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed in December 2019. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance; and aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $19,590,756 will be obligated at time of award, $12,080,557 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

July 30, 2018
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, has been awarded an $8,569,784 cost-plus-fixed fee contract for Agile ConSec Evaluation Support software/hardware system. This contract provides for developing technologies for automatically analyzing and improving the configuration of complex composed systems to reduce attack surface while assuring expected behavior. The ConSec program will develop an automated capability to generate, deploy, and monitor the configurations of components in a composed system to provide expected functionality while minimizing attack. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida. The location of performance is Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed 42 months after the contract is awarded.

May 30, 2018
 

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey, is awarded an $8,407,928 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to previously awarded contract for software cybersecurity and combat system integration and test requirements. Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey, and is expected to be completed by June 2021. Fiscal year 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

May 11, 2018
 

International Systems Marketing Inc., Rockville, Maryland (N66001-18-A-0007); DLT Solutions Inc., Herndon, Virginia (N66001-18-A-0008); and EC America, McLean, Virginia (N66001-18-A-0009), is awarded an estimated value $550,840,000 multiple-award, firm-fixed-price blanket purchase agreement (BPA) in accordance with the company’s General Services Administration (GSA) federal supply schedule contract. This agreement will provide McAfee brand name hardware, software, and services for Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. intelligence community, and Coast Guard activities worldwide.

February 5, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The military wants smaller, lighter and ruggedized servers, routers and other equipment that contain cybersecurity measures in order to take their networks into battle. Here, soldiers are taking a look at the PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System. Photo Credit: Pacific Star Communications.

As the military, including the U.S. Army, works to update network command systems, size, weight, power and capability improvements are central, especially when paired with cybersecurity protections. The network improvements provide key flexibility and operations for tactical missions and command posts.

January 22, 2018
 

X Technologies Incorporated, San Antonio, Texas, was awarded a competitive, hybrid firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for system engineering and technical support services necessary to strengthen the security postures and technical capability for the Department of Defense public key infrastructure (PKI) and common service provider. The core services will provide for the review of system engineering documentation and development of software to support PKI. The face value of the contract is $7,655,049 funded by fiscal year 2018 defense working capital funds, while the total value of the contract is $38,320,674. Performance will be at facilities in Maryland. Proposals were solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities webs

January 18, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) equipment is pictured in preparation for the Army's Network Integration Evaluation 12.1 in November 2011.

A communications network management software solution deployed last year across the U.S. Army has proven to drastically reduce network downtime as soldiers operate in an increasingly complex command post environment.

Army and civilian communicators and network specialists, untrained on PacStar’s IQ-Core Software, configured and managed complex networking equipment up to 10 times faster than comparable manual methods and with nine times fewer errors, according to an independent research firm’s report released today.

May 13, 2011
By Beverly T. Schaeffer

With the thousands of applications running on U.S. Defense Department networks, programmers have literally been dream weavers, pulling together the pieces necessary to make these systems fully functional. Hundreds of contracting organizations are tied up in these networks, making it a monumental challenge to pool all resources into an efficient, future "whole." But as with any evolution, it cannot take place overnight. In his second installment in a series of articles covering defense information technology, Paul A.