Even though the U.S. Congress is poised to significantly boost the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2018 budget—to include surpassing what the White House seeks in defense spending—the lack of predictability still hampers long-term fiscal planning.
Beginning later this year, the U.S. Army will be updating mission command network software and hardware across 400 Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard units. The goal is to reduce more than a dozen mission command network software and hardware versions to one standard baseline. As a result, system complexity in the command-post environment will be mitigated, allowing for easier network initialization and sustainment.
Raytheon Company has announced that it has been awarded a contract valued up to $600 million for software support and sustainment to modernize missile defense and other strategic systems. The work will be conducted at the Software Engineering Directorate, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal. Rapid prototyping, hardware development, testing and validation will support Raytheon's software engineering. Systems include: Strategic missiles and launchers; radars; data mining and visualization tools; condition-based maintenance; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; virtual operations centers; and cyber resiliency of fielded systems.
FAAC Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been awarded a $9,500,000 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Common Weapon Engagement Zone - Operational Flight program software updates. Contractor will support updates on the F-16 weapon system to include, software capabilities upgrade, multi mission computer and European participating air forces mid-life updates for F-16 Block 15. Work will be performed at Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is expected to be complete by March 5, 2023. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition.
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $58,319,151 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1011 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22. This order provides for fleet software sustainment that includes engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics software; flight test planning and coordination of changed avionics and flight control configuration; and upgrade planning of avionics and flight controls, including performance of qualification testing and integration testing on software products.
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.
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.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR) month serves as a reminder to not only understand, but appreciate, the various critical infrastructure sectors that play vital roles in the national and economic security of the United States. As a veteran of the telecom industry, my focus is to support those network infrastructure centers underlying these sectors. How do we improve networking capabilities within these sectors, not only addressing today’s complicated requirements, but allowing for continued innovation?
Ultra 3 Phoenix Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,938,524 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-13-C-6264 to exercise options for continuing engineering services in support of Virginia-Class submarines and other submarine/surface ship systems. Specifically, these options will support software development, procurement of commercial off-the-shelf products and hardware/software integration required to improve technology for the Navy open architecture and network centric operations and warfare systems.
One often-overlooked aspect of software development is how much programmers rely on open source libraries and packages for prewritten functions. Instead of writing code from scratch, or even copying and pasting code from one program into a new one, programmers often rely on what is called a dependency, the technical term for a shortcut to code maintained by a cloud service provider. Using the method makes a new program dependent on the existence and availability of that particular module. If that dependency is not available or the code functionality is broken, the entire program fails.
Sweeping changes are on the horizon for one NATO agency as it reshapes its software acquisition processes and embarks on a task to create what officials call an in-house “software factory.”
The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency wants to overhaul the way it buys software after inspections revealed acute shortcomings that led to several program cost overruns and delays, says Paul Howland, chief of command and control services for NCI Agency, which serves as NATO’s information technology and command, control, communications and computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) provider, including cyber and missile defense.
Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Hauppauge, New York, is being awarded $27,461,965 modification P00028 to previously awarded contract N00024-12-C-6311 to provide additional contract line item numbers to support the existing mission package software platforms for the Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules Program. Advanced Acoustic Concepts will procure, install, fabricate, test, troubleshoot and perform operational maintenance. Work will be performed in Columbia, Maryland (50 percent); Hauppauge, New York (30 percent); and Lamont Furnace, Pennsylvania (20 percent). Work is expected to be completed by September 2017. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation; fiscal 2016 operatio
For too long, warfighters have struggled with issues of space, weight and power, each posing major problems in tactical environments. Networking equipment historically has contributed to all three—barriers that must be expunged. Soldiers must travel light. Humvees that barely fit four people must serve as both transport vehicles and portable communication hubs. And networks must be powerful yet agile.
Virtualization eliminates dependence on bulky and balky legacy systems. Applications run in shared environments, saving personnel the headaches involved in constantly installing, running and managing actual networks. The result is massive time, space and weight savings and better communication and security.
Nobody lists “leader” as a job title, quips Zachary Barclift. While seven years in the Marine Corps made him one, the designation just wasn’t cutting it for his search at securing the perfect job.
And Brad Shedd served 21 years as an infantry soldier, retiring as a sergeant first class mortarman. Go figure—not a lot of civilian companies are hiring folks to drop rounds on enemies, jests the 41-year-old veteran.
WisEngineering LLC, Dover, New Jersey (W15QKN-15-D-0074); Decilog Inc., Melville, New York (W15QKN-15-D-0075); Intelligent Decision Systems Inc., Centreville, Virginia (W15QKN-15-D-0076); SimIs Inc., Portsmouth, Virginia (W15QKN-15-D-0077); and Subsystem Technologies Inc., Arlington, Virginia (W15QKN-15-D-0078), were awarded a $49,778,189 firm-fixed-price contract for software development for the Tactical Effects, Protection and Interactive Technologies Directorate, Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Lockheed Martin Aerospace, Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $12,860,294 cost-plus-fixed-fee; firm-fixed-price; and cost-reimbursement-no-fee contract for C-5 computer software update 02. Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia; and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance, depot purchase equipment maintenance, software funding, and transportation working capital funds in the amount of $12,860,294 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8525-15-C-0001).
Insight Public Sector Inc., Tempe, Arizona, is being awarded $30,934,596 for call MU01 against a previously awarded blanket purchase agreement (N66001-15-A-0001) to procure Microsoft brand name enterprise licenses and support, known as software assurance. The company also is being awarded $18,401,694 for call MU02 under the same contract. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $15,577,396 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5103) to incrementally fund the Aegis Platform Systems Engineering Agent (PSEA) activities and Aegis Modernization Advanced Capability Build (ACB) engineering.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Ga., has been awarded a $27,922,289 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with provision to issue cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement-no-fee contract for the sustainment of C-5 software and the software integration laboratory, engineering support, and to provide an emergency operational flight plan. The cumulative total face value for this acquisition is $27,922,289. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/C-5 Galaxy Center, Robins Air force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.