The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be using Sqrrl's Threat Hunting Platform to see intrusions on its network. Under a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FirstSource II contract with Govplace, a reseller and integrator, TSA will deploy the Cambridge, Massachusets-based company's software to inspect its IT environments to proactively identify compromises and evict any cyber adversaries.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $22,999,282 modification (P000012) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0045) to procure 53,164 level-of-effort hours to support air system software integration and 53,122 level-of-effort hours to support flight test operations in support of the F-35 aircraft platform for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (40 percent); Palmdale, California (30 percent); and Patuxent River, Maryland (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in in February 2018.
Four LLC,* Herndon, Virginia (modification P00018 to W52P1J-15-D-0006); Immix Technology Incorporated, McLean, Virginia (modification P00017 to W52P1J-15-D-0007); and Carahsoft Technology Corporation, Reston, Virginia (modification P00017 to W52P1J-15-D-0008), will share in a $130,000,000 modification to provide commercially available-off-the-shelf software products and maintenance that have obtained a full Certificate of Networthiness through the Army's Network Command networthiness process in the following categories: IT Utility and Security; Modeling and Simulation; Multimedia and Design; and Program and Development. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of February 10, 2020.
Under a $51 million, 3.5 year delivery order on the Training Systems Contract III, Falls Church, Virginia-based CSRA Incorporated will develop and deliver Integrated Tactical Trainers (ITTs) for the Littoral Combat Ship 6, Independence variant, in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Fla. The ITTs will be installed and operated at the Littoral Combat Training Facility in San Diego. The ITTs will be used as part of CSRA's VirtualShip training platform to help the Navy train its bridge teams for operations at sea.
The increasing nature of computing capabilities, the number of technologies that are interconnected to the cyber world, the amount of data generated, and the speed at which data is reported are all reshaping everyday life. To harness this new dynamic, the commercial computer industry has already switched to a more agile way of developing software. More and more, the military is moving to advance the development of cyber-based infrastructure under this changing environment.
In our real-world, show-and-tell environment, an ability to develop agile software solutions won't guarantee wins in the latest government programs. Companies and individual tech teams must tailor their approaches to meeting customer needs by using open source practices and assuming an agile warrior mindset: a single-minded determination to achieve goals and declare victory on the battlefield of government procurement.
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.