Army, Joint Combatant Commands, Raytheon

Video – Raytheon's First Person Shooter

A (poorly recorded) video of Raytheon’s demonstration at AUSA of the company’s Counter IED trainer — a full-immersion simulation that the company has developed for squad-level training of troops in a highly realistic, 3-D environment that physically stresses them in similar ways to actual patrols.

Sorry for the quality — this was recorded on an iPod Nano.

Army, Joint Combatant Commands, Raytheon

Video – Raytheon’s First Person Shooter

A (poorly recorded) video of Raytheon’s demonstration at AUSA of the company’s Counter IED trainer — a full-immersion simulation that the company has developed for squad-level training of troops in a highly realistic, 3-D environment that physically stresses them in similar ways to actual patrols.

Sorry for the quality — this was recorded on an iPod Nano.

Contractors & Vendors, Joint Combatant Commands, Lockheed Martin

JFCOM awards Lockheed contract for ISR video database

The US Joint Forces Command has given a team led by Lockheed-Martin for a system called “Valiant Angel”, which basically applies current broadcasting video technology to manage the collection, dissemination, processing, and storage of  the massive quantities of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance  full-motion video produced by the wide range of sensors in the DOD’s inventory.  The contract is for $29 million.

According to Lockheed’s release, “Valiant Angel will deliver a number of new capabilities to the warfighter. The system will:

  • Collect and store incoming video streams from a variety of sensors in a secure, networked database.
  • Categorize and manage videos by keyword, geographic region or other items of interest. For instance, users looking for a red pickup truck on 10th Street can search Valiant Angel’s library for any video footage matching that description and in that location, or set up alerts to tell them when new clips are posted to the network.
  • Fuse intelligence data from multiple sources into incoming video streams. For example, if two users are discussing a video over instant messenger, Valiant Angel will embed that chat history directly in the video stream, so other users can follow exactly what was discussed to glean important intelligence.”

via U.S. Joint Forces Command Awards Lockheed Martin Team $29 Million Contract for Advanced Video Intelligence System | Lockheed Martin.

Air Force, Cyberdefense and Information Assurance, Defense Department, Joint Combatant Commands, Space, tech

Three questions on cyber and space for SecDef at Air Force Association event

MODERATOR:  You commented on 24th Air Force.  And would you also comment on the standup of U.S. Cyber Command and your expectations of how the services will organize and present a full range of capabilities to this new command?

SEC. GATES:  I think all of the services have really readily embraced the reality that this is — this is important and vitally — and vital to us for the future.  Each of the services is establishing its own cyber organization, such as the 24th.

All of the — I have — I’ve asked each of the service chiefs to consider as a first priority filling the billets in the cyber schools. We were not filling all of those billets, and clearly the demand for trained people in each of the services in this area is critically important.

I think everybody understands this is a huge potential vulnerability for us because of our dependence on the electronic world for communications, for everything we do.  And I think Cyber Command really is a recognition of the need that — the U.S. Cyber Command as a subunified command under STRATCOM.

I think the reason it’s really important is the need to integrate the different elements from exploitation to defense and so on all in one place so that we have a unity of effort in this respect, and then working with the individual service components.  So I think that we’ve made a lot of institutional and structural progress over the past year to 18 months in getting ourselves better organized to deal with a threat that is only going to grow in the future.

MODERATOR:  And, sir, this is a follow-up on that.  You’ve described well what we’re doing within the department. But how will operations in cyberspace be coordinated between the Department of Defense and other civil and national agencies?

SEC. GATES:  Well, I’m sort of speaking a little out of turn here because I can’t speak for the administration as a whole, so I’ll just give a personal opinion.  I think the notion of being able to replicate NSA for the civilian side of the government is wholly unrealistic.  We lack the human capital as well as the dollars to be able to do it; and, frankly, we lack the time to be able to do it. You just couldn’t create another NSA in a year or two.  This is a 10- or 20-year project.

So I think we have to figure out a way.  I think that the concerns of people — of all of us concerned about civil liberties and so on have to be taken into account.  My own personal view is that one way to do this would be to double-hat a deputy secretary or an undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and have that person also be a civilian deputy at NSA, you know, and then figure out a way to put some firewalls in that make sure that the authorities that we have that we can use for going after foreign threats do not spill over into the civilian world.

But clearly the need to address this issue and the vulnerability of the dot-com world in this arena, I think, has to be addressed, and better sooner than later.

MODERATOR:  Thank you, sir.  And the next question has to do with our growing reliance on space.  And our services and certainly our nation and the world continue to rely heavily and even more so on our space capabilities.  Now, what we are doing to address the potential threat to our space assets that have been appearing over the past several years?

SEC. GATES:  Well, this is a — this is a worry for me, and especially once the Chinese demonstrated their anti-satellite capabilities.  They are working on them.  Clearly, the Russians have some capabilities in this area.  Others may have in the years ahead and maybe in the not-too-distant future.

So I think we have to look at it in a couple of ways.  How can we make what we do put in space more survivable?  But also, what kind of alternatives can we develop in the atmosphere to be able to provide us at least short-term substitutes for space assets should they be denied to us?  And I would tell you we’re not — we’ve made some good progress, but we’ve got a long way to go in this area.

Foreign Non-Coalition, Iran, Joint Combatant Commands, Policy, Soutwest Asia, Space

Quicklinks: security and defense news for Sept. 11, 2009

Armed Forces News Service: Task force created on 9/11 still guards New York.

Iran offers a plan to eliminate all nuclear weapons worldwide, and prevent proliferation.

Politics Daily reports on information ops in Afghanistan.

Washington Times: Al Qaeda still “determined foe”.

Reuters: US will stick to Iraqi pullout plans.

Air Force, BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, Contractors & Vendors, EADS, General Dynamics, Joint Combatant Commands, Navy, Northrop Grumman, SOCOM

Contract Watch: C4ISR and platform highlights for Sept. 3

Here’s a roundup of this week’s contract announcements so far with a tech angle:


In a continuation of its 2006 program award, Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Systems & Solutions was awarded a $421,098,648 modified contract for its Air and Space Operations Center, Weapon System Integrator program to cover fielding, sustainment, systems engineering, integration, modernization, maintenance, management, and contingency support for AOC. The Air Force has over 20 Air Operations Centers (AOCs) worldwide; the program aims to standardize them and turn them into “interoperable net-centric weapon systems that will provide commanders real-time, common operational views of the global battlefield,” according to Lockheed.

The AOCs affected by the program include those “in regions such as the Middle East and East Asia from which the general who oversees all U.S., allied and coalition aircraft in a theater of operations can execute an air campaign and direct space support and information operations activities. They also include those centers that are used to protect the homeland and support specialized missions, as well as those utilized for training, testing and technical support or serving in backup roles.”

Lockheed is prime on a team that that includes Raytheon, SAIC, Dynamics Research Corporation, Intelligent Software Solutions, Gestalt and Computer Sciences Corporation.  The scope of the AOC-WSI contract includes standardizing AOCs with a common hardware and software baseline, managing their configuration “as a true weapon system”, and integrating the 48 existing AOC systems and applications, “adding machine to machine interfaces that will provide greater automation of tasks, faster access to ISR data, enhanced battle damage assessment capabilities and greater reach into the space, ground and maritime arenas.”

EADS Defense Security Systems was awarded a $99,600,000 contract for support and sustainment of the Eagle Vision data acquisition segment.  Eagle Vision is a mobile “earth observation” ground station–it can acquire data directly from the SPOT, LANDSAT, Indian Remote Sensing (IRS), and RADARSAT civil/commercial earth observation satellites.

BAE Systems National Security Solutions, Inc., Burlington, Mass., is awarded a $6,649,056 contract for the Passive InfraRed Exploitation Technology program to explore novel approaches to sensing in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.  At this time $2,238,740 has been obligated.


Teledyne Cougar, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $9,900,856 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 150 instantaneous frequency measurement receivers and improved stabilized radio frequency sources to support multiple agency efforts at the Airborne Threat Simulation Organization, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Point Mugu, Calif.

NCS Technologies Inc. of  Manassas, Va., is being awarded an $8,716,770 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification under a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for the purchase of workstations, laptops and printers in support of the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence.    This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $26,999,999.  If all options are exercised, work could continue until Sept. 30, 2013.

BAE Systems, Land & Armaments L.P., U.S. Combat Systems, Minneapolis, Minn., is being awarded a $7,776,370 firm-fixed-price contract for the FY09 canister production requirements for MK-21 MOD 2 canisters to support integration of the STANDARD Missile into the MK 41 vertical launching system (VLS).  The MK 41 VLS provides a missile launching system for CG 47 and DDG 51 class surface combatants of the Navy, as well as surface combatants of allied navies.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. – Sperry Marine, Charlottesville, Va., is being awarded a $5,628,913 firm-fixed-price contract for fabrication and delivery of nine Navigation Data Distribution Systems (NAVDDS), four installation and check out (INCO) spare kits, and 10 hours of engineering, technical and logistics support.  This contract is being funded by the government of Taiwan, (100 precent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.  The Taiwanese government requested a replacement for their WRN-7 Global Positioning System and legacy navigation distribution system that supports the WSN-5 mechanical gyrocompass with a standard WSN-7B ring laser gyrocompass on board four Taiwanese Navy DDG-1801 Keelung Class Ships.  The NAVDDS is one element within an integrated upgrade to the Taiwan DDG-1801 class combat systems and are specifically replacing the current obsolete navigation and associated distribution systems on those ships.  Work will be performed in Charlottesville, Va., (95 percent), Kaohsiung, Taiwan, (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2012.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division is the contracting activity (N00178-09-C-1003).


General Dynamics Information Technology of Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $10,116,177 contract.  The contract has a 12-month base period and four 12-month option periods for the Trans Regional Web Initiative (see the Wired “Danger Room” description of the program, a “hearts and minds on the Web” sort of thing) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command Joint Military Information Support Command.