Archive: IT

DISA Seeking New Acquisition Efforts To Pace Technology Changes

By Geoff Fein The Department of Defense (DoD) is looking at novel acquisition approaches to enable information systems to keep up with the rapid speed of technology changes, according to a DoD official. DoD not only faces the challenges that the commercial world has in trying to keep pace with technology change, but the military […]

Navy Needs Right Policies And Standards In Place As It Moves To Modular Systems

By Geoff Fein As systems for Navy ships, aircraft, and shore facilities get more complex and more dependent on other systems, it is important to have the right policies and standards in place to ensure interoperability, according to a Navy official. "It isn’t just something we talk about, but something we have actually effected in […]

Report Provides New Administration Plans For Implementing Cyber Security In Private Sector

By Geoff Fein The most pressing cyber security issue facing the defense industry is a near existential threat from state-sponsored foreign intelligence services who have the capability to tap into company networks, accessing sensitive intellectual property, according to a report from the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) A network breach has long-term negative implications for national […]

ManTech Acquires IT Services Provider

ManTech International [MANT] on Monday said it has acquired information technology (IT) services provider EWA Services, Inc., formerly a subsidiary of Electronic Warfare Associates, Inc., adding to its customer and capability base for the Defense Department. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ManTech estimates that EWA Services will contribute $20 million in sales next […]

Benefits of Implementing Open Architecture Reach Beyond Military’s Efforts

By Geoff Fein While the Navy is working to incorporate open architecture (OA) into its surface ships, aviation assets and electronic systems, other federal agencies are also migrating toward the concept in hopes of increasing interoperability while at the same time demonstrating cost savings. Those federal agencies benefit from OA in three main ways, Andy […]

Industry Readying For Navy’s Release of SEWIP Block 2 RFP

By Geoff Fein Several teams are partnering for a planned request for proposal (RFP), expected by the end of the year, for the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 upgrade to the current shipboard electronic support measures system. BAE Systems and General Dynamics [GD] Advanced Information Systems (GD AIS) have joined forces, […]

LPD-17’s Ship Wide Area Network Already Undergoing Upgrade

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s San Antonio-class of amphibious ships brings two big advantages to the fleet, lift and its command and control capability, according to a Navy official. While the lift capability for the most part is similar to what other amphibs have, it is the command and control assets that set LPD-17 apart, […]

Navy OA Report Shows How Ship Upgrades Can Be Done Faster, Cheaper

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s fourth report to the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on efforts to incorporate open architecture (OA) demonstrated that for the period of July through September, the service focused on how surface combat systems upgrades can be done rapidly and with lower costs. To make surface combat systems more affordable, "a […]

Winter: Open Architecture Provides Opportunities For Industry As Well As Navy

By Emelie Rutherford Increased use of open-architecture technologies on Navy ships will impact industry, by both increasing competition and ensuring conpanies provide the sea service the most optimal capabilities, Navy Secretary Donald Winter said yesterday. "I think [open architecture] does represent both a tremendous opportunity for the Navy, and a tremendous opportunity for industry to do […]

General Dynamics Completes Delivery of First WIN-T Increment

General Dynamics’ [GD] C4 Systems yesterday said it recently completed delivery of the first WIN-T Increment 1 equipment to the Army. Increment 1 builds on the former Joint Network Node-Network (JNN) and provides soldiers with a high-capacity, reliable, secure communications network when they are stopped or "at the halt." On schedule deliveries of WIN-T Increment […]