Archive: IT

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 […]

Move To OA Requires Keeping Crews Up To Date On Rapid Technology Upgrades

By Geoff Fein As the Navy incorporates open architecture into its ships and submarines, it will be vital to keep the sailors who operate sonar and combat systems up to date on the rapidly upgraded technologies, according to a Navy official. One lesson the submarine force learned as it was incorporating the Acoustic Rapid COTS […]

Lockheed Martin Improving Focus On Cyber Security

Lockheed Martin [LMT] on Friday announced new organizational and personnel moves to sharpen its focus in the area of cyber security, which is growing in importance to government and private sectors and in terms of business opportunities. The company has established the Center for Cyber Security Innovation, which it says "represents an evolution for the […]