Archive: IT

DHS Gets Direct Hiring Authority For Cybersecurity Positions

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday said that her department has received new authority to staff up to 1,000 cybersecurity related positions over the next three years as part of the Obama administration’s commitment to boosting the Department of Homeland Security’s capabilities in cybersecurity and helping it hire experts in this area. The direct hiring […]

CSC, Siemens Nab Large TSA Contracts

Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC] and Germany’s Siemens [SI] have each won contracts worth close to $500 million each from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide computing hardware and services and maintenance support for security equipment respectively. Under the Information Technology Infrastructure Program (ITIP), CSC will provide computing and communications hardware, software and services and […]

M2C2: From Concept To Fielding An Urgent Need In Six Months

By Geoff Fein The Marine Corps and Navy are expected to begin fielding this fall an over the horizon, on-the-move command and control system that can be integrated into a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP). The Mobile Modular Command and Control (M2C2) program, was in response to an urgent warfighter need, Basil Moncrief, technology […]

Raytheon Unwraps Latest Radar Development For Surface Ships

By Geoff Fein Earlier this month, Raytheon [RTN] unveiled its latest naval self-defense radar technology–the AN/SPY-5, phased-array system, which can track more targets compared to dish arrays and simultaneous threat illumination, according to a company official. The SPY-5 is also "significantly linked to the existing NATO SeaSparrow systems, and the radar’s range, accuracy and beam […]

SBI Chief Sees Second Contract Option For Boeing If Improvements Continue

By Calvin Biesecker With the ink barely dry on Boeing’s [BA] first one-year contract option for the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) program, if the company’s performance on the program continues to improve then it will likely get another 12-month extension next year, according the head of the border security program. While some in Congress are […]

Raytheon Delivers First LRIP Airborne Mine Hunting Systems To Navy

By Geoff Fein The Navy last month took delivery of its first of five low-rate initial production (LRIP) airborne mine neutralization systems (AMNS) and Raytheon [RTN] will have the remaining four systems delivered to the service by December, according to a company official. Along with its next-generation AMNS, Raytheon has also delivered its next-generation minehunting […]

GAO: Recent DHS Acquisition Management Efforts A Step Forward But Still Fall Short

By Calvin Biesecker Oversight of major acquisition programs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been improving, particularly in the past year with new management guidance, but still falls short of meeting best program management practices codified in federal law, a government auditor said yesterday. Lacking these best practices and management controls, there will […]

Raytheon Gets $93 Million For SM-6 Block I LRIP

By Geoff Fein Earlier this month, the Navy awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $93.8 million contract for low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the company’s Standard Missile- 6 (SM-6) Block I that will deliver a number of new capabilities to the fleet. SM-6 Block I takes advantage of the airframe developed on the SM-2 Block 4, which […]

Marines Reducing Weight of Radios Without Impacting Ruggedness

By Geoff Fein Reducing the gear, including communications equipment, an individual Marine has to carry is a significant challenge due to the complexity of bridging advanced technologies into form factors conducive to the harsh battlefield environments Marines operate in, according to a Marine Corps official. As a result of lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, […]

ONR Effort Rapidly Fields Solutions To Meet Warfighter Needs

By Geoff Fein While the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is largely focused on advancing science and technology efforts, the organization’s Quick Reaction Technology Solutions area looks to quickly assist sailors and Marines in need of a solution to a pressing problem. All year long requests and ideas come into the Quick Reaction Technology Solutions […]