Archive: IT

Without OA, Navy’s Ships Would Be Challenged To Meet Mission Relevance

By Geoff Fein The need to move the Navy toward open architecture systems (OA) is an imperative, as the service faces the challenges of the increasing cost to build ships, the need to pace technology change and to maintain mission relevance against changing threat scenarios, according to a top service official. OA is driven by […]

Lockheed Martin Views Its Work On ARCI As Beneficial To Its CANES Bid

By Geoff Fein Lockheed Martin [LMT] believes its work on the Navy’s Acoustic Rapid Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Technology Insertion (ARCI) effort has it well positioned for the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise Services (CANES) competition currently underway to outfit surface ships with a single common network. When the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and […]

A Year After EPIC Award BAE Looks To Cut Costs, Time On Ship C4I Work

By Geoff Fein In the year since BAE Systems won the Navy’s Enterprise Platform Integration Contract (EPIC) to provide technical expertise for integrating and installing command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems on ships, the company has begun looking at ways to continue to cut costs and time, a company official said. In February […]

Raytheon Teams With Narus On Real-Time Network Intelligence

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] has partnered with California-based Narus to embed the network security company’s NarusInsight to monitor Internet traffic and help manage and protect government networks. "We have been working for a while now with Narus and have culminated in a partnership which involves both incorporating their product and some R&D on our […]

Harris Acquires Small Cyber Security Firm

Harris Corp. [HRS] last week said it has acquired Crucial Security, Inc., a small information technology firm that has offensive and defensive capabilities in cyber warfare. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Crucial Security, which is based in Northern Virginia, has 110 employees. Crucial Security’s core competencies include enabling customers to launch attacks against […]

Bio And Border Security Among Key DHS Markets Northrop Grumman Pursuing

By Calvin Biesecker Northrop Grumman [NOC] continues to pursue a range of opportunities in the domestic and international homeland security space but is particularly keen on existing and emerging opportunities in several key areas including biological security, border security, information sharing and infrastructure protection, a company executive said yesterday. In all these areas Northrop Grumman […]

Navy To Award EDS Continuity of Services Contract For Transition To NGEN

By Geoff Fein Earlier this month the Navy issued a sole source solicitation to Electronic Data Systems (EDS) [HPQ] for a Continuity of Services Contract (COSC) that will be used to provide information technology services during the transition from the existing Navy and Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) contract to the proposed NextGeneration Enterprise Network (NGEN) […]

Navy May Need To Rethink IT Acquisition

By Geoff Fein As the rate of technology improvement shortens the time between advances in areas such as processing speed, the services are going to have to rethink the way they handle IT acquisition to pace those changes, according to a Navy official. Will a new way be needed to procure information technology (IT)? "Yes, […]

Navy Releases CANES RFP For Shipboard Common Computing Environment

By Geoff Fein The Navy last week issued its anticipated request for proposals (RFP) for the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise Services (CANES), a directed approach to reduce infrastructure and increase capability across surface ship networks. The RFP is for the common computing environment, the infrastructure piece of CANES, said Chris Miller, program executive officer for […]