Archive: IT

SRA Posts Solid First Quarter Results

SRA International [SRX] yesterday posted higher net income and sales in the first quarter and achieved a record new contract award total. Net income increased 18 percent to $18.1 million, 31 cents earnings per share (EPS), versus $15.4 million (27 cents EPS) a year ago. Sales increased 6 percent to $417.5 million from $392.4 million […]

Surface Warfare Group Looks To Better Align Requirements For ACB

By Geoff Fein Although much of the Navy’s work in open architecture (OA) has been on the acquisition side of the service, efforts are underway on the requirements side to "better align its processes to take advantage of an advanced capability build (ACB) world," according to a service official. One example of this is the […]

Collins Envisions Strong DHS Cyber Director

By Calvin Biesecker The time is now to begin implementing strong steps to defend the nation’s "digital resources" and the effort must be led by an empowered director of a new cyber security center at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). That director would help enforce cyber standards throughout the federal government, review the information […]

Navy Faces Challenges As It Brings Unmanned Systems Online, CNO Says

By Geoff Fein As the Navy begins to incorporate unmanned systems into the fleet, service officials are going to have to deal with a number of challenges ranging from acceptance of the new technologies to how best to procure them, according to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Additionally, Adm. Gary Roughead said he is […]

Lieberman Outlines Components of Upcoming Cyber Security Legislation

Cyber security legislation to be introduced later this year by two senators has five basic principles, including giving the Department of Homeland Security the backing and personnel needed to monitor federal civilian networks and defend against attacks, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I/D-Conn.) said on Friday. Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, […]

FERC Seeks New Cyber Security Authority; Cites Industry Lapse

By Jeff Beattie The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking authority to require that utilities take mandatory measures to guard against cyber-threats or other attacks on the U.S. electric grid, largely because the agency thinks U.S. utilities’ voluntary response to the so-called "Aurora" threat in 2007 was inadequate, FERC’s top security official told lawmakers […]

Navy Reaping Benefits of Open Architecture Efforts, Report Says

By Geoff Fein In its seventh quarterly report to Congress on naval open architecture (NOA), the service has again demonstrated progress toward encouraging competition, building modular design and interoperable joint warfighting applications, identifying reusable software and ensuring life cycle affordability. The latest open architecture report to the Hill covers April ’09 through June ’09. Program […]

Navy Awards ITT $169 Million For Radar Obsolescence Work

ITT Corp. [ITT] has received a $169.3 million contract from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) as part of the AN/SPS-48G Radar Obsolescence, Availability Recovery (ROAR) program, the company reported. The five-year contract has a base year value of $29 million, plus options for four subsequent annual awards. ITT’s AN/SPS-48E radars were introduced into the Navy’s […]

New Helo Control Officer Simulator Refines How Sailors Learn Take-Off Operations

By Geoff Fein Until earlier this year, many junior sailors trained for conducting shipboard helicopter takeoffs using archaic tools–including wooden models to simulate aircraft. But an urgent request from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Three (HSC-3) in San Diego, led to an effort between the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Lockheed Martin [LMT] to develop […]

General Dynamics’ Independence Completes Builder’s Trials

By Geoff Fein General Dynamics [GD] wrapped up builder’s trials of its variant of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) earlier this week, putting the vessel through dozens of tests in preparation for acceptance trials and eventual delivery to the Navy before the end of the year. "Acceptance trials and delivery are planned to complete by […]