Archive: IT

Secure Flight Enters New Phase, TSA Says

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) yesterday said that its program to assume vetting process for airline passengers against government watch lists enters the next phase this Saturday when participating airlines must begin asking passengers for their birth dates and genders in addition to their names. In May, under the Secure Flight program, TSA required the […]

July Aegis BMD Test Demonstrated Latest Software, Hardware Builds

By Geoff Fein In the most recent at-sea missile defense test, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Navy and their industry partners were hoping to demonstrate a number of software and hardware upgrades to the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system. On July 31, the USS Lake Erie (CG-70) equipped with the new Aegis BMD 4.01 […]

USS Bunker Hill Completes CSSQT After Year-Long Upgrade Effort

By Geoff Fein The USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) wrapped up its Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) last month, validating the Aegis Weapon System through a series of surface and anti-air warfare exercises, according to Lockheed Martin [LMT]. CSSQT evaluated the Bunker Hill’s Aegis Combat System for combat readiness through comprehensive surface and anti-air warfare […]

EA-18G Given High Marks In OPEVAL, Boeing Says

By Geoff Fein The Department of Defense (DoD) last month finished initial operational test and evaluation for Boeing’s [BA] EA-18G, finding the new electronic attack aircraft operationally effective, operationally suitable and ready for fleet introduction. "The evaluation of Navy’s testing community, under the Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Forces, determined that the EA-18G is able […]

House Defense Authorization Bill Includes Language On LCS Data Rights

By Geoff Fein Language added to the House-passed defense authorization bill would give the government the technical data rights for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) if either shipbuilder declined to build LCS for a specified price. General Dynamics [GD] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] are separately building variants of LCS. Although the House language still needs […]

Northrop Grumman’s New Cyber Security Center To Focus On Protecting Networks

By Geoff Fein Northrop Grumman [NOC] has opened a new cyber security operations center (CSOC) in Maryland to focus on protecting its networks and data as well as those of its customers worldwide. Because of the company’s extensive relationships with the government, Northrop Grumman’s networks are targets for attack, Linda Mills, president information systems and […]

GD-AIS Wins Navy Contract To Upgrade Sub Weapon Control System

General Dynamics [GD] Advanced Information Systems (GD-AIS), was recently awarded a $10.2 million first-year contract of a multi-year award by the Navy to provide upgrades to the submarine weapons control system (WCS) portion of the AN/BYG-1 submarine combat system, the company reported. GD-AIS will develop weapon control software and commercial off-the-shelf hardware upgrades for the […]

Raytheon Gets $24 Million Contract To Provide Military Wireless Network Gateway

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently awarded Raytheon [RTN] a one-year $24.4 million contract to provide a cost-effective, highly capable military wireless network interoperable gateway, the company said. Options would extend the contract to 2012 and bring the potential value to $155 million, Raytheon added. The Mobile Ad-Hoc Interoperability GATEway, or MAINGATE, will […]

CSC Signs Agreement With DoD For Cyber Security

Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC] recently signed an agreement with the Department of Defense (DoD) to collaborate on cyber security and threats, the company said. Under the agreement, the DoD and CSC will collaborate concerning third party attempts to attack network systems. DoD and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Program members will use lessons learned to improve […]