Archive: IT

Navy’s Operational Test Force Getting Its Hands Around OA, IT Testing

By Geoff Fein As the Navy moves toward open architecture (OA) and looks to upgrade software and hardware at lightning speed, putting those systems through the traditional operational test and evaluation process could create tension as programs are modified to get into the hands of warfighters. But making sure those new and improved technologies give […]

Draper Labs Gives GD Potential $110 Million Contract For Trident II Work

General Dynamics [GD] Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a three-year contract potentially worth $100 million by Charles Stark Draper Laboratory to produce integrated circuits for the Navy’s Trident II (D-5) submarine-launched ballistic missile program, the company reported. The contract is part of the Navy’s Trident Life Extension Electronic Parts Program (LEEPP). The program is […]

Navy, Marine Corps GREENS Effort–Using The Sun To Power Systems

By Geoff Fein The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is developing systems to enable Marines to take advantage of the Sun’s energy to charge batteries, run radios, laptops and sensors, all using commercially available components, according to the Navy. A two-pronged effort is looking to provide the Marines with 300 watts of continuous power as […]

Lockheed Martin Deepens Commitment To Energy Market

By Calvin Biesecker Lockheed Martin [LMT] yesterday announced it has partnered with a number of utility companies to improve the nation’s electric grid and partnered with a leading university to research climate change and energy production and consumption, part of the company’s foray into the energy marketspace. The energy and climate issue is the "next […]

Northrop Grumman, Partners Create Cybersecurity Research Consortium

By Calvin Biesecker In an effort to get in front of emerging and future cyber threats, Northrop Grumman [NOC] has partnered with three universities to create the Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium (NGCRC) and has funded long-term research projects at each institution. "Research spans many areas of cyber security that may be defined as protection […]

ICF International To Acquire Small IT Security Firm

By Calvin Biesecker ICF International [ICFI] yesterday said it has agreed to acquire Jacob & Sundstrom, Inc. (J&S), a small information technology firm that provides cyber security and identity management services to defense and federal civilian agencies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ICF said it would pay cash for Maryland-based J&S, which is […]

Navy’s Next Cruiser Modernization Effort Underway On USS Mobile Bay

By Geoff Fein Personnel aboard the USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) are training on new combat system hardware and software as the ship becomes the second Aegis cruiser in the fleet to undergo the Navy’s move toward open architecture systems under advanced capability build 08 (ACB08). Among the changes ACB08 is bringing to the Mobile Bay […]

Raytheon Official: EW Efforts Give It An Edge In Jammer Competition

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] officials believe efforts to develop the Next Generation Jammer as well as their familiarity with the EA-18G give the company an advantage in the effort to deliver this capability to the Navy. Raytheon is relying on efforts not only among its Electronic Warfare business units, but from other sectors that […]

DHS Cyber Division Readying Competition For US CERT Operations

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in FY ’10 plans to host a new competition to obtain analysts and support for the operations of its security team that responds to and defends against cyber attacks to federal civilian networks, a department official said last week. The re-competition of the US CERT (United […]

Stackley: Weigh Cost, Warfighting Need For Open Architecture Backfitting

By Emelie Rutherford While the Navy is committed to building systems with open architecture, it must weigh the cost of and operational need for retrofitting existing equipment to have such upgradable designs, the service’s acquisition czar said yesterday. Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition, cited open-architecture efforts include decoupling hardware […]