Archive: IT

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 […]

CNO’s ’10 Guidance Calls For Leveraging S&T; Improving Info Ops

By Geoff Fein The Navy needs to leverage science and technology initiatives to provide sailors a warfighting edge, and sustain that edge into the future, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) said in his 2010 guidance. "That edge includes advances in human performance and protection, total ownership cost (TOC), autonomy, and power and energy. These […]

AARGM Successfully Completes Final Missile Live Fire Test In SDD Phase

By Geoff Fein ATK’s [ATK], the U.S. Navy and the Italian Air Force successfully launched and scored a direct hit on a simulated enemy air defense target during the final development test (DT) firing of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake on Aug. 7, the company reported […]

SAIC Posts Strong 2nd Quarter Results; Awaiting Details On Insourcing

By Calvin Biesecker SAIC [SAI] on Tuesday reported strong earnings and sales for its second quarter and maintained its outlook for the fiscal year but is still awaiting key policy decisions from the Obama administration on government insourcing and conflicts of interest in contracting that will have a significant impact on the company and its […]

COTS Solutions Bring Cost Savings For F/A-18s As Well As Challenges

By Geoff Fein While the Navy procures commercially available components for its surface, undersea and network platforms and systems, incorporating off-the-shelf technologies into aircraft, in particular the F/A-18 Hornet, is a bit more challenging, according to a Navy spokeswoman. There are three omnipresent, sometimes competing challenges associated with using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components in the […]