Archive: IT

GTS, DRS, Northrop Grumman Team Land Navy’s Common Processor Contract

By Geoff Fein Virginia Beach-based Global Technical Systems (GTS) has been awarded a $95 million indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract for the Navy’s Common Processing Systems (CPS)–a major piece of the Navy’s Open Architecture (OA) efforts. "It’s really a compilation of what we have been working towards for the past 12 years, standing behind OA…the […]

SASC: Navy Must Run Full And Open Competition For Ship Combat Systems

By Geoff Fein A key Senate panel wants the Navy to submit a plan for providing a full and open competition for combat systems in construction of surface combatants beyond 2011. According to language in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) authorization report for fiscal year 2010, the Navy Secretary will submit to congressional defense […]

Booz Allen, GD, SAIC, SRA Win Potential $389 Million DHS Award

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) selected Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics [GD], SAIC [SAI] and SRA International [SRX] to compete for task orders under a $388.9 million contract ceiling in support of the National Communications System. The five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity National Security and Emergency Preparedness Scientific, Engineering and Technical Assistance contracts have […]

Effort Underway To Put Network Security Language Into DFAR

By Geoff Fein The Pentagon is looking to write into the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR) language to protect defense networks, according to a top Navy official. The defense industrial base effort will define in both the DFAR and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) what kind of network infrastructure is needed, Robert Carey, the Navy’s […]

Navy To Begin Delivering Unclassified Wireless Networks To Surface Ships

The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) will begin limited procurement and fielding of unclassified wireless networks onboard Navy surface ships starting this summer, according to the sea service. Once accomplished, shipboard wireless networks will allow sailors greater mobility and enhance their ability to multi-task and conduct shipboard […]

Navy Reorganizing OPNAV Staff, Merging N2 And N6

By Geoff Fein The Director of Naval Intelligence (N2) has been tasked with reorganizing the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) staff to consolidate N2 and the Deputy CNO Communizations Networks (N6) into a single entity. Additionally, under the reorganization plan, the Director, Navy Staff-Quadrennial Defense Review (DNS QDR) will become the Director, Naval Warfare Assessment […]

Raytheon Wins $21 Million DARPA Contract For Network Centric Radio System

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) last Friday awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $21.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee and fixed-price contract to develop the generation Network Centric Radio System (NCRS), with additional capabilities and an assured affordable price to the user, the Defense Department said. Raytheon beat out three other bids for the project, DARPA noted. The […]

Private Equity Firm Acquires Wyle

The private equity firm Court Square Capital yesterday said it has acquired Wyle, a provider of aerospace and information technology solutions to the federal government, from Littlejohn & Co., another private equity firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Littlejohn acquired Wyle in 2003. The company has about $800 million in sales and 3,800 […]

UCAS OA Efforts Reaping Early Cost Savings

By Geoff Fein As personnel at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) are finding that even in the early introduction of Open Architecture (OA) into the Unmanned Combat Air Systems (UCAS) program, they are realizing cost savings, a program official said. "What happened was we originally had our architecture being developed over a legacy system that […]

UCAS Gives Navy Opportunity To Pursue Scalable Systems Approach

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s effort to develop a carrier capable combat drone is providing the service an opportunity to explore the art of the possible, literally building the Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) with an eye toward open architecture (OA). "One of the unique opportunities that we have is that we have a clean […]