Archive: IT

Raytheon Interoperable Communications Technology Gets SAFETY Act Approval

Raytheon [RTN] yesterday said its radio control interconnection technology has received SAFETY Act approval by the Department of Homeland Security, which means the company gets legal liability protections as a supplier of the systems. The company’s audio control unit technology provides public safety agencies a way to interconnect existing radio equipment with other radio systems […]

Navy Continues To Expand OA Across Undersea, Surface, Air, Space Programs, Report Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy issued its fifth quarterly open architecture (OA) report to Congress, outlining efforts including the release of an acquisition management plan, a draft architecture description document (ADD), as well as adding or modifying contract language to provide contractors incentives for adhering to open standards. The February 2009 report notes that the […]

ManTech Acquires Cyber Security Firm

ManTech International [MANT] yesterday said it has acquired the small firm DDK Technology Group, Inc., bolstering its capabilities in cyber security and information technology support. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ManTech said that DDK, which is a small veteran owned business, is expected to generate $14 million in sales this year. Maryland-based DDK […]

CSC Establishes Cyber Security Center

Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC] said yesterday it has established a virtual cyber security center that will allow it and its government and commercial customers to simulate current and future cyber environments, threats and security solutions. The new center will be composed of the company’s Maryland-based Innovation Laboratory, and its Virginia-based Infrastructure Laboratory and Service Oriented […]

Navy Using OA Approach For Monitoring Bunker Hill’s Network

By Geoff Fein As part of the Aegis modernization effort on the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), Lockheed Martin [LMT] is incorporating CA’s [CA] Spectrum Network Fault Manager to monitor the health of the network infrastructure, according to CA. CA helps verify the performance and availability of computing networks with automated service, fault and configuration management. […]

Navy Needs To Continue Technological Investment In Unmanned Systems, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Unmanned systems are an area the Navy should continue to invest in, from a technological point of view, as the service learns just what those platforms are capable of doing, said the Navy’s top civilian leader. "I think we are just starting to learn with unmanned systems, in a variety of ways," […]

DHS Still Needs To Address Shortfalls In Meeting Cyber Security Responsibilities, GAO Says

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is the lead federal agency for overseeing the cyber defense of the nation’s critical infrastructure, continues to fall short in meeting its roles and responsibilities here, a Government Accountability Official (GAO) said yesterday. Since 2005 the GAO has made 30 recommendations in various reports on […]

CANES Will Make Navy IT Affordable, RFP Expected This Month, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy expects to issue a request for proposal (RFP) this month for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprises Services (CANES), a directed approach to reduce infrastructure and increase capability across surface ship networks. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) had hoped to issue the request for proposals (RFP) in January. […]

Navy Needs Secure And Interoperable Networks To Defeat Adversaries, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Without secure and interoperable networks, the Navy won’t be able to achieve two of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) cooperative strategy’s overarching themes–cooperation among all maritime services and preventing and winning small wars, a top Navy official said yesterday. The challenge the Navy has is in delivering intelligence and information to […]

Marine Corps Seeks Ways To Solve Battlefield Network Connectivity, Rapid IT Procurement

By Geoff Fein The Marine Corps is looking for solutions to maintaining network connectivity in theater as well as ways to rapidly procure information technology, according to a top Marine Corps official. In the early stages of both Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the Marine Corps had issues with down networks, […]