Archive: Open Architecture

USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships steam in formation for a photo exercise during the final day of Exercise Keen Sword 2011. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Ship Maintenance Periods Will Dictate CANES Competitions

The availability of ships for maintenance periods will determine how the Navy proceeds with holding competitions among five qualified vendors for the production and delivery of the new IT systems called CANES, according to program officials. The maintenance availabilities of the Navy’s fleet will also dictate the timing of the competitions and number of units […]

USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships steam in formation for a photo exercise during the final day of Exercise Keen Sword 2011. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

Navy’s $2.5 Billion Arrangement Taps Five Firms To Produce CANES Ship Network

The Navy issued a long-awaited award on Wednesday for the full-rate production of the ship-based IT network known as CANES under a $2.5-billion contract arrangement designed to force five contractors to continuously compete for the work. The five companies are incumbent Northrop Grumman [NOC], General Dynamics [GD], BAE Systems, and smaller firms Global Technical Systems […]

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Meeting Minimal Bandwidth Requirements Critical Part of Pentagon IT, CIO Says

The Pentagon’s top official for information technology said Wednesday that contractors will have to be pressured to meet the lowest required bandwidth requirements as the building transitions to a unified and interoperable IT framework. “If you are going to develop software for us, you must develop it to require the minimum bandwidth possible,” Terry Halvorsen, […]

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DISA Approves BlackBerry Mobile Security Solution For Apple, Android Devices

Canada’s Blackberry Limited [BBRY] on Wednesday said the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has approved the company’s secure enterprise service for mobile communications to be used with Apple’s [APPL] iOS and Android smart phones in addition to BlackBerry 10 smart phones. DISA’s Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval gives government agencies confidence in employing a […]

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MEADS Completes Advanced Network Tests In Italy

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) recently completed a comprehensive system demonstration at Pratica di Mare Air Base near Rome, Italy. All criteria for success were achieved, according to the multi-national joint venture MEADS International, which is developing the system for the United States, Germany and Italy. The two-week test demonstration included significant first-time […]

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Army Taps Daylight Defense To Develop Next Gen UV Laser

Daylight Defense LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daylight Solutions Inc., said the Army has selected the company to develop next-generation high-power ultraviolet (UV) laser capability to support future defense applications. The award was made under the Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which provides high-tech U.S. businesses with fewer than 500 employees the […]

Navy Begins Round Of Online War Gaming On IP Rights

The Navy has begun a second round of online war gaming designed to address the contentious issue of intellectual property (IP) rights, a key aspect of the Pentagon’s effort to promote open architecture systems and greater competition in acquisition programs. Acquiring intellectual property is seen by the Pentagon as critical for creating more competition in […]

Nicholas Guertin, the Navy's director for transformation, speaking at Defense Daily's Open Architecture Summit in Nov. 2013. Photo by Dane Rene, special to Defense Daily.

Navy Begins Round Of Online War Gaming On IP Rights

The Navy has begun a second round of online war gaming designed to address the contentious issue of intellectual property (IP) rights, a key aspect of the Pentagon’s effort to promote open architecture systems and greater competition in acquisition programs. Acquiring intellectual property is seen by the Pentagon as critical for creating more competition in […]

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Raytheon Offers 360-Degree Radar To Poland, Germany In Patriot System Upgrade

Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot Air and Missile Defense-System offering for Poland and Germany’s missile defense programs includes solid-state advanced radar providing 360-degree coverage as a co-development opportunity. Poland recently chose Raytheon’s Patriot and a consortium of Thales and MBDA for its mid-range missile defense system program. Raytheon has a similar offering for Germany’s missile defense. For […]

MEADS Out, Poland Invites Raytheon To Take Part in Formal Missile Defense Procurement Process

Poland July 1 said it has concluded the technical dialogue for its medium-range missile defense system called WISLA and invited Raytheon‘s [RTN] bid of Patriot and the EUROSAM Consortium‘s offering of SAMP/T to take part in the formal procurement process–eliminating the MEADS International industry team proposing the MEADS system. Also eliminated was a reported offering from Israel.  “We are very pleased […]