Thursday, January 15, 2009


DTRA contracts nuclear threat tech

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has contracted Alion Science and Technology to support the agency’s nuclear threat detection programs.

U.S. company Alion was awarded a follow-on task order from DTRA for continued technical support of efforts to counter weapons of mass destruction. Under the $21.8 million contract, Alion will supply analysis support services for DTRA’s nuclear detection technologies.

Officials say Alion will work on technologies with “high-risk, high-reward profiles” and evaluate their capability to protect the United States from nuclear and other explosive threats.

“The Alion team will play a vital role in assisting the government in the identification and transition of critical technologies in support of defense against weapons of mass destruction,” said Sue Archer, Alion senior vice president and manager of the Operational Solutions Group.

“Our work will help DTRA with formulating long-range research projects and uncovering those with the greatest potential benefits to reduce the threats posed by nuclear weapons,” she said.


Army awards deal for biometrics support

Telos Corp. has been contracted by the Army to provide the Defense Department with biometrics infrastructure support.

Virginia-based Telos, along with 11 other prime contractors, was awarded the contract to support the Army executive agency Biometrics Task Force.

Under the $497 million Biometrics Operations and Support Services Unrestricted contract, Telos will provide its biometrics technologies and related services to support the U.S. national security strategy.

The Army’s Biometrics Task Force is responsible for maintaining the Defense Department’s biometric database and ensuring it has advanced capabilities to operate.

“This contract signifies an important win for Telos, because it will give us the opportunity to demonstrate new capabilities that can be fielded in support of the premier organization dedicated to protecting the nation through the employment of biometrics,” said Robert Brandewie, Telos Identity and Security Solutions senior vice president.

“We plan to draw on the capabilities for infrastructure development demonstrated under the Air Force’s network-centric contract vehicle, under which Telos is a prime contractor, as we bring cutting-edge solutions to our Defense Department customers under this contract,” he said.


LM to support ship updating

ORLANDO | The Navy has contracted Lockheed Martin to support a ship modernization program with machinery and engineering services.

Lockheed Martin was contracted by the Navy to support the modernization of the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the Navy’s guided missile destroyers. Under the $15 million deal, Lockheed Martin will provide machinery control system shipsets.

Lockheed Martin, which was awarded two previous DDG 51-class ship modernization contracts, will provide its machinery control system, which company officials say centralizes and enables remote control of selected machinery on the ship.

“This modernization effort will replace aging equipment that is costly to support, trim the number of machinery control consoles and reduce watch stander workload to operate the stations,” said Jim Craig, Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support vice president of ground, maritime and civil solutions.

“This contract will yield significant savings in life-cycle support costs for the Navy, and it continues our long history of providing machinery control systems for its surface combatant ships,” he said.


Vizada to provide SATCOM to Army

Delta Wave Communications Inc. has contracted Vizada for the company to supply satellite communications services to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Global satellite communications solutions provider Vizada was awarded a contract worth up to $3 million per year for three years from Delta Wave. Under the deal, Vizada will support the Army Corps of Engineers with its Inmarsat and Iridium mobile satellite communications services.

Officials say Vizada services will enable the Army Corps of Engineers to transmit broadband data and simultaneous voice calls from a laptop-sized terminal and handheld mobile telephone from anywhere in the world.

“Vizada continues to enhance its service and solution offerings to meet the rapidly changing needs of customers such as Army Corps of Engineers,” said Bob Baker, Vizada president.


Boeing orders parts for AH-64 Apache

LOS ANGELES | Boeing has contracted Ducommun Inc. for the delivery of main and tail rotor blades for the AH-64 Apache helicopter.

California-based Ducommun says its subsidiary Ducommun AeroStructures Inc. (DAS) was awarded the deal. Under the follow-on contract, DAS will continue to deliver Apache helicopter parts to support original production orders and provide replacement blades for the Apache program through 2010.

Boeing officials say the DAS parts will go to support the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter variant and other Apache production contracts.

“We are pleased by the award of these follow-on contracts, which affirm our long-term commitment to the Apache program and highlight our growing capability to produce complex flight control assemblies, including the Apache main and tail rotor blades,” said Joseph Berenato, Ducommun chairman and chief executive officer.


LM to support CNIC security

The Navy has contracted Lockheed Martin to support the Commander Navy Installations Command (CNIC) with non-guard security.

Lockheed Martin was awarded $350 million with options for an additional $112 million from a Defense Department collaborative.

As part of the collaborative, called Integrated Security Support Solutions IS(3), Lockheed Martin and partnering government personnel will provide the CNIC with non-guard security support including vehicle inspections, surveillance detection and explosive detection dog services, among other services.

“We welcome the opportunity to work as part of IS(3) with the Commander Naval Installations Command to provide these essential services,” said Carey Smith, Lockheed Martin Technical Services vice president.

“We are pleased that our Lockheed Martin team was recognized as offering the highest-quality service necessary to meet the security support needs of our Navy,” she said.


DARPA awards cybersecurity deals

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected seven contractors to develop deployable technologies for the National Cyber Range program.

DARPA selected seven major defense companies and research institutions - BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Johns Hopkins University, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, SAIC and SPARTA - as part of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI).

Officials say the CNCI contracts were awarded as part of an effort to advance cybersecurity for U.S. government operations with next-generation technologies deployable in as little as five years.

“Cyber attacks are a common and increasing occurrence,” said Michael VanPutte, DARPA program manager.

“As a result, it’s essential that the United States maintain a strong technological advantage in cybersecurity,” he said.

• Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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