General Dynamics Decision Systems in Scottsdale, AZ received a $13 million modification to a previously awarded contract (M67854-02-C-2052) for the Unit Operations Center (UOC) Program. This modification includes recurring engineering change costs for 27 UOCs.
UOCs are portable, modular command and control centers designed to support Marines wherever they are deployed…
American Science and Engineering’s Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) is a low-cost, extremely maneuverable screening system built into a commercially available delivery van. The ZBV employs AS&E’s patented Z Backscatter technology, which offers photo-like images that reveal contraband that transmission X-rays miss – such as explosives (including car bombs), people and plastic weapons – and provides photo-like imaging for rapid analysis.
The ZBV is also capable of identifying low levels of radioactivity from both gamma rays and neutrons with optional Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD) technology. Here’s how it works…
ICE, The breadbox-sized Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) Countermeasure Equipment, was developed by a team of engineers, scientists and soldiers at White Sands Missile Range, NM using commercial and military technology. Their goal: to defeat IEDs. These impromptu land mines are the most prominent threat to deployed service members in Iraq. Which is why thousands of ICE systems are in use by all of the military services, and thousands of more are on order.
For their engineering efforts team leader Maj. Raymond D. Pickering, lead White Sands ICE engineer Shane Cunico, and lead engineer Sam Mares of New Mexico State University, recently shared one of the U.S. Army’s “Greatest Inventions Awards” for 2004.
Innovative Productivity Inc., a non-profit corporation in Louisville, KY, received a $5.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for the operation of the McConnell Technology and Training Center (MTTC). Work will be performed in Louisville, KY and is expected to be complete by December 2006. The contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, Louisville Detachment issued the contract (N63394-05-C-4001).
MTTC provides over 150 e-learning courses in a variety of areas that include computer technologies, business, human resources development and home/personal applications. They have also helped the U.S. Navy resolve nagging and costly shipboard problems through the insertion of commercial products and technologies. For example, MTTC has developed a number of Fleet maintenance reduction projects, and has a technology transfer program that works with the U.S. Navy, Department of Defense, universities and industry to identify innovative technologies, processes and concepts that reduce operating costs and increase productivity.
US Joint Forces Command’s (USJFCOM) Joint Requirements and Integration Directorate (J8) partners with combatant commanders, joint staff, services, departments and agencies to plan, program and budget new systems, decide which legacy systems to upgrade and which to retire, and prioritize the assessment of these systems by DoD committees.
As J8’s deputy director, Air Force Brig. Gen. William Rajczak acts as an integration advocate for all the uniformed components of the Department of Defense. He recently discussed USJFCOM’s role in identifying shortfalls in warfighting capabilities, and developing and executing near and long term solutions to enhance future joint combat capabilities. Note that USFJCOM is hosting a joint urban operations information-sharing event at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, VA on July 13, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The Australian government has increased funding for its military capability and technology demonstrator (CTD) program by $31.5 million over the next three financial years – effectively doubling the annual average expenditure on the program. Australia will invest $20 million in 12 new technology projects during the next financial year, including a handheld underwater sonar device to detect mines, blast resistant anti-mine material for Army vehicles, and flexible solar panels to generate power for ADF operations in the field (similar to the Konarka products DID has previously covered).
Technologies shortlisted for the 2005-06 CTD program also include ISRV, a system to detect moving objects in real-time from existing video surveillance sensors; “Cuttlefish” countermeasures for lightly armed ships against modern imaging radars, BAE with a safe landing aid for helicopters operating in poor visibility conditions, ultra-thin fiber-optic laser for underwater towed array sensors, software for collecting geospatial information from multiple sources, a system to exchange such information with operational areas, and advanced communication and data links.
The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) in Philadelphia, PA has issued a series of fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-quantity contracts for Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) field rations. The rations will be supplied to the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Performance will be complete by February 28, 2006. There were three proposals solicited and three responded, with all 3 being granted contracts.
Recording knowledge learned through battle-tested situations is more important than ever. To improve Marines combat effectiveness the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned (MCCLL) has created an online Lessons Management System to ensure this information will be readily available. This web-based system contains documented experiences from before Operation Desert Storm, including some from Vietnam.
“One of the things we are finding new with the current MCCLL is we are relearning lessons again and again,” said Maj. Kevin Mooney, liaison officer, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) and reservist from Hercules, CA “If we go back to World War II and look at an after action report, you can see the repetition over the years. We’re doing the same things wrong now that we were doing back then. We are also doing the same things right that we were doing back then, but the lessons learned usually come hard.”
General Dynamics Land Systems has received a $5.9 million agreement modification to upgrade its Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle (RST-V). The upgrade supports continued operational evaluation of the vehicle as a utility carrier, prime mover and electrical generator for various U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) applications. System capabilities will be demonstrated in a relevant operational environment in early 2006.
General Dynamics Land Systems Advanced Programs Manager Tom Trzaska said, “The Marine Corps has asked us to make reliability and functional changes to the vehicle, including a 30 kilowatt export power capability, to power battlefield loads such as the Unit Operations Center and radars… We will make improvements based on feedback and lessons learned from the USMC and the U.S. Army Special Operations command operators who used the RST-Vs at Yuma.”