Monthly Archives: March 2011

Korean Air Force Selects SGI to Accelerate Weather Forecasting

SGI announced that the Korean Air Force’s 73rd Weather Group has purchased and begun operations with a high performance computing (HPC) solution consisting of an SGI Altix ICE 8400 system to accelerate production and distribution of long-term weather forecasts to the country’s defense forces.

The Altix ICE 8400 system has more than 1,700 processor cores built with Intel Xeon processors 5600 series, and 800 TB of SGI InfiniteStorage and Spectra Logic tape storage. It will be used for numerical weather forecasting and is projected to achieve twice the performance of the previous solution. The weather forecasting results obtained from this new system will be shared with other meteorological administrations to provide more accurate data for the Korean peninsula.

“Having previously used a government supercomputing facility, we wanted the fastest available cluster system for weather forecasting,” said the head of the group responsible for weather forecasting for the Korean Air Force. “This will provide us with faster and more immediate computing power and shorter analysis times, and will enable us to produce longer term forecasts in greater detail. Additionally, the project includes not only compute but also monitoring and administration services, plus archiving and security systems, as well as interconnection to outside agencies.”

“SGI Korea has done an outstanding job of understanding the customer’s needs and exceeding expectations,” said Philip Chua, managing director and vice president of Asia Pacific and Japan at SGI. “The SGI Altix ICE 8400 solution provided will accelerate results in both low altitude and high altitude weather forecasting for the Korean Air Force.”

The Korean Air Force selected a combination of SGI InfiniteStorage 4600 and Spectra Logic T380 and T50e to provide the highest degree of performance, reliability and flexibility for its storage requirements.

$4.5 Million in Contracts for Tactical Tomahawk Program

LaBarge has been awarded contracts valued at $4.5 million from Raytheon Missile Systems to continue to provide complex cable harnesses for the Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile.

The U.S. Navy deploys Tactical Tomahawk missiles from surface ships and submarines. The Tomahawk is the Navy’s precision strike, long-range standoff weapon.

Production on the contracts will take place at LaBarge’s Berryville, Ark., and Joplin, Mo., operations and is expected to begin in May 2011 and continue through July 2012. LaBarge is a Raytheon preferred supplier, and a recipient of Raytheon’s Six Sigma Relationship Award and prestigious Leadership Excellence Award.

Alion Wins $200M Navy Award to Support U.S. Navy with Weapon Systems Program Management and Acquisition

Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a $200 million delivery order to provide professional support services to the Navy Program Executive Office IntegrateAwarded under the NAVSEA SeaPort Enhanced contract, Alion will perform project management, financial management, foreign military sales services, acquisition management and configuration management for combat systems that are under the cognizance of PEO IWS 1, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 14. This includes support in the acquisition, production and delivery of combat systems such as the Aegis Weapon System and the Ship Self Defense System; and support for the development and integration of combat systems for a variety of ship classes including Aircraft Carriers, DDG 1000, Amphibious, Littoral Combatant Ship and Coast Guard ships.

“Alion looks forward to continuing our support to PEO IWS in the acquisition of combat systems for surface combatants for the U.S. Navy and its allies,” said Vice Admiral Scott Fry (USN, Ret.), Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Engineering and Integration Solutions Sector. “Our thorough knowledge of surface combatant requirements will help PEO IWS to meet its mission of providing integrated combat systems to the fleet.”

The period of performance runs until February 18, 2016. Alion’s partners are Apextech, BAE, Delta, Gryphon, Herren Associates, ICI, Kratos/DTI, MEI, Northrop Grumman, SCI, SEG, SI, SYS, TMB, TSC and VT Group.d Warfare Systems (PEO IWS).

Air Force Enterprise Resource Planning System

CSC announced the successful launch of the second of three pilots under Release 1 of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS), a major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) program that will significantly upgrade the Air Force’s global logistics capabilities.

This pilot delivers base equipment management capabilities to Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., and five supporting Air Force organizations. The first pilot, which was deployed in July 2010, supports vehicle maintenance and tool control at Hanscom and several other supporting sites. The third pilot, which is in development and on schedule to begin testing this month, will enable base-level materiel management capabilities.

Combined, the three pilots under Release 1 will support approximately 40,000 users at more than 180 primary sites and establish the foundation for enterprise planning and further logistics transformation across the Air Force.

Once fully deployed, ECSS will provide the capability to optimize asset management by transforming how the Air Force manages its global supply chain. It will integrate all key stakeholders, including other military services, industry trading partners, the Department of Defense and various federal agencies. ECSS will enable the Air Force to reduce costs, largely by reducing spare parts inventory, and facilitate compliance with federal accounting requirements.

SpaceX and SES Announce Satellite Launch Agreement

As the Satellite 2011 conference kicked off in Washington, D.C., SpaceX and SES announced an agreement to launch an SES satellite using the Falcon 9 rocket. SES is one of the largest satellite operators in the world, and the deal marks what will be the first geostationary satellite launch using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The firm launch agreement with SpaceX also includes an option for a second SES launch. It supplements SES’ existing multi-launch agreements with its traditional launch providers Arianespace and ILS.

“As a world-leading telecommunications satellite operator, SES is in a position to choose the very best. SES is known for their low tolerance to risk and cautious approach in evaluating suppliers,” said Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Technical Officer. “SpaceX has focused on building the most reliable, safe and affordable launch vehicles in the market today. The SES deal shows that even the most conservative commercial or government customers can have confidence flying their satellites on the Falcon 9 rocket.”

States Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES: “Access to space is of utmost importance to SES, as we embark on our most ambitious fleet expansion programme yet. After extensive due diligence of SpaceX’s technical and operational expertise, we feel comfortable entrusting SpaceX with one of our satellites, thereby encouraging diversity in the launch vehicle sector and fostering entrepreneurial spirit in the space industry. Falcon 9 ideally complements our roster of Ariane 5 and Proton boosters, as well as our framework launch understanding with Sea Launch. We look forward to a successful collaboration with SpaceX on the SES-8 mission and beyond.”

The SES-8 satellite is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2013 from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at the Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

CSC Wins $110 Million U.S. Navy Task Order

CSC announced that the U.S. Navy awarded the company a task order to provide engineering and program support for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer Program Office (PMS 500). The task order has a one-year base period and four one-year options, bringing the estimated total five-year value to $110 million. The Navy awarded the task order under the Naval Sea Systems Command SEAPORT-Enhanced contract vehicle, which CSC won in 2004.

Under the terms of the task order, CSC will provide engineering and program management support for the development, design, building, outfitting and testing of the Zumwalt Class Destroyer. Services include program, business, financial and risk management; software and mission systems integration; hull, mechanical and electrical systems engineering; and naval architecture.

“As a trusted member of the ship acquisition community, CSC provides the best value for responsive, effective support to critical acquisition programs,” said James W. Sheaffer, president of CSC’s North American Public Sector. “We will draw upon our recognized success in supporting cost effective program management and test and evaluation of new systems to deliver vital, mission-critical expertise for the Navy’s future class of destroyers.”

The multi-mission DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.

Versar Awarded $4.57 million for Two International Contract Modifications

Versar announced it has been awarded two contract modifications from the United States Army Corps of Engineers for ongoing work in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first contract modification extended Versar’s Personal Services and Support contract in Iraq until April 2011. The extension valued at $2.7 million adds three additional months of service to Versar’s contract that has been in place since April 2006.

The second contract modification was granted to Versar’s wholly owned subsidiary, ADVENT Environmental. The modification added to the period performance and contract value for de-mining and Battle Area Clearance that supports the expansion of Camp Hero located at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. The $1.87 million modification increased the overall contract value to approximately $9 million and involves the removal of Soviet era military equipment and construction debris within an area that is scheduled to become a Regional Military Training Center for the Afghan National Army.

Tony Otten, CEO of Versar, said “The United States Army Corps of Engineers is a trusted and highly valued client for Versar. Our continued presence in Iraq, after the major re-construction effort has finished, is a testament to our flexible, professional, and customer-focused project management team.” Mr Otten continues, “The important de-mining work by ADVENT in Afghanistan is what we do best in providing secure and tailored solutions in harsh environments in support of Department of Defense mission critical projects.”

Lockheed Martin Pledges $10 Million for National Museum of the U.S. Army

Lockheed Martin pledged $10 million to sponsor the National Museum of the United States Army’s Education Pavilion, a unique, state-of-the-art interactive resource center that will feature science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programs related to the company’s four product areas—water, air, land, and space.

“Lockheed Martin’s $10 million is the largest pledge the Museum campaign has received to date, and we appreciate the company’s remarkable commitment,” said MG John P. Herrling (USA-Ret.), Campaign executive director, in acknowledging the gift.

“With Lockheed Martin’s distinguished reputation for supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs that educate young people, the sponsorship of the Museum’s Education Pavilion is yet another way of doing their part to help produce an emerging generation of talented scientists and engineers,” Herrling added.

Considered one of the marquee features that will give the National Army Museum an important part of its unique identity, the Education Pavilion will be located on the first floor directly adjacent to the Museum lobby. It will include an extensive experiential learning area, complete with classroom space and interactive learning tools including motion-sensitive smart tables, free-standing kiosks, and desk-mounted computers.

“Lockheed Martin is proud to support the National Museum of the United States Army’s Education Pavilion,” said Bob Stevens, chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin. “We believe this is an important investment to make in young people who may be considering a career in science, technology, engineering, or math.”

The pavilion is designed for flexibility so that over time future technologies can be incorporated, ensuring that the facility remains at the cutting edge of state-of-the-art learning techniques. The pavilion, which is expected to annually engage 180,000 students on site and more than 500,000 via the internet, also includes a large student-teacher lunch room and adjoining outdoor terrace.

The STEM programs featured throughout the Lockheed Martin-sponsored Education Pavilion will adhere to standards of learning and be designed primarily to engage and stimulate students in grades K-12, as well as to inform and educate Museum visitors of all ages.

GE Aviation Secures Systems on Boeing Next-Generation KC-46A Tanker for United States Air Force

GE Aviation will provide advanced technologies in mission control systems for the Boeing KC-46A aircraft, which was selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) for the tanker replacement program. The initiative calls for 179 tankers to replace the current USAF tanker fleet. GE Aviation was selected for the mission control system, which includes flight management systems. GE’s flight management system (FMS) provides the ability to fly shorter flight paths and idle-thrust descents which reduces fuel consumption, thereby lowering emissions and community noise levels.

“We are committed to bringing our next-generation technologies to this new tanker platform,” said Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE Aviation Systems. “The flight management system will enable the aircraft to perform with navigation precision not currently available to the tanker fleet. Our technologies will help enhance operational efficiencies and will enable the aircraft to perform to the demanding mission requirements of the USAF Tanker.”

Software and hardware updates provide the latest technology to continue to meet the needs of the world’s evolving airspace, offering safe and efficient improvements to aircraft operations. GE’s TrueCourse™ FMS is an ecomagination product.

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SRA Awarded Five-Year $14.4 Million Task Order from U.S. Special Operations Command

SRA announced it has been awarded the Special Operations Research, Development and Acquisition Center (SORDAC) Science and Technology task order under the Global Battlestaff and Program Support vehicle from the Department of Defense’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The task order is valued at $14.4 million, with a period of performance of five years.

Under the task order, SRA will provide experienced scientists, engineers and project management specialists for programs under the Science and Technology’s purview.

“USSOCOM’s Science and Technology office assesses, develops and manages technologies that address the long-term needs of Special Operations forces (SOF),” said SRA National Security Sector Senior Vice President Jeffrey Rydant. “SRA will provide an innovative approach to science and technology initiatives, ensuring that USSOCOM stays on the cutting edge of emerging technologies that will better support the SOF warrior in the future.”