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CYBER WARFARE AND HOMELAND SECURITY UPDATE

10 Jul 12. General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded three task orders to provide information technology (IT) services under the Federal Bureau of Investigation Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (FBI IT Triple S) contract. The task orders have a combined value of $19m over eight years. General Dynamics was awarded the FBI IT Triple S contract in October 2010. Under the first task order, General Dynamics will deliver a full range of information assurance and security support to assist the FBI Digital Evidence Section. Specifically, the company will perform systems engineering, administration and security duties, as well as training development and office management. The company will also work with FBI intelligence analysts to develop and update certification and accreditation processes and programs for both new and legacy IT systems.

10 Jul 12. Northrop Grumman’s Next Generation Automated Detection System (NG-ADS) for homeland defense applications has successfully completed a rigorous field test and is ready for the program’s next phase. The NG-ADS technology is a competitor for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) upcoming BioWatch Gen-3 Phase II acquisition. The program seeks to deploy a nationwide network of fully autonomous bio-detectors in major metropolitan areas across the United States to provide early warning of a biological attack. DHS recently announced that a request for proposals will be issued later this year. As a fully automated biological detection system, the NG-ADS continuously collects air samples, analyzes the samples for the presence of multiple biological pathogens, and automatically reports results to public health officials multiple times each day through a secure data network. More than 20,000 samples were collected and analyzed during the recent field test in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations in a major city in the United States. Since the successful field test, additional improvements have been made to the NG-ADS to enhance the system’s performance while reducing its life-cycle cost. The proven, life-saving capability of the NG-ADS draws upon Northrop Grumman’s decade long experience developing, testing, deploying, and operating bio-detection systems for the U.S. government and other customers.

11 Jul 12. A key for intelligence officers and the military to detecting and acting on threats worldwide is the ability to access information in a timely manner. The recent selection by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) of Lockheed Martin, as one of eight companies to offer worldwide analytic support across a variety of intelligence areas, will provide those intelligence personnel with the information they need, when they need it. The new indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, Solutions for Intelligence II (SIA II) from the Virginia Contracting Activity in support of DIA, has an estimated cost ceiling of $5.6bn and a period of performance of two base years and three one-year options. Through the contract’s task orders, Lockheed Martin will provide worldwide analytic support across 29 specialized intelligence categories which are critical to satisfying DIA’s mission requirements including: Computer Network Operations, Foreign Intel Activities, Foreign Space and Counterspace, Terrorism, WMD, Foreign Denial and Deception, and Illicit Drugs.

12 Jul 12. Harris Corporation successfully conducted the first live, multi-state demonstration that showcased the powerful capabilities of 700 MHz Band LTE (Long Term Evolution) for first responders. Users at multiple sites across the United States tapped into the LTE network to share streaming video, voice, mapping and presence to support various simulated mission-critical surveillance operations.

15 Jul 12. Finmeccanica Cyber Solutions Team completes first tests for NATO Cyber Security Programme Milestone. The Finmeccanica Cyber Solutions team selected in February 2012 to fulfil the NATO Co

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