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24 Sep 13. The 7th Signal Command (Theater) (7SC(T))is hosting an Industry Day and is seeking maximum attendance from industry partners interested in providing Land Mobile Radio capabilities to the United States Army. This anticipated half-day event will be conducted on/around Fort Gordon, Georgia, located just outside Augusta, Georgia on/about October 2013. The exact date and venue will be provided in a later supplemental notice. The mission of the 7th Signal Command (Theater) is to quote mark Provide and defend network capabilities and services for Army, Joint, Interagency and Multinational forces in the Western Hemisphere to enable operations and battle command quote mark . Further, the 7SC(T) plans, controls, and supports land mobile radio (LMR) operations to enable homeland defense, civil support, and organization operations and training for geographic regions and assigned installations. The 7th Signal Command (Theater) is seeking to exchange information with industry in order to improve mutual understanding of government operational and life cycle support requirements for Land Mobile Radio Networks and services and industry capabilities to provide same. Briefings will be presented to improve the Industry’s understanding of the Government requirements for professional and technical support services. It is also the Government’s goal to understand industry’s capabilities in performance of professional and technical services contracts during the entire life cycle (acquisition, procurement, operations, maintenance, and termination). The intent of this RFI is to share ideas on industry best practices to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the US Army’s delivery of land mobile radio services to each of its installations. (Source: Open Source Information Report)
03 Oct 13. Raytheon Company successfully completed software Iteration 1.5 Critical Design Review (iCDR) for the Global Positioning System (GPS) Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX). The Iteration 1.5 software development provides the mission-critical Launch and Checkout System (LCS) software to support the first GPS III satellite launch and serves as the cyber-hardened baseline to which additional capabilities will be added to complete OCX Blocks 1 and 2. The Raytheon-built GPS OCX has recently achieved several key milestones, setting the stage for GPS III launch support:
* LCS, which is a subset of Iteration 1.5, recently completed the third of five GPS III launch readiness exercises in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and Lockheed Martin.
* LCS recently received Interim Authority To Test certification for one year with no liens, demonstrating that Raytheon meets the Air Force’s high standards for Information Assurance as this critical national system is developed.
* The Iteration 1.5 development software will enter system test and evaluation in late 2013 in preparation for LCS system acceptance testing in 2014.
GPS OCX provides command, control and mission management for the GPS constellation, including the IIR, IIR-M and IIF satellites, as well as the new GPS III satellites, in a system that is protected against current and future cyber threats. OCX enables full navigation messaging on the new L2 and L5 civil signals as well as the new, jam-resistant military signal (M-Code), providing essential new capabilities to military, civil and commercial users worldwide. OCX supports the new L1C civil signal on GPS III satellites to provide interoperability with international global navigation satellite systems, such as Europe’s Galileo. With its built-in automation and compact, efficient, service-oriented architecture, OCX increases operator efficiency, reduces operator requirements, is less expensive to maintain than current GPS control systems, and provides the ability to evol