International communications and information technology company Harris Corporation announced recently that it has been awarded a five-year $25 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for a satellite ground system.
According to a release from Harris, the company will maintain software and hardware for the Defense Meteorological Satellites Program (DMSP). The release notes that Harris is the original developer of the ground system, and has provided support and maintenance for more than four decades.
"Harris' deep knowledge of this program was gained through over 40 years of experience delivering engineering and support for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program," John Heller, president, Harris IT Services, said in a statement. "Harris will continue to apply our unique expertise on this contract to ensure the program's ground system remains fully operational and compliant with requirements for years to come."
Harris could look to add intelligence and defense jobs as a result of the contract, meaning professionals with security clearance could be in high demand due to the potentially top secret nature of the project.
Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. announced recently that it will be working on the B-2 stealth bomber as part of a $109 million contract from the U.S. Air Force.
According to The Associated Press, the contractor said it plans to manufacture a newly designed aft deck, which reportedly protects the composite metals of the plane from hot engine exhaust.
The company noted that the upgrades to the deck should decrease the amount of repairs and services needed for the aircraft in the future. Northrop was the main contractor for the B-2, which works to make long-range flights into enemy territory without being detected by radar.
The news source reports that the work will be completed at Northrop's facilities in St. Augustine, Florida, and Palmdale, California, and the contractor could look to add new defense jobs and intelligence jobs as a result of the contract. Such positions would likely require professionals with security clearance, as these individuals can access top secret information involved in these projects.
Defense contractor Raytheon announced recently that it has received a number of production orders from the U.S. Navy for supplying NMT satcom systems, reports United Press International.
According to the news source, the original contract for 22 Navy Multiband Terminal protected Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite communication terminals was awarded last year, but the additional orders boost the value of the award to more than $145 million.
In addition to the U.S. Navy, Raytheon will reportedly supply the systems to the Netherlands, Canada and Britain, UPI noted.
"NMT was built upon three tenets – reliability, maintainability and affordability – in order to make its advanced satcom capabilities available to all services and coalition partners," Scott Whatmough, vice president for Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communication Systems, said in a statement. "Last year's Milestone C decision and the subsequent production orders validate these tenets and NMT's protected AEHF sitcom capabilities."
Lockheed Martin Corporation recently announced that it has been given more than $46 million in contract options from the U.S. Air Force for the modernization of long-range radar systems.
According to The Associated Press, the systems offer advanced warning and air traffic surveillance for airspace in North America.
The news source reports that the initial contract options call for the defense contractor to perform engineering planning and upgrades to 29 long-range surveillance radars. Additional options in the future are reportedly expected to replace all of the signal and data processors of the radars to make them operational through 2025, according to the contractor.
"Our open architecture approach to L-Band radars provides commonality in supporting and sustaining a fleet of more than 175 long-range radars operational around the world," Frank Mekker, EPRP program manager for the defense contractor's Mission Systems & Sensors business, said in a statement.
Such a contract could lead to the creation of defense and intelligence jobs at Lockheed, which is one of the largest defense contractors in the world. Such positions often require individuals with security clearance, as they are privy to top secret information.
A-T Solutions has reportedly been awarded a contract worth up to $45.6 million over three years to assist in the analysis of recovered improvised explosive devices (IED).
According to United Press International, A-T Solutions will assist the U.S. Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division under the new contract. The analysis will reportedly offer timely mission information to intelligence organizations and military for field support, the news source said.
"We are excited to be supporting the Navy EOD Technology Division's important mission on this contract," Dennis Kelly, president and chief executive officer of A-T Solutions, said in a statement. "The majority of our team comprises experts in the field of explosive ordnance, information technology, electrical engineering, logistics and intelligence who have years of hands-on field experience."
The company will reportedly support the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's operations in Indian Head, Maryland. As a result, A-T could look to add professionals with security clearance to perform intelligence jobs under the contract.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. was recently awarded four task orders valued over $21 million to provide support for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
According to a company release, the contracts are a continuation of Ball's support for the Integrated Over-head Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Tasking, Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination System (IOTS), which has occurred since May 2005.
Dan Gibson, vice president and general manager of the company's Systems Engineering Solutions business unit, said in a statement that work under the contract is designed to assist the Department of Defense.
"This work enables the Department of Defense to exploit data from recently deployed OPIR sensors," Gibson noted.
The contract could also enable Ball Aerospace & Technologies to increase its workforce by adding defense and intelligence jobs related to the support of the Defense Department. Such positions typically call for professionals who have obtained security clearance and can access top secret information.
The awarding of a $383 million contract from the U.S. Army to Lockheed Martin specifies that the defense contractor will operate and sustain an intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance program for warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to a release, Lockheed Martin will be operating the Persistent Threat Detection Systems (PTDS), which helps protect military members from imminent danger.
"The availability of timely intelligence is vital to protecting deployed personnel and high-value assets," Jim Quinn, vice president of C4ISR Systems with Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Defense, said in the release. "Our PTDS team will continue to provide mission critical support directly to our warfighters."
The PTDS is reportedly an aerostat-based system offering day and night surveillance and protection that will be provided by the Army's Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, Project Manager for Robotic and Unmanned Sensors at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, the release noted.
The NASSCO subsidiary of General Dynamics was recently awarded a $37 million U.S. Navy contract for work on the San Antonio-class amphibious assault dock ship USS San Diego.
According to a release from the company, work under the contract is expected to begin in May 2012 and will be completed by December 2014.
Specifically, General Dynamics will reportedly be responsible for program management, planning, engineering and on-board repair efforts for the ship. The contract includes options that could bring its total value to approximately $134 million.
The unit of General Dynamics is reportedly the primary contractor for repair work for San Diego-based amphibious assault ships, dock landing ships and frigates, the release said. NASSCO employs more than 3,300 people as the only major ship construction yard on the West Coast.
The contractor could potentially fill new defense and intelligence jobs through the new contract, with such positions often requiring personnel who have undergone a lifestyle polygraph test and taken the other necessary steps to obtain security clearance.
ManTech International Corporation announced recently that it has been awarded an AMBIANCE contract to offer system integration and analytic modernization services to the Department of Defense.
According to a release from the company, the contract has a base period of one year with an option to extend another six years. If the option is picked up, the total value of the contract could exceed $400 million.
The Hanover, Maryland company will reportedly support the government's efforts to implement modern standards and directives without compromising current operations, the release noted.
"ManTech is proud to provide integration lifecycle support services to all new analytic modernization systems," L. William Varner, president and chief operating officer of ManTech's Mission, Cyber and Technology Group, said in a statement. "Our team is dedicated to ensuring continuity of operations for our customer's mission-critical programs."
Chris Goodrich, vice president and business unit general manager of the company, added that ManTech has expanded its operations in Maryland significantly over the past few years, creating defense and intelligence jobs for professionals with security clearance.
Arlington, Virginia-based CACI International Inc. was recently awarded approximately $635 million in contracts from the U.S. Army to provide support services in the fields of intelligence and surveillance, among others.
According to a company release, the contracts were initially awarded during the first quarter of CACI's 2012 fiscal year.
The work specified under the contracts reportedly involves the Army's Strategic Services Sourcing (SC) contract vehicle, for which CACI will offer development, research, training and operational support. The release notes that the company will also provide support for signals intelligence systems and ground-based battlefield intelligence.
"CACI continues to win work that enables us to deliver quality services and solutions that assure U.S. forces are equipped with the most cost-effective and supportable C4ISR technologies to protect them and provide a tactical edge," CACI president of U.S. operations Bill Fairl noted in the release.
CACI, which has been in business for more than 50 years, may need to rely heavily on professionals with security clearance to perform the new defense and intelligence jobs that will be part of the contracts. Such clearance is often required for individuals to access top secret information involved in these projects.