Navy inks training pact with Lockheed Martin

The Navy has awarded a $150 million task order to a team led by Lockheed Martin Corp. to deliver training support to surface ship combat systems sailors.

The task order involves developing and maintaining new training materials and systems, training course instruction, maintenance and logistics support for training equipment, as well as international program support. The team comprises 12 companies and includes both international and small-business partners.

Distance learning will be a key component of the support, Lockheed Martin officials said. Some of it will be done on the Web and some will be shipboard modules.

A goal of the program is to make training more flexible. A sailor, for example, will get initial apprentice training in the classroom, then go to a ship and get additional training on the job and via the Web. After that, the sailor will go back to the classroom for journeyman training, and then be deployed again.

DARPA awards deal to support tactical wireless network

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, looking to run wireless networks free of a fixed infrastructure, has awarded an 18-month contract worth $7.8 million to BAE Systems Inc.

The objective of DARPA's initiative, known as the Control-Based Mobile Ad-hoc Network, is to create new protocols for mobile ad-hoc networks.

BAE Systems is leading a multidisciplinary research team to develop a system. Subcontractors are the California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Illinois, the University of Massachusetts and Stow Research LLC.

DISA extends Verizon's network management deal

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded a one-year, $7.4 million contract extension to Verizon Communications Inc. to supply bandwidth manager services to the agency's Defense Information Systems Network.

DISN is the Defense Department enterprise network that handles data, video and voice services.

Verizon Business, the company unit that serves federal government customers, will provide bandwidth managers to direct data communications, network security and network management.

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