Log on the Web
Week of October 10th, 2010
By Kirsten Ashbaugh
NATO Secretary General Describes Future Direction
“Due to the changing nature of today and tomorrow’s security threats, ‘a lot must change in the way NATO does business,’ the Secretary General said. While the threat of military attack can never be ruled out, the more likely threats are harder to see – but ‘just as real and potentially just as deadly.‘ International terrorism, cyber attacks and energy security are some of the key issues for concern….
“Mr Fogh Rasmussen outlined three areas where NATO needed to change. First, it needs to modernize its defence and deterrence capability, for example in cyberspace and missile defence….” Read more.
Eurocopter Delivers the Last 36 EC120 Ordered by Helidax
“The delivery of the 36th EC120 marked an important step in this innovative program, a public-private partnership set up to provide the French armed forces with a modern and cost-effective training helicopter….
“Hélidax is equally owned by its founders DCI and INAER France (formerly Proteus). On January 31, 2008, the DGA (French government procurement agency) awarded Hélidax a contract for 16,000 to 26,000 flight hours a year to provide ab initio helicopter pilot training to all three branches of the French armed forces and the Gendarmerie….” Read more.
US Army Sustainment Command Awards General Dynamics $39m Contract for Support in Afghanistan
“General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a three-year, $39 million task order by the US Army Sustainment Command to provide logistics support to the US Army’s 1st Theater Sustainment Command in Afghanistan.
“General Dynamics will help provide the supplies needed to sustain the US Army’s expanded presence in Afghanistan. The company will utilize US military systems to track supplies from point of origin within the United States, on the ship or cargo plane to the final base destination. The company plans to hire more than 30 employees to support this task order….” Read more.
“The Pentagon’s New Cyber Warriors”
“Guarding water wells and granaries from enemy raids is as old as war itself…. Today, U.S. national security planners are proposing that the 21st century’s critical infrastructure — power grids, communications, water utilities, financial networks — be similarly shielded from cyber marauders and other foes.
“The ramparts would be virtual, their perimeters policed by the Pentagon and backed by digital weapons capable of circling the globe in milliseconds to knock out targets.
“An examination by Reuters, including dozens of interviews with military officers, government officials and outside experts, shows that the U.S. military is preparing for digital combat even more extensively than has been made public. And how to keep the nation’s lifeblood industries safe is a big, if controversial, aspect of it….” Read more.
Army Begins New Focus on Saving Energy to Save Lives
“In Afghanistan, energy efficiency doesn’t just translate to a savings in fossil fuels — it translates to saving lives.
“Fewer fuel convoys in theater can mean saving the lives of soldiers, said Katherine Hammack, the new assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. Last week — at the start of October’s energy awareness observance — the word “energy” was added to the name of that office. It’s a reflection of the Army’s new focus on energy….” Read more.
See also: Pentagon and Warfighters Work to Cut Energy Needs
“Military services and combatant commands are working to reduce their use of fossil fuels, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq where transporting fuel is dangerous and expensive, the Defense Department’s director of operational energy plans and programs said today….
“Operational energy — the energy required to train, move and sustain forces, weapons and equipment for military operations — accounted for 70 percent of all energy used by DOD in 2009, according to the agency’s website….” Read more.
Over $140 Million New Stryker-related Contracts
“Oct 13/10 saw over $140 million in announced contracts related to the US Army’s Stryker fleet. The US Army’s 8×8 Stryker family of wheeled armored vehicles were originally put forward as a C-130-portable medium armor fleet, which might eventually replace heavy and medium tracked vehicle altogether….
“…the Stryker Brigade Combat Teams have proven to be very mobile on roads, using their relative silence to tactical advantage, making good use of their advanced computers and communication gear in counter-insurgency fights, and handling certain weapons like land mines and enemy RPG anti-tank rockets better than most people expected they would….” Read more.
U.S. Signs 5-year, $68 Million Contract for ANVIS/HUD
“Elbit Systems of America, LLC recently announced a 5-year, $68 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity follow-on contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Huntsville, AL. Elbit will supply the U.S.Army, Navy, Marines Corps and Coast Guard with its AN/AVS-7 Aviator’s Night Vision System/Head-Up Displays (ANVIS/HUD) and components, including the latest Flat Panel Day and Night Head-Up Display units….” Read more.