Posts Tagged ‘DoD’

“Former” Russian Spies Attack DoD Computer Networks

December 12, 2008
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The recent cyber attack on the U.S. military’s classified computer network has been traced to a front company run by several former Russian KGB or Federal Security Service spies, FOX News has learned. 

The attack led the Pentagon to ban the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives, because that’s how the “worm” got into the classified military network. 

FOX News has learned the intrusion was discovered by the U.S. military in Afghanistan — and that the attack came through the local Internet service provider that the Afghans (under U.S. supervision) contracted out to a front company run by former Russian spies. 

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DoD Institutes “Peer Review” Over Major Procurement Contracts

October 31, 2008

The Office of the Secretary of Defense has instituted a new policy that requires a service to subject a major weapons acquisition program to peer review by its sister services during and after contract decisions, reports Air Force Magazine, citing Bloomberg news wire.

Bloomberg news wire service reported Monday that the new process took effect Sept. 30 for programs worth more than $1 billion and is meant to increase the level of confidence in the decisions that each service renders and thereby make it harder for losing bidders in high-stakes competitions to protest and derail these programs.

Among the first programs expected to face the peer scrutiny are the Air Force’s CSAR-X rescue helicopter and KC-X tanker, Bloomberg said. Boeing won the $15 billion CSAR-X competition in November 2006, but two rounds of successful legal protests by Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky caused the Air Force to reopen the contest. The service had planned to select the winner before the end of the year, but, just last week, announced a “minor delay,” making it now likely that the decision will not fall until after the new Administration is in place.

As for KC-X, Northrop Grumman prevailed in February in the $35 billion contest, but Boeing lodged a legal protest and won, prompting OSD to take the lead role in the program and seek revised bids. But Defense Secretary Robert Gates last month decided to punt the decision to the next Administration.

DuPont, German company win lightweight battery contest

October 9, 2008
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The partnership of DuPont and SFC Smart Fuel Cells AG of Germany won a Defense Department competition on Saturday to develop an ultralightweight portable battery that ground troops could use to power high-tech devices they need in battle.

The team, which took home a $1 million prize, adapted SFC’s commercial methanol-based fuel cell that is used to provide power for recreational vehicles to meet the requirements Defense had set for the competition. The team reduced the size of its fuel cell by more than half, down to a package that was not much bigger than a box for a fancy ink pen, which can easily fit into a military field vest, said team leader Mark Baunchalk.