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Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman Space Surveillance Contract

File image of GEODSS installation

Titan Awarded $252 Air Force Information Warfare Center Contract
Washington - Sep 10, 2003 - The US Air Force Information Warfare Center (AFIWC) has awarded Titan Corp a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract having a potential value of $252 million to provide offensive and defensive information warfare engineering services to support operations, acquisition and testing for the Center, headquartered at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Under this multiple-awarded, task order-based contract, Titan will compete against five other companies for task orders against the contractís potential ceiling. "This is a significant win for us, and it underscores our technical leadership in the areas of information warfare, electronic warfare, intelligence processing and dissemination, and information assurance" said Gene Ray, Titanís chairman, president, and CEO. "The Titan team has been a prime on this contract since its inception five years ago. To repeat as prime demonstrates AFIWCís recognition of Titanís unique technical and operational capabilities to support the Air Force Information Warfare Center well into the future." Under the contract, Titan will provide engineering and technical information warfare support to the AFIWC, as well as other Air Force, Department of Defense, and governmental agencies. This effort will include systems planning, feasibility studies, system engineering, analysis, prototyping, software development, verification, validation, documentation, software maintenance, systems integration, and systems testing.
Herndon - Sep 10, 2003
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to continue supporting the U.S. Air Force Space Command's Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep-Space Surveillance System (GEODSS). Northrop Grumman will implement new performance improvement and cost saving approaches for GEODSS by introducing greater use of web-based technology in training and information management, and implementing quality program improvements.

The contract value is $5.7 million over one year with four one-year options to Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector.

"Our outstanding past performance delivering service excellence on the GEODSS contract coupled with our commitment and innovations to reduce costs exemplified the best value solution to the Air Force Space Command," said Gregg Donley, president, Technical Services, Northrop Grumman IT.

"We are gratified that we continue to be considered a valued member of 21st Space Wing team, even after two decades, and look forward to serving our client with the same level of commitment in the future."

Northrop Grumman IT will provide operations, maintenance and support services to the Air Force Space Command, 21st Space Wing for the three geographically dispersed GEODSS sites: Site 1, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; Site 2, on Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; and Site 3, Maui, Hawaii.

These sites are part of Air Force Space Command's optical space surveillance network and conduct deep space surveillance of orbiting space objects in support of U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command's space control mission.

Every night, telescopes operating at these sites search for, track and identify man-made objects that are orbiting the earth Ė most more than 22,000 miles away. The Air Force anticipates adding a fourth site in Moron, Spain, by the contract's first option year.

Northrop Grumman IT will continue to provide site mission operations; maintenance and logistical support, including communications-electronics and electro-optical equipment; preventative and corrective maintenance; and civil engineering support.

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AFSPC Looks At Next Generation Of Strategic Deterrence
Peterson AFB - Sep 09, 2003
Air Force Space Command is seeking ideas for the next generation of land-based strategic deterrence. The December 2001 Nuclear Posture Review, completed by the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, estimates that the existing system of Minuteman III missiles will need to be replaced in the 2018 timeframe.

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