Future Combat team selected

Boeing Co. and Science Applications International Corp. have been awarded the $154 million contract for the Future Combat Systems, which will integrate information technology into vehicles used throughout the Army.

The Boeing-SAIC team will be the lead systems integrators to develop technologies for the Army's Objective Force, which will have broad ramifications on how the Army operates during war and peace.

"Future Combat Systems is a major step in the transformation of the Army," said Claude Bolton Jr., assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology. Naming the lead systems integrator is "critical to making the Objective Force a reality in this decade," he said.

The Future Combat Systems initiative is envisioned as a network of systems that will include manned and unmanned platforms capable of conducting missions for assault, air defense, reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition, and battle command and communications, officials said.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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