July 13, 2009 - publicintelligence.net
Booz Allen Hamilton, Herndon, Va., was awarded $16,424,272 contract to provide Defense Logistics Agency with logistics enterprise security, cyber situational awareness of emerging cyber threats and network intrusions within DLA boundaries. 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002). ((((BoozAllen.com: Booz Allen Hamilton conducted a study with Harvard University Professor Steven Kelman that "provides insight on organizational strategies that work best for delivering effective, meaningful change in government."))))
July 17, 2009 - jfcom.mil
July 30, 2009 - defensefile.com
iRobot Corp., Bedford, Mass., is being awarded a $13,481,433 firm-fixed-price cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of man transportable robotic system (MTRS) production systems, depot level repair parts, spare kits, depot repair services, parts supply, training, engineering enhancements, configuration management, and approved accessories for the Army, (58 percent) and Navy, (42 percent). The MTRS is a small robotic vehicle used by explosive ordnance disposal technicians to conduct remote reconnaissance, render safe, and/or dispose of explosive devices. Work will be performed in Bedford, Mass., and is expected to be completed by July 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $150,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity (N00174-09-D-0005).
July 2009. A historic month for one Harvard professor, Booz Allen Hamilton, iRobot Corp., Northrop Grumman, the United States Joint Forces Command, and the respected others. And it was a little over a month ago. Not often are press releases like these given the spotlight. When I read these pieces of information I "tumbled down the rabbit hole," if you will. I read on, and then further past other DoD technology contracts until arriving at the conclusion this is how international relations nowadays works-- the private sector is a strong player in United States defense programs and international relations (IR). In other words, private firms and technology drive United States IR and even influence academic, or institutional, studies. To what ends? I question. But I can only imagine.
And I wonder, in the words of P. W. Singer, if "our machines may not be the only thing wired for war."