Queo News: Reintroducing Queo Systems
06-20-2013 [+]

Queo Systems is a systems engineering consulting company with extensive experience across a number of high-tech industries. Our engineering consultants bring a combination of in-depth, direct knowledge and diverse perspectives from other industries to promote fresh outlooks and breakthrough insights. Our mission: to help our clients set new standards of excellence and recognize competitive advantage within their industries, as opposed to following the pack with off-the-shelf solutions. This is what sets us apart from our competition. 

In order to reinforce our value proposition to both existing and new clients, we've refined our website, tagline and logo. Our new tagline: “Queo Systems: better engineered” reflects our commitment to clients: strategic application of effective technology and diverse experience to complete projects -- on time and right the first time, transforming enterprises and differentiating businesses. 

While you’ll be seeing several new initiatives from us over the coming months, including a new website and a new logo, our unrelenting commitment to top-quality, innovative engineering remains unchanged.

Visit our website, www.queosystems.com, to learn more about our approach to building better systems and our commitment to helping your projects and your business succeed.

Industry News: Robust Spending on Cyber Warfare Systems until 2023
06-19-2013 [+]

(Source: ASD News)

- Modern Society's Growing Dependence on Technological Infrastructure, and the Ever-Changing Nature of Cyber-threats, Will Fuel Continued Growth of the Cybersecurity Market Over The Next Decade

With the increasing importance of information and communication technologies both on and off the battlefield, new research available on ASDReports forecasts continued robust global spending on cyber warfare systems until 2023, with the market expanding from US$11.1 billion in 2013 to US$19.4 billion by 2023 – a CAGR of 5.77%. This significant growth is further fuelled by a surge in the number of cyber attacks, the pressure of austerity measures on Western defense budgets, and the relentless advancement in cybercrime technologies.

North America Is Expected to Lead the Global Cybersecurity Market

The US is the largest defense spender in the world, so perhaps unsurprisingly dominates the global cybersecurity market – research indicates that it will spend US$93.5 billion on cybersecurity between 2013 and 2023, representing a 56% share of the global market.

Whilst Europe has borne the brunt of the global economic crisis, which has had a detrimental effect on military spending, the region is still expected to increase its cyber warfare systems spending over the next decade, though will be overtaken by the ever more powerful Asia Pacific region, which is expected to hold the second largest share of the cybersecurity market – 14% - by 2023.

Cyber warfare is yet to be wholeheartedly adopted by South American countries, but Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile are expected to be the key spenders in the region over the next ten years, as they seek to defend their country’s networks from increasingly organized cyber attacks.

Increased Dependence on Information Technology Resulting in More Cyber Attacks 

Modernised living – from infrastructure to banking, defense, and energy production – is inextricably linked to the computing power of a nation. Whilst these computer systems have resulted in a highly effective ecosystem, the pervasive use of technology has also given rise to great vulnerability, with society’s dependence on technology leaving the most important aspects of daily life open to attack. It is not only the civil domain that is becoming increasingly dependent on information technology: according to William J. Lynn, former US Deputy Secretary of Defense, the command and control of the US’ forces, intelligence, logistics, and weapons technology all depend on 15,000 US networks connecting 7 million computers, information technology devices and servers – all of which are at risk from cyber attacks.

Adding to this vulnerability is the fact that cyber attacks are now not only limited to nations, but have extended to terrorist groups, organized crime, hackers, industrial spies, and foreign intelligence services. 

Fear regarding attacks on increasingly vital technological infrastructure is one of the primary drivers fuelling growth in the global cybersecurity market. Whilst historically, most of the expenditure in the cybersecurity market is generated by the private sector, Strategic Defence Intelligence’s research reveals that government spending has witnessed a robust recent increase: the US’ private and public sector spending is almost the same, whilst the UK has made cybersecurity a ‘tier one priority’, allocating an additional US$800 million for cybersecurity initiatives in its 2010 strategic defense and security review, with the government expected to spend close to US$6 billion on cybersecurity over the next 10 years. 

Dynamic Nature of Cyber Threats Warrants Increased Spending on Innovative Technologies 

Although many countries worldwide are cutting their defense budgets, cyber warfare spending is set to increase significantly. In part, this can be attributed to the novelty of the market, with governments and private organizations seeking to stay ahead of the ever changing curve. 

This novelty means that sufficient countermeasures have historically not always been able to keep up with the rapid pace at which potential threats are developed, and so cutting edge cybersecurity is high on the global agenda. These ever changing dynamics of cyber threats, along with the increased demand for cyber weapons, has been identified as a primary growth driver over the next decade.

Click here to view full article at ASD News

Industry News: Joint Support Ship Design Selected
06-11-2013 [+]

(Source: National Defence and the Canadian Forces)

OTTAWA – The Government of Canada today announced that a ship design for the Joint Support Ships being acquired for the Royal Canadian Navy has been selected, as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

The selection of the Joint Support Ship design was conducted through a transparent assessment process, involving multiple government departments and third party advisors, based on three criteria: operational capability, affordability, and the cost and schedule risks associated with building the ship. The process was monitored by audit firm KPMG, as an independent third-party. First Marine International, a recognized firm of shipbuilding experts, provided ship construction costing expertise.

Two viable ship design options were commissioned for the Joint Support Ships: an existing design and a new design by BMT Fleet Technology. Based on rigorous analysis and assessments by government officials and military experts, the proven, off-the-shelf ship design from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada was selected as the best design option for the Royal Canadian Navy and for Canadian taxpayers.

Canada will provide the design to Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd, to review in preparation for actual production. This design development work will be led by Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd., as part of the Joint Support Ship definition contract to be negotiated between Canada and the shipyard. Once these steps are completed, Canada will acquire the required licensing for the ship design. This license will enable Canada to use the ship design and build, operate, and maintain the Joint Support Ships – right in here in Canada. This effort will also enhance technical skills and knowledge among Canadian shipyard staff, to be leveraged as the shipyard builds the subsequent ships assigned under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

The Joint Support Ships, which will be built by workers at Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd, will supply deployed Naval Task Groups with fuel, ammunition, spare parts, food and water. They will also provide a home base for maintenance and operation of helicopters, a limited sealift capability, and support to forces deployed ashore.

Click here to view full article at www.forces.gc.ca.com

Industry News: Investing in Canada's Future Through Research (British Columbia)
06-05-2013 [+]

(Source: Canada News Centre)

Victoria, British Columbia, June 3, 2013—The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Minister Responsible for British Columbia, today announced $23.5 million to support 331 projects in British Columbia. This is part of a national investment of $167 million by the Harper Government announced on Friday, May 31 by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), at the launch of the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, taking place this year at the University of Victoria.

The investments will provide funding to social sciences and humanities researchers atpost-secondary institutions across Canada. Researchers will collaborate with those in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors on issues of importance to advance our understanding of people and society.

"These grants advance Canadian excellence in social sciences and humanities research by supporting the development of talent and promoting academic-industry partnerships," said Minister of State Goodyear.

"Economic Action Plan 2013 provides additional support for advanced research at universities and other leading institutions, which will build on previous investments to further strengthen Canada's research advantage," said Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo–Alberni.

"Our government is committed to making our country a global centre of research excellence, innovation and higher learning," said Minister Moore. "We understand that investing in research strengthens the economy, creates high-quality jobs, enhances our competitiveness and improves the quality of life of Canadians."

Of the total federal funding of $167 million, $104 million will support more than 3,700 master's, doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships and fellowships through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's (SSHRC) Talent program. Another $63 million is being awarded over a period of seven years to support 78 research teams across the country through SSHRC's Partnership Grants and Partnership Development Grants. The Harper Government's investment has leveraged an additional $43.4 million in matching support from sources involved in these projects, such as national and international researchers and industry, public and not-for-profit partners.

"Thanks to continued federal support, Canada is a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and training that help to create and sustain strong cultures of innovation," said Dr. Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC. "Through SSHRC's funding opportunities for research partnerships and talent, we are enabling stronger working relationships among academic, private, public and not-for-profit sectors while supporting the development of our next generation of leaders to build a better future for Canada and the world."

Click here to view full article at Canada News Centre

Industry News: Government tenders get new home - Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders
06-03-2013 [+]

(Source: CADSI-AICDS)

On June 1, 2013, federal government tenders (tender notices and bid solicitation documents), currently on MERX, will move to a Government of Canada Web site, Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders. No subscription required, free and anonymous single window access to federal government tenders and procurement data are some of the benefits of the new site.

In the coming days, we will send you the next issue of the Public Works and Government Services Canada, Acquisitions Branch newsletter,Procurement Today, which will describe some of the benefits of the new Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders.

We encourage you to visit Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders now to get familiar with the helpful search engine. Tenders will be added on June 1! 

You can also visit our Calendar of Events anytime after April 19 to register for an information session about the new site.

Your OSME Regional Office or the national InfoLine (1-800-811-1148) would be pleased to answer any of your questions.

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Le 1erjuin 2013, les appels d’offres du gouvernement (avis d’appels d’offres et demandes de soumissions) actuellement sur MERX seront transférés sur Achatsetventes.gc.ca/appels-d-offres, un site Web du gouvernement du Canada. Quelques-uns des avantages du nouveau site sont : aucun abonnement n’est requis et les utilisateurs auront gratuitement un accès anonyme unique aux appels d’offres du gouvernement fédéral et aux données sur les achats.

Dans les prochains jours, nous vous ferons parvenir le prochain numéro du bulletin d’information de la Direction générale des approvisionnements de Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada, L’approvisionnement aujourd’hui, qui décrira certaines caractéristiques du nouveau site Achatsetventes.gc.ca/appels-d-offres.

Nous vous encourageons à visiter Achatsetventes.gc.ca/appels-d-offres dès maintenant afin de vous familiariser avec le moteur de recherche utile. Les appels d’offres y seront affichés le 1erjuin!

Vous pouvez visiter notre Calendrier des événements après le 19 avril pour vous inscrire à une des séances d’information sur le nouveau site.

Les agents au BPME – Bureaux régionaux ou à la LigneInfo nationale (1-800-811-1148) se feront un plaisir de répondre à vos questions.

Click here to view the full article at CADSI-AICDS

Industry News: Lockheed F-35 Cost Declines 1.1%, Pentagon Estimates
05-27-2013 [+]

(Source: Bloomberg.com)

By Tony Capaccio - May 24, 2013 12:00 AM ET

The development and production cost of Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)’s F-35 fighter, the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program, has decreased by 1.1 percent, primarily because of reduced labor rates, according to the Pentagon’s latest cost estimates.

The $4.5 billion decrease, to $391.2 billion from $395.7 billion, includes the aircraft and the engines produced by United Technologies Corp. (UTX)’s Pratt & Whitney unit for an eventual fleet of 2,443 planes.

The latest F-35 projection is included among reports on cost estimates for major weapons that the Pentagon sent to Congress yesterday. The reports cover a portfolio of 78 weapons that the Pentagon now projects will cost a combined $1.66 trillion, an increase of $39.6 billion, or 2.4 percent, over a report published in March 2012.

Even with the improvement for the F-35 reported yesterday, the projected cost has increased 68 percent since the Pentagon signed its initial contract for the fighter with Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed in 2001. The revised estimate bolsters findings by government analysts that the military and the contractor are making progress in managing the jet’s simultaneous development and production.

“My immediate reaction is that it reflects the improvements that we found in manufacturing last year,” said Michael Sullivan, who is in charge of producing an annual report on the F-35 for the independent Government Accountability Office.

‘Right Direction’

In March, the GAO reported that “overall, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is moving in the right direction after a long, expensive and arduous learning period. It still has tremendous challenges ahead.”

A summary issued by the Pentagon attributed the improved projection for the F-35 primarily to “decreases in the prime contractor and subcontractor labor rates and revised airframe and subcontractor estimates that incorporate the latest actual costs” from early production contracts instead of computer-model estimates.

The F-35 program “continues to make slow but steady progress and is moving forward in a disciplined manner,” according to the 92-page Pentagon report on the fighter. “There were many successes as well as challenges in 2012.”

Progress in holding down the F-35’s costs risks being reversed if Lockheed’s labor and overhead rates grow and the program encounters additional delays as it progresses into its most complicated phase of software testing.

‘Software Risk’

“Software risk remains the top development issue,” according to the F-35 report.

Pentagon analysts still estimate the potential 56-year cost of operations and support for the F-35 fleet at $1.1 trillion, according to the report yesterday. Officials said that estimate could decline as improved data accumulate on aircraft reliability, maintenance and flying hours.

The 2.4 percent increase projected for the $1.66 trillion portfolio of weapons is “relatively modest cost growth” that can be seen “as a good sign,” Moshe Schwartz, a weapons-cost analyst for the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, said in an e-mailed statement.

“The question is whether this is a single data point, a temporary lull, or whether this is the beginning of a trend in improved cost estimating and cost management,” he said. “If cost growth over the next two years for the entire portfolio stays under 3 percent or even under 5 percent than this may be good news.”

Budget Cuts

Some of the weapons may face cutbacks if the automatic budget reductions called sequestration remain in place. Pentagon officials, who worked to lock in contracts for the F-35 before the cuts took effect in March, say reducing the number of weapons purchased would only increase the cost for each one purchased.

The new Pentagon cost projections are largely consistent with the GAO’s most recent annual weapons report. Both appraisals are free of criticism such as that in a report by the GAO in March 2009, when the agency said cost growth for what was then the top 96 weapons programs was “staggering.”

The 2.4 percent increase stems primarily from revised inflation estimates and higher costs to the Pentagon’s primary rocket program because of a projected increase in launches.

The projected cost of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, produced in competing designs by Lockheed and Austal Ltd. (ASB), has decreased $3.4 billion, or 9 percent, to $33.9 billion because the service has cut three ships from what was a 55-ship program, according to the new data.

Acquisition Law

The documents indicate that, for the first time in years. no weapons program has experienced increases significant enough to trigger a 1982 law that mandates certification to Congress that it’s vital to national security, according to Pentagon officials.

The progress can in attributed in part to a 2009 weapons acquisition law, officials said.

“I can’t prove it but my belief is that they are” doing a better job because new procedures in the law “have kicked in,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin of Michigan, a cosponsor of the legislation, said today at a Bloomberg Government breakfast.

The 2009 law prevents the “add-on of additional bells and whistles,” said Levin, who hadn’t yet seen the new Pentagon estimates.

Separately from the portfolio of 78 weapons systems for which previous estimates were offered, the Pentagon offered first-time projections for four newer projects.

The largest is $31 billion for the Army-Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

The Pentagon also offered projections for three Air Force programs: $3.4 billion for the Global Positioning System’s newest ground operational control station; $2.75 billion for the AWACS Block 40 Upgrade program; and $1.45 billion for the tail kit assembly for the extension of the B61 nuclear weapon.

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Industry News: £2 Billion Spanish Navy Submarine Will Sink to Bottom of Sea
05-23-2013 [+]

(Source: Daily Telegraph; published May 22, 2013)

A new submarine commissioned by the Spanish navy at a cost of 2.2 billion euros has been discovered to contain a serious design flaw – it is too heavy and will sink like a stone. 

Miscalculations at the engineering stage have been blamed for a two-year delay in delivery of the first of four submarines commissioned from Spain's state-owned shipbuilder Navantia. 

Last month it emerged that the Isaac Peral sub – part of the new S-80 series and named in honour of the Spanish man credited by some as the inventor of the underwater vessel – was at least 75 tons overweight, an excess that could compromise its ability to surface after submerging. 

Navantia admitted the existence of "deviations related to the balance of weight" in the vessel and estimated it would take up to two years more to correct the problem. 

The 233ft vessel may have to be lengthened to compensate for the excess weight, a redesign that comes with an estimated cost of 7.5 million euros per extra metre. 

The shipbuilders based in Cartagena, southern Spain, are now seeking "technical experts from abroad" to advise in the redesign of what was billed as the "most modern conventional submarine". 

The original date for delivery was scheduled for March 2015 but it is now expected to be delayed by up to two years. 

The Spanish navy commissioned four of the submarines at a cost of 2.2 billion, one of the most expensive contracts in Spain's military history, but will now be facing a much larger bill.

In the meantime they will also have to pay costs of keeping the current ageing submarine fleet in operation at an estimated 15 million euros per year. 

Spain's Ministry of Defence has seen its budget cut by some 30 per cent since the start of the economic crisis in 2008 in an austerity drive aimed at reducing the nation's public deficit.

Click here to view full article at The Daily Telegraph