SIGNAL Blogs

December 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a $29 million prime task order to continue its support for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Chief Technology Officer. The task order provides real-time services for the operation, maintenance and development of information technology systems that enable the Bureau to conduct State Department security and law enforcement missions.

December 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a $52 million contract by the U.S. Navy to provide operational support; field engineering, repair and return services; training; and system development for the U.S. and U.K. TRIDENT II (D5) Fire Control System. The contract also includes SSGN Attack Weapons Control Systems life-cycle cost control and technology refresh work.

December 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

Future U.S. Navy submarines will be able to obtain a better operational picture by launching their own unmanned aerial systems (UASs). A recent test by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island, demonstrated that a submerged vessel can deploy a UAS at sea.

December 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

Single-frequency amplifiers are being developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) new Revolution in Fiber Lasers program. The program is designing building blocks to combine laser beams that can be scaled to a weapons-class power level while maintaining good beam quality.

December 4, 2008
By Rita Boland

Military4life is designed to provide service personnel and their families with the latest information on military pay, morale and welfare, and lifestyle news. The home page features a list of discounts on items such as cell phones, computers, airline tickets and cruises. Other areas covered by the site include military loans, credit reports, military pay data, TRICARE military supplement insurance and military charities.

December 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

The next SIGNAL Webinar, "Data at Rest Protection: An Integral Part of an Enterprise Data Protection Strategy," will be on Tuesday, December 9 at 12 Eastern. Here's the description:

December 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

GovLoop is a social network dedicated to connecting the government community. More than 3,200 members strong, the community's membership ranges from local and state officials to feds from a wide range of agencies.

GovLoop founder Steve Ressler created a group forum for AFCEA, which we moderate. Just a few members so far, but there are a lot of great conversations taking place there, unlike some social networks where people join but never talk.

Visit the AFCEA on GovLoop page here.

December 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

EF Johnson Technologies Incorporated has been named as a contractor under a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). This BPA will be used by federal government agencies for the purchase of EF Johnson analog and P25 digital subscribers and Native Internet Protocol conventional and trunked networks, operating in the VHF, UHF and 700/800 MHz frequency bands. The total estimated value of the BPA is $381 million over a maximum term of five years.

December 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Cubic Applications Incorporated has been awarded a contract with a potential value of $4.8 million to continue educational services to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, Georgia. Under the contract, Cubic will continue to provide a link between WHINSEC and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, facilitating the transfer of courseware between the two schools and organizing and preparing courseware at WHINSEC.

December 1, 2008
By H. Mosher

As cybercrime and cyberwarfare continue to be the defining challenges of the 21st century, how can the new administration and Congress best prepare the country to fully embrace cybersecurity as a national priority?

December 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and the U.S. Air Force are modifying a cost-plus-award-fee contract for $70 million. This contract modification will provide a one-year contract extension for on-orbit operations and support to the Milstar and Defense Satellite Communications System.

December 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is receiving a firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Air Force not to exceed $115 million for 16 Global War on Terror MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles.

December 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems Technologies is being awarded an $11 million modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option for engineering and technical products and services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems.

December 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Impact Technologies LLC has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract not to exceed $10 million for a Phase III Small Business Innovative Research effort under Topic N02-167, titled "Intelligent Embedded Diagnostic System for Future Avionic Systems." The objective of the project is for the continued development of a "System of Systems" approach to effectively provide a continuous and active systems engineering feedback loop capability by integratin

December 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego is being awarded a $500 million modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract to provide additional funds for engineering development efforts in support of the System Development and Demonstration of the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

December 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Technical Services Company is being awarded a $14 million modification to continue the effort to transition the Wide-Body Airborne Sensor Platform from initial operating capability to full operating capability. The Missile Defense Agency, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

November 26, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Navy has successfully conducted the first large-scale test of a technology that enables commanders to communicate with a submerged submarine, regardless of its speed and depth. In the final evaluations of the Deep Siren tactical paging system, which were held in June and August, a Navy submarine deployed special communications buoys that reached the surface to establish a communications link between the vessel and the test team in Norfolk, Virginia.

December 1, 2008
By Rita Boland

Families of deployed members of the National Guard, Reserve and active duty service members on independent duty and their families are eligible for free family memberships at participating YMCAs in their local communities. The free memberships for Guard and Reserve families are available when service members are deployed for at least six months, and the deploying family member is eligible for a three-month pre- and post-deployment membership.

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a $98 million firm-fixed-price contract by the U.S. Army for the procurement of 50 militarized mobile gamma ray imaging systems for non-intrusive inspection of vehicles and cargo as well as maintenance of these systems.

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation's communications system business has received a five-year, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The contract has a potential value of $160 million. ITT will provide field and systems engineering support services for the U.S. Navy's Fleet Systems Engineering Team.

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