SIGNAL Blogs

November 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Atomics is being awarded a cost-plus-fee-term contract for $177 million.

November 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Missile Systems Company is being awarded a $442 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for development and test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System Multiple Kill Vehicle Payload System. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

November 7, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Honor Flight Chicago is a little different from most veteran support organizations, and it proves there is no end to the ways people can make a difference in the lives of those who served. The program flies World War II veterans from Chicago Midway Airport to Dulles International Airport so that they can tour various memorials around Washington, D.C.

November 7, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

U.S. forces may be on the verge of a new era of connectivity, information sharing and individual empowerment-if immediate needs are addressed, both programmatically and technologically. That was the message delivered by Linda Newton, deputy chief of staff for C4I, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Newton outlined two scenarios-near future and distant future-in which effective networking and new information technologies empower individuals regardless of location.

November 7, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The people responsible for network centricity among their forces have a common item on their wish lists: a new network that addresses current shortcomings and accommodates new capabilities. Little details such as network management, language, security and seams are major impediments to maintaining network centricity, say J-6s from the Asia-Pacific region.

November 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

ManTech Systems Engineering Corporation is being awarded a $16.2 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract (N00421-08-D-0008) to exercise an option for the procurement of warfare analysis, modeling and simulation, software development and analytic program support for the Naval Air Systems Command's Warfare Analysis and Integration Department.

November 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

SRA International Incorporated has won a re-compete task order with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) Life Safety Security Network (LSSN) to provide enterprise management and information technology systems and communications networks integration. The contract has an estimated value of $56 million over five years if all options are exercised.

November 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a task order with a ceiling value of $29 million by the U.S. Marine Corps under the U.S. General Services Administration's CONNECTIONS contract vehicle. This new work involves initially providing wide area network infrastructure design, fabrication, installation and validation of five microwave relay towers for the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command.

November 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a U.S. Army contract modification of $21 million to provide mission sustainment and support services for the Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance System--Combined program.

November 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

DPSCon Incorporated has received a Small Business Innovation Research Phase I contract award from the U.S. Air Force. The award will support development of a modular, expandable, open-standards addition of processing capability for propulsion health management systems that will increase the speed and depth of processing capabilities over currently utilized Full Authority Digital Engine Control hardware and software.

November 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation's European subsidiary, Park Air Systems, has been awarded a contract by the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency for the provision of an integrated ground-air radio system providing VHF and UHF frequencies.

November 7, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Coast Guard's fight against minor maritime law violations may be a precursor to terrorism activities, according to one of its district commanders. Rear Adm. Manson K. Brown, USCG, commander, 14th Coast Guard District, described how fishing violations in U.S. exclusive economic zones may be laying the groundwork for terrorist actions in the same manner that piracy and terrorism have become linked.

November 6, 2008
By H. Mosher

Here are some notable quotes from the November issue of SIGNAL Magazine. For the complete table of contents, click here

"There is no truly joint network here, just an Army network with joint subscribers." -Col. John B. Hildebrand, USA, commander, 11th Signal Brigade, in Tactical Communications Advances Seize The Day in Iraq

November 6, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

This group of designers creates specifications to improve client-side applications development on the Web. The site hosts the group's work in several publicly available documents.

November 6, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Military recruitment and retention rates are steadily being met, but cracks are beginning to appear in the personnel infrastructure. A panel of senior enlisted leaders both lauded the quality and motivation of their enlisted personnel and warned against the possibility of losing large numbers of them in the near future.

November 6, 2008
By Henry Kenyon
Maj. Gen. Mike Hostage III, vice commander, Pacific Air Forces

The U.S. Pacific Air Forces are rolling out new technologies and capabilities to government and industry partners while seeking to consolidate for efficiencies. But, its vice commander bemoans continuing cultural and technological hurdles to effective network centricity.

November 6, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

All the advances in network centricity are creating greater problems that threaten to undo the advantages wrought by network-centric operations, noted several panelists discussing support to the warfighter. Vice Adm. Nancy Brown, USN, J-6, the Joint Staff, put it bluntly: "We say we fight joint, but our network is absolutely not joint."

November 5, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Being joint is not sufficient for military operations in the 21st century, say leaders of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific. Col. Scott Blankenship, USMC, the G-6 for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, said that the complex environment of the 21st century requires new cooperative security concepts.

November 5, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Civil government and the military must work together if the United States is to achieve its strategic aims in the Pacific, said a panel of civil government and military experts. And, meeting those strategic goals increasingly is a matter of "soft power challenges" that involve the military in decidedly non-military actions.

November 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Research Information Systems to provide software development support services to the electronic Research Administration (eRA). The contract has a total value of more than $62 million if all options are exercised.

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