SIGNAL Blogs

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.

November 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

SRA International Incorporated has been awarded a contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support the Cyber Security Management Center (CSMC). The contract has a potential value of more than $56 million if all options are exercised. SRA will support the CSMC to defend and protect the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the FAA and other federal agencies from cyber attacks.

November 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has received a $30 million U.S. Air Force contract for the development phase of the self-awareness space situational awareness technology demonstration program. Lockheed Martin will develop a technology demonstration payload to provide tactical space situational awareness with dedicated communications. The surveillance system will increase critical awareness of threats to U.S.

November 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business will provide a broad range of data and advanced voice services to the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization through two agreements worth up to $1.12 billion.

November 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

CSC has been awarded a task order from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command to provide command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) regional support center support services. The new services will support the Army's Product Manager Robotic and Unmanned Sensors and the Product Manager Countermine and Explosive Ordnance Demolition. The contract is worth an estimated $192 million if all options are exercised.

November 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has received a contract with an estimated value of $14.9 million from the office of the chief information officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DRC will provide business engineering services, technical support, design and architectural support required to assist with the development of enterprise and system-level architectures for ICE.

November 4, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

While other commanders speak of esoteric needs, the head of the U.S. Army, Pacific cites both technological and cultural expertise as the key to mission success. Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, USA, commander, U.S. Army, Pacific, is calling for specific new technologies to help his force meet its dynamic mission requirements.

November 4, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The biggest challenge in securing and operating networks efficiently may be to understand them-which currently is not taking place, said Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Command. Leading off the first full day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2008, Gen. Fraser offered observations about network operations and security that tended to be more philosophical than technical.

November 4, 2008
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Defense Department, through Military OneSource, has established a Wounded Warrior Resource Center (WWRC) telephone number and e-mail address. Troops, veterans and their families can call (800) 342-9647 or send a message to wwrc@militaryonesource.com to request support if they have concerns or difficulties during the recovery process. Both methods of contact are operational 24/7.

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