SIGNAL Blogs

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.

November 4, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Intelligence officers in the Pacific theater have seen the future, and it is commercial. That was a point driven home by the opening panel in TechNet Asia-Pacific 2008, now under way in Honolulu, Hawaii. The J-2 panel focused on intelligence challenges, and panelists cited the need for commercial technologies and capabilities to fulfill intelligence sharing needs across diverse coalitions and partnerships.

November 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Pragmatics Incorporated has received a $17 million task order to provide systems engineering and technical support services for biometrics systems supporting the U.S. Army. The task order was awarded under the Defense Information Systems Agency ENCORE II contract, a multiple-award vehicle open to all federal agencies. Pragmatics will provide program, architectural, engineering and analytical support to the Army.

November 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a task order to provide information technology support and services to the U.S. Central Command's (CENTCOM's) Directorate of Command, Control, Communications and Computers (J-6). The task order has a ceiling value of $226 million if all options are exercised. Under the task order, SAIC will provide command, control, communications and computer information (C4I) support for the entire CENTCOM organization.

November 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

iRobot Corporation has received a $3.7 million order from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) under an existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for delivery of 17 PackBot Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) robots and repair parts.

November 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications' global security and engineering solutions (GS&ES) unit has been awarded a five-year, $92.2 million task order by the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service for the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Under the task order, GS&ES will support the Army Architecture Integration and Management Directorate and the Army Capabilities Integration Center as well as other TRADOC centers of excellence throughout the continental U.S.

November 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has been selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to provide information technology support across its Defense Media Activity organization. The contract is worth up to $59 million if all options are exercised.

November 3, 2008
By H. Mosher

"Significant change" is needed in how organizations approach questions of efficiency and effectiveness, writes Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.) in this month's Incoming column, Change Is a Requisite for the Future of Network-Centric Operations.

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation has been awarded a $206 million contract to produce an additional 2,866 CREW 2.1 vehicle receiver jammers, vehicle-mounted systems designed to prevent the detonation of improvised explosive devices. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command and was announced by the U.S. Defense Department.

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications' Vertex subsidiary has been awarded an indefinite delivery contract valued at $569 million by the U.S. Navy. Vertex, which has teamed with the Boeing Company for this project, will provide logistics services and maintenance materials in support of T-45A and T-45C trainer aircraft.

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a three-year, $19.5 million Business Enterprise Integration Services task order contract to provide technical and management support to the U.S. Defense Department Business Transformation Agency (BTA). CACI will provide systems maintenance and development for many major Defense Department business systems currently being enhanced by BTA. The scope also includes defense finance and accounting service projects.

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received an additional $9.7 million of funding from the U.S. Army to provide additional secure Internet protocol router and non-secure Internet protocol router access point (SNAP) very small aperture terminal satellite systems. This is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command order that was announced in August, with a potential value of $246 million.

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business has received a 10-year, $21 million contract under the U.S. General Service Administration's Networx Universal contract to provide call center routing and support for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Verizon Business will provide toll-free services, hosted interactive voice response and secure database applications for Veterans Affairs call centers nationwide.

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corporation and the U.S. Air Force are modifying a cost-plus-award-fee contract by exercising an option for an estimated cost of $7.6 million. This action will provide the U.S. Strategic Command with intelligence enterprise support.

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for a maximum of $30 million for Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE). The VAATE Phase II and III programs develop revolutionary and innovative technology by the 2017 time frame that will provide a 10X increase in turbo-propulsion affordable capability when carped to a year 2000 state-of-the-art baseline engine.

October 31, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have signed a memorandum of agreement that will leverage development, production, sustainment and upgrade efforts for the RQ-4-based programs under each of the services. The agreement enables the services to continue to pursue common objectives across the RQ-4 enterprise while retaining each service's specific mission and operational requirements. Military officials believe the agreement will promote cost savings and eliminate redundancies.

October 31, 2008
By H. Mosher

The Malicious Code Research Center, Finjan Incorporated, has discovered examples of obfuscated code embedded not only in hypertext markup language Web pages on legitimate Web sites but also in rich-content files. According to a recently released Finjan report, popularity is increasing for online advertisements as well as user-generated content on Web 2.0 Web sites in directing users to malware-infected content files.

October 31, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems' (FCS's) Active Protection System (APS) has successfully passed stationary and moving target tests. The APS is designed to protect the FCS family of future manned vehicles from a variety of anti-tank and artillery projectiles. The APS is a vehicle-mounted system that defeats incoming threats such as rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank guided missiles by physically destroying or deflecting them in flight.

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