SIGNAL Blogs

October 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to develop single-frequency fiber amplifiers for the new Revolution in Fiber Lasers program by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Northrop Grumman will design the building blocks needed to combine laser beams that can be scaled to a weapons-class power level while maintaining good beam quality. Northrop Grumman received a $4.5 million, 15-month contract for Phase I, with an option for a $4.6 million, 18-month Phase II contract.

October 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation has received a $25.9 million firm-fixed-price contract. This requirement is necessary to expand the command and control capability for Iraqi signal platoons and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance battalions. Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan, Baghdad, Iraq, is the contracting activity.

October 17, 2008
By H. Mosher

U.S. Army soldiers soon will be equipped with an enhanced night vision system that will increase their situational awareness in combat. Developed by BAE Systems through the Army's Program Executive Office Soldier Enhanced Night Vision Goggle advanced technology development program, the digitally fused enhanced night vision goggle, ENVG (D), allows soldiers to view imagery that exploits features from visible, low-light and infrared sensors.

October 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

CSC has been awarded a task order to provide engineering, architecture, integration and readiness support services. The contract was awarded the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office, Command, Control and Communications Tactical and is worth an estimated total value of $88 million. CSC will provide a comprehensive and diverse range of support for the Army's Future Battle Command program.

October 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Raytheon Company has received a $165 million U.S. Navy contract to provide MK54 lightweight and MK48 heavyweight torpedo hardware, engineering and support services. Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) will produce and deliver 228 MK48 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) torpedo guidance and control upgrade kits and 192 MK54 lightweight torpedo kits.

October 17, 2008
By H. Mosher

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University have discovered a light-emitting compound that may assist optical communications as well as eventually help identify biological and chemical weapons at long distances. The compound structure almost went unnoticed because it grows lengthwise, creating long, thin crystals that are well suited for fiber optics but difficult for researchers to study.

October 15, 2008
By H. Mosher

The Defense Technical Information Center and the Director of Defense Research and Engineering have launched a U.S. Defense Department science and technology wiki. DoDTechipedia, an online encyclopedia, aims at promoting transparency and communication among the department's scientists, engineers, program managers and warfighters. In addition, the department believes it will enhance its ability to collaborate across the enterprise, identify solutions for technology challenges and ensure the efficient use of resources.

October 15, 2008
By H. Mosher

Interest is high in the area of blue force tracking capabilities for the battlespace, but the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) also is interested in people-tracking of another kind, the kind that can help the command ensure that it is doing its job as primary conventional force provider. JFCOM is soliciting industry and academia input on existing technologies to improve the process of tracking the forces it provides to worldwide operations.

October 16, 2008
By H. Mosher

The National Science Foundation is funding SRI International and the University of Michigan to use CubeSats in a program called CubeSat-based Ground-to-Space Bistatic Radar Experiment-Radio Aurora Explorer. CubeSats are small satellites, typically a 10-centimeter cube weighing one kilogram, used for science missions that are dedicated to space weather and atmospheric research.

October 15, 2008
By H. Mosher

A team of researchers and engineers has won the U.S. Defense Department's $1 million Wearable Power Prize competition. The DuPont/Smart Fuel Cell team beat out six other teams by building a lightweight wearable system providing an average of 20 watts of power for more than 96 hours and weighing less than 8.8 pounds. All of the finalists used either fuel-cell or battery technologies or a combination of the two to meet the Defense Department's exacting standards.

October 15, 2008
By Katie Packard

Bechtel Plant Machinery Incorporated is being awarded a $349 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for U.S. Naval nuclear propulsion components. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.

October 15, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office to design and develop a sensor inspired by a canine's olfactory system, or sense of smell. The contract has a potential value of $18 million if all options are exercised. The effort is part of DARPA's RealNose Program. The program's goal is to build an artificial "nose" to create a breakthrough detection system with capabilities beyond that of a dog.

October 15, 2008
By Katie Packard

CSC has signed an information technology outsourcing contract with very light jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation. The new agreement has an estimated total eight-year contract value of $106 million.

October 15, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has received a $17.9 million contract from the U.S. Army to develop a sensor system prototype to give helicopter crews full day or night spherical situational awareness while eliminating visual obstructions caused by the airframe and its contents. Raytheon's Advanced Distributed Aperture System is intended for rotary wing applications. The multi-sensor system and combined helmet display allow pilots to see around the cockpit and other parts of a helicopter in daylight and darkness.

October 15, 2008
By Katie Packard

SRA International Incorporated has been awarded a contract with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Emergency Communications (OEC). The contract is valued at more than $25 million if all options are exercised. Under this contract, SRA will provide the OEC with strategic and project management consulting services, including governance development, communications and outreach, performance management, organizational strategy and policy analysis.

October 15, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company has been awarded a U.S. Air Force extended user evaluation (EUE) contract valued at up to $30 million to continue testing the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL), a C-130H aircraft equipped with a high-energy chemical laser and a beam control system. The EUE will expand the envelope of the ATL and further demonstrate how this ultra-precision engagement capability can assist warfighters on the battlefield.

October 14, 2008
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has received a U.S. Army contract worth $11.6 million to provide engineering changes to the Bradley Automated Fire Extinguishing Systems for up to 419 Bradley reset vehicles. The contract is managed by the Army's Tank-Automotive and Armament Command Life Cycle Management Command.

October 14, 2008
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation has been awarded a potential $37 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego to supply additional multiband shipboard satellite communications terminals for the Navy's Arleigh Burke DDG-51 class of guided missile destroyers. Under the contract, Harris is responsible for systems integration, production and logistics support for the AN/WSC-6(V)9 Super High Frequency Multiband Shipboard Satellite Communications Terminal (MSSCT).

October 14, 2008
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Navy in managing the design and acquisition of the Navy's next generation guided missile cruiser, CG(X). The award has a potential value of $127.8 million over five years. CG(X) will be a highly capable major surface combatant tailored for joint air and missile defense and joint air control operations providing airspace dominance and protection to joint forces operating in the Seabase.

October 14, 2008
By Katie Packard

SRA International Incorporated is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for $49 million. The objective of this program is to improve human performance and organizational effectiveness within cyberscience and technology; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operator optimization science and technology (S&T); information/influence operations; training S&T; and related research domains.

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