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AeroVironment Incorporated Has Been Awarded $200 Million Contract

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

AeroVironment Incorporated has received a one-year; indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity; not-to-exceed $200 million contract for all environment capable variant small unmanned aircraft systems in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command Program Executive Office, Fixed Wing.

Ultra Electronics Tactical Communication Systems Awarded Contract Amendment

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

Ultra Electronics Tactical Communication Systems (Ultra TCS) has been awarded a contract amendment valued at $18.1 million with the Army, in which Ultra TCS supplies AN/TRC-190(V)3 radio assemblage modification kits and associated equipment for the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program, a critical enabler of LandWarNet. Since January, Ultra TCS has received $10 million under the contract.

Snail Mail by Email with Motomail

July 1, 2008
By Rita Boland

Friends and family members of U.S. Marines deployed to an operational location in Iraq can send their loved ones a message without ever visiting the mailbox. MotoMail aims to bridge gaps in communications between parties who may not have e-mail access or who just want to send a physical letter for a more personal touch. MotoMail, in conjunction with SuperLetter.com Incorporated, operates a Web site that allows users to create a message online that will be downloaded and printed out at a Marine Corps post office then physically delivered to the deployed Marine. MotoMail messages are downloaded at least once a day in the operational theaters, and the organization strives to deliver all letters within 24 hours of printing. The Delivery Status feature enables senders to keep track of their messages through the three delivery stages-Stage 1: received at the MotoMail server; Stage 2: letters downloaded to the MotoMail terminal; and Stage 3: letters have been printed and sent for delivery. The service is provided at no cost. While the service is geared largely toward Marines, troops in other military branches who are collocated with the Marine Corps can receive the mail as well. MotoMail also offers two-way services so troops can send letters back home by creating an account on MotoMail using credit cards. Letters are sent to a regional SuperLetter office determined by the first digit of the destination zip code for printing. Postage is applied, and the mail is placed in the U.S. Postal Service system. Troops can send up to five letters for free, and all additional messages cost 50 cents. Users can create accounts on the Web site as well as find answers to frequently asked questions and other resources.

Contract Awards on SIGNAL Scape

July 1, 2008
By H. Mosher

As promised, we have a new feature on SIGNAL Scape as of this month. Robert K. Ackerman, editor-in-chief of SIGNAL Magazine, describes the logic in moving the Business Bytes column to the web in the July issue's "Behind the Lines":

Compared to a monthly paper publication, the Web offers a huge advantage in timeliness. One of the first additions to the enhanced Web site's news center comes directly from the magazine. Loyal SIGNAL readers who have perused the Business Byte column no longer can find it on paper-it has migrated to the Web site as Contract Awards under SIGNAL Scape. This change makes sense in terms of timeliness and relevance, because instead of learning about a contract two months after its award, readers now can see it on SIGNAL Online within days of its announcement. Web hot links connect readers with more information from the source of each contract announcement.

The Contract Awards section of SIGNAL Scape is edited by Katie Packard, SIGNAL Magazine's Assistant Editor. You can access the Contract Awards section directly here, or subscribe to the section's feed with this RSS link. Please note that the contract awards are not included in the regular SIGNAL Scape feed.

The Five Pillars of Netcentricity

July 1, 2008
By H. Mosher

In "Network Operations Mandate Critical Considerations," Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.) outlines and explains his "pillars of netcentricity," which are communications infrastructure; security, including privacy and cybersecurity; information management, governance, and leadership. These pillars are so important, he continues, because as organizations face the challenges of continued streamlining, as resources continue to dwindle even as security demands continue to grow. With all this in mind, what key elements for effective and efficient network operations pose the greatest challenge for defense agencies?

Vangent Awarded Contract with Royal Saudi Air Force for Web-Based E-Learning

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Vangent Inc. is being awarded a contract from Hanscom Air Force Base, Maryland, for $13,590,654. The Royal Saudi Air Force Web Based E-Learning System Modernization Program includes the procurement, installation, configuration, test and delivery of the School of Command, Control and Communication E-Learning systems, its supporting equipment and information technology infrastructure.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation Wins Contract from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation has been awarded a cost plus fix fee contract of $20,842,119 from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to develop and mature critical technologies required to enable airborne stand-off electronic attack, including low band, high-power transmitting phased arrays; mid-band high-power transmitting arrays; and advanced exciters.

General Dynamic Network Systems Receives Contract from Air Force

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Network Systems was awarded the Intelligence Information, Command and Control, Equipment and Enhancements contract, an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a $3.1 billion maximum, by the Air Force.

Harris Corporation Awarded Contract to Supply Royal Netherlands Air Force with Remote Surveillance System

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation was awarded a contract to supply the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) with Falcon Watch Remote Surveillance Systems to provide force protection and perimeter security for forward operating bases in Afghanistan. The acquisition is part of the RNLAF's Transportable Intrusion Detection Systems program.

BearingPoint Awarded Five-Year, $225 Million DoD Contract

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

BearingPoint Inc. was awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for Logistics, Maintenance and Supply Support functions and associated technologies throughout the Defense Department by the Army Contracting Agency. The contract has a potential value of $255 million over five years.

Teamspinner: A collaborative project management tool

July 3, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Teamspinner allows teams to create custom environments for their projects. Users can add Wiki text, lists, discussions and files. Team members can also invite others as members or observers and track any changes via RSS feeds. Users should note that this tool is currently in the beta stage. A link allows bugs and suggestions to be reported to the tool's designers.

Remembering Everything

July 3, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The goal of reQall is to serve as a memory tool. The site collects and aggregates personal data. Users can access the site through a variety of methods, such as text from a handheld or desktop computer or voice from a telephone. The site will translate voice messages into text and store the data. Users with iPhones or Web access can quickly enter action items and clip and remember items on the home page. ReQall can contain anything from personal notes to contact lists and photographs. A memory jogger feature lets users play games especially designed to strengthen memory.

Another way to search Wikipedia

July 7, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Sometimes a user might need an immediate answer to a question or a definition of a term. The Lexisum home page has a simple interface consisting of several boxes. Entering a term such as "bandwidth" causes the site's search engine to scour Wikipedia sites for an answer. Each definition is studded with hyperlinks to more detailed articles and related topics.

A Web 2.0 Directory

July 2, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

A massive directory of Web 2.0 applications and services, Go2Web20.net contains 2,390 site logos as of mid-May. The primary interface for Go2Web20.net is its main page, which lists all of the participating services. By moving a cursor over each site, a quick outline of the service is provided. Clicking on a logo calls up a more detailed description of the service and a URL link to the site. The assembled pages cover a range of interests and subjects, from music sharing sites to professional development and advancement pages.

Microblogging With Twitter

July 1, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Twitter is a Web-based service is designed to keep people in touch with friends, family and co-workers through quick, short and frequent messages. Unlike e-mail or blogging, Twitter focuses on short updates throughout the day. Users can post brief updates, limited to 140 characters, from their desktop, personal digital assistants or cell phones. Business users can use the site to keep updated with colleagues working on a project, for example.

LyricsMode

July 4, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Arguing over the exact lyrics of a song was once an important part of growing up. This site provides the text lyrics of more than 650,000 songs by 25,000 artists. LyricsMode claims to be the world's largest archive of song lyrics. Users can search the site by specific song name or by browsing by band names. Videos are available for the most popular songs, and musicians can submit their lyrics to the archive. Wireless users can also access a mobile version of the site for use on cell phones and other handheld devices.

JFCOM, Microsoft Extend Cooperative Agreement

June 16, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) has extended its cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between Microsoft Corporation and the command's Joint Center for Operational Analysis Knowledge and Information Fusion Exchange (KnIFE) program for one year. KnIFE answers questions from and provides training materials to deployed and predeployment units using a database of the latest enemy tactics, techniques and procedures. The extension allows KnIFE and Microsoft to complete efforts initiated under the original agreement. In addition, the command hopes to explore new experiments involving service-oriented architecture and business intelligence.

Thin Disk Laser Lights Up

June 15, 2008
By H. Mosher

An experimental solid-state laser successfully passed a series of repeated test firings. Developed by the Boeing Company, the thin-disk laser is part of the company's effort to develop a weapons-capable solid-state laser as a tactical weapon. Relying on electricity rather than volatile chemicals for power, the weapon achieved power levels of more than 25 kilowatts in several-second durations. Company officials note that the successful tests demonstrate the laser's potential to scale up to 100 kilowatts, the U.S. Defense Department's threshold for a tactical energy weapon.

New Artillery Unveiled

June 15, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Army displayed its newest weapons system in Washington, D.C., this month. The non-line-of-sight cannon (NLOS-C) is the first new vehicle type in a family of eight new manned ground vehicles planned for the Future Combat Systems. The mobile artillery piece features a fully automated cannon, allowing troops to engage targets more quickly than current artillery systems. A hybrid-electric engine that requires less fuel than current vehicles powers the NLOS-C vehicle.

AFCEA SOLUTIONS: Are You Who We Think You Are?

June 26, 2008
By H. Mosher

The questions around Identity Assurance seem to boil down to: "Are you who we think you are?" and "Are we who you think we are?" These questions are critically important to warfighters, as Richard Hale, Chief Information Assurance Executive, Defense Information Systems Agency explained this morning in this morning's opening keynote. Read on for information on how to tune in to the rest of the Identity Assurance conference from AFCEA SOLUTIONS.

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