SIGNAL Blogs

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.

October 14, 2008
By Katie Packard

Quintron Systems Incorporated has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from NASA to provide a command and control communications systems that will be used at the rocket engine test stands at the John. C. Stennis Space Center, NASA's largest rocket engine test facility.

October 14, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a contract valued at up to $13.5 million for engineering services in support of the Maritime Integrated Air and Missile Defense Planning System, a successor to the Area Air Defense Commander Capability. MIPS is an operational-level planning tool designed to help the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander rapidly analyze and optimize alternatives for defeating current or projected air and missile threats.

October 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a contract for integrated logistics support for foreign military sales. The Naval Air Systems Command awarded the five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, which has a total potential value of $183 million if all options are exercised. General Dynamics will provide logistics, technical program management, configuration management, financial management, acquisition and administrative support to the Naval Aviation Foreign Military Sales programs.

October 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation has received a $140 million order to provide systems integration and information technology services to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Harris Corporation will provide core information technology and integration services to assist the NGA in its transition to a modern infrastructure service provider and an application service provider environment.

October 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

QinetiQ North America has been awarded a $206 million, multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide life cycle support services to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego's command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs in Philadelphia.

October 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

SPADAC has received a $1.1 million contract by the Office of Naval Research to support its expeditionary maneuver warfare and combating terrorism programs to address dynamic threat mapping. The objective of the system, called Behavioral Trajectories, is to predict shifts in enemy behavior by developing a decision aid that captures and analyzes both spatial location and time dynamics of events and background processes.

October 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

ODIN Technologies has been awarded a $75.5 million, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Army's Product Manager Joint-Automatic Identification Technology (PM J-AIT) Office for total AIT and radio-frequency identification solutions.

October 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $128 million, firm-fixed-priced contract from the U.S. Army to provide lightweight laser designator rangefinder systems, which provide battle-proven targeting capability for laser-guided, Global Positioning System-guided and conventional munitions.

October 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has received a task order valued at $4.8 million from the U.S. Air Force Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base. DRC will provide developmental research supporting the establishment of the Item Unique Identification (IUID) umbrella program for Air Force depots. The task order will expand the U.S.

October 9, 2008
By H. Mosher

Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.) posits some interesting questions in this month's incoming columns. Looking at the nature of enterprise risk, he wonders whether any of our readers have ever been notified that their personal data had been exposed:

I have ... and it is not a comforting feeling. It also makes you immediately question the care and practices of the organizations that solicited your trust in safeguarding your private information.

October 9, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The star-studded presentations continued here in Miami, with the second combatant command commander speaking in as many days. Adm. James Stavridis, USN, commander, U.S. Southern Command, gave the last address of SOUTH telling the luncheon audience that the Americas are not the United States' backyard or front porch. "It's a home that we share together," he said. The admiral went on to emphasize that the fundamental problem in the area is poverty, and that drugs and terrorism are symptoms of that problem.

October 8, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

SOUTH 2008 carried a strong message during its first day of public sessions--everyone here has a drug problem. In fact, all of the Americas has a drug problem. Countering that problem is a matter of national and international importance and security, especially because the drug trade has finance links to terrorism. Speeches and presentations mainly focused on cocaine and its growth and effects. Lt. Gen. Glenn F. Spears, USAF, deputy commander, U.S.

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