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Alion Science and Technology will Provide Technical Support to U.S. Army for Battle Command Training

July 11, 2008
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology has received a $14 million contract, Modeling and Simulation Technical and Operational Reinforcement, to provide guidance and technical support to the U.S. Army III Corps Battle Command Training Branch at Fort Hood, Texas. Alion will develop a digital battle command system, digital exercise architectures and training plans.

Apptis Receives Contract to Provide Information Assurance Support to U.S. Central Command

July 11, 2008
By Katie Packard

Apptis Incorporated has won a $25 million contract to provide critical network operations and information assurance support to the U.S. Central Command in Bahrain and at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida. Under the Defense Information Systems Agency task order, Apptis will supply network operations and help-desk support to the command and control communications systems available to troops in combat zones.

Decision/Analysis Partners Receives $5 Million Award with U.S. Coast Guard for Logistics Operations Support

July 11, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a three-year, $5 million contract to Decision/Analysis Partners LLC, which will provide analytic support to the Coast Guard's Logistics Transformation Program Integration Office by developing and managing logistics requirements and assessing risks and other services aimed at improving logistics operations.

General Dynamics C4 Systems Receives $9.2 Million Contract to Develop Satellite Communications

July 11, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $9.2 million contract to develop satellite communication encryption and telemetry technologies. The contract allows General Dynamics to continue the development, qualification and certification of a National Security Agency-approved encryption module for securing telemetry, tracking and control of Defense Department satellites. The contract is through the U.S. Air Force's Telemetry, Tracking and Commanding KG-327 program, and the contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force Headquarters Cryptologic Systems Group of San Antonio, Texas.

U.S. Air Force Modifies Contract with Northrop Grumman Systems, Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems

July 11, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force is modifying a fixed price incentive firm contract with Northrup Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems. The contract, not to exceed $324,600,000, will provide two RQ-4B Block 301 Global Hawk air vehicles, three RQ-4B Block 40 air vehicles with MP-RTIP sensor, one launch and recovery element with associated equipment, an option for four Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite sensor payloads, and other stipulations. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

AFCEA International announces new leaders

July 10, 2008
By H. Mosher

Mr. Paul Cofoni, President and Chief Executive Officer, CACI International, Inc, and Ms. Natalie Givans, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, have been elected to lead AFCEA International. Mr. Cofoni will serve as Chairman of the Board and Ms. Givans will serve as the first Vice Chairman of the Board.

July's Direct Hit Quotes

July 9, 2008
By H. Mosher

From July's SIGNAL Today, some interesting quotes from the July issue of SIGNAL Magazine.

"Solving IEDs in some ways will be as difficult as solving the problem of bullets. Bullets have been in use for centuries, and we still have not completely solved that [weapon] as a wartime threat."-Dr. Robert L. Keesee, deputy director of the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO),
in Improvised Explosive Devices a Multifaceted Threat

"There are already lots of networks out there. What you need to do is connect the ones that exist."-David Aylward, director, ComCare Alliance, in First Responders, Hospitals Need More Bandwidth

"This is tough work. But it is relevant, it is vital, and most importantly, it is what we need to do to make a positive, lasting difference for the people of Iraq."-Col. Karlton Johnson, USAF, J-6, Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I), in Dependable Communications Systems Boost Iraqi Systems

Also from SIGNAL Today this month, our featured image of the month:

Security at IED site

U.S. Army Pfc. Aaron Livas, from Argyle, Wis., assigned to Team Iraqi Security Forces, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La., provides security at a possible improvised explosive device site in Baghdad.

Rescued from FARC

July 9, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

AFCEA and SIGNAL Magazine join all Americans in welcoming back our three countrymen who were rescued from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) terrorists in Colombia last week. Northrop Grumman, their employer, has updates on their return, including a statement from the former hostages and links to Department of Defense images.

Booz Allen Hamilton Receives Contract with the U.S. Army's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton will provide technology, program management and engineering support to the U.S. Army's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate under the Strategic Services Sourcing contract, a $149.5 million delivery order. Booz Allen will assist with broadband and networking capabilities enhancements for Future Combat Systems programs.

Compass Systems Awarded Contract with the Navy Special Projects Program

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

Compass Systems Incorporated has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed fee contract of $10,065,612 to provide engineering aide for the Navy Special Projects Program. Compass Systems will assist in the design, manufacturing and sustainment of avionic systems. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Will Support the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Through Contract

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Corporation has received an $18,370,444 firm-fixed price contract to support the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's human development directorate. Lockheed Martin will provided employees with systems training and leadership, mission-essential technical skill training, and intelligence professional education. The work will be performed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is the contracting activity.

CACI Awarded Contract with U.S. Army Project Director, Signals Warfare

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Army has awarded CACI International Incorporated a $23 million contract to continue supporting the Army Project Director, Signals Warfare (PD SW). CACI provides logistics, training, engineering, quick reaction capabilities and testing support and assists in meeting improvised explosive devices threats through the PD SW's signals warfare solutions.

General Dynamic Advanced Information Systems Wins Contract to Support Maritime Integrated Air and Missile Defense Planning System

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Incorporated has been awarded a not-to-exceed ceiling $13,578,000 cost reimbursement letter contract for engineering services to support the Maritime Integrated Air and Missile Defense Planning System (MIPS). MIPS will provide the Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander a tool for allocating resources and assessing risks to mitigate threats. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Awards Extension to Lockheed Martin for Battle Command System

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has received a $36 million extension on a contract to develop portions of the U.S. Army's Battle Command System for project manager Battle Command, located at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Lockheed Martin will continue working on design, development, integration, test, training and field service support.

U.S. Air Force Modifies Technical Support Contract With General Dynamics

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force is modifying an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with General Dynamics Network Systems for a maximum increase of $3.1 billion. The Intelligence Information, Command and Control, Equipment and Enhancements (ICE2) contract provides worldwide information technology sustainment and technical support. Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity.

L-3 Coleman Aerospace Wins Contract to Support Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Program

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Coleman Aerospace has been awarded a task order from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Space Development and Test Wing for a Long Range Air Launch Target (LRALT) and mission management services in support of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program. The award is part of the center's Sounding Rockets Program 3. L-3 Coleman will design, build and test the LRALT at its facility in Orlando, Florida.

AMERICOM Government Services Wins Contract to Support U.S. Army's TROJAN Network

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

AMERICOM Government Services has won a five-year, $136.2 million follow-on contract to support the U.S. Army's TROJAN Network. The contract includes five additional one-year options worth $150.2 million, making a total potential contract value of $286.5 million over 10 years.

Raytheon Company Awarded Contract with U.S. Navy for Low Frequency Sonar

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has received a $63.4 million contract with the U.S. Navy for AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar, the primary undersea warfare sensor for the U.S. Navy's MH-60R multi-mission helicopter. Work will be performed at Raytheon's Seapower Capabilit Center, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and by AN/AQS-22 partner DRS Sonar Systems, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

UNdata Puts U.N. Data in Easy Reach

July 8, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

UNdata, the United Nations (UN) managed data service, is designed to provide users with statistical data compiled from the UN's databases. The site's search engine allows some 55 million UN documents to be referenced. Users can search the site for specific information or download data on a range of sources such as agriculture statistics, national data, demographics, information technology, human development issues and key global indicators.

Textron Defense Systems Receives Contract Increment

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

Textron Defense Systems is being awarded a $3,170,000 increment of a $21,303,000 other transaction for prototypes agreement for phase two of the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System, a project contracted with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This is a sole source award.

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