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NSF Invests Millions in Academic Cloud Computing Testbeds

August 21, 2014
By Rita Boland

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has initiated two $10 million projects to create separate cloud computing testbeds called Chameleon and CloudLab. Through the efforts, the academic research community will develop and experiment with novel architectures and architecturally enabled applications of cloud computing.

U.S. Navy Awards $2.5 Billion in CANES Contracts

August 20, 2014
George I. Seffers

The U.S. Navy has announced that BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland (N00039-14-D-0121); General Dynamics C4 Systems, Taunton, Massachusetts (N00039-14-D-0122); Global Technical Systems, Virginia Beach, Virginia, small business (N00039-14-D-0123); Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia (N00039-14-D-0124); and Serco Inc., Reston, Virginia (N00039-14-D-0125), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) production units.

The estimated, cumulative value of the multiple award contract is $2,529,500,000. CANES serves as the bridge to the future of Navy afloat networks, consolidating existing legacy and standalone networks, providing the necessary infrastructure for applications, systems and services to operate in the tactical domain. CANES delivers its capabilities within a single complete system, bringing the necessary infrastructure that will enable timely and interoperable information exchange among tactical, support and nontactical or administrative users, applications and information technology platforms.

Whitesell Assigned to Navy Personnel Command

August 21, 2014

Capt. Kenneth R. Whitesell, USN, has been selected for the rank of rear admiral and will be assigned as assistant commander for Career Management, PERS-4, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee.

Whalen Assigned to Allied Joint Forces Command

August 21, 2014

Capt. Kent D. Whalen, USN, has been selected for the rank of rear admiral and will be assigned as assistant chief of staff, Operations, Allied Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy.

Tammen Assigned to U.S. Strategic Command

August 21, 2014

Capt. John W. Tammen, USN, has been selected for the rank of rear admiral and will be assigned as deputy director, Plans and Policy, J-5, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

Ruth Assigned to Navy Region Northwest

August 21, 2014

Capt. Jeffrey S. Ruth, USN, has been selected for the rank of rear admiral and will be assigned as commander, Navy Region Northwest, Silverdale, Washington.

Malloy Assigned to U.S. Central Command

August 21, 2014

Capt. James J. Malloy, USN, has been selected for the rank of rear admiral and will be assigned as deputy director of Operations, J-3, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

AFCEA Leadership Series: Leaders Are the Sum of Their Life's Work

August 19, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

In a video slightly longer than six minutes, Adm. Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.), steadily delivers messages of collaboration and team building and addresses his most trying times as a leader.

My Day (Not at All) Playing Video Games

August 19, 2014
By Rita Boland

It's very easy to fall into the trap of viewing simulated training as a game. But it really, really isn't.

Parode Assigned to U.S. Strategic Command

August 19, 2014

Capt. Steven L. Parode, USN, has been selected for the rank of rear admiral and will be assigned as director of intelligence, J-2, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. 

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