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O’Shaughnessy Assigned to U.S. Forces Korea

October 16, 2014

Maj. Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assigned as deputy commander, U.N. Command Korea; deputy commander, U.S. Forces Korea; commander, Air Component Command, Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command; and commander, Seventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Osan Air Base, Korea. 

Williamson Assigned to Navy Region Mid-Atlantic

October 16, 2014

Rear Adm. Ricky L. Williamson, USN, will be assigned as commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia. 

Kratos to Provide Tactical Instrument Landing Systems

October 10, 2014

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., San Diego, has announced that it has received an option award valued at $2.2 million to supply AN/ARA-63 Tactical Instrument Landing Systems (TILS) for both the F/A-18E/F/G and E-2D Naval aircraft. The award is an extension to a two-year requirements contract issued by the U.S. Navy. The AN/ARA-63 TILS is a microwave landing system that provides precise elevation and azimuth guidance information necessary for critical aircraft carrier landings. The TILS began as an initial multiyear contract for the F/A-18E/F Boeing Super Hornet and was expanded to cover the E/A-18G Growler jammer aircraft and the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye radar surveillance aircraft.

 

PositiveID to Provide Bio Threat Detection System

October 10, 2014

PositiveID Corporation, Delray Beach, Florida, has announced that it, in conjunction with its partner, ENSCO Inc., has been awarded a SenseNet Program contract from the U.S. Department of the Interior on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. The goal of this SenseNet award is to implement faster, less expensive bio-threat detection systems, using existing infrastructure where possible, to provide an added level of security. As part of this award, PositiveID will offer its Firefly Dx system, which is a point-of-need system designed to deliver molecular diagnostic results using real-time polymerase chain reaction chemistry. ENSCO will be responsible for the systems integration and decision support.

 

Australia Procures EA-18G Flight Trainers

October 10, 2014

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $12,086,117 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N61340-12-G-0001) for the procurement of two EA-18G Tactical Operational Flight Trainers, one brief/debrief Station, two F/A-18 retrofit kits, spares and associated technical documentation for the government of Australia under the foreign military sales program. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, and is expected to be completed in November 2015. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $12,086,117 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

 

Israel and Japan to Receive F-35 Flight Simulators

October 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $37,129,230 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of training spares for Israel and Japan and two full mission simulators in support of Japan’s F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) Air System for pilot training.

The company also was awarded a $30,927,881 modification to the same contract for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of two full mission simulators in support of Israel's F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing Air System for pilot training. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

 

Telephonics to Provide Identification Friend or Foe Technology

October 10, 2014

Telephonics Corp., Communications and Integrated Systems Division, Farmingdale, New York, has been awarded a $19 million modification (P00001) to previously awarded contract FA8730-14-C-0014 for an improved Identification, Friend or Foe (IFF) system that is necessary to overcome the deficiencies of the current IFF Mk XII systems in regards to Interoperable Joint Combat Identification, situational awareness and command and control. NATO agency funds in the amount of $19 million will be obligated at time of award. Work will be performed at Farmingdale, New York, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 24, 2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

IARPA Names Winner of Trust Research Challenge

October 9, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Two researchers have won the first public challenge contest sponsored by IARPA to predict people's trustworthiness.

The Bottom Line: STEM Is Our Future

October 9, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

When it comes to STEM, it is time to stop talking about the need and the gap and the possible solutions and start doing something about them. Action not only requires that more students and future teachers major in STEM fields but also that governments and the private sector put their money where their mouths are by providing financial support to these students.

DARPA Seeks Technology to Detect, ID Substances from Great Distances

October 9, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) put a call out for technology that can detect and identify from great distances dangerous biological and chemical substances. 

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