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Cool App-titude: Military Wife Deployment Survival Guide

November 16, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

An app created by the wife of a U.S. Marine provides handy tools to help military spouses cope with deployment stress.

NASA Awards $251 Million Information Technology and Multimedia Contract

November 15, 2010
By George Seffers

NASA selected DB Consulting Group Incorporated, Silver Spring, Maryland, to provide information technology, multimedia, information management and external relations support services at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The new Information Technology and Multimedia Services contract has a maximum value of $251 million. The company will provide services operation and maintenance of primary information technology services; graphics; library management; imagery acquisition, processing and cataloguing; television systems support for human spaceflight missions; public affairs services including creative content for NASA Television, live mission television, multimedia and the public Internet; and education program support.

Progeny Systems to Provide Prototype Portal Products and Processes

November 15, 2010
By George Seffers

Progeny Systems Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a contract modification of more than $10 million for Phase III engineering and technical support services in support of Small Business Innovative Research topic, "Automation and Work Flow Advances Using Technology Infusions for Manning Reduction." The concept is for a Navy-wide implementation of portal technology for internal and external information sharing requirements.This procurement will use the prototype products, processes and methodologies developed by Progeny Systems under the SBIR Phase I and II efforts. The processes and prototype products developed will apply to submarines, surface ships, surveillance and air platforms. Progeny will also design, prototype and demonstrate a common technical architecture for a non-tactical data processing subsystem information automation and reduced manning system or engineering development models as needed. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

FBI Names Baker to St. Louis Division

November 15, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Dennis L. Baker has been named special agent in charge of the FBI's St. Louis Division.

EF Johnson Technologies Names Adams CEO

November 15, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

EF Johnson Technologies, Incorporated, Irving, Texas, has named Andrew L. Adams as chief executive officer.

Poll: The New TSA Security Procedures

November 15, 2010
By H. Mosher

This month's SIGNAL Connections poll is out, and we're curious: Are the new TSA security techniques, involving revealing full-body scans and aggressive pat-down searches, too invasive?

CWID Publishes 2010 Interoperability Trial Results

November 12, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Technology assessors chose 11 out of 32 technology solutions from this year's event as their picks for early success. Judged on their achievement in interoperability, information assurance and warfighter/operator utility, the Top Performing Technologies range from capabilities that support ballistic missile defense to maritime traffic tracking and could be in the hands of users in six to 12 months.

Alenia to Provide Tactical Transport Aircraft Training to Afghanistan Air Force

November 12, 2010
By George Seffers

Alenia North America has been awarded an approximately $4 million contract by the United States Air Force to provide training of pilots, loadmasters and maintenance personnel on the C-27/G.222 tactical transport aircraft for the Afghanistan Air Force. This is a follow-on contract to a previous contract with the U.S. Air Force, which had three training classes on the C-27/G.222. This new contract will consist of four training classes over the next year. In 2008, the company received a contract to supply 18 refurbished C-27/G.222 aircraft for the Afghanistan Air Force. The C-27/G.222 serves as the backbone of the Afghanistan Air Force and has significantly expanded the Afghanistan military's ability to provide humanitarian aid and security to the Afghan population.

Multiple Firms to Support U.S. Navy Prototype Weapons Division

November 12, 2010
By George Seffers

The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recently awarded contract modifications to multiple companies, including: Valley Tech Systems, Incorporated, Folsom, California; Advanced Integrated Systems, Santa Barbara, California; LC Engineers Incorporated, Rahway, New Jersey; and New Directions Technologies Incorporated, Ridgecrest, California. The companies are each being awarded price modifications to exercise options for advanced technology products in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division's Weapons Prototype Division. Products and support to be provided include electronic components and systems, mechanical components and systems, energetic materials and systems, chemical materials and components, fabrication, assembly, plating/painting/finish, and packing and shipping. The aggregate not-to-exceed amount for these multiple award contracts combined is a little more than $8 million, and the companies will have the opportunity to bid on each individual task order.

AMPEX and Calculex to Provide Airborne Data Recorders

November 12, 2010
By George Seffers

AMPEX Data Corporation, Redwood City, California, and Calculex Incorporated, Las Cruces, New Mexico, were awarded a $15 million contract to provide airborne data recorders. Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida is the contracting authority.

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