SIGNALScape

Sharing, Mentoring and the Changing World of Work

September 15, 2011
By Jennifer Miller

"Let's do lunch?" is a phrase many mock; others use it as much as possible to gain invaluable insight from personal experiences and get feedback about present actions and future aspirations. As an intern, I have a limited perspective of the Department of Defense and rely heavily on the guidance of others when contemplating different career ideas, experience opportunities and developmental paths or programs to pursue.

Homefront Help: USO-Metro Casino Night

September 15, 2011
By Rita Boland
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Go all in to support the troops at the USO of Metropolitan Washington's (USO-Metro's) 8th Annual Stars and Stripes Casino Night on Friday, October 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Sheraton National Hotel. Proceeds will benefit the military community through programs such as outreach to children with deployed parents, support services for spouses, emergency housing and wounded warrior care.

Plugging Social Media Leaks

September 14, 2011
By George Seffers

The possibility of classified or sensitive information being leaked to social media websites is an increasing concern for government and military officials, but two products-Vantage and Unified Security Gateway (USG)-may help plug the leaks. Vantage supports a variety of platforms, including Microsoft Lync Server, Office Communications Server, IBM Sametime, Cisco Unified Presence, Jabber, and public instant messaging platforms, including Skype and Web conferencing tools. Vantage ensures a scalable, secure, managed solution is available for any of the leading platforms, according to officials at Actiance Incorporated, Belmont, California, the maker of both products. USG is a secure Web gateway to combine feature and content controls of social networks with the monitoring, management and security of Web 2.0 applications. It provides granular control of websites and applications as well as content posted to blogs, wikis, Webmail and social networking sites. USG reduces outbound data leakage and enforces compliance with regulatory and legal discovery, and corporate policy requirements by moderating, monitoring and logging content posted to popular social networks.

Lockheed Awarded $791 Million Contract

September 14, 2011
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corporation, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $791 million maximum firm-price-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable contract to provide a set of over 70 reusable, common services to U.S. Air Force combat support automated information systems based on integration of commercial-off-the-shelf, free and open source software, and government-off-the-shelf software components. Electronic Systems Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Missile Defense Agency Modifies Aegis Contract

September 14, 2011
By George Seffers

The Missile Defense Agency is awarding Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, New Jersey, an unpriced change not-to-exceed $12.6 million under contract HQ0276-10-C-0001. A cost-plus-incentive-fee/cost-plus-award-fee with technical schedule performance incentives modification is contemplated. The modification accounts for schedule and within scope adjustments to the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Baseline 4.0.1 development schedule, and accounts for the changes to the installation of the computer program aboard an Aegis cruiser. The Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

Cool App-titude: Arlington National Cemetery Grave Locator

September 13, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free app helps visitors find the burial locations for family, friends and loved ones at Arlington National Cemetery. It can identify the location of a specific gravesite using first, last and/or middle name as well as date of birth or death.

Microrobots Could Have Mega Impacts

September 12, 2011

Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory have discovered methods to make teensy robots perform an array of tasks on command.

Alion Wins Two U.S. Air Force Contracts

September 11, 2011
By George Seffers

Alion Science and Technology Corporation of Chicago, Illinois, is being awarded two contracts. The first is a $28,028,060 cost plus fixed fee, indefinite delivery, requirements contract to develop, implement, improve and execute new and existing methods and practices in systems architecting, systems engineering methodologies and tools, systems integration. Alion will also develop research expertise in systems engineering and architecting, and provide engineering research, testing, development, information analysis and expertise in all aspects of program coordination and guidance process for Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center directorates. The second is a $24,196,434 cost plus, fixed fee, indefinite delivery, requirements contract to collect, integrate, test, field and sustain promising communication technologies and capabilities that support SSC Pacific United States Marine Corp's command control communication on-the-move for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected combat vehicles and other joint service systems such as Command and Control Personal Computing, Command Post of the Future, and Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems. The contracting activity for both is ESG/PKS, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Modifies Technical Services Contract

September 11, 2011
By George Seffers

PSI Sierra LLC, California, Maryland, is being awarded a $9,479,842 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-08-D-0006) to exercise an option for technical services in support of the Information Technology/Information Management Department at Naval Air Systems Command/Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland. The services to be provided include: video technology support, national help desk support, Navy Marine Corps Intranet Customer Technical Representative support. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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