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Industry Perspectives on Army Needs

August 23, 2011
By Rita Boland
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Members of today's industry panel at LandWarNet discussed many of the issues that have long been a source of consternation to military contractors including the need for a level playing field and better, more agile acquisition policies especially for information technology. However, one person added a slight twist to the discussion by stating that not only do many in government not understand the acquisition process and its difficulties, but industry does not do a good job educating them.

Army Is Marching Into Challenging Future

August 23, 2011
By Rita Boland
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The U.S Army signal community is preparing for budget cuts and a drawdown of personnel that includes reducing the number of contractors supporting the military branch by 30 percent without any replacement by military or government employees. However, with the Army's current plan only the officer corps would face reduction through means other than attrition; more drastic cut mandates could alter future decisions.

LandWarNet 2011 Opens With Major Announcements

August 23, 2011
By Rita Boland
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CIO/G-6 senior team members will be visiting every booth; Gen. Lawrence to review all their assessments of solutions on exhibit floor. LandWarNet splits into three smaller regional events in 2012. Former soldier and current entrepreneur extraordinaire advises Army leadership on the changes it must make in cyberwarfare, recruiting and acquisition.

Cool App-titude: Smart Traveler

August 23, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Know before you go: this free iPhone app from the U.S. State Department gives travelers easy access to official country information across the globe. Access travel alerts and warnings, maps, embassy locations and more in the click of a button.

Boeing to Retrofit Satellites

August 23, 2011
By George Seffers

Boeing Satellite Systems Incorporated, El Segundo, California, is being awarded an almost $9 million fixed-price contract modification to retrofit the Block II space vehicles with radio frequency bypass out-of-band cascading filter solutions. Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Awarded $900 Million for Receive Suites and Retrofit Kits

August 23, 2011
By George Seffers

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Taunton, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $900 million maximum indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to allow the Global Broadcast Service Joint Program Office to acquire approximately 1,500 new receive suites, and approximately 1,100 retrofit kits, for fielded systems. Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

General Atomics Awarded Reaper Contract

August 23, 2011
By George Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Kirkham Way, California, is being awarded a more than $11 million cost plus-incentive and firm-fixed-price contract to purchase MQ-9 Reaper; development of aircraft structural improvement program master plan; left set synthetic aperture radar; and high-definition integrated sensor control system. Aeronautical Systems Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Utah State to Develop Missile Defense Technologies under $150 Million Contract

August 23, 2011
By George Seffers

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is announcing the award of an indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory, Logan, Utah, with an award value of $150 million. Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory will work with MDA to provide technology development for electro-optic sensor systems, space rated instrument and payload development data, essential engineering, research, and development capabilities and services in the development of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory is a university affiliated research center sponsored by MDA as designated by the director of defense research and engineering. The MDA, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

NAVMAR Receives $84 Million for Gondola Avionic Sensor Packages

August 23, 2011
By George Seffers

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a more than $84 million firm-fixed-priced, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research project under Topics N92-170, entitled "Laser Detection & Ranging Identification Demonstration," and N94-178, entitled "Air Deployable Expendable Multi-parameter Environmental Probe." This Phase III award provides for the production, validation, and delivery of the Gondola avionic sensor packages for the Army. In addition, this contract provides for field service representative support; delivery, installation, operation, and maintenance of hardware; continued testing; engineering services; modeling, simulation, analysis; systems engineering and integration in support of the Persistent Ground Surveillance Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Boeing Awarded $135 Million for Infrared Search and Track System

August 23, 2011
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $135 million cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the engineering, manufacturing, and development of the F/A-18E/F Infrared Search and Track System, a long-wave infrared detection system that targets airborne vehicles in a radar-denied environment. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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