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Brown To Command SOUTHCOM Special Ops

July 20, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Rear Adm. Thomas L. Brown II, USN, has been nominated for assignment as commander, Special Operations Command, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida.

Gonzalez Assumes AT&L Deputy Directorship

July 20, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Jose M. Gonzalez has received assignment as deputy director, land warfare and munitions, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Washington, D.C.

L-3 Receives $200 Million U.S. Air Force Contract to Provide Targeting Systems

July 19, 2010
By George Seffers

L-3 Communications has announced that its WESCAM subsidiary has been awarded a third indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force. Valued at $200 million, the funding from this contract will be used to purchase the latest generation of L-3's MX-15Di targeting systems, complete with high-definition sensors, and MX-20D targeting systems, also with high-definition sensors, for an undisclosed customer. Over an 18-month period, three contracts have been awarded to WESCAM, enabling the Air Force to purchase a total of $400 million of products and services.

Italy Selects AAI Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System

July 19, 2010
By George Seffers

AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced today that Italy's Ministry of Defense - Directorate of General Aeronautical Armament has selected AAI's Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems for the Italian Army. Under this 51 million euro-$64 million-award, Italy will purchase four Shadow systems for deployment alongside NATO forces. System requirements include a small system footprint; easy transportation using small vehicles or C-130 Hercules aircraft; ease of use; interoperability with other NATO forces; and the ability to take off and land from small, semi-prepared airfields.

Wissler Assigned as Deputy Commandant for Programs, Resources

July 19, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Maj. Gen. John E. Wissler, USMC, has been for nominated for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commandant for programs and resources.

FEMA Names Murphy as Regional Administrator

July 19, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has appointed Kenneth Dean Murphy as FEMA regional administrator for Region X, which encompasses Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Puett Appointed JITC Commander

July 16, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Col. Joseph F. Puett III, USA, has been appointed commander of the Joint Interoperability Test Command, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Sicilia To Oversee DCMO Strategic Management, Performance

July 16, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

J.D. Sicilia has been assigned as director, U.S. Defense Department Strategic Management and Performance, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Washington, D.C.

SAIC to Support Information Technology Ashore for Military Sealift Command

July 16, 2010
By George Seffers

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a potential $49.8 million contract for information technology ashore operations support services for the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command.  The Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

The Business of Winning: PDC Poetry on Government Contracts

July 16, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

At a recent AFCEA International PDC course, instructor Judy Bradt took an unconventional twist on teaching and turned the topic of government contracting into poetry.

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