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July 28, 2011
By Rita Boland
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The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) launched Real Warriors in 2007 to help returning service members, veterans and their loved ones deal with invisible wounds such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rockwell Collins Receives $160 Million KC-10 Avionics Contract

July 27, 2011
By George Seffers

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a contract to provide systems integration and avionics for the KC-10 Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Cockpit Modernization Program. The contract, valued at more than $160 million over the life of the program, calls for Rockwell Collins to provide the flight management system, displays, data link communications and surveillance capabilities. The KC-10 aircraft is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. Although the aircraft's primary mission is aerial refueling, it can combine the tasks of a tanker and cargo aircraft by refueling fighters and simultaneously carrying fighter support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments.

U.S. Marine Corps Procures Solar Photovoltaic System

July 27, 2011
By George Seffers

Stronghold Engineering Incorporated, Riverside, California, is being awarded a more than $8 million task order under a previously awarded multiple award contract for construction of a solar photovoltaic system at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. The work to be performed provides for design, engineering, procurement and construction of a solar photovoltaic system. The new solar photovoltaic system shall occupy four to six acres within Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Installation Restoration Site Seven (Box Canyon). The solar photovoltaic system shall contain all balance of system components, electrical utilities, communication utilities, monitoring and metering, utility equipment building and associated equipments and devices for a complete and usable system, tested, accepted and beneficial to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

CDW-G to Provide Servers to U.S. Marine Corps

July 27, 2011
By George Seffers

CDW-G, Vernon Hills, Illinois, is being awarded more than $10 million to procure 320 high-performance Uniplexed Information and Computing System scalable processor architecture-based servers to enable a technical refresh required for the Global Command and Control System and Tactical Combat Operations Systems of the Marine Corps. Current hardware has been in the field for over six years and is no longer under warranty and is now considered end-of-life. Likewise, the aging equipment is unable to keep pace with changes in operating software and increased technological capabilities and requirements. This purchase is for information technology capabilities that are not available within current Marine Corps enterprise supplies or contracts and are essential to the successful execution of command initiatives that are clearly needed. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Marines Move Beyond MILES

July 27, 2011
By George Seffers

Cubic Defense Applications Incorporated, San Diego, California, is being awarded more than $49 million to incrementally replace the Marine Corps's Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) and include the training systems of the Instrumented-Tactical Engagement Simulation System Increment I (I-TESS II) and additional weapon training system capabilities. I-TESS II equipment will be used to support direct force-on-force and force-on-target training. The I-TESS II system will consist of no less than the following components: small arms transmitter; (SAT) man-worn detection system (MDS); command and control, mobile and portable versions; and Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) building instrumentation, vehicle tracking, engagement, and association systems, hand grenade simulators, and simulated battlefield effects interface modules. The SAT will be used on the M9 pistol; M4, M16, M40, and AK-47 type rifles; the M249 squad automatic weapon; and M2 and M240G machine guns. Rocket propelled grenade and AT-4 simulators, vehicle tracking, engagement and association systems will be used to track and/or engage vehicles and fixed structures such as towers, bridges, and facilities. The MDS and range equipment will be used to instrument the individual Marine for direct force-on-force, and force-on-target engagement adjudication and will include the ability to support instrumentation functions such as position location information reporting. The I-TESS II system will be used in MOUT facilities and non-live fire maneuver ranges located at various Marine Corps bases and installations. Marine Corps Systems Command, supporting Program Manager for Training Systems, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Receives More Than $1 Billion for Advanced Hawkeye

July 26, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Bethpage, New York, recently received two contract modifications for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft (AHE). One modification is valued at close to $761 million, the other at $34 million. The first award is for the manufacture and delivery of five low-rate initial production (LRIP), lot three aircraft, including associated non-recurring support. In addition, this modification provides for long lead materials and related support for five LRIP, lot four, E-2D AHE aircraft. The second modification definitizes the previously awarded modification for the procurement of one additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye low-rate initial production, lot two, aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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