Cool App-titude: PTSD Coach

April 26, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free iPhone app provides information and tools for veterans and service members suffering from PTSD.

Americom Awarded Digital Signal Contract

April 25, 2011
By George Seffers

Americom Government Services Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, was recently awarded a $10 million firm-fixed-price contract for the Thule Tracking Station digital signal level three (DS3) service. The contract provides the government a dedicated, full period DS3 (44.736 megabytes per second), full duplex, symmetrical, serial communications digital circuit between Thule Air Base and Schriever Air Force Base utilizing commercial satellite bandwidth, contractor-provided hub equipment, teleport services and contractor-provided antennas. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Increases Duke V3 Contract Ceiling to $278 Million

April 25, 2011
By George Seffers

SRCTec Incorporated, Syracuse, New York, was recently awarded a $78 million contract modification to include primary Duke V3 system spares and increase the ordering ceiling to $278 million. Duke V3 is a counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device electronic warfare system. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Reinventing the Wheel, IT-Style?

April 25, 2011
By H. Mosher

In this month's SIGNAL Magazine, Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.), makes some interesting points about the new Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) that will be replacing the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) once the contract for the latter expires. Grace wonders if this is the best approach, noting the general success of the NMCI after the early years of growing pains. His notion is that we will have to endure another long round of troubleshooting with the NGEN, and he wonders whether this is the best use of resources (not to mention taxpayer money) given that the NMCI has resolved most of its early problems, at least as far as it could have "within the constraints of policy, procedure and security-three very difficult masters," according to Grace.

Harris Award To Provide Manpack Radio Systems for Deployed Forces

April 21, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Harris Corporation has received a $7.6 million order from the U.S. Defense Department for its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio systems. The Defense Department is acquiring the radios to provide deployed forces with expanded wireless tactical communications capabilities such as video, e-mail and collaborative chat.