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Under Iridium Communications Contract, SpaceX To Launch Falcon 9 Vehicles to Satellites

June 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Iridium Communications Inc. has awarded a $492 million contract to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) for satellite space launch services. Under the terms of the contract, the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle will carry multiple Iridium NEXT satellites per vehicle, inserting the satellites into a low-Earth orbit as Iridium replaces its current satellite constellation. Efforts will take place over a two-year period starting in early 2015.

Alliant Techsystems To Produce Mortar Cartridges Under U.S. Contracting Command Agreement

June 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Alliant Techsystems Inc. has been awarded an $8.9 million firm-fixed-price contract to produce the 120-millimeter (mm) accelerated precision mortar initiative (APMI) with the goal of fielding the 120-mm precision-guided mortar cartridge. The contract, let by the U.S. Contracting Command, Joint Munitions and Lethality Contracting Center, will encompass all activities necessary to produce approximately 1,310 APMI cartridges at an estimated total value of $18.3 million.

Odierno To Command JFCOM

June 17, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, USA, has been assigned as commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.

Bethel Assigned to Air Force ISR Billet

June 17, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Brig. Gen. Scott A. Bethel, USAF, has been assigned as director, strategy, integration and doctrine, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Christie Digital Appoints Rosenberg as Sales Director

June 16, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Christie Digital Systems USA Incorporated, Cypress, California, has appointed Mitch Rosenberg as director of sales for the company's U.S. visual environments display systems group

U.S. 7th Fleet Assigns Jones to Dual-Hatted Commands

June 16, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Rear Adm. Jeffrey S. Jones, USN, has been assigned as commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Seven/commander, amphibious force, U.S. Seventh Fleet, Okinawa, Japan.

Virtualization of Servers: The First Step Into the Cloud

June 16, 2010
By Paul Strassmann

Migration into a cloud environment by means of virtualization of servers is extremely attractive and has instant paybacks. Compared with other software-intensive improvements, the ability to combine servers in order to increase computer utilization from less than 20 percent to over 70 percent is the most attractive choice in the current environment, when cuts in IT budgets for FY12 and beyond are required by end of this July.

Homefront Help Launches on Facebook

June 15, 2010
By Rita Boland

Come check out SIGNAL Connections' new Homefront Help page on Facebook! People and organizations can use the page as a forum to post messages of thanks and encouragement to the troops, tout organizations and programs that assist the military community and connect with other troop supporters.

Marine Corps Contract Calls for Navistar To Support MRAP Sustainment

June 15, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded Navistar Defense LLC a $17 million firm-fixed-priced delivery order modification under previous contract for sustainment support to maintain Category I Mine Resistant Ambush Protected low-rate initial production vehicles in theater. Navistar will provide procurement support to field service representatives in the Central Command area of responsibility. Work will be performed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, with completion planned for June 2011.

U.S. Navy Contract Taps ManTech for Analytic Program Support

June 15, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

ManTech Systems Engineering Corporation has received a $17 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to exercise an option for procurement of warfare analysis, modeling and simulation software development, and analytic program support. Under the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's contract, the company will perform work for the Naval Air Systems Command's Warfare Analysis and Integration Department at Patuxent River and Lexington Park, Maryland.

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