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Thales Awarded Daring Class Support Contract

April 5, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Thales U.K. has won a six-ship, seven year support contract for the Royal Navy's Daring class destroyers' fully integrated communications system. Under the multi-million pound contract, the company will guarantee the availability of the communication systems fitted to the ships. The contract covers all internal and external communications systems and will run until 2016.

Lockheed Martin Selected For CANES Program Contract

April 5, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has selected Lockheed Martin for one of two initial system development and demonstration contracts for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program. The 14-month contract for the common computing environment portion of the program is valued at $15 million. Selection of a single prime contractor to complete limited rate initial production (LRIP) is scheduled for 2011.

DDM To Supply Portable Armored Walls To The Mexican Federal Police

April 5, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Dynamic Defense Materials, LLC (DDM) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $1 million dollars to supply its portable armored wall system, McCurdy's Armor, to the Mexican Federal Police. The police will use the equipment as rapidly deployed guard posts.

Guest Post: The Launch of STS-131, From the Press Site at the Kennedy Space Center

April 5, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Student Katherine Ackerman blogs her experience at this morning's launch of Space Shuttle Discovery: "There was a giant rush of air, an enormous flame, and-kaboom-blastoff! I'm torn between saying that it looked like the world was ending and that it looked like the world was being created anew."

Northrop Grumman To Supply Machinery Automation Systems For Lithuanian Navy Ships

April 5, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply machinery automation systems for two mine countermeasures vessels being sold by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence to the Lithuanian Navy. The contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine unit by Thales U.K., the prime contractor for the refit and upgrade. The two ships will be fitted with Sperry Marine's commercial machinery automation system, which provides an integrated and flexible network for monitoring and controlling the ships' engines and auxiliary systems.

Millions Available for Interoperability Solutions

April 5, 2010

U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) is looking for solutions to communications interoperability problems along the U.S. southern and northern borders. To entice community governments to tackle these problems, the OEC is offering up to a total of $25.5 million.

Networking on the Move

April 2, 2010
By H. Mosher

Networking on the move is the newest capability coming to the warfighter, writes Linton Wells II in this month's Incoming column. He goes on to speculate what this might look like, but notes several challenges along the way. How can industry rise to meet these challenges?

AFCEA Education Foundation Science Fairs

March 31, 2010
By H. Mosher

In 2010, the AFCEA Educational Foundation will sponsor the best Middle School science project related to the communications, intelligence or information systems fields selected from science fairs nationwide. The Grand Prize winner and the First Honorable Mention winner both are eligible to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, during summer 2010. In addition, the National High School Science Fair Grand Prize Winner and the First Honorable Mention Winner again will be eligible to attend and display their projects at AFCEA's LandWarNet Conference in Tampa, Florida.

It Sees Through Walls, Leaps Tall Buildings...

March 31, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Dismounted ground troops stay connected via a netted satellite network. Can the DTCS put troop security at risk? What other possible uses exist for this communications infrastructure? Share your thoughts here.

Cool App-titude: Federal News Radio

March 30, 2010
By H. Mosher

Federal News Radio--WFED 1500 AM in the Washington D.C. area-- broadcasts news of interest to federal government workers and employees of federal contractors, along with a healthy smattering of hometown sports. Last week, Federal News Radio unveiled its new iPhone application.

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