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Boeing to Update B-52 Offensive Avionics System Software

September 29, 2010
By George Seffers

Boeing Company Integrated Defense Systems, Wichita, Kansas, was awarded an $11 million contract modification, which will provide B-52 software updates to expand the offensive avionics system operational capabilities to correct deficiencies. Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.

L-3 to Provide Clip-on Night Vision Device to U.S. Special Forces

September 29, 2010
By George Seffers

L-3 Communications Corporation Electro-Optical Systems, Garland, Texas, is being awarded a contract valued at more than $48 million for a clip-on night vision and image intensification device in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command weapons accessories program. The device is being procured to provide U.S. Special Operations Command operators with a ruggedized sight that permits night vision capability without the need to remove the day optic sight. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.

NAVMAR Receives Laser Radar Identification Demonstration Award

September 29, 2010
By George Seffers

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $9 million order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research project under topic N92-170 entitled "LADAR Identification Demonstration." This order provides for development, integration, and support of advanced surveillance sensors for an operational Navy Squadron for the Special Projects Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey is the contracting activity.

Off-Site Options for Mission-Critical Data

September 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The trend to house information technology infrastructure off site moved a step forward recently when Philadelphia Technology Park opened in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Despite the name, the area is not a collection of buildings where people experiment with scientific ideas. Rather, the complex offers a secure, redundant data center to accommodate technology from multiple groups including companies, universities and nonprofit organizations.

Military Changes On Tap for Ally Across the Pond

September 28, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The United Kingdom plans to undertake the monumental task of restructuring its defense forces, equipping them to face current and future challenges more effectively. Do its plans thus far adequately address the major threats? Or, has it failed to focus more on specific contingencies? Share you ideas and suggestions here.

Grass Now NORTHCOM Deputy Commander

September 28, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Maj. Gen. Frank J. Grass, ARNG, has been nominated for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Northern Command/vice commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Cool App-titude: Mobile Defense

September 28, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

An app for Android users protects smart phones from being lost or stolen without taking up precious battery power or memory. Mobile Defense will locate the phone down to an exact address, display it on an interactive map and sound a loud alarm through the phone's speaker.

Let Your Voice Be Heard From Overseas

September 27, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Absentee Voting Week begins today and ends on October 4, 2010. All citizens who have not received their absentee ballot in the mail can go to the Federal Voter Assistance Program (FVAP) website (http://www.FVAP.gov) to cast their votes.

Military Sealift Command Chooses Laroche as Deputy Commander

September 27, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Capt. Brian L. Laroche, USN, has been selected for promotion to the grade of rear admiral and assignment as deputy commander, Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C.

QinetiQ to Provide Submarine Laser Communication System

September 27, 2010
By George Seffers

QinetiQ North America Operations, Limited Liability Company, is being awarded a more than $31 million contract for the Tactical Relay Information Network program to provide a submarine laser communication system that operates in the blue spectrum for evaluation during a naval exercise in fiscal 2012. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

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