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German Forces Add, Need New Battlefield Technologies

September 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

German military forces in Afghanistan have improved their command and control (C2) capabilities significantly, but they need more advanced technologies to move those advances down to the lower tactical levels. This assessment was stated by Lt. Gen. Carl-Hubertus von Butler, GEA, commander, German Army Forces Command, at the AFCEA Bonn Chapter's Koblenz Symposium on September 3, 2009.

Gen. Butler cited broadband solutions as a vital need for moving vital reconnaissance data down to warfighters. "What good will sensors do if they can't get [their information] down to lower levels?" he stated.

He called for better ability to transmit both voice and data at the tactical level. Many C2 advances in Afghanistan are bearing fruit, but the German army often finds it necessary to train its troops abroad on some new systems.

However, the general warned against information overload. Soldiers must be trained to recognize what information is relevant amid the flood of data that new sensors and networks are delivering. He expressed doubt that this goal is reachable.

And, interoperability remains a major challenge. Despite creating a joint French-German combat force, Germany found its forces were more interoperable with those of Norway and Sweden than with its French counterparts.

Maintaining technological superiority is the only way a modern military such as Germany's can defeat asymmetric threats, Gen. Butler declared.

Play Golf, Support Veterans

September 4, 2009
By Rita Boland

The Outback Steakhouse Annual Golf Classic is raising money for the American Freedom Foundation for the second year in a row. The foundation supports veterans and their families by raising money and awareness for veterans' organizations. The non-profit group has a special focus on welfare and education issues facing troops wounded or disabled in action and the families of veterans killed in action during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The 17th annual golf event will be played Monday, October 5, 2009, at  Cannon Ridge Golf Club  in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Last year, the classic raised $75,000. Information about this year's sponsorship opportunities, registration and activity times can be found on the Cannon Ridge Web site. The programs listed on these pages are not affiliated with our publication or association. We highlight these independent efforts as a service to our military and our readers. For more information about these programs, please contact the organizations directly.

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract for Air and Space Operations Center

September 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Systems and Solutions has been awarded a $421 million contract for the Air and Space Operations Center, Weapon System Integrator, to include fielding, sustainment, systems engineering, integration, modernization, maintenance, management and contingency support for AOC.

Alion Awarded Contract to Support Navy's Improved Live Virtual Constructive Integration Research Program

September 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a $7 million research and development contract to assist the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in solving several challenges associated with stimulating airborne anti-submarine warfare platforms and training environments.

General Dynamics Wins Contract for SOCOM Web Initiative

September 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology is being awarded a $10 million contract for the Trans Regional Web Initiative in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Joint Military Information Support Command.

Kalman Awarded Additional Task Order to Support JPEO-CBD

September 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Kalman and Company Incorporated is being awarded $7.5 million for a task order under a previously awarded contract to provide business and analytical support to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) systems.

Booz Allen Receives Contract to Support NORAD, USNORTHCOM

September 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated has been awarded a $19 million contract to provide North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) with maritime mission development.

NATO Allied Command Transformation Welcomes New Leader

September 2, 2009

Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC, will step down as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation during a change-of-command ceremony on September 9. Taking over the reins is Gen. Stephane Abrial of the French air force. The ceremony will take place on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower , Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Gen. Abrial is the former chief of staff of the French air force. This is the first time in the organization's 60-year history that a non-U.S. officer has been permanently assigned as one of NATO's two Supreme Allied Commanders. Gen. Mattis will remain as the commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Improving Transparency in Acquisitions and Procurement

September 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

Transparency remains an issue for the Obama administration, writes Christopher Dorobek in this month's Incoming column, Contract Transparency Poised to Open Up, Dorobek observes that one of the biggest challenges the administration has faced in executing programs through the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year has been in oversight of the funds. Dorobek invites "debate, discussion, examination and solutions" on these challenges.

ATK Receives $10 Million Order for EPIAFS

September 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received a $10 million order for Enhanced Portable Inductive Artillery Fuze Setters (EPIAFS). The contract was awarded to ATK by the U.S. Army Program Manager-Combat Ammunition Systems, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

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