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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.

InternetWorks: Getting More Out of Google

March 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Everyone who uses the Internet knows about Google the search engine, and most are familiar with the free Gmail service, but what about the company's other offerings? From helpful business applications that enable more collaboration with fewer messages to tools that help individuals keep their Web pages organized, Google offers features that make the Internet experience more efficient and fun.

Boeing Receives Additional Contract For Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems

March 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Boeing has been awarded a $39.6 million contract from the U.S. Defense Department to provide 85 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS). The company will deliver JHMCS aircraft hardware and pilot equipment for U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, Air Force F-16 Falcons, and 10 international customers.

General Dynamics Awarded Navy F/A-18 Mission Computer Contract

March 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a $30.6 million contract to produce 118 Type-3 advanced mission computers (AMC) for the Navy's F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. The AMC is the nerve center of the Super Hornet, providing situational awareness and combat systems control to the flight crew.

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