Robots Up in Arms

May 20, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Three U.S. Army units are preparing to go to war with robots armed, for now, with nonlethal weapons.

SIGA Technologies Awarded Potential $2.8 Billion for Smallpox Treatment

May 18, 2011
By George Seffers

SIGA Technologies Incorporated, New York, New York, has signed a contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to deliver two million courses of its smallpox antiviral, ST-246(R), to the strategic national stockpile. The contract award is worth $433 million and includes options that would raise the contract's total value to approximately $2.8 billion, if exercised. ST-246(R) is an oral therapeutic agent active against orthopoxviruses, including smallpox. While no longer present naturally in the environment, smallpox is considered a bioterrorism threat, and there is currently no FDA-approved treatment for symptomatic individuals. ST-246(R) works by blocking the ability of the virus to spread to other cells, preventing it from causing disease. The FDA has designated ST-246(R) for "fast-track" status, creating a path for expedited FDA review and eventual regulatory approval.

Northrop to Convert Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

May 18, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Aerospace Systems Unmanned Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $42 million contract modification to convert eight Army Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Navy configuration. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Air Force Modifies Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload Contract

May 18, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Intelligence Systems, Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded a greater than $9 million contract modification to extend the Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload (ASIP) baseline contract to support the ASIP post-initial operational test and evaluation flight testing on the Global Hawk platform. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Mills Promoted, Assigned Multiple Marine Corps Hats

May 17, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills, USMC, has been selected for promotion to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commandant for combat development and integration; commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; commander, U.S. Marine Forces Strategic Command; commanding general, Marine Corps National Capital Region Command; commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces National Capital Region; and commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command.