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Howard Assigned J-5 Chief of Staff

July 27, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Rear Adm. Michelle J. Howard, USN, has been nominated for assignment as chief of staff, J-5, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

Cool App-titude: Apps for Army Competition

July 27, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

With $30,000 up for grabs and more than 50 entries, the U.S. Army's app-development challenge will be a fight to the finish when the winners are announced next week at the LandWarNet Conference in Tampa, Florida.

ViaSat Receives $37 Million Blue Force Tracking Conract from U.S. Army

July 26, 2010
By George Seffers

ViaSat, Inc., Carlsbad, California, was recently awarded a $37.6 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide blue force tracking 2 (BFT-2) for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2).  BFT-2 is the next generation of the BFT transceiver/network. With BFT-2, FBCB2 will have the capability to upgrade position reports in seconds rather than minutes, thousands of platforms will share a single satellites channel, resulting in reduced recurring cost, and icons on a computer screen will more accurately represent a vehicle's location. U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command Acquisition Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Harris Names Sewell to IT Business

July 26, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Harris Corporation, Dulles, Virginia, has named Murray A. Sewell II as vice president of business development for the intelligence and civil areas of its Information Technology (IT) services business.

Schmidle Assigned To Cyber Command Position

July 26, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Maj. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr., USMC, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command.

Northrop Grumman to Revitalize Hunter UAS in Support of War Effort

July 26, 2010
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Technical Services, Inc., Sierra Vista, Arizona, was recently awarded a $47 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide capability-based rotations support for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom and revitalization for the Hunter unmanned aircraft system.  Aviation & Missile Command Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Receives $136 Million Contract for Additional Hawkeye

July 23, 2010
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Corp., Bethpage, New York, is being awarded an undefinitized modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for the procurement of one additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye low-rate initial production Lot 2 aircraft.  The not-to-exceed price for the additional aircraft is $136 million.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

iRobot to Deliver MTRS to U.S. Navy Under $20 Million Contract

July 23, 2010
By George Seffers

iRobot Corp., Bedford, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $20 million firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Man Transportable Robotic System production systems, depot level repair parts, spare kits, and depot repair services.  Explosive ordnance disposal technicians use the small robotic vehicle to conduct remote reconnaissance, render safe and/or dispose of explosive devices.  The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

WestWind Technologies Wins $376 Million U.S. Army Contract to Provide MRAP Digital Backbone Kits

July 23, 2010
By George Seffers

WestWind Technologies Inc., has been awarded a multi-year contract valued at $376 million to supply Digital Backbone Kits to the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Life Cycle Management Command for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program. WestWind will supply the command, control, communications and computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance digital backbone B-kits in production quantities and package them for integration onto the vehicles.

PlantCML to Provide Emergency Notification System to NASA

July 23, 2010
By George Seffers

PlantCML, an EADS North America company, recently received a five-year contract from NASA to provide the Communicator!NXT emergency notification system, which alerts employees, contractors and visitors via multiple communications devices, including landline telephones, cell phones, smartphones, pagers and emails of an emergency, such as fire, inclement weather, evacuations, security threats and building lockdowns.

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