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Blinded Veterans Association

February 22, 2010
By Katie Packard

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is a group of blinded veterans who help other blinded veterans. It was established to help veterans and their families overcome the challenges of sight limitations. The organization offers service programs, regional groups, resources and government advocacy to improve life for blinded veterans.

Webinar Feb. 24: Leveraging Service Portfolio Management to Align IT With the Mission

February 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

The next SIGNAL webinar will be held on Thursday, February 25, at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. The topic will focus on service portfolio management, which is new to the world of service management in ITIL V3.

Not Just for Valentine's Day

February 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

Ahhhh, February. A time when thoughts naturally turn to love or at least to the need to buy tokens of that love and hand them out on the 14th. The Internet is full of sites selling cards, diamonds and everything in between, but it also offers more substantial materials. Anyone looking to learn about the history of, unique takes on or international customs celebrating the holiday need look no further than their favorite browser.

SIGNAL Says: Col. Stephen Hargis, USAF

February 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

"These materials and electronics ... have the potential to increase the performance and useful life of the next generation of satellites and launch systems."-Col. Stephen Hargis, USAF

EADS to Increase the Efficiency of German Military Helicopters

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement has awarded EADS with a series production contract for the EUA/OSS system designed to combine operational command and control with technical and logistics support for German military Tiger attack and NH90 transport helicopters. The EUA/OSS is a scalable information technology system that permits mission planning based on tactical and logistical data to increase the accuracy of flight preparation.

Need for Math and Science Majors Is Out of This World

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

For my February 2010 article, I interviewed members of the Defense Department's Human Spaceflight Payloads Office and Space Test Program about the experiments they help put into space. The projects impressed me, as did the sources' firm belief in the importance of what they do to help warfighters. At the end of our interview, I asked the gentlemen to indulge me on a personal question: "What would you recommend to a child like my son, who wants to grow up to become, as he calls it, 'a space scientist?'"

Alion Wins Navy Contract to Provide Acquisition Support for Ship Programs

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Navy has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $71.8 million task order to provide acquisition management support to the Program Executive Officer for Ships, Acquisition Management (PEO Ships AM) Directorate. Under the five-year contract, the company will provide program management, business and financial planning, acquisition and configuration management, and enterprise resource planning implementation  support to the directorate.

Northrop Grumman Wins Contract for U.S. Navy Shipboard Multi-Mission Radars

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a full-rate production contract for AN/SPQ-9B shipboard radar systems designed to enhance the detection and tracking of high-speed threats such as sea-skimming anti-ship missiles. Under the fixed-price $26.2 million contract, the company will supply four shipsets. The contract includes options that could bring the total value to $281.5 million.

Boeing Wins Contract To Upgrade French AWACS Fleet

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The Boeing Company has been awarded a $324 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the Electronics Systems Command at Hanscomb Air Force Base, Massachusetts, to upgrade France's fleet of four E-3F Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, and the fleet's ground system. The mid-life upgrade will provide the fleet with new mission computers and systems designed to enhance network-centric operations; increase mission execution capability, reliability and effectiveness; and reduce life-cycle costs.

First Responders Get The "MacGyver" Edge

February 16, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The research projects arm of DHS is crafting new tech tools to protect and enhance the national infrastructure.

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