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Representatives Describe Their Agencies' Needs

June 17, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

An impressive panel featuring participants from the some of the most well-known "three-lettered" intelligence organizations got down to the nuts and bolts of intelligence agencies' requirements. The discussion, which took place this morning at the AFCEA Small Business Intelligence Forum in Fairfax, Virginia, also centered on where the organizations plan to go in the near future in the information technology realm.

NSPS Review Group Announces Public Meetings

June 17, 2009

The Defense Business Board task group created to review the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) will hold public meetings next week at the Hyatt-Arlington in Arlington, Virginia. The group will invite experts who have testified before Congress on the NSPS to the first event and will listen to select members of the public for additional information about previously submitted written comments at the second. The public can attend and provide comments until June 26, but those received after June 18 (that's tomorrow!) may not arrive in time for consideration.

Data Upgrades for Old Warbirds

June 17, 2009

The U.S. Air Force's venerable fleet of B-52 Stratofortress bombers is joining the network-centric force. They are being outfitted with the Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) system, which will provide the aircraft with enhanced situational awareness and mission flexibility. The CONECT modification involves the installation of a digital communications infrastructure into the B-52 that enables the aircraft to link to the Air Force's digital communications network and contact command and control centers, ground forces and other platforms. The first aircraft to receive the equipment is undergoing fight tests. All 76 aircraft in the fleet will receive CONECT after the flight test program is complete.

SIGNAL Focus: Research and Development

June 17, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

Research and development is the seed corn of our technology driven world. With the commercial sector providing many of the military's new technologies, the old lines delineating military and commercial technologies are blurring into nonexistence. The defense community is working with academia and the private sector to an ever greater degree, and the rapid pace of commercial information technology innovation is increasing the importance of laboratory research.

Hurdles Abound for Small Business, Intelligence Community Cooperation

June 17, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Dr. William Nolte, research professor and director of the Center for Intelligence Research and Education, University of Maryland, laid the problems on the line regarding industry and intelligence community organizations during the AFCEA Small Business Intelligence Forum, which took place today in Fairfax, Virginia. Ranging from determining who is in charge to the acquisition process, Nolte forthrightly shared that the many of the systems that facilitate government-industry partnerships are broken.

XASC Awards Rockwell Collins MA-60 and MA-600 Simulator Programs

June 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Rockwell Collins has been awarded a program to develop simulation and training solutions for the MA-60 and MA-600 flight platforms by Xian Aviation Science and Technology Company (XASC), an AVIC subsidiary.

NASA Selects ITT to Develop Critical Sensors to Measure CO2 From Air, Space

June 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation has been chosen by NASA to help design, develop and test a set of instruments to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) from air and space in support of NASA's Active Sensing of CO2 Emissions over Nights, Days and Season (ASCENDS) mission. ITT has received an initial contract for ASCENDS mission support for a period of five years with a total value of $7 million.

BAE Systems Wins Contract for Airborne Countermeasures

June 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has been awarded a $33.6 million low-rate initial production contract for the ALE-55. The AN/ALE-55 is part of the U.S. Navy's Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures system that provides fighter aircraft with electronic defense against radar guided missiles.

ATK Receives $42 Million in Military Small-Caliber Ammunition Orders

June 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received an additional $42 million in small-caliber ammunition orders from the U.S. Army Sustainment Command in Rock Island, Illinois.

General Dynamics Awarded Joint Systems Integration Center Contract by Joint Forces Command

June 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) to provide mission support services to the USJFCOM Joint Systems Integration Center (JSIC). The contract has a total potential value of $101.9 million. General Dynamics will support the JSIC in establishing, maintaining and extending the assessment of current military systems, near-term technology insertions and acquisition solutions for the joint warfighter.

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