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Raytheon Awarded $16.5 Million Contract Extension for Navy Tactical Control System

April 29, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has received a $16.5 million U.S. Navy contract to migrate the current Tactical Control System to a Linux-based operating system and to add upgrades to the system software.

Utah State Research Foundation Awarded Air Force Contract

April 29, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Air Force is awarding a contract to the Utah State University Research Foundation for $48 million. This action will provide algorithm generation, implementation test and assessment for the Third Generation Infrared System program and the testing, characterization and calibration of the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload program.

Northrop Grumman Receives Air Force Contract for Small UAS Program

April 29, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force is awarding a contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation for a maximum of $50 million. This action will provide for the Small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Research and Evaluation program.

SAIC Awarded $11 Million Contract by DARPA, Microsystems Technology Office

April 29, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a prime contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Microsystems Technology Office to provide research and development services leading to the delivery of prototype terahertz-frequency, high-power amplifiers. The multiple-award contract has a total value of more than $11 million if all options are exercised.

CACI Awarded Contract on $900 Million Program With STRATCOM

April 29, 2009
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a prime contract to support the multiple-award U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Systems and Mission Support II (USAMS II) program. The USAMS II program has a total estimated ceiling value of $900 million.

Coverage from the National Conference on Emergency Communications

April 28, 2009
By H. Mosher

Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor provided coverage from the floor of last week's National Conference of Emergency Communications in Chicago. Read all her coverage from the conference here.

General Dynamics Awarded Army Contract for Multinational Corps-Iraq Logistics Support

April 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a $3 million contract to support the U.S. Army Central Command and the Multinational Corps-Iraq.

BAE Receives Contract for Worldwide 5

April 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force is awarding a contract to BAE Systems for a maximum of $50 million. This action will provide systems engineering and evaluation and systems analysis for Worldwide 5. This work will provide life-cycle software development engineering to the U.S. Defense Department Intelligence Information System and the U.S. Intelligence Community worldwide.

Green UAVs Quietly Fly Forward

April 27, 2009

Ion Tiger, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research program at the Naval Research Laboratory, is merging UAV technology and fuel cell systems that are more efficient and reduce noise. An Office of Naval Research-sponsored program, the Ion Tiger UAV tests a hydrogen-powered fuel cell design that has more endurance in flight distance and payload weight than battery-powered designs. The UAV also features a low heat signature and no emissions. Still in the testing phases, the aircraft's flight trial this spring is expected to deliver results that exceed the duration of previous flights sevenfold: 24 hours with a five-pound payload.

Small Business to Receive Big Boost

April 24, 2009

The U.S. Air Force is redoubling its efforts to reach out to small businesses. David Van Buren, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, and Ronald Poussard, director of the service's small business programs, explain that this effort seeks to remove the "check-the-box" mentality often associated with small business outreach. Innovation, agility, responsiveness and efficiency are some of the attributes small companies offer, but Van Buren also says, "We don't have enough competition now. Growing these innovative small businesses will help us rectify that by increasing the industrial base." The service plans to enhance its relationship with small businesses by helping them move into the more mature states of development and production.

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