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O'Neill Sworn In For Army AL&T

May 4, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Malcolm Ross O'Neill has been sworn in as assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Washington, D.C.

General Dynamics Wins DHHS Contract To Support Medicare And Medicaid Services

April 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

General Dynamics Information Technology's VIPS business unit has been awarded a contract with an initial value of $16 million and a maximum value of $84 million to support the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The company will support CMS' Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) program by providing managed services support with both information technology and operational components. RDS operations include application processing, electronic data interchange support, payment and overpayment processing and appeals processing.

Raytheon Awarded U.S. Navy Missile Launcher Contract

April 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon Company an $18.9 million contract to produce LAU-115D/A and LAU-116B/A missile launchers. The launchers are used on Navy F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G aircraft to provide structural and electrical interfaces that allow the aircraft to carry and launch missiles.

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For Lightweight Kinetic Energy Net Armor

April 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army Applied Aviation Technology Directorate has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.5 million contract to continue development of the Kinetic Energy Net (KEN) armor design. KEN is a modular composite armor system developed by Lockheed Martin that is lighter than current aircraft armor, but offers comparable protection. Under the contract, the company will improve the armor's performance by incorporating new forms of advanced ballistic materials and experimental strike faces.

Command Organizes Afghan Data Clearinghouse

April 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Is it possible for the IDC to enable these organizations to work seamlessly once implemented, or will the usual interoperability problems rear their ugly heads? Technology has come a long way, but has it come far enough to eliminate stovepiped systems and overcome cultural differences? Please share you opinions here.

Cool App-titude: PerDiem

April 27, 2010
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Government's per diem rate determines how business expenses can be reimbursed for government employees and many other business travelers as well. But rates vary from city to city, and country to country, especially in metropolitan areas, and if you're anything like me, you have to look up the mileage reimbursement rate every single time you need it. The PerDiem app, which works with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, takes all that information and integrates it with the GPS/Location Services function of the device to make finding per diem-friendly establishments easier. It also includes a mileage calculator  and an overall trip calculator. Limitations noted by reviewers on the App Store include not being able to save favorite locations and a lack of military installations. Annual updates to reflect fiscal year requirements are also necessary. But for 99 cents, it can be very helpful on the go. PerDiem is available from the iTunes Store. These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new Web sites, please use proper Internet security procedures

Guest Blog: Computers for Shooters

April 27, 2010
By Paul Strassmann

Two weeks ago, I listened to a U.S. Marine Corps brigadier general plead for a lightweight personal computer that shooters could use at the squad level. All of the talk he heard about net-centric networks was meaningless because network centricity did not reach where it was needed. If the civilians could walk around with BlackBerrys, why couldn't the U.S. Defense Department provide comparable services?

DIAP Publishes IA Policy Chart

April 26, 2010

The Defense-wide Information Assurance Program has published an Information Assurance (IA) Policy Chart on the Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center (IATAC) website.  The program's goal for the publication is to capture the large breadth of applicable policies, some of which IA personnel may not know, in a convenient organizational scheme. The IA Policy Chart uses color, hatching, fonts and hyperlinks to provide additional assistance to professionals who need to understand the IA policies to build, operate and secure the GIG. Background notes on the effort also can be found on the IATAC site.

Boeing Awarded JTRS Support Contract

April 23, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The Boeing Company has received a two-year, $21.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enterprise Network Manager Software in Service Support (JENM SwISS) program. JENM SwISS is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a total program value of up to $54.8 million if all options are exercised. Under the contract, Boeing Phantom Works will deliver technical support, maintenance and upgrades for the JENM software. The program will integrate existing JTRS waveform network management systems into a single user-friendly, plug-and-play environment for network planning and monitoring across the JTRS networks.

Serco Wins Place on Army HRsolutions Program Office Studies and Analysis Contract

April 23, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army has awarded Serco Inc., an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract to compete for task orders under the HRsolutions Program Office for the Studies and Analysis contract.  The contract will support the Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA).  Serco is among 12 awardees on the $1.3 billion ID/IQ contract over a five-year period, one-year base and four one-year option periods. Under the contract, Serco will compete for work focused on business planning, and research and evaluation, including process re-engineering, policy analysis, manpower planning, training and development, policy development, proof of concept studies, program analysis, predictive modeling and risk management and mitigation.

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