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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.

Navy Awards Lockheed Martin OAMCM Systems Contract

April 24, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Oswego is being awarded a $5.6 million contract for engineering and technical support in the integration of Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures (OAMCM) Systems into a MH-60S helicopter.

Raytheon Receives Army Contract for RAID Tower Systems

April 24, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $29 million contract that provides mission support and system sustainment for various configurations of Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) tower systems.

Northrop Grumman Receives Modification for GHMD

April 24, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation Integrated Systems Western Region is being awarded an $8.7 million modification to a previously awarded contract to provide additional operations and maintenance support for the Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD), including operation and sustainment, logistics support and sustaining engineering throughout the demonstration.

Harris Corporation Awarded $600 Million Contract to Modernize Strategic Satellite Communications Terminals

April 24, 2009
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation has been awarded a 10-year, $600 million contract for the U.S. Army's Modernization of Enterprise Terminals program.

Alion Awarded $8.5 Million Air Force Contract

April 24, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology has been awarded an $8.5 million U.S. Air Force follow-on contract to design and maintain a Web-based system that reports, assesses and predicts Air Force readiness levels. Under the contract, Alion will continue creating the Predictive Readiness Assessment System for the Air Force Readiness Office.

Webinar: Securing the Data Center

April 23, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Next in SIGNAL's webinar series, "Securing the Data Center: A DOD Architecture for Information Assurance" will take place on May 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM ET. Targeted attacks by hackers and insiders are aimed where they'll do the most damage and where the most valuable assets are located - the agency data center. Government agencies can increase protection and reduce operational costs when security issues are considered at the very beginning of data center planning. So it's ironic that data center security is often an afterthought. A well thought-out defense-in-depth strategy includes multiple layers of security and different overlapping technologies.

Attendees will learn how a secure data center architecture can:

  • Enable secure rollout of Web 2.0 and SOA services
  • Achieve Policy and Regulatory Compliance
  • Protect Data and Communication Integrity & Privacy
  • Enable Secure Email and Web Transactions
  • Prevent Data Leakage and Disclosure
  • Provide Comprehensive Threat Control

Panelists include:

  • Rich Campbell, Senior Systems Engineer, Cisco Data Center Solutions
  • Andrew Benhase, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco Security Solutions
  • Michael Jones, Federal Security Services Manager, Cisco Federal Services

For additional details, including how to register, click here.

Web 2.0 Usage Saves Money, Increases Efficiency

April 23, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

CHICAGO - Michael Byrne, former member of the New York City Fire Department, started out the discussion about how technology can save money with a bold statement: "Web 2.0 is biggest shift in how we communicate since the introduction of the telegraph." At an afternoon break-out session at the National Conference on Emergency Communications, he backed up this statement by explaining that social networking capabilities have replaced traditional one-way communications with dialogue. "It's a dialogue that's taking place that makes it faster to get input from the constituents then ever before," he stated.

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