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Twitter Is Mission Critical, Redux

October 9, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

The defense sector is all a-Twitter about this and other social media platforms, with many organizations restricting how and if their employees can access the tools during working hours.

First American Heroes Challenge to Take Place in Vegas

October 8, 2009
By Rita Boland

The first American Heroes Challenge will take place in Las Vegas Nov. 7-8, 2009. The event features four-man teams comprised of military, law enforcement and security personnel who will compete in a six-stage, live-fire firearms and tactics competition. Each stage is named in honor of a fallen American hero. The contest is designed to test technical, tactical and physical skills as well as the ability to evolve with the mission.  The American Heroes Challenge organization is a nonprofit created to benefit and honor members of the military, law enforcement and first-responder communities through the challenge event. All proceeds will go toward the goal to raise $1 million in 2009. That money will be donated to the construction of a veteran's memorial in Las Vegas. More information about the event, the troops after whom stages are named, sponsorships, donations, team applications and the entry fee is available on the Web site. The programs listed on these pages are not affiliated with our publication or association. We highlight these independent efforts as a service to our military and our readers. For more information about these programs, please contact the organizations directly.

Managing Performance at the DOD

October 8, 2009
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Defense Department's performance management system needs to be completely rebuilt, according to a task group assigned to evaluate the National Security Personnel System. Christopher Dorobek explains the problems with the NSPS in this month's Incoming column, Building a Better Government Personnel System.

Joint Venture Awarded Contract for Javelin Weapon System

October 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army has awarded a joint venture by the Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin a $214 million contract for production of the Javelin Close Combat Weapons System. The Javelin Joint Venture will produce the Javelin missile and command launch units and will provide training and field support.

General Dynamics Awarded Coast Guard IT Support Contract

October 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

General Dynamics has been awarded a five-year, $140 million contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to provide information technology (IT) enterprise engineering, operations and maintenance support services for both classified and unclassified elements of its computing environment. The contract work will cover areas of the Coast Guard's land-based and mobile telecommunications, electronics and information systems.

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract to Develop Cyber Information Assurance

October 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $31 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop new cyber assurance procedures to improve security, dynamic bandwidth allocation and policy-based prioritization levels at the individual unit level.

American Systems Awarded Army SATMO Contract

October 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

American Systems has received a contract valued up to $140 million to provide overseas training services and technical assistance to the U.S. Army's Security Assistance Training Management Organization (SATMO).

DRC Awarded Contract to Support Air Force Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Work

October 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has received a one-year, $1.6 million contract to support the U.S. Air Force's 703rd Aeronautical Systems Group Predator/Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle program office. DRC will provide capabilities such as test/evaluation engineering, foreign military sales engineering, logistics, program management and analysis.

Webinar Oct. 15 - Carrier Ethernet 101

October 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Carrier Ethernet takes the dominant LAN technology-namely, Ethernet-and extends it onto Metro and Wide Area networks (MANs/WANs). This potent force greatly simplifies access to, and use of, IP traffic for mission-critical applications and services.

Please join co-presenter Chris Janson, coauthor of the book Carrier Ethernet for Dummies, and Lt. Col Jeff Verrant, USMCR, Ciena's director of DOD business development, for "Carrier Ethernet 101 - A Primer on Carrier Ethernet for the DOD" on Thurs., Oct. 15, 2009, at 1:00 PM ET.

Attend and learn how Carrier Ethernet can simplify your networking infrastructure while enabling all kinds of interesting new capabilities, including enhanced reliability and availability, simultaneous legacy and advanced services, improved Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and more. You'll also become acquainted with the various types of Carrier Ethernet services available, the benefits they provide, and how to easily put them to work for your organization.

Discover how to:

  • Understand Carrier Ethernet LAN (E-LAN)
  • Make Carrier Ethernet work for you to deliver packet and circuit connectivity
  • Use environmentally hardened data platforms for service aggregation and delivery
  • Extend Virtual Private LAN services onto the backbone

Attendees will receive a free copy of Carrier Ethernet for Dummies. For more information and to register, click here.

U.S. Joint Task Force, Philippine Forces Collaborate to Fight Terrorism

October 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines have teamed up to stop terrorist activities and to improve the quality of life for Philippine citizens.

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