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Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received an initial $105 million contract award as part of a three-year contract by the U.S. Army Sustainment Command to supply various types of nonstandard (non-NATO) ammunition for the security forces of Afghanistan. If all options are fully exercised, the contract value could potentially exceed $200 million.
Raytheon Company has received a contract worth up to $100 million to improve secure combat identification for the U.S. Air Force. Under the five-year agreement, Raytheon will produce and deliver up to 8,000 KIV-77 applique crypto computers for Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) equipment.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a prime multiple-award blanket purchase agreement (BPA) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the Office of Environmental Information by providing a wide range of information technology services. The BPA was awarded under the Information Technology Solutions-Environmental Protection Agency II contract. It has a seven-year period of performance and a ceiling value of $955 million for all awardees.
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a $152.8 million contract by the U.S. Navy for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 production and deployed-systems support for the United States and United Kingdom SSBN fire control system (FCS) and the SSGN Attack Weapon Control System (AWCS).
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received a follow-on production contract valued at $9.7 million for M228 practice grenade fuzes. If all options are exercised, the total value of the contract would be worth approximately $50 million.
The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded Lockheed Martin an $8.12 million contract to further develop Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology, which leverages the temperature difference between warmer water at the ocean's surface and colder water below to produce renewable and reliable power.
TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has received $7.1 million in funding from the U.S. Army to provide additional Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) Access Point (SNAP) Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Satellite Systems with related field service representative support. The SNAP systems will be deployed with the 10th Mountain Division.
Constant reorganizations and realignments occur in every government and every alliance. A major study is ongoing in NATO to determine the alliance's direction. In the United States, the creation of the new joint CyberCommand and the Air Forces' new Global Strike Command are recent examples of significant change.