This month's SIGNAL Connections poll is out, and we're curious: Are the new TSA security techniques, involving revealing full-body scans and aggressive pat-down searches, too invasive?
Technology assessors chose 11 out of 32 technology solutions from this year's event as their picks for early success. Judged on their achievement in interoperability, information assurance and warfighter/operator utility, the Top Performing Technologies range from capabilities that support ballistic missile defense to maritime traffic tracking and could be in the hands of users in six to 12 months.
Alenia North America has been awarded an approximately $4 million contract by the United States Air Force to provide training of pilots, loadmasters and maintenance personnel on the C-27/G.222 tactical transport aircraft for the Afghanistan Air Force. This is a follow-on contract to a previous contract with the U.S. Air Force, which had three training classes on the C-27/G.222. This new contract will consist of four training classes over the next year. In 2008, the company received a contract to supply 18 refurbished C-27/G.222 aircraft for the Afghanistan Air Force. The C-27/G.222 serves as the backbone of the Afghanistan Air Force and has significantly expanded the Afghanistan military's ability to provide humanitarian aid and security to the Afghan population.
The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recently awarded contract modifications to multiple companies, including: Valley Tech Systems, Incorporated, Folsom, California; Advanced Integrated Systems, Santa Barbara, California; LC Engineers Incorporated, Rahway, New Jersey; and New Directions Technologies Incorporated, Ridgecrest, California. The companies are each being awarded price modifications to exercise options for advanced technology products in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division's Weapons Prototype Division. Products and support to be provided include electronic components and systems, mechanical components and systems, energetic materials and systems, chemical materials and components, fabrication, assembly, plating/painting/finish, and packing and shipping. The aggregate not-to-exceed amount for these multiple award contracts combined is a little more than $8 million, and the companies will have the opportunity to bid on each individual task order.
AMPEX Data Corporation, Redwood City, California, and Calculex Incorporated, Las Cruces, New Mexico, were awarded a $15 million contract to provide airborne data recorders. Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida is the contracting authority.
Diligent Consulting Incorporated, San Antonio, Texas, was awarded a $24 million contract to provide for Air Education and Training Command Department of Defense information assurance certification and accreditation process support services. Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter, USA, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commanding general for advising and training, U.S. Forces Iraq, operation New Dawn, Iraq.