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Air Compassion for Veterans

February 5, 2009
By Rita Boland

Troops might not always feel lifted by the wings of angels, but Air Compassion for Veterans is making sure they come close. The organization provides free travel services for eligible warfighters, wounded warriors, veterans and their families to ensure none of them is denied access to distant medical care because of a lack of means to acquire long-distance medical air transportation. Air Compassion for Veterans arranges and provides its charitable patient travel without duplicating the efforts of other charities. The Web site includes a link that lists other groups who offer similar services and may be able to assist with certain needs. People interested in seeking assistance from Air Compassion for Veterans can access the help online or call (888) 662-6794. Also posted online is information about donating to the organization. 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.

Lockheed Martin Awarded $35.8 Million Navy Contract to Expand Submarine Communication Capabilities

February 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $35.8 million contract by the U.S. Navy to design and produce antenna buoy systems that will significantly expand the communications capabilities of submarines while they are submerged. If all options are exercised, the cumulative value of the contract is estimated at $177.9 million.

CSC Receives $80 Million Task Order to Provide Aviation Support Services for Army's 101st Airborne Division

February 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

CSC has been awarded a task order to provide a comprehensive range of aviation maintenance and repair services for the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The task order has an estimated total two-year contract value of up to $80 million if all options are exercised. CSC will provide services including helicopter flightline maintenance and flight testing, production control, intermediate and limited depot maintenance, and hazardous material pharmacy support.

Northrop Grumman Wins IT Services Work for Federal Aviation Administration

February 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a $9.4 million follow-on contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for business process management consulting and information technology services that provide critical certification and clearance status information for 700,000 pilots and air traffic controllers.

Alion Awarded Contract for Acquisition and Design Support of Navy's Shipbuilding Programs

February 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a contract to support the Naval Systems Engineering Directorate in providing technical and management services in all technical disciplines required to design and support the full spectrum of naval ship types. The award has a potential value of $391 million if all options are exercised.

Boeing Receives $45 Million Follow-on Contract to Upgrade B-1 Bomber Avionics

February 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company has received a $45 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade avionics software on the B-1 long-range heavy bomber.

SAIC Awarded $50 Million Contract to Support Navy Reserve Forces Command

February 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Philadelphia Office, to provide professional support services to the commander, U.S. Navy Reserve Forces Command. The contract has a total value of $50 million if all options are exercised. SAIC will provide services that include strategy, information technology, logistics, maintenance, engineering analysis and training.

AFCEA/USNI West 2009

February 4, 2009
By H. Mosher

SIGNAL Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman's coverage from West 2009:

http://www.afcea.org/signal/signalscape/index.php/tag/west2009/

Webinar: Building a Collaborative IP Framework - Feb. 26

February 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

SIGNAL's next webinar will be on February 26 at 11 a.m. and features Kurt Dickey, Unified Communications Specialist at Cisco Federal. From the description:

Organizations that maintain separate voice and data networks are confronted with the challenge of increasing productivity while reducing costs.

One answer to this challenge is deploying a converged network unified communications solution. In order to be effective, such a solution must offer flexible and sophisticated functionality and framework that permits rapid deployment of emerging applications such as desktop IP telephony, unified messaging, telepresence, mobility, desktop collaboration, enterprise application integration with IP phone displays, and collaborative IP contact centers. These applications enhance productivity and increase enterprise revenues.

Learn more and register here.

Balancing oversight and innovation

February 3, 2009
By H. Mosher

With all the headlines about honest mistakes of late, it bears remembering that not all mistakes are bad, writes Christopher Dorobek in his newest Incoming column, "Government Needs to Find Balance in Oversight". Noting the government trend toward accountability, Dorobek questions whether accountability itself should be the mission of government. Too much oversight, he cautions, may stifle the very thing agencies need most to best accomplish their missions.

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