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The Wisdom of All of Us

January 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

Chris Dorobek, writing in this month's Incoming column, notes several examples of successful Gov 2.0 implementation in various agencies. He writes that the impending change in Washington's scenery and political tides may not be as nebulous as the rhetorical cry for "change" might imply:

Each inauguration brings about change. But this year, there is an almost palpable feeling that it is a time of change. For more than a year, the mantra on the presidential campaign has been change.

This is probably a good thing. Everyone should be concerned when the approval percentages for the president-and Congress-wallow in the 20s. People feel detached, almost alienated, from their government. What has not been fully defined is what change will mean once it makes its way through the Washington bureaucracy.

There are several reasons for hope, and President-elect Obama comes to Washington at a time when there are many somewhat paradoxical factors. The fact is these are unique times. It is the age of sometimes ruthless competition. We are all hyper-connected. We all feel that we are working 24/7 but that we should be working 25/8.

Competition is pressing the government as well. Agencies are not compared to other agencies, but increasingly, their successes-or failures-are compared to everybody else's. Some real opportunities ahead can alter the way the government has done business-and for the better.

Welcoming Christopher Dorobek to SIGNAL

January 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

SIGNAL Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman puts some perspective on the Incoming column in this month's "Behind the Lines":

Two years ago, we began a new column called Incoming. Located on the last page of the magazine and featured online each month as part of SIGNAL's blog, Incoming featured a guest columnist providing commentary on a wide range of SIGNAL coverage issues. The past year, the magazine and its readers were fortunate to have Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.), chairman of the Deloitte Center for Network Innovation, provide 12 months of his perspective on many of the pressing issues for the AFCEA community.

Our goal has been to rotate columnists with the dawn of each new year. So, with the January 2009 issue, we welcome SIGNAL's new Incoming contributing columnist. Many readers probably are familiar with Christopher Dorobek. A former editor in chief of Federal Computer Week, Chris now is a co-anchor on Federal News Radio 1500 AM's Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris in Washington, D.C. He also hosts his own blog, www.dorobekinsider.com.

Next up: Chris's first Incoming column!

Thales to Supply Satellite Communications System to Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen Class Frigates

January 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

Thales has been awarded a contract by the Norwegian Defence Procurement Division to deliver a new satellite communications system for five Norwegian Nansen class frigates.

Boeing Awarded $234 Million to Complete Production of 6th Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite

January 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force has authorized the Commonwealth of Australia's provision of $234 million for The Boeing Company to complete production of the sixth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite.

Watts Constructors Receives Contract to Build Wideband Satellite Communications Operations Center

December 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

Watts Constructors LLC is being awarded a $25.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a wideband satellite communications operations center at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific.

Lockheed Martin Awarded Modification for Study of Advanced High Frequency System

December 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Space Systems and the U.S. Air Force have modified a contract for $10 million. This modification will provide feasibility studies to extend the Advanced High Frequency system in the Military Satellite Communications Program.

CSC Receives Air Force Contract for Applications Infrastructure and Systems Support

December 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

CSC has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract by the U.S. Air Force for $9 million. CSC will provide technical support for applications infrastructure and systems support for programs within the Mission Systems.

General Atomics Awarded Air Force Contract

December 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force for $42.6 million. This contract includes all program management; logistics support; configuration management; technical manual and software maintenance; engineering technical services; contractor engineering technical specialists; Core Automated Maintenance System, Reliability and Maintainability Information Systems, and Continuous Emission Monitoring System data collection/entry; and other services for the Predator/Reaper MQ-1 and MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft System program.

Boeing Receives $400 Million Contract from Missile Defense Agency

December 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company Integrated Defense Systems is being awarded $398 million (not-to-exceed ceiling) for a cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to continue development of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

TCS Wins Professional Services Work as Sole Sub-Contractor to Booz Allen to Support the Army

December 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has teamed with Booz Allen Hamilton to provide the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency (ITA), the technology component of the Office of the Administrative Secretary of the Army (OAA), with a broad range of information technology professional services. TCS has received orders totaling $1.25 million.

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