Drills Drive Home Disaster Readiness and Mission Rehearsal

October 1, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

PACOM's effort to increase interaction between the U.S. and foreign governments through training exercises can reduce the potential for disputes or conflicts. What more can be done in the area to promote security and stability? Share your ideas here.

Homefront Help: ASMBA STAR Foundation

September 30, 2010
By Rita Boland
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The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA) STAR Foundation is a voluntary group that assists members of the military community by awarding funds to organizations that support them. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide services to troops, veterans and their families as well as their communities.

Northrop Receives Potential $2.63 Billion For Department of Homeland Security Information Technology Infrastructure

September 29, 2010
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a potential $2.63 billion task order by the U.S. General Services Administration to install a campus-wide information technology infrastructure for secure communications and operations at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) St. Elizabeths headquarters in Washington, D.C. Northrop Grumman will design, install, test, operate and maintain a seamless, integrated and secure information technology solution throughout the DHS consolidated headquarters campus. The company will provide a top-level security and information platform for the department to execute its homeland security missions, including interfacing with the departments' cyber security resources.

Boeing to Update B-52 Offensive Avionics System Software

September 29, 2010
By George Seffers

Boeing Company Integrated Defense Systems, Wichita, Kansas, was awarded an $11 million contract modification, which will provide B-52 software updates to expand the offensive avionics system operational capabilities to correct deficiencies. Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.

L-3 to Provide Clip-on Night Vision Device to U.S. Special Forces

September 29, 2010
By George Seffers

L-3 Communications Corporation Electro-Optical Systems, Garland, Texas, is being awarded a contract valued at more than $48 million for a clip-on night vision and image intensification device in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command weapons accessories program. The device is being procured to provide U.S. Special Operations Command operators with a ruggedized sight that permits night vision capability without the need to remove the day optic sight. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.

NAVMAR Receives Laser Radar Identification Demonstration Award

September 29, 2010
By George Seffers

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $9 million order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research project under topic N92-170 entitled "LADAR Identification Demonstration." This order provides for development, integration, and support of advanced surveillance sensors for an operational Navy Squadron for the Special Projects Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey is the contracting activity.

Off-Site Options for Mission-Critical Data

September 29, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The trend to house information technology infrastructure off site moved a step forward recently when Philadelphia Technology Park opened in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Despite the name, the area is not a collection of buildings where people experiment with scientific ideas. Rather, the complex offers a secure, redundant data center to accommodate technology from multiple groups including companies, universities and nonprofit organizations.

Military Changes On Tap for Ally Across the Pond

September 28, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The United Kingdom plans to undertake the monumental task of restructuring its defense forces, equipping them to face current and future challenges more effectively. Do its plans thus far adequately address the major threats? Or, has it failed to focus more on specific contingencies? Share you ideas and suggestions here.