Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, USA, has been assigned as commanding general/commandant, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
Thomas L. Allen has been assigned as deputy director for force management, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
Rear Adm. Carol M. Pottenger, USN, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as deputy chief of staff for capability development, Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia.
Malcolm Ross O'Neill has been sworn in as assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Washington, D.C.
General Dynamics Information Technology's VIPS business unit has been awarded a contract with an initial value of $16 million and a maximum value of $84 million to support the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The company will support CMS' Retiree Drug Subsidy (RDS) program by providing managed services support with both information technology and operational components. RDS operations include application processing, electronic data interchange support, payment and overpayment processing and appeals processing.
The U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon Company an $18.9 million contract to produce LAU-115D/A and LAU-116B/A missile launchers. The launchers are used on Navy F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G aircraft to provide structural and electrical interfaces that allow the aircraft to carry and launch missiles.
The U.S. Army Applied Aviation Technology Directorate has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.5 million contract to continue development of the Kinetic Energy Net (KEN) armor design. KEN is a modular composite armor system developed by Lockheed Martin that is lighter than current aircraft armor, but offers comparable protection. Under the contract, the company will improve the armor's performance by incorporating new forms of advanced ballistic materials and experimental strike faces.
Is it possible for the IDC to enable these organizations to work seamlessly once implemented, or will the usual interoperability problems rear their ugly heads? Technology has come a long way, but has it come far enough to eliminate stovepiped systems and overcome cultural differences? Please share you opinions here.
The U.S. Government's per diem rate determines how business expenses can be reimbursed for government employees and many other business travelers as well. But rates vary from city to city, and country to country, especially in metropolitan areas, and if you're anything like me, you have to look up the mileage reimbursement rate every single time you need it. The PerDiem app, which works with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, takes all that information and integrates it with the GPS/Location Services function of the device to make finding per diem-friendly establishments easier. It also includes a mileage calculator and an overall trip calculator. Limitations noted by reviewers on the App Store include not being able to save favorite locations and a lack of military installations. Annual updates to reflect fiscal year requirements are also necessary. But for 99 cents, it can be very helpful on the go. PerDiem is available from the iTunes Store. These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new Web sites, please use proper Internet security procedures
Two weeks ago, I listened to a U.S. Marine Corps brigadier general plead for a lightweight personal computer that shooters could use at the squad level. All of the talk he heard about net-centric networks was meaningless because network centricity did not reach where it was needed. If the civilians could walk around with BlackBerrys, why couldn't the U.S. Defense Department provide comparable services?