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Alion Awarded $6.4M Contract to Support Army Enterprise Transformation Efforts

July 22, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a $6.4 million contract to provide the U.S. Army with research, analysis, findings and recommendations for the Army Enterprise Task Force Director.

Booz Allen Receives Contract for Modeling, Simulation and Analysis

July 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded a $10 million contract for Headquarters United States Strategic Command Capability and Resource Analysis Division survivability and vulnerability modeling, simulation and analysis.

FLIR Systems Awarded Army Contract

July 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

FLIR Systems Incorporated has been awarded a $37 million contract for the StarFIRE III sensors and related cables and hardware for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Tower System.

Disaster Recovery Exercise Covers the Bases

July 17, 2009

A major disaster recovery exercise is concluding today in Washington D.C. The week long event was held by AT&T to test, evaluate, refine and improve how the company restores communications in the wake of a natural or manmade disaster. The network disaster recovery (NDR) exercise filled the capitol's Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium with equipment trailers and personnel providing satellite and broadband fiber optic communications links.

Held several times a year, this is the 54th and largest field NDR exercise conducted by AT&T, says Mark Francis, vice president of the company's Global Network Operations Center in Bedminster, New Jersey. The company gathered more than 45 disaster recovery trailers and vehicles, including 28 tractor trailers, two emergency communications vehicles, four hazmat trailers, one satellite cell on light truck (COLT), and five smaller utility and support trailers.

During a disaster recovery, Francis explains that the company's strategy is to set up equipment in a large open area such as a stadium. All of the equipment forms the core of an AT&T regional office. The trailers can replace the fiber optic backbone equipment in an office and replace the central network. He notes that one of the goals of this exercise was to test high speed optical transport equipment operating at 40 gigabytes per second. The event also sets up mobile cellular communications systems for first responders.

General Dynamics Awarded $68 Million Contract to Support Air Force's Air Defense Mission

July 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a contract by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Office to support the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Communications Service 2 program. The contract has a total potential value of $67.7 million if all options are exercised.

Defense Agency Awards Raytheon Up to $155 Million Contract to Develop an Interoperable Network Gateway

July 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to provide a cost-effective, highly capable military wireless network interoperable gateway. The contract provides Raytheon $24.4 million for one year; options would extend the contract and bring the potential value to $155 million.

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade Navy Submarine Communication Mast Antenna Systems

July 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin and Granite State Manufacturing have received a $6.9 million contract from the U.S. Navy to design, test and manufacture an upgraded Multifunction Mast Antenna System to improve submarine communications.

Intelligence Blog: Take This Cyber Czar Job and Shove It?

July 16, 2009
By H. Mosher

Joe Mazzafro, writing over at the MAZZ-INT blog for the AFCEA Intelligence community, explores the difficulty in finding a person who is both qualified and willing to be the new "Cyber Czar." "Given these circumstances I just don't see many high profile personalities attracted to being the third or fourth choice for a position that lacks authority, reports to a Deputy National Security Adviser and must operate in the shadow of DIRNSA," he writes.

General Dynamics Awarded $11 Million by Perot Systems to Provide Enterprise Support at Fort Monmouth

July 15, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded an $11 million task order by Perot Systems Government Services Incorporated to support the U.S. Army at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, under the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Services contract vehicle.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $276 Million Contract to Field Battlefield Airborne Communications Node

July 15, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $276 million contract for fielding and operational deployment of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, an airborne communications system that provides warfighters with critical real-time battlefield information.

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