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Compensation and Benefits Handbook

November 21, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

In another example of how the military community can receive help through military organizations, the U.S. Defense Department has released comprehensive handbook outlining compensation and other benefits service members and their families are entitled to after separating or retiring from the military because of serious injury and illness

Raytheon Awarded Contract for Engineering and Technical Services

November 21, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $40 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering and technical services to support standard missile production programs. This contract includes options that if exercised could bring the cumulative value of the contract to $334.4 million. The contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the Foreign Military Sales Program countries.

L-3 Receives Contract for Engineering Services

November 21, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Services Incorporated is being awarded a $46.7 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services to operate and maintain the Technology Center for Cables and Connectors facility located at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Virginia.

TCS Awarded $5 Million Contract to Support Defense Department

November 21, 2008
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunications Systems Incorporated has received a $5 million contract from the U.S. Defense Department for SwiftLink systems to support military communications interoperability initiatives.

Northrop Grumman Receives Immigration and Customs Enforcement Infrastructure System Task Order From Department of Homeland Security

November 21, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide an infrastructure system and commercial off-the-shelf solution for bed space, transportation and detainee location tracking that will significantly increase safety and security, reduce processing time, minimize network and cellular traffic and provide a common interface for DHS agents. The contract has a potential value of $44.35 million if all options are exercised. Under the terms of the task order, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector will provide the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of Detention and Removal Operations with an integrated system that will locate and track detainees, reserve detainee bed space among various facilities and manage detainee transportation. Northrop Grumman will provide the infrastructure and integrate this system with other DHS systems and solutions.

Alion Awarded $12 Million Contract to Provide Navy Logistics Management Services

November 21, 2008
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology Incorporated has received a $12 million contract to provide operational logistics analysis to the Naval Operational Logistics Support Center (NOLSC). Alion will support NOLSC in testing operational logistics concepts and providing system-centric training to deployable units in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Alion will conduct analyses to help address capability, manning, training and budget issues.

Raytheon Awarded Contract for Exploratory Research in Nuclear Detection Technology

November 21, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a U.S. Department of Homeland Security contract to develop a Stand-Off Warning Against Radiological Materials technology. The contract has a potential value of $2.9 million if all options are exercised.

Tactical Network Enters Service

November 20, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Army has taken delivery of equipment of the first increment of the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T). This phase of the program builds on the former Joint Network Node network and offers high-capacity secure communications when warfighters are not in transit. Devices include network hubs, management suites and nodes. The 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team is training with the equipment to prepare for operational tests and evaluations. The second increment of the program will include an initial on-the-move broadband networking capability using satellite and radio links. Fielding of phase-two equipment is scheduled to occur next year.

Coast Guard Simulates Command Center Tools

November 19, 2008
By H. Mosher

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard First District command center participated in an experiment simulating a scenario that examined decisions and actions to locate a vessel of interest and prevent a potential terrorist incursion. The Coast Guard worked with Raytheon Company on the experiment and used the company's Mission Profiling process to study the potential for theoretical decision support tools and concepts of operations to improve a Coast Guard district command center's maritime security mission. Several tools and concepts demonstrated potential for further investigation. The exercise was the first joint experiment under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement signed by Raytheon and the Coast Guard Research and Development Center.

Littoral Combat Ship Era Begins

November 19, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Navy has commissioned the first littoral combat ship (LCS). The 378-foot USS Freedom features interchangeable mission packages so that it can be reconfigured for antisubmarine, mine and surface warfare on an as-needed basis. It is filled with advanced networking capabilities that enable it to share tactical information with other Navy aircraft, ships and submarines as well as with joint units. USS Freedom can operate in water that is less than 20 feet deep and can travel at speeds exceeding 40 knots. In addition to tactical and communications tasks, the new LCS will serve as the platform for launch and recovery of manned and unmanned vehicles.

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