L-3 Communications, EOTech Inc., has received a $25 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide an optical sighting system for the M4A1 carbine to support the U.S. Special Operations Command's weapons accessories program. Under the contract, awarded by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, L-3 will develop the optical sighting system, which will increase operational effectiveness of the M4A1 carbine, M203 grenade launcher, and other special operations forces small arms. Completion is expected by May 2015.
The Missile Defense Agency has awarded the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) a cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded total contract of $10 million. Under the modified agreement, APL will continue work on advanced technology initiatives by providing technical support to systems engineering and integration for assessments, studies and analyses of command and control, battle management and communications, fire control, missile engineering, combat systems, and space component and space systems.
Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Votel, USA, has been assigned as chief of staff, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
Early last week, an independent computer security researcher known as Moxie Marlinspike launched two apps that they claim make phones untappable. The free, public betas for Google's Android mobile platform are called RedPhone and TextSecure.
The SIGNAL staff and all of AFCEA extend our gratitude to our military members and veterans this weekend and always. Thank you for your service to our great nation.
Collaboration is always a win-win situation when the end results benefit the nation. STRATCOM has been at the forefront of this ideology with the GISC. Can we compare the achievements of similar military/government or academic and industry entities to those of GISC? What other groups have successfully followed the same path, and can they complement the efforts of STRATCOM? Share your opinions and suggestions here.
SGIS, Washington, D.C., has appointed Mark Fedak as senior director, Cyber Security Solutions.
Cobham has been awarded a $46 million, firm fixed-price contract to manufacture AN/ALQ-99 low band transmitters for the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The contract's initial procurement calls for 60 transmitters and an associated number of antenna assemblies.