SIGNAL Magazine and AFCEA extend heartfelt sympathies to the Polish people for the loss of President Lech Kaczynski, Gen. Franciszek Gagor (PAF), chief of the Polish Armed Forces General Staff, and other leaders. We stand with the Polish people during this time of grief. Just two months ago, Gen. Gagor shared his views on the future of Poland's military with SIGNAL readers in a special report on Poland.
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ThalesRaytheonSystems, Massy, France, has appointed Philippe Duhamel as chief executive officer for French operations.
Brig. Gen. Michael A. Keltz, USAF, has been assigned as assistant director of operations, plans, programs and requirements, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has awarded the Northrop Grumman Corporation a $100 million follow-on blanket purchase agreement to electronically convert and store federal employee records for streamlined access to information. To support the Enterprise Human Resources Integration program, the company will provide project management, systems integration, lifecycle deployment support and systems engineering services to support the program's implementation and maintenance.
The U.S. Naval Operational Logistics Support Center (NOLSC) has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $15 million contract to support the center's efforts to integrate and modernize its logistical support systems for deployable Navy and Coast Guard Units. Under the three-year agreement, the company will provide the NOLSC with logistics planning, modeling and simulation, concept generation and development, and manning, personnel and training analysis. Alion will also conduct the front end assessment for the Littoral Combat Ship, which will serve as the basis for all manning, personnel and training decisions affecting end strengths and budgets.
General Dynamics has been awarded a $20 million contract by The Boeing Company to produce composite components for the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in February 2011 and end by April 2012.
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Raytheon Polar Services, a division of Raytheon Technical Services Company, a one-year extension to its current contract for science, operations and logistics support to the U.S. Antarctic Program. Raytheon is the prime contractor to the U.S. Antarctic Program for the NSF. The extension moves the contract end date to March 31, 2011.
The European Space Agency has awarded Astrum, a subsidiary of EADS, a 105 million Euro contract to build the Sentinel 2-B optical satellite. When complete the Earth observation satellite will join the Sentinel 2-A spacecraft to cover all of the planet's land masses in five-day cycles, sending back data and images for at least 15 years.
The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence has awarded Thales UK an initial three-year support contract for the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial system program, for which Thales is also the prime system integrator. The agreement is a performance-based Contractor Logistics Support service, requiring the company to provide spares and repairs, technical support and a Watchkeeper training facility.