Lockheed Martin Awarded Navy Contract for MK41 Vertical Launch System

March 19, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $17 million contract to provide engineering design services for the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) on the U.S. Navy's Ticonderoga class cruisers and Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers. The cost-plus-fixed fee contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and eight other allied navies under the Foreign Military Sales program. Included in the work is missile integration, software development, integration of the VLS into new ships, technical refresh, systems engineering and life cycle support for the MK 41 VLS.

SAIC Wins Navy Command And Control Software Development Contract

March 19, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $625 million dollars by the U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) to develop command and control (C2) software and modifications and enhancements to existing C2 systems. The multiple award, indefinite-deliver/indefinite-quantity contract has a three-year base period of performance, and two one-year options. The company will perform most of the work at PEO C4I's headquarters in San Diego, California.

Standardizing Government Information Sharing

March 19, 2010
By H. Mosher

In "New Document Provides Framework for Interagency Data Sharing," Henry Kenyon describes a newly released document that sets common standards for data security and risk management: the NIST Special Publication 800-37, Revision 1, Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: A Security Life Cycle Approach (NIST SP-800-37).

Thompson Named Strategic Systems PEO

March 19, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Brig. Gen. John F. Thompson, USAF, has been named program executive officer, strategic systems, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

SIGNAL Says: Malcolm Green

March 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

"NATO SATCOM will certainly be handicapped if interoperability with national systems is not key to the design of how we go forward."--Malcolm Green, chief of CAT 9 NII Communication Infrastructure Services, NC3A

ACC Appoints Johnson to 451st AEW

March 18, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Brig. Gen. Paul T. Johnson, USAF, has been appointed commander, 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Free Tax Help for Military Families

March 17, 2010
By Rita Boland
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The Defense Department is offering H&R Block At Home online tax filing free to active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members and their families. Eligible participants can access the service through Military OneSource. Users must go to the link on the Military OneSource Web site to access the customized product and create an account. Please do not create an account on the public H&R Block site. Tax consultation by phone also is available by calling Military OneSource's tax hot line at 800-730-3802. Hot line consultants are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern. More information is available online. 

O'Shaughnessy Commands ACC's 57th

March 16, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Brig. Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, USAF, has been appointed commander, 57th Wing, Air Combat Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.