Senior Master Sgt. of the Army (Ret.) Jack Tilley opened TechNet Tampa in a manner that deviated from the norm. Instead of relying on people's intellects and addressing the what and how of actions, he appealed to attendees' feelings to address the why. The retired senior master sergeant told several stories about troops killed and injured in action during Vietnam as well as current operations, impressing upon listeners the importance of using their time at the conference well.
The networked world is beginning to discover that sharing is not always beneficial. Marauders always have been the bane of cyberspace, but now a new set of threats has emerged to imperil more than just the usual targets. Ordinary citizens now are menaced by sophisticated organizations seeking to damage society or to loot it of its funds-or both. And, as always, the network-centric military is under assault by increasingly frequent and effective cyberagents operating under foreign government control.
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been awarded a $14.4 million contract by the Colombian Air Force to modify and deliver three Medevac-capable aircraft to Colombia's Health and Social Services Ministry. The Ministry will use the aircraft for emergency medical evacuations of both civilian and military personnel.
SSFM International Incorporated is being awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, architect-engineering contract with a maximum amount of $7.5 million for design, engineering, specification writing, cost-estimation and related services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii area of responsibility.
Northrop Grumman Corporation Electronic Systems is being awarded a contract modification valued at $40.5 million. This contract modification is to establish an estimated cost ceiling for the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) System Development and Demonstration to reflect the anticipated cost overrun associated with the contractor's estimate to complete for an additional $36 million.
BAE Systems has been awarded a £450 million contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence under a partnering arrangement that will see the Royal Air Force's Typhoon aircraft maintained and supported by BAE.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is developing a robust, radiation-hardened, wireless spacecraft bus under a $4.1 million first-phase contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). A spacecraft data bus serves as the electrical interface between the spacecraft's equipment and payloads. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will develop a wireless data bus interface that enhances AFRL's innovative electronics architecture for spacecraft called Space Plug-n-Play Avionics, or SPA.