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Army Adds EW Career Field

April 3, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army is establishing an Electronic Warfare (EW) 29-series career field for officers, warrant officers and enlisted personnel that will cover topics ranging from information operations to improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Approximately 1,600 EW personnel will be added to the Army during the next three years. The service is considering expanding the career field by as many as 2,300 in the near future.

Personnel in this career field will be considered experts in fighting the threat of IEDs. In addition, they will guide commanders in the effects of the electromagnetic spectrum on operations as well as counsel them about how friendly EW can support tactical and operational objectives.

Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, USA, former commander of Multinational Corps-Iraq, identified the urgent need for EW specialists and capability in 2006 when he placed U.S. Navy EW officers with ground combat units in Iraq to manage electromagnetic spectrum. Creating the new Army career field enables more
efficient soldier preparation to help mitigate ways enemies use electromagnetic spectrum against U.S. troops, Gen. Chiarelli says.

Listio

April 3, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

One of the ironies of Web 2.0 applications is that the number of them increases on a daily basis. Designed to track Web 2.0 applications and services, Listio is a directory and product review site. Visitors can browse and rate a selection of Web 2.0 applications. Each application is profiled with a link to its home page

CACI Awarded Army Contract for Engineering and Logistics Support

April 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated Federal has been awarded a $22 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with cost-plus-award fee with the purpose of Genesis III to acquire comprehensive engineering and logistics support for the intelligence community ground- and air-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems at worldwide locations.

SAIC Awarded Contract to Produce Geospatial Data Products

April 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has received a $16 million firm-fixed-price contract Global Geospatial Intelligence product pricing consolidated task order for multiple geospatial data products to be procured at firm-fixed-price product pricing.

Logos Technologies Receives Army Contract for BioJET Program

April 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Logos Technologies Incorporated has been awarded a $20 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research with the primary objective of the program to conduct Phase I of the BioJET program in the area of process development, process integration, fuel qualification, end-user testing and economic planning.

ATK Awarded Four-Year Contract to Operate Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

April 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center, Rock Island, Illinois, to continue operating the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant for an additional four years. Under the new contract, ATK will continue to supply small-caliber ammunition through September 2013. The Army also awarded ATK $481 million in orders under the new contract for production of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and .50-caliber ammunition and to continue work to modernize the Lake City facility.

Air Force Awards Raytheon Contract for Laser-Guided Maverick Missile

April 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon Company a contract to upgrade guidance and control sections for the air-to-ground Maverick missile. The contract initiates engineering efforts required to restart the laser-guided Maverick production line and will incorporate state-of-the-art laser-seeker technology. The contract will result in the upgrade of up to 450 laser Maverick guidance sections for the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

General Dynamics Awarded $43 Million SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific Contract for Communications Engineering Support

April 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded the Radio Frequency Communications Engineering Support contract by Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific. The contract has an initial value of $43 million and a total potential value of $82 million if all options are exercised.

What Government Managers Can Learn From Google

April 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

In Christopher Dorobek's latest Incoming column, he bids readers to have a look at What Would Google Do?, a book by Jeff Jarvis that examines how people can learn from the search engine giant. The lessons, he says, are particularly important for government managers to wrap their brains around. "The book taps into the idea that information is power, but that the real power of information comes in the sharing," Dorobek writes. "Among the principles the book outlines are: give up control; get out of the way; and make mistakes well."

General Dynamics Receives Contract for Surface Electronic Warfare Research and Development

April 1, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Incorporated is being awarded a $40 million not-to-exceed contract for Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 1B research and development and production requirements. The SEWIP Block 1 provides enhanced electronic warfare capabilities to existing ship combat systems to improve anti-ship missile defense, counter-targeting and counter-surveillance capabilities as well as improved battlefield situational awareness.

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