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U.S. Army Funds Additional Order for TCS SNAP Deployable Satellite Systems

September 9, 2009
By Katie Packard

Telecommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received an additional $8.2 million of funding from the U.S. Army to provide additional Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) and Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) Access Point (SNAP) Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Satellite Systems.

NASA Awards SOFIA Engineering Contract Option to L-3 Communications

September 9, 2009
By Katie Packard

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a contract modification to L-3 Communications Integrated Systems for further developmental engineering on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The option is valued at approximately $8.7 million, bringing the total value of the contract to approximately $37.7 million.

GS Engineering Receives Contract to Support USSOCOM

September 8, 2009
By Katie Packard

GS Engineering Corporation is being awarded a $25 million task order contract for systems test support services of Special Operations Forces Ground Mobility vehicles in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Procurement Division.

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract for Management, Engineering Services

September 8, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors is being awarded a $13.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract for management and engineering services to maintain and modify as necessary the design of DDG 51-class combat system compartments and topside arrangements in support of the program executive officer Integrated Warfare Systems.

STS International to Provide Capabilities for Quad-S

September 8, 2009
By Katie Packard

STS International Incorporated is being awarded a $23 million contract for operational capabilities for surface and subsurface surveillance systems (Quad-S).

Naval Air Station to Receive Operational Training Facility

September 8, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company is being awarded a $37 million contract for the design and construction of an Operational Training Facility for multimission aircraft (MMA/P-8A) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

General Dynamics Awarded $31 Million for Trident Submarine Support Services

September 8, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $31 million contract to plan and perform maintenance and modernization work on U.S. Trident-class and U.K. Vanguard-class submarines.

CSC Awarded $162 Million Contract From NASA to Provide Aviation Services

September 8, 2009
By Katie Packard

NASA has awarded CSC a contract to continue providing aviation services through the Johnson Space Center aircraft maintenance and modification program. The new contract has a total estimated value of $162 million.

German Military Looks to Augment Legacy Systems With Commercial Technology

September 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The German military has way too many legacy communication and information systems to replace them all at once, so it is looking to commercial technology to improve capabilities. EDir. IT-AmtBw Hans-Ulrich Schade, chief of Division C, Bundeswehr IT Office, described this challenge at the AFCEA Bonn Chapter's Koblenz Symposium on September 3, 2009.

Schade related that the Bundeswehr has more than 120,000 radios. These include about 200 different types of radios, and the military cannot afford to replace them all. So, any solution must incorporate these legacy systems.

For example, some forces currently can transmit either voice or data. The need to choose between one or the other will be eliminated in the near future, he maintained. He also declared that the use of commercial technology is the basis on which all improvements to Germany military IT are based.

German Forces Add, Need New Battlefield Technologies

September 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

German military forces in Afghanistan have improved their command and control (C2) capabilities significantly, but they need more advanced technologies to move those advances down to the lower tactical levels. This assessment was stated by Lt. Gen. Carl-Hubertus von Butler, GEA, commander, German Army Forces Command, at the AFCEA Bonn Chapter's Koblenz Symposium on September 3, 2009.

Gen. Butler cited broadband solutions as a vital need for moving vital reconnaissance data down to warfighters. "What good will sensors do if they can't get [their information] down to lower levels?" he stated.

He called for better ability to transmit both voice and data at the tactical level. Many C2 advances in Afghanistan are bearing fruit, but the German army often finds it necessary to train its troops abroad on some new systems.

However, the general warned against information overload. Soldiers must be trained to recognize what information is relevant amid the flood of data that new sensors and networks are delivering. He expressed doubt that this goal is reachable.

And, interoperability remains a major challenge. Despite creating a joint French-German combat force, Germany found its forces were more interoperable with those of Norway and Sweden than with its French counterparts.

Maintaining technological superiority is the only way a modern military such as Germany's can defeat asymmetric threats, Gen. Butler declared.

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