The Defense Department has announced plans to provide 69 academic institutions $260 million over the next five years to perform multidisciplinary basic research. Awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the academic institutions and the research offices that will make the awards: the Army Research Office; the Office of Naval Research; and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The awards are the result of the fiscal year 2009 competition that the offices conducted under the Defense Department's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program.
The value of the virtual realm for training has been recognized for some time, but now artificial reality is being exploited for many other applications. Web 2.0 capabilities have opened new doors in cyberspace, and people and organizations are embracing the new world of virtual collaboration. The only limits to using this make-believe realm may be those of human imagination. SIGNAL's May issue looks at ongoing efforts to explore collaboration in the virtual world.
Earlier this year, Nick O'Neill wrote a very helpful guide to understanding privacy settings on Twitter called 10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know. It sums up many of the things that have come up during social media briefings for AFCEA, such as how to prevent people from seeing photographs of yourself that other people posted, how to avoid showing up in search results, and how to make your contact information private.
Alliant Techsystems Incorporated's ATK Tactical Propulsion and Controls Allegany Ballistics Laboratory is being awarded a $9.5 million contract for research and development efforts for solid rocket propulsion technology.
General Dynamics Information Technology is being awarded an estimated $11 million modification to a previously awarded contract for engineering and technical services for alteration installations, engineering research, design, computer programming and logistics on hull, mechanical, electrical and electronics systems onboard U.S. Navy ships.
Tri Star Engineering Incorporated is being awarded a $34 million Navy contract for antenna system and component maintenance and repair in support of electronic countermeasures, fire control and search radars.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a contract to study the NextGen Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) architecture and to determine the National Airspace System's needs for 2018 to 2025. The study analyzes ICNS interfaces to operator flight planning systems, aircraft capabilities, avionics functions and Federal Aviation Administration automation systems.
The U.S. Air Force is awarding a contract to McDonnell Douglas Corporation for an amount not to exceed $400 million. This contract is for the procurement of two Foreign Military Sales (FMS) C-17 aircraft.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded CSC eight task orders to provide logistics and maintenance support to the U.S. Army Regional Aviation Sustainment Management-East and -West. The task orders are collectively valued at $347 million.
The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded Raytheon Company an information assurance and network operations contract worth up to $138 million. Under the contract, Raytheon will design, transition and operate a secure voice, video and data-information sharing and collaboration environment for U.S. and coalition forces.