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Leadership and Information Sharing

May 21, 2009
By H. Mosher

The Obama administration can take certain key steps to improve the ability to recognize and deal with national security threats, according to recommendations in "Nation at Risk," a report issued by the The Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. Jeff Smith of Arnold & Porter LLP, a steering committee member for the report, presented it yesterday at the AFCEA SOLUTIONS conference on information sharing.

The Barriers to Information Sharing

May 20, 2009
By H. Mosher

The dramatic culture shift that needs to happen for government agencies to embrace change kept coming up at the SOLUTIONS conference like the refrain of a popular song: agencies must move from an emphasis on risk avoidance to a focus on risk management. Without that shift, the quest to achieve 100 percent risk avoidance is quixotic at best; more realistically, it hampers agencies' ability to share information.

Project Healing Horse

May 20, 2009
By H. Mosher

Injured veterans looking to get back in the saddle can find what they need through the help of Project Healing Horse. The veterans therapeutic riding program uses horses as a medium to provide physical, psychological and social benefits to recovering veterans. The group raises money and promotes therapeutic riding at facilities across the country to heal troops who are injured or suffering from illness.

(Almost) Live coverage from AFCEA SOLUTIONS

May 20, 2009
By H. Mosher

Helen Mosher and Henry Kenyon have been attending the most recent installment in the AFCEA SOLUTIONS series, "Inter-Agency, Allied and Coalition Information Sharing."

What Needs to Change?

May 20, 2009
By H. Mosher

Chris Gunderson of the Naval Postgraduate School posited some interesting ideas during yesterday afternoon's plenary sessions about why everyone keeps hearing the same things about changes that need to be made. Certain things, he suggested, we should just acknowledge and move past.

Boeing Awarded Air Force Contract for Airborne Communications Systems

May 20, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company has received a $3.4 million follow-on contract to provide the U.S. Air Force with 46 additional Combat Track II airborne satellite communications systems.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Build CERES Sensor

May 20, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a contract by NASA Langley Research Center to build a sensor that measures the time and space distributions of incoming energy from the sun and outgoing thermal and reflected energy from Earth (known as Earth's radiation budget).

Elbit Systems Awarded 25 Million Contract to Supply Austrian Army With Weapons

May 20, 2009
By Katie Packard

Elbit Systems Limited has been awarded a contract valued at 25 million to supply the Austrian Army with Elbit Systems' new 12.7mm unmanned Electrically Remote Controlled Weapon Stations.

Northrop Grumman Wins Terahertz Contract

May 20, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation Phase 1 of the $37 million Terahertz Electronics contract, U.S. Defense Department. Work on the contract will support military and space satellites with the development of active receivers and transmitters operating at 670 gigahertz that ensure reliable, high-resolution images and other applications.

Raytheon, Navy Sign $260 Million Phalanx Close-In Weapon System Contract

May 20, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company is being awarded a $259.9 million U.S. Navy contract to overhaul and upgrade 57 Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems and to provide ancillary equipment, spares and additional technical support.

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