In the sphere of military community support, Army Community Covenant operates at the strategic level. The organization aims at raising awareness and encouraging businesses, agencies and groups at the local and state levels to create and foster state and community partnerships that assist service members. The first phase of the program is the signing of the Community Covenant. Each community determines its own wording for the document and decides on the number of signatories, usually between 16 and 20 people.
U.S. Air Force officials named Barksdale Air Force Base as the preferred alternative for the location of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) headquarters. The AFGSC is a new major command focused on the nuclear and global strike mission. A final decision about the permanent headquarters location is expected this summer and will be made after the environmental impact analysis process required by law is complete. The selection of Barksdale was based on the base's ability to provide nuclear mission synergy as well as its facilities and infrastructure, support capacity, transportation and access, communications and bandwidth, and security capabilities
An innovative environment will support a virtual collaborative zone within the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. The FCS Advanced Collaborative Environment (FCS ACE) is a secure Web environment that enables government and industry participants to work together and access product, technical and program management information. A $4.3 million contract win allows Alion Science and Technology to help streamline and improve business processes and control investment costs for FCS ACE's entire life cycle.
DRS Technologies Incorporated has received a $120 million order for low-power uncooled Thermal Weapon Sight II Bridge Systems. The order originated with the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command Acquisition Center at the U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, acting on behalf of the Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
The General Services Administration has awarded the U.S. Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Desktop Management Initiative (DMI) II task order to Unisys. DMI II is a task order that provides managed desktop and help desk services for more than 14,000 DFAS desktop and laptop computers. The task order is valued at an estimated $92 million if all options are exercised.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide training support to the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The single-award contract has a total contract value of more than $104 million if all options are exercised.
Commercial satellite support for U.S. military forces in the Middle East and Asia is being boosted by an Intelsat orbiter that is being moved halfway around the world to cover the region. The international satellite consortium, responding to a U.S. Defense Department request in February, is repositioning its Galaxy 26 U.S. domestic satellite from its 93°W slot over the Western Hemisphere to a new location over the Indian Ocean. The Galaxy 26 orbiter will provide vital bandwidth for unmanned aerial vehicles conducting surveillance operations throughout its area of coverage, which ranges from Germany to Southeast Asia. The Defense Department awarded a contract to Intelsat via Artel Incorporated as part of its Defense Information Systems Network Satellite Transmission Services-Global (DSTS-G) contract.