Michael J. Stella has been assigned as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Senate affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs), Washington, D.C.
The Department of Defense yesterday launched the Open Government Plan, its latest salvo aimed at increasing transparency and opportunities for engagement and collaboration.
The AFCEA Education Summit will take place on Monday, May 10, 2010, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at the 2010 Joint Warfighting Conference, taking place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The summit will feature discussions on educational issues and best practices to benefit AFCEA Chapters, and will be broadcast over the internet for those not attending. Click here for topics and details.
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Thales U.K. has won a six-ship, seven year support contract for the Royal Navy's Daring class destroyers' fully integrated communications system. Under the multi-million pound contract, the company will guarantee the availability of the communication systems fitted to the ships. The contract covers all internal and external communications systems and will run until 2016.
The U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has selected Lockheed Martin for one of two initial system development and demonstration contracts for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program. The 14-month contract for the common computing environment portion of the program is valued at $15 million. Selection of a single prime contractor to complete limited rate initial production (LRIP) is scheduled for 2011.
Dynamic Defense Materials, LLC (DDM) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $1 million dollars to supply its portable armored wall system, McCurdy's Armor, to the Mexican Federal Police. The police will use the equipment as rapidly deployed guard posts.
Student Katherine Ackerman blogs her experience at this morning's launch of Space Shuttle Discovery: "There was a giant rush of air, an enormous flame, and-kaboom-blastoff! I'm torn between saying that it looked like the world was ending and that it looked like the world was being created anew."
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply machinery automation systems for two mine countermeasures vessels being sold by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence to the Lithuanian Navy. The contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine unit by Thales U.K., the prime contractor for the refit and upgrade. The two ships will be fitted with Sperry Marine's commercial machinery automation system, which provides an integrated and flexible network for monitoring and controlling the ships' engines and auxiliary systems.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) is looking for solutions to communications interoperability problems along the U.S. southern and northern borders. To entice community governments to tackle these problems, the OEC is offering up to a total of $25.5 million.