John H. James Jr. has been appointed director of the Program Executive Office, National Security Personnel System Transition Office, Washington, D.C.
"The difference there is that we don't want to prioritize and think just in terms of 'how do we secure information' without thinking through our real objective of assuring support for DOD missions."--Mark Orndorff, director of the PEO for Mission Assurance and Network Operations, DISA
Jack Stem has joined Dell Perot Systems Government Services Division, Fairfax, Virginia, as vice president for Defense Department sales.
Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, USA, has been assigned as commanding general, U.S. Army Africa/commanding general, U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Italy.
Outback Steakhouse has pledged $1 million to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency and morale support for active troops, veterans and their families. The public can help the restaurant chain meet its obligation by dining at Outback restaurants in the United States during the month of March and ordering off the "Red, White and Bloomin'" menu.
Brig. Gen. Russell J. Handy, USAF, has been named director, Air Component Coordination Element, U.S. Forces-Iraq, and commander, Detachment 2, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force, Air Combat Command, Baghdad, Iraq.
I'm a fan of all things Discovery: Animal Planet, TLC, and of course the Science and Military channels. So I'm particularly excited about the Discovery News iPhone application.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded an $18 million contract by General Dynamics Land Systems to supply LRS-2000 Rate Sensor Assembly units for the Stabilized Commander's Weapon Station on U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams Tanks. The LRS-2000 is a two-axis rate sensor developed to support gun and turret stabilization applications with low random drift and high reliability.
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command has awarded Raytheon Company a $58.2 million contract for upgrading Patriot missiles to the Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical (GEM-T) missiles. Under the contract, the company will upgrade 124 Patriot Advanced Capability-2 missiles to the GEM-T configuration. The contract is a follow-on issued as part of the Patriot missile's continuous technology refreshment program launched in 2000.