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Bath Iron Works Awarded $46 Million Contract for DDG 1000 Services

December 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $45.8 million contract option from the U.S. Navy to provide services associated with the detail design and construction of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer. Bath Iron Works will continue to provide services for the DDG 1000 program, including configuration management and maintenance of class design products; program management; configuration and data management; system and ship integration services; production engineering services; and ship system segment management.

Alliant Techsystems Awarded $26 Million Contract to Develop and Manufacture Space Threat Assessment Testbed System

December 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems has been awarded a $26.1 million contract by the U.S. Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center for the design, fabrication, installation and testing of the Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT) System. STAT will create a realistic space environment to perform developmental and early operational testing of space hardware for the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Reconnaissance Office and other federal agencies.

CACI Awarded $29 Million Information Technology Task Order With State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security

December 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a $29 million prime task order to continue its support for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Chief Technology Officer. The task order provides real-time services for the operation, maintenance and development of information technology systems that enable the Bureau to conduct State Department security and law enforcement missions.

Cubic Receives $10 Million Contract to Help Develop New Military Test Range Instrumentation

December 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

Cubic Defense Applications, the defense systems subsidiary of Cubic Corporation, has received a contract valued at over $10 million from Rockwell Collins for Phase 1 of the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) program. CRIIS will replace the aging Advanced Range Data System currently in use at major U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy test ranges.

Sky Eyes for Submarines

December 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

Future U.S. Navy submarines will be able to obtain a better operational picture by launching their own unmanned aerial systems (UASs). A recent test by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island, demonstrated that a submerged vessel can deploy a UAS at sea.

The demonstration simulated the submarine launch of a specialized UAS to collect intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data in a littoral environment. During the demonstration, two launch vehicles were deployed over the side of a surface ship. The vehicles descended to 80 feet and then surfaced. Once on the surface, the craft stabilized themselves in variable sea states, aligned into the wind and then launched a dummy UAS.

The test, which took place at the Narragansett Bay Shallow Water Test Facility Range, Rhode Island, is part of the Navy's Submarine Over the Horizon Organic Capabilities (SOTHOC) program. Future SOTHOC tests will deploy a UAS from a submerged submarine to evaluate its performance in a maritime interdiction mission. The UAS and its deployable launch vehicle are designed and manufactured by the Raytheon Company.

Refining the Beam on Lasers

December 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

Single-frequency amplifiers are being developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) new Revolution in Fiber Lasers program. The program is designing building blocks to combine laser beams that can be scaled to a weapons-class power level while maintaining good beam quality.

Military4life

December 4, 2008
By Rita Boland

Military4life is designed to provide service personnel and their families with the latest information on military pay, morale and welfare, and lifestyle news. The home page features a list of discounts on items such as cell phones, computers, airline tickets and cruises. Other areas covered by the site include military loans, credit reports, military pay data, TRICARE military supplement insurance and military charities.

Webinar Dec. 9: "Data at Rest Protection"

December 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

The next SIGNAL Webinar, "Data at Rest Protection: An Integral Part of an Enterprise Data Protection Strategy," will be on Tuesday, December 9 at 12 Eastern. Here's the description:

Government agencies and enterprises require an Enterprise Data Protection (EDP) solution to effectively secure their data from the "core" where key data repositories exist, across networks, and all the way to the "edge" where the data is used - a perimeter defense will no longer suffice in today's world. A truly comprehensive EDP solution includes database / server encryption, network encryption, key management systems, disk & file encryption, and authentication tokens.

This webinar will focus on one element of Enterprise Data Protection, the role of data at rest protection in encrypting your sensitive data and allowing you to save money in the process. Encrypting the data ensures that it cannot be compromised while it is residing on databases, laptops, or file servers. Encrypting data also ensures that it is rendered useless to the attacker should a security breach occur.

Click here to register.

AFCEA on GovLoop

December 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

GovLoop is a social network dedicated to connecting the government community. More than 3,200 members strong, the community's membership ranges from local and state officials to feds from a wide range of agencies.

GovLoop founder Steve Ressler created a group forum for AFCEA, which we moderate. Just a few members so far, but there are a lot of great conversations taking place there, unlike some social networks where people join but never talk.

Visit the AFCEA on GovLoop page here.

QinetiQ North America's Foster-Miller Receives Orders for TALON Robots Totaling $58.5 million

December 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

QinietiQ North America's technology solutions group subsidiary, Foster-Miller, has been awarded a contract worth $58.5 million for additional TALON robots and replacement parts.

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