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Army Community Covenant

April 20, 2009
By Rita Boland
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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.

Army Fields Advanced Night Vision

April 15, 2009

The U.S. Army Program Executive Office Soldier delivered 300 sets of the AN/PSQ-20 Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVG) to the 10th Mountain Division, the first unit other than special forces to receive them. The ENVG incorporates image intensification and long-wave infrared sensors into a single integrated system. It has a thermal camera that increases mobility and situational awareness regardless of light, weather or battlefield conditions, and it offers faster threat recognition. The ENVG's compatibility with current aiming lasers enables a fully integrated system of thermal, laser and image intensification. A digital update for the ENVG is in development. With that, soldiers will be able to import and export digital files.

New Satellite Support for Unmanned Vehicles

April 16, 2009

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.

New England Center for Homeless Veterans

April 15, 2009
By Rita Boland
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The New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) extends a helping hand to any homeless veteran facing the challenges of addiction, trauma, severe and persistent mental illness, and unemployment; however, the veterans must be committed to sobriety, nonviolence and working for personal change. The organization is located in Boston, and though most clients are from the Boston area, the NECHV has aided veterans from all 50 states.

SAIC Awarded $12 Million Contract From Air Force Weather Agency

April 15, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a delivery order under the U.S. Strategic Command Systems and Mission Support II prime contract managed by the 55th Contracting Squadron. This delivery order is to provide advisory and assistance services to the U.S. Air Force Weather Agency for life-cycle program management support. The delivery order has a total value of more than $12 million if all options are exercised.

General Dynamics Awarded $15 Million Information Assurance Contract by U.S. Army Pacific

April 15, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a five-year, $14.5 million contract to provide information assurance support to the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC). Through the contract, General Dynamics will provide information assurance support, including information technology security policy and guidance, certification and accreditation, training and security engineering support to USARPAC.

Symetrics Industries Receives Navy Contract

April 13, 2009
By Katie Packard

Symetrics Industries is being awarded a $6.5 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for the procurement of 500 Technique Control Modulators (TCM) units, 950 TCM kits, and the engineering and technical support and repair services for the TCM units/kits for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force in support of the Airborne Threat Simulation Organization.

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