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U.S. Coast Guard Fights Enemies far From U.S. Shores

November 3, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman
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National security threats are drawing the U.S. Coast Guard deeper into the Asia-Pacific region as it carries out its conventional missions in unconventional areas. Piracy, drug smuggling and even overfishing are becoming more prevalent in U.S. and neighboring waters, and the Coast Guard is finding itself forming alliances with foreign counterparts.

Astrium to Provide Satellite Communications for the German Navy

November 3, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Astrium Services, a subsidiary of EADS, has been awarded a contract by the F125 ARGE, a joint venture of Thyssen-Krupp and Lurrsen, to install satellite communications terminals in the German navy's four new F125 class frigates. The SCOT 6 terminals can operate in the X-band and can be modified for dual X-Ku band options.

General Dynamics to Develop High-Speed Encryptor

November 3, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $7.6 million contract by the National Security Agency (NSA) to develop the KG-530 synchronous optical networks (SONET) OC-768C in-line encryptor. The encryptor will secure very large image, data and video files traveling through U.S. military and government networks.

Lockheed Martin Wins Navy Electronic Warfare Systems Contract

November 3, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin an initial contract valued at $9.9 million to design an electronic warfare system for its surface ships. Under the contract, the company will produce a preliminary design for the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 2 Upgrade by June 2010. The contract includes options that, if exercised, total nearly $167 million.

Outlining the Cyber Work Force

November 2, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The definitions of the cybersecurity workforce are outdated and need to be revamped, according to Leanne Hurley, senior associate, Booz Allen Hamilton.

Cool App-titude: HP Apps

November 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Apps for your printer? Yup. HP has an Internet-connected printer-the HP Photosmart Premium TouchSmart Web All-in-One printer-that comes with pre-loaded apps that have something for everyone.

XIO Wins Defense Energy Support Center Contract

October 30, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) has awarded XIO Strategies Inc. part of a five-year, $15 million contract that will be shared with several other firms. Under the contract, the company will support the DESC by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of managing the supply of bulk petroleum in both wartime and peacetime.

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