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Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies Awarded up to $180 Million for Marine Corps Enhanced Thermal Imaging Program

February 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a single-source, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract worth up to $180 million from the U.S. Navy to procure, deliver, maintain and provide logistical support to the Medium Range Thermal Bi-Ocular program.

Prepared for Regular War, Losing the Irregular Fight

February 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The United States has yet to strike a balance between being dominant in regular warfare and being able to fight an irregular war, according to the deputy commander of the Joint Forces Command. Vice Adm. Robert Harward, USN, offered that the United States even might be losing the war in cyberspace.

Fix, Repair or Improve Navy Shipbuilding?

February 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Change may be good for progress, but it is not good for Navy shipbuilding. A panel of experts addressing how to "fix" Navy shipbuilding agreed that changing the design in the process is responsible for most of the ills in Navy shipbuilding. However, they disagreed on many proposed solutions-and whether oft-stated ideas would even work in reality.

Features on SIGNAL Scape

February 13, 2009
By H. Mosher

You may have noticed that the "features" column has not updated since November. We are looking at a new way of using this column to promote articles from the magazine and hope to have it active and running again within the next week.

Defense Industry Stimulus Will Benefit the Economy

February 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Providing economic stimulus to the defense sector could be a key part of revitalizing the U.S. economy, said Linda Mills, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Information Systems Sector. Mills urged that the government take the defense industry into account as it stimulates the economy to keep and create jobs.

Personnel Qualifications Change With the New Era

February 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

New qualities such as initiative, adaptability and technological knowledge are replacing traditional military criteria for leadership. Panelists discussing "how to find, develop and promote people with the right stuff" cited traits that are valuable in the information age of asymmetric warfare. However, the Navy must change its way of rating and promoting personnel if these qualities are to dominate.

Lockheed Martin Awarded $78.6 Million Contract to Produce Upgrades for Aegis Weapon System

February 13, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has received a $78.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to produce the next evolution of hardware that will be incorporated into the Aegis Modernization and Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense programs.

CSC Wins Army Simulation and Training Contract

February 13, 2009
By Katie Packard

CSC has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation to provide a comprehensive range of engineering and training services under the Omnibus Contract II.

Raytheon Wins Contract to Develop Next-Generation Jammer Technology

February 13, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Company a $5.5 million contract for a technology maturation study of next-generation jammer capability.

SAIC Awarded Task Order to Support Joint Forces Command

February 13, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Defense Department to support the U.S. Joint Forces Command Joint Capability Development Directorate in the areas of engineering, analysis, test and evaluation. The task order has a total value of more than $81 million if all options are exercised.

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