The SIGNAL Blog

ATK Awarded Four-Year Contract to Operate Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

April 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center, Rock Island, Illinois, to continue operating the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant for an additional four years. Under the new contract, ATK will continue to supply small-caliber ammunition through September 2013. The Army also awarded ATK $481 million in orders under the new contract for production of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and .50-caliber ammunition and to continue work to modernize the Lake City facility.

What Government Managers Can Learn From Google

April 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

In Christopher Dorobek's latest Incoming column, he bids readers to have a look at What Would Google Do?, a book by Jeff Jarvis that examines how people can learn from the search engine giant. The lessons, he says, are particularly important for government managers to wrap their brains around. "The book taps into the idea that information is power, but that the real power of information comes in the sharing," Dorobek writes. "Among the principles the book outlines are: give up control; get out of the way; and make mistakes well."

Air Force Awards Raytheon Contract for Laser-Guided Maverick Missile

April 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon Company a contract to upgrade guidance and control sections for the air-to-ground Maverick missile. The contract initiates engineering efforts required to restart the laser-guided Maverick production line and will incorporate state-of-the-art laser-seeker technology. The contract will result in the upgrade of up to 450 laser Maverick guidance sections for the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

General Dynamics Receives Contract for Surface Electronic Warfare Research and Development

April 1, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Incorporated is being awarded a $40 million not-to-exceed contract for Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 1B research and development and production requirements. The SEWIP Block 1 provides enhanced electronic warfare capabilities to existing ship combat systems to improve anti-ship missile defense, counter-targeting and counter-surveillance capabilities as well as improved battlefield situational awareness.

Boeing Awarded $20 Million Task Order for Northern Border Project

April 1, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company has received a task order from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deploy video cameras in the Detroit and Buffalo Border Patrol Sectors along the continental United States' northern border. The approximately $20 million Northern Border Project Task Order will provide the Border Patrol with increased surveillance capabilities to provide added security along the St. Clair and Upper Niagara rivers and to help prevent illegal entry of persons and materials into the United States.

ViaSat Receives $18 Million Broadband Gateway Contract for New Eutelsat Ka-band KA-SAT Satellite

April 1, 2009
By Katie Packard

ViaSat Incorporated has received an $18 million contract award from Skylogic, the broadband subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, for broadband gateway earth stations for the previously announced high-capacity KA-SAT Ka-band satellite system. ViaSat is under contract to deliver and install eight broadband earth stations throughout Europe as well as to provide maintenance and support services.

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