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BAE Systems Secures Typhoon Availability Service Contract from U.K.'s Ministry of Defence

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has been awarded a £450 million contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence under a partnering arrangement that will see the Royal Air Force's Typhoon aircraft maintained and supported by BAE.

Cyber Operations

March 4, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

The networked world is beginning to discover that sharing is not always beneficial. Marauders always have been the bane of cyberspace, but now a new set of threats has emerged to imperil more than just the usual targets. Ordinary citizens now are menaced by sophisticated organizations seeking to damage society or to loot it of its funds-or both. And, as always, the network-centric military is under assault by increasingly frequent and effective cyberagents operating under foreign government control.

Northrop Grumman Selected by AFRL to Develop Wireless Spacecraft Technology

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation is developing a robust, radiation-hardened, wireless spacecraft bus under a $4.1 million first-phase contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). A spacecraft data bus serves as the electrical interface between the spacecraft's equipment and payloads. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will develop a wireless data bus interface that enhances AFRL's innovative electronics architecture for spacecraft called Space Plug-n-Play Avionics, or SPA.

Scientific Research Corporation to Provide C4ISR Support for Navy

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Scientific Research Corporation is being awarded a $6.5 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based contract to provide services for systems engineering, software integration, configuration management, test, fleet introduction, product improvement, quality assurance and life-cycle management support of various command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance (C4ISR) requirements, programs and projects.

GE Aviation Receives $12 Million Contract From Navy

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

GE Aviation Systems LLC is being awarded a $12 million ceiling-priced indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for the procurement of 27 V-22 Crash Survivable Memory Units (CSMU); 120 E-2D Crash Survivable Flight Information Recorder (CSFIR) Voice and Data Recorders (VADRs); and 2 T-6A CSFIR Integrated Data Acquisition and Recorder System and CSFIR supply system spares. In addition, this contract provides for engineering and product support; CSFIR and CSMU hardware; software upgrades, repairs, and modifications for CSFIR/Structural Flight Recording Set (SFRS) common ground station software.

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade M270 Launchers

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Missile and Fires Control has been awarded a $14.6 million firm-fixed-price contract to upgrade six government-furnished equipment M270 launchers to the M270C1 configuration for the Kingdom of Bahrain.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Awarded Army Contract for Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles and Support Equipment

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated has received a $35 million cost-plus-incentive-fee definitization of a letter contract to acquire 8 extended range multipurpose quick reaction capability unmanned aircraft vehicles and associated support equipment.

Raytheon Receives Army Modification

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $71.6 million firm-fixed-price (Letter Contract Modification) contract for procurement, installation and testing of six PATRIOT Radar Enhancement Phase 3/Classification, Discrimination and Identification Phase 3 modification kits for Kuwait radars.

BAE Systems Receives First Direct Contract for Tensylon Armor Panels

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has received a contract from the U.S. Army to supply Tensylon composite armor panels for the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) vehicles. HET vehicles transport, deploy, recover and evacuate combat-loaded main battle tanks and other heavy tracked and wheeled vehicles to and from the battlefield.

Managing Performance in the Public Sector

March 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

Christopher Dorobek, writing in this month's Incoming column, addresses a major question for public managers: Just what is the best way to manage in the public sector? During the 1990s, many government agencies were trying valiantly to put performance standards into place, and took many cues from the private sector. But as Dorobek notes in Ending Government's Private-Sector Envy, government is very different from private industry.

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