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Air Compassion for Veterans

February 5, 2009
By Rita Boland

Troops might not always feel lifted by the wings of angels, but Air Compassion for Veterans is making sure they come close. The organization provides free travel services for eligible warfighters, wounded warriors, veterans and their families to ensure none of them is denied access to distant medical care because of a lack of means to acquire long-distance medical air transportation. Air Compassion for Veterans arranges and provides its charitable patient travel without duplicating the efforts of other charities. The Web site includes a link that lists other groups who offer similar services and may be able to assist with certain needs. People interested in seeking assistance from Air Compassion for Veterans can access the help online or call (888) 662-6794. Also posted online is information about donating to the organization. The programs listed on these pages are not affiliated with our publication or association. We highlight these independent efforts as a service to our military and our readers. For more information about these programs, please contact the organizations directly.

Boeing Receives $45 Million Follow-on Contract to Upgrade B-1 Bomber Avionics

February 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company has received a $45 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade avionics software on the B-1 long-range heavy bomber.

SAIC Awarded $50 Million Contract to Support Navy Reserve Forces Command

February 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Philadelphia Office, to provide professional support services to the commander, U.S. Navy Reserve Forces Command. The contract has a total value of $50 million if all options are exercised. SAIC will provide services that include strategy, information technology, logistics, maintenance, engineering analysis and training.

AFCEA/USNI West 2009

February 4, 2009
By H. Mosher

SIGNAL Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman's coverage from West 2009:

http://www.afcea.org/signal/signalscape/index.php/tag/west2009/

Webinar: Building a Collaborative IP Framework - Feb. 26

February 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

SIGNAL's next webinar will be on February 26 at 11 a.m. and features Kurt Dickey, Unified Communications Specialist at Cisco Federal. From the description:

Organizations that maintain separate voice and data networks are confronted with the challenge of increasing productivity while reducing costs.

One answer to this challenge is deploying a converged network unified communications solution. In order to be effective, such a solution must offer flexible and sophisticated functionality and framework that permits rapid deployment of emerging applications such as desktop IP telephony, unified messaging, telepresence, mobility, desktop collaboration, enterprise application integration with IP phone displays, and collaborative IP contact centers. These applications enhance productivity and increase enterprise revenues.

Learn more and register here.

Balancing oversight and innovation

February 3, 2009
By H. Mosher

With all the headlines about honest mistakes of late, it bears remembering that not all mistakes are bad, writes Christopher Dorobek in his newest Incoming column, "Government Needs to Find Balance in Oversight". Noting the government trend toward accountability, Dorobek questions whether accountability itself should be the mission of government. Too much oversight, he cautions, may stifle the very thing agencies need most to best accomplish their missions.

Freedom Alliance

February 3, 2009
By Rita Boland

"The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." So reads the slogan of Freedom Alliance which directs all the organization's efforts. The charitable and educational foundation was founded by Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret.), who said from the beginning that the goal would be to work to "keep America strong, keep America prosperous and keep America free." The mission of Freedom Alliance is to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense.

Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Receives Navy Contract

February 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Incorporated is being awarded a $146 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Navy for a Trident II (D5) MK6 Life Extension Guidance System. Strategic Systems Programs is the contracting activity.

Verizon Business to Provide Voice, Data Services to Federal Agencies in Mid-Atlantic Region

February 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business will provide a range of local voice and data services to federal agencies in five mid-Atlantic states under a new agreement, valued at as much as $121 million, with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Under the contract, the GSA and other federal agencies in the mid-Atlantic region, which covers Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia, can immediately buy local voice and data services, including Centrex, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) services, network-based voice messaging, private line data services and related managed and professional services.

Boeing Receives STOC II Training Contract From Army

February 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company's Integrated Defense Systems' Training Systems and Services business unit will manage the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation's Omnibus Contract II (STOC II), which the company has been awarded.

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