The SIGNAL Blog

QinetiQ North America to Provide Computing Systems Support to SEATech

May 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The Naval Surface Warfare Command's Carderock Division has awarded QinetiQ North America's Systems Engineering Group a five-year contract to provide high-performance computing systems support to the Ship Engineering and Analysis Technology Center (SEATech) in West Bethesda, Maryland.  The five-year contract, awarded under the Seaport Enhanced contract vehicle, has a total ceiling value of $4.4 million.

BAE Receives Army Contract for Thermal Weapon Sights

May 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

BAE Systems will provide thermal weapon sights to the U.S. Army under a $137 million contract that continues production of the widely used infrared sensors. These second-generation thermal sights are lighter, quieter, and use less power than the first generation sights, reducing the load on soldiers and decreasing requirements for battery power.

No Matter the Name, It's No Longer the Same

May 12, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Tuesday's early afternoon panelists agreed that the term "hybrid" may go away, but conflicts with multiple types of combatants are likely to go on long into the future. After a stimulating speech from Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA, the TRADOC commanding general, at the Joint Warfighting Conference luncheon today, experts with a variety of backgrounds discussed hybrid warfare and the implications for future joint force commanders.

Complexity and Decentralization Challenge Future Operations

May 12, 2009
By H. Mosher

At Tuesday's luncheon address to the Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command discussed the challenges for future operations with a balanced joint force. "We can't expect to predict what the future holds," Gen. Dempsey said.

Experts Debate Role of Demographics and Religion in Future Conflicts

May 12, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Members of the Joint Warfighting Conference's first panel described with great fervor what they believe will be the influences on future conflicts. From demographics to religion, outspoken panelists, who at times disagreed with each other, listed a number of variables that are likely to affect how joint military commanders lead their troops.

Joint Leader Outlines Priorities for the Future

May 12, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, opened the Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia, stating that he comes to this event with a certain degree of urgency because the enemies also are gathering to discuss warfare. "We have to remember that we are at war right now," he stated. The U.S. and its allies are facing manifold threats, and nations must stay together in the fight.

SAIC to Provide Tsunami Buoy System to Thailand

May 11, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced it has been awarded a contract by the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Government of the Kingdom of Thailand for the production and delivery of an SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB) system. The STB will replace the current National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis buoy system in the Bay of Bengal provided to Thailand under a memorandum of agreement in 2006.

Harris Awarded Follow-on Production Contract for Military Tactical Communications System

May 11, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Harris Corporation has received a two-year, $10 million follow-on contract from ViaSat Incorporated for additional hardware to be integrated into Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) terminals. MIDS terminals provide military forces with high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital communication links for exchange of near real-time tactical information, including both data and voice, among air, ground and sea elements.

Universities Receive $260 Million in Defense Research Funding

May 11, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The Defense Department has announced plans to provide 69 academic institutions $260 million over the next five years to perform multidisciplinary basic research. Awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between the academic institutions and the research offices that will make the awards: the Army Research Office; the Office of Naval Research; and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The awards are the result of the fiscal year 2009 competition that the offices conducted under the Defense Department's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program.

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