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DRS Receives $120 Million From Army for Thermal Weapon Sights

April 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

DRS Technologies Incorporated has received a $120 million order for low-power uncooled Thermal Weapon Sight II Bridge Systems. The order originated with the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command Acquisition Center at the U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, acting on behalf of the Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Unisys Awarded $92 Million Task Order for Desktop Management Services

April 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

The General Services Administration has awarded the U.S. Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Desktop Management Initiative (DMI) II task order to Unisys. DMI II is a task order that provides managed desktop and help desk services for more than 14,000 DFAS desktop and laptop computers. The task order is valued at an estimated $92 million if all options are exercised.

SAIC Awarded $104 Million FEMA Contract

April 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide training support to the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The single-award contract has a total contract value of more than $104 million if all options are exercised.

Air Force Announces Preferred Location for Command

April 18, 2009

U.S. Air Force officials named Barksdale Air Force Base as the preferred alternative for the location of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) headquarters. The AFGSC is a new major command focused on the nuclear and global strike mission. A final decision about the permanent headquarters location is expected this summer and will be made after the environmental impact analysis process required by law is complete. The selection of Barksdale was based on the base's ability to provide nuclear mission synergy as well as its facilities and infrastructure, support capacity, transportation and access, communications and bandwidth, and security capabilities

Airborne Robot Command and Control

April 21, 2009

The Boeing Company and the Australian government demonstrated the ability to simultaneously command and control three robot aircraft from an airborne command platform. The demonstration featured three ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) controlled from a Royal Australian Air Force Wedgetail 737 airborne early warning and control aircraft. Operating 120 miles from the Wedgetail, the ScanEagles were assigned tasks such as area search, reconnaissance, point surveillance and targeting. The aircraft demonstrated extended sensing; persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and the transmission of real-time video imagery of ground targets.

Venue Enables FCS Teamwork

April 17, 2009

An innovative environment will support a virtual collaborative zone within the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. The FCS Advanced Collaborative Environment (FCS ACE) is a secure Web environment that enables government and industry participants to work together and access product, technical and program management information. A $4.3 million contract win allows Alion Science and Technology to help streamline and improve business processes and control investment costs for FCS ACE's entire life cycle.

Army Community Covenant

April 20, 2009
By Rita Boland
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In the sphere of military community support, Army Community Covenant operates at the strategic level. The organization aims at raising awareness and encouraging businesses, agencies and groups at the local and state levels to create and foster state and community partnerships that assist service members. The first phase of the program is the signing of the Community Covenant. Each community determines its own wording for the document and decides on the number of signatories, usually between 16 and 20 people.

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