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."
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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 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.
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 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.
General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a follow-on contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to support the Systems Integration Communications Infrastructure Support program. The contract is valued at $10.9 million over a five-year period. General Dynamics will provide engineering solutions and network and information-system implementation and upgrades for DISA computing services.
CACI Awarded $11 Million Contract to Support IT Portfolio Management at Department of Veterans Affairs
CACI International Incorporated has been awarded an $11 million prime contract to support the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in budgetary compliance initiatives involving health and benefits administration.
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $26 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee orders for technical and professional services to ensure the continued development of analytic tool and methodologies used to objectively access the path for migrating U.S. Army intelligence, electronic warfare, target acquisition systems and force structure toward national intelligence frameworks set forth in the Department of the Army G-2 and national intelligence strategic plans.
Lockheed Martin Corporation Missile and Fires Control has received a $59 million cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract for upgrade kits for the UK M270 Launcher to meet the requirements of the Future Fire Control System.