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ITT Receives Order for Systems to Thwart Improvised Explosive Devices

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation has been awarded a $206 million contract to produce an additional 2,866 CREW 2.1 vehicle receiver jammers, vehicle-mounted systems designed to prevent the detonation of improvised explosive devices. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command and was announced by the U.S. Defense Department.

L-3 Awarded Navy T-45 Logistics and Maintenance Support Contract

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications' Vertex subsidiary has been awarded an indefinite delivery contract valued at $569 million by the U.S. Navy. Vertex, which has teamed with the Boeing Company for this project, will provide logistics services and maintenance materials in support of T-45A and T-45C trainer aircraft.

CACI Awarded $19.5 Million Contract to Support Business Enterprise Integration

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a three-year, $19.5 million Business Enterprise Integration Services task order contract to provide technical and management support to the U.S. Defense Department Business Transformation Agency (BTA). CACI will provide systems maintenance and development for many major Defense Department business systems currently being enhanced by BTA. The scope also includes defense finance and accounting service projects.

TCS Receives $9.7 Million from Army for SNAP Deliverables

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received an additional $9.7 million of funding from the U.S. Army to provide additional secure Internet protocol router and non-secure Internet protocol router access point (SNAP) very small aperture terminal satellite systems. This is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command order that was announced in August, with a potential value of $246 million.

Verizon Business to Provide Contact Center Services for Department of Veterans Affairs

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business has received a 10-year, $21 million contract under the U.S. General Service Administration's Networx Universal contract to provide call center routing and support for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Verizon Business will provide toll-free services, hosted interactive voice response and secure database applications for Veterans Affairs call centers nationwide.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Air Force Contract for Intelligence Enterprise Support

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corporation and the U.S. Air Force are modifying a cost-plus-award-fee contract by exercising an option for an estimated cost of $7.6 million. This action will provide the U.S. Strategic Command with intelligence enterprise support. The contract is for operations, maintenance and management of the intelligence information technology networks and intelligence applications through system administration, database management, software maintenance and enhancements, and communications security.

Lockheed Martin Receives Air Force Contract

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for a maximum of $30 million for Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE). The VAATE Phase II and III programs develop revolutionary and innovative technology by the 2017 time frame that will provide a 10X increase in turbo-propulsion affordable capability when carped to a year 2000 state-of-the-art baseline engine. To achieve this goal, the Air Force Research Laboratory's Propulsion Directorate has committed resources to the development of an advanced technology base for aero-thermodynamics and innovative structures, the development of advanced components and the assessment and verification of these components in TRL-6 demonstrator engines.

Agreement Streamlines Joint Acquisition Processes

October 31, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have signed a memorandum of agreement that will leverage development, production, sustainment and upgrade efforts for the RQ-4-based programs under each of the services. The agreement enables the services to continue to pursue common objectives across the RQ-4 enterprise while retaining each service's specific mission and operational requirements. Military officials believe the agreement will promote cost savings and eliminate redundancies. The new memorandum will allow the Navy and Air Force to share data that will help ensure program effectiveness and help contractors increase quality and improve on-time delivery, they say.

Codes Can't Hide

October 31, 2008
By H. Mosher

The Malicious Code Research Center, Finjan Incorporated, has discovered examples of obfuscated code embedded not only in hypertext markup language Web pages on legitimate Web sites but also in rich-content files. According to a recently released Finjan report, popularity is increasing for online advertisements as well as user-generated content on Web 2.0 Web sites in directing users to malware-infected content files. Code obfuscation remains the preferred cybercriminal technique for their attacks, the report states.

Vehicle Defense System Passes Test

October 31, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems' (FCS's) Active Protection System (APS) has successfully passed stationary and moving target tests. The APS is designed to protect the FCS family of future manned vehicles from a variety of anti-tank and artillery projectiles. The APS is a vehicle-mounted system that defeats incoming threats such as rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank guided missiles by physically destroying or deflecting them in flight. The APS launches vertically and then maneuvers to defeat single or multiple projectiles coming in from any direction.

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