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Tactical Network Enters Service

November 20, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Army has taken delivery of equipment of the first increment of the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T). This phase of the program builds on the former Joint Network Node network and offers high-capacity secure communications when warfighters are not in transit. Devices include network hubs, management suites and nodes. The 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team is training with the equipment to prepare for operational tests and evaluations. The second increment of the program will include an initial on-the-move broadband networking capability using satellite and radio links. Fielding of phase-two equipment is scheduled to occur next year.

Littoral Combat Ship Era Begins

November 19, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Navy has commissioned the first littoral combat ship (LCS). The 378-foot USS Freedom features interchangeable mission packages so that it can be reconfigured for antisubmarine, mine and surface warfare on an as-needed basis. It is filled with advanced networking capabilities that enable it to share tactical information with other Navy aircraft, ships and submarines as well as with joint units. USS Freedom can operate in water that is less than 20 feet deep and can travel at speeds exceeding 40 knots. In addition to tactical and communications tasks, the new LCS will serve as the platform for launch and recovery of manned and unmanned vehicles.

AAFES

November 19, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) offers a wealth of resources-some of which have been featured in this column before-for the military community and offers many programs for the public to support its freedom fighters. One of the classic ways the organization enables citizens to reach out to warfighters is through its gift cards and exchange catalog gift certificates. Anyone can purchase these items and send them to a specific military member or designate them for any service member, including injured warriors, for distribution by a service organization. AAFES is offering free shipping on the cards as well to avoid extra costs.

SAIC Awarded $115 Million Task Order by Naval Sea Systems Command

November 19, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a task order by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Program Office to provide professional services to design and implement an ERP system across the NAVSEA enterprise. The contract has a total potential value of $115 million if all options are exercised. SAIC will assist NAVSEA with the design and implementation of an enterprise-wide ERP system to include the organization's financial, human resources, manpower and training systems. SAIC will provide services including requirements analysis, systems engineering and integration, training, software implementation, testing, data validation and transformation.

ITT Receives $9.2 Million Radar Approach Control System Contract From Turkish Navy

November 19, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation has been awarded a $9.2 million contract to supply a fixed site complete radar approach control system for the Turkish Navy's Cengiz Topel airbase through prime contractor Eriktronik Engineering. The contract comprises a terminal air surveillance radar and PAR-2000 precision approach radar as well as spare parts, training and assistance with installation.

General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation to Provide Services and Support for Active Nuclear Submarines

November 19, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation is being awarded a $286 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for design agent, planning yard, engineering and technical support for active nuclear submarines. This contract includes options that could bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $1.8 billion. The contract provides for drawings and related technical data; design change documentation; logistics technical data; configuration management; hull, mechanical and electrical engineering; submarine safety design review; non-propulsion plant electrical system engineering; information services; on-site support; configuration change program design and installation support; configuration change program material support; submarine technical trade support; modernization of submarine/submersible systems/subsystems; and other services.

Guident Technologies Awarded Contract to Support Department of Homeland Security

November 19, 2008
By Katie Packard

Guident Technologies has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a department-wide decision support system. The new system, known as the System for Management Analyses and Resource Tracking (SMART), will enable improved visibility into project level issues, better reporting capabilities and enhanced oversight/control over major investments across the DHS. The contract has a potential value of $2.5 million. Guident will provide management oversight and technical support for the planning, designing, prototyping and implementation of SMART.

DRC Awarded $13 Million Data Quality Management Contract from Air Force Materiel Command

November 19, 2008
By Katie Packard

Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has been awarded a $13 million contract to support the U.S. Air Force Global Logistics Support Center, part of the Air Force Materiel Command located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. DRC will determine the extent of D200A interface and system data quality problems, identify discrepancies, initiate corrections and provide visibility of data as well as maintain web applications, which assist in the tracking, scanning and organizing of data to identify anomalies in the system and correct them.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Rapid Prototyping, Integration and Development Contract

November 19, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the 50th Space Wing supporting the Space Innovation and Development Center's Aerospace Fusion Center (AFC) at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the Rapid Prototyping, Integration and Development program. Under the new contract, Northrop Grumman will provide the AFC with operations and maintenance and research and development for the Space Awareness and Global Exploitation (SAGE) system, which is a state-of-the-art multi-sensor, multi-mission fusion engine that provides information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to many research and development users. The company will also support the Static Infrared Emitter processor, SAGE client displays, and affiliated hardware, software, crypto and communication lines.

BAE Systems Awarded $1.6 Billion Army Contract for Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles

November 17, 2008
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has been awarded a $1.6 billion contract from the U.S. Army to build another 10,000 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). BAE Systems will manufacture the FMTVs in the long-term armor strategy configuration, which is designed to accept an adaptable armor system, allowing protection to be increased or decreased based on the threat.

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