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Daily Report: Wednesday: SOUTH 2008, Miami, Florida

October 8, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

SOUTH 2008 carried a strong message during its first day of public sessions--everyone here has a drug problem. In fact, all of the Americas has a drug problem. Countering that problem is a matter of national and international importance and security, especially because the drug trade has finance links to terrorism. Speeches and presentations mainly focused on cocaine and its growth and effects. Lt. Gen. Glenn F. Spears, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Southern Command, stated in his welcome address and featured speaker introduction that, "The scourge of illegal drug trafficking...unfortunately is alive and flourishing in the Americas today."

Gen. Gene Renaurt, USAF, commander, U.S. Northern Command, gave the plenary address and stated, "This isn't like somebody else's people we are talking about. These are our own children, our own coworkers, our own families." The general went on to say that drug traffickers are violent, organized and dangerous, and that agencies and countries must work together to combat the threats they pose.

The first panel of the day continued Gen. Renaurt's themes, focusing on the topic "Narco-Trafficking: What is the Nexus with the War on Terrorism?" Panelists spoke of the connections between drug money and terror financing and ways that terrorists could use drug and human traffickers' tactics to smuggle weapons and people into the United States. Though some connections are loose, these threats are ones the United States and its partners need to be aware of and prevent.

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For Four C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft For Qatar

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Corporation and the State of Qatar have signed a $393.6 million contract for the purchase of four C-130J Super Hercules airlifters plus training and spares. The package includes four aircraft, training of aircrew and maintenance technicians, spares, ground support and test equipment, and a team of technical specialists who will be based in Qatar during an initial support period.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Southwest Asia Support Services Contract

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract under the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Rapid Response program to provide support services at multiple locations in Southwest Asia. The Support Services at U.S. Air Forces Central Installations task order is valued at almost $37 million over one base year and one option year.

Rockwell Collins Modifies Contract for Communications Capability

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Rockwell Collins is modifying a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with the U.S. Air Force for $26.2 million. The contract action will develop and demonstrate an affordable communications capability to interconnect five nodes types: weapons, tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), dismounted ground forces, manned aircraft and strategic UAVs.

Boeing Modifies Air Force Contract

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company and the U.S. Air Force are modifying a firm-fixed-price contract not to exceed $523.4 million. This contract action will provide total system support for the C-17 weapon system, including program management, sustaining logistics, material and equipment management, sustaining engineering, depot-level aircraft maintenance, engine management, long-term sustainment planning, Air Logistics Center partnering support, depot activation and support of Air Force and Foreign Military Sales operators of the C-17.

EF Johnson Technologies Awarded $48 Million Navy Contract

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

EF Johnson Technologies Incorporated's 3e Technologies subsidiary has been awarded a $48 million contract from the U.S. Navy. This indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-price contract calls for the company to design, test and implement a Navy-wide virtual perimeter monitoring system in support of the Navy's Commander, Naval Installations Command and the Transportation Security Administration.

Raytheon Receives Contract for Digital Airport Surveillance Radar System

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for a maximum of $679 million for the digital airport surveillance radar system, which is a joint U.S. Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration activity to replace existing radar facilities at military and civilian airfields located worldwide. The contract is for approximately 116 fully operational turn-key ASR-11 systems, consisting of site activation activities including engineering and technical support services, site surveys, site preparation, dismantling of existing radars and all activities related to the production, transportation, installation and check-out of the new radar systems.

Tompkins-Turner Grunley/Kinsley Receives $128 Million Contract

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

Tompkins-Turner Grunley/Kinsley, a joint venture, has received a $128 million, firm-fixed-price contract for design/build, command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) center of excellence, Aberdeen Providing Ground, Maryland. U.S. Army Engineer District, Philadelphia, is the contracting activity.

ICx Technologies Awarded Contract for Future Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance System

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

ICx Technologies Incorporated has been awarded a $20.7 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee-price contract for systems engineering, analysis and integration of the Joint Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance System Increment 2. U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Acquisition Center, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System Contract

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract for Phase 1 of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) program. IBCS will provide air and missile defense warfighters the advantage of full situational understanding and the tools needed to effectively carry out their mission. The 11-month contract is valued at $15 million. IBCS will establish a network-centric system-of-systems solution for integrating sensors, shooters and battle management, command, control, communications and intelligence systems for Army air and missile defense.

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