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ATK Mission Research Receives Air Force Contract for Space Threat Assessment Testbed System

October 29, 2008
By Katie Packard

ATK Mission Research is being awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for $26.1 million. The contractor shall accomplish all the effort necessary to design, fabricate, install and test the Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT) System to meet all specification requirements (one lot). The STAT will create a realistic space environment to perform developmental and early operational testing of space hardware for the U.S. Defense Department, the National Reconnaissance Office and other agencies against man-made threats and naturally occurring environmental phenomena.

South Asia Terrorism Portal

October 28, 2008
By H. Mosher

The South Asia Terrorism Portal monitors terrorism events in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Recent incidents and news events are listed on the portal's main page. The site also includes an extensive, if dated (it was written in 2003), overview of South Asian security issues. Links provide information on specific national data for the region as well as events and groups operating within India. Visitors also can access online issues of Faultlines, a journal of internal security issues in South Asia.

Japan Ministry of Defense

October 27, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

A key regional ally, Japan possesses one of the region's largest and most technologically advanced navies. The island nation also began a shift in its defense policy when it converted its Defense Agency into a Ministry of Defense in January 2007. The ministry's English language home page provides visitors with links to documents outlining Japanese defense policy and defense program guidelines. The home page lists recent news releases and features links to Japan's joint staff and its ground, maritime and air self-defense forces. Issues of the Japan Defense Focus, the ministry's quarterly publication, can also be accessed from the site.

www.mod.go.jp/e/index.html

TechNet Asia-Pacific: Coming soon to SIGNAL Scape

October 27, 2008
By H. Mosher

The next event we will feature here on SIGNAL Scape will be TechNet Asia-Pacific, Nov. 3-6 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii. SIGNAL Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Ackerman will be sending us updates as things break from the conference.

SAIC Awarded $37 Million Contract to Support Army Program Executive Office - Enterprise Information System

October 27, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation has received a task order by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office - Enterprise Information Systems to provide engineering support to help maintain and enhance the Biometrics Automated Toolset - Army (BAT-A) system. The contract is valued at more than $37 million if all options are exercised. BAT-A devices collect fingerprints, iris scans, facial photos and biographical information of persons of interest and store information in a searchable data base, facilitating the use of biometrics for intelligence exploitation.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Equipment and Logistics Services Contract

October 27, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a task order by the U.S. State Department under the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) contract to provide equipment and logistics services. The firm-fixed-price task order is worth more than $36 million over a five-month period. Northrop Grumman and its teammate, ManTech International Corporation, will procure and transport equipment and supplies for African partner nations under the State Department ACOTA program.

BearingPoint Awarded Marine Corps Information Management Support Contract Valued up to $22.3 Million

October 27, 2008
By Katie Packard

BearingPoint Incorporated has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, U.S. Marine Corps contract for information management and business process improvement services. The five-year contract has a ceiling of $22.3 million. BearingPoint will provide information management services under task orders issued by the Programs and Resources Department Information Management Office at Marine Corps Headquarters. Under these task orders, BearingPoint will support, maintain and enhance systems and applications for the Marine Corps' execution of the U.S. Defense Department's Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution process.

ICx Technologies Awarded $1.4 Million Robotic Explosive Detection Contract

October 27, 2008
By Katie Packard

ICx Technologies has been awarded a $1.4 million contract from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, Countermine Division, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Under the contract, ICx will provide the next-generation version of its Fido OnBoard explosives detection sensor along with a suite of new air-sampling capabilities.

Raytheon Receives Contract for Continued Support for LPD 17

October 27, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a U.S. Navy contract for up to $23 million for life cycle engineering and support for the LPD 17 class of amphibious warfare ships. In addition to the prime contractor role for life cycle engineering and support for integrated shipboard electronics, Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems is the total ship electronics systems integrator for the LPD 17 program. The company provides the shipboard wide area network, integrated product data environment, total ship information management and integrated ship electronics architecture for the LPD 17 class of ships.

Harris Corporation Awarded $60 Million Continuation Contract for Air Force Satellite Control Network Program

October 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation has been awarded a $60 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to continue work under the first-year option for the Network and Space Operations and Maintenance (NSOM) program. The contract's potential overall value is $405 million over six and a half years.

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