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The CIO Question

September 7, 2008
By H. Mosher

In this month's Incoming column, Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.) poses questions about the nature of CIO positions-their lack of a typical specific qualification list or consistent job description, the trend in CIOs working on management degrees, their lack of strategic decision-making authority.

General Dynamics Awarded Contract by Army Corps of Engineers for Information Technology Management in Afghanistan

September 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology has received a $32 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Afghanistan Engineer District (AED) to provide information technology management services in Afghanistan to support USACE-AED reconstruction and infrastructure development programs. The contract has a potential value of $32 million over five years if all options are exercised. General Dynamics will manage an in-country network and will provide critical communications between USACE-AED operations and the continental U.S. The satellite and network communications infrastructure will provide enhanced video, voice and data communications for USACE-AED operations throughout Afghanistan.

CACI Awarded Contract to Modernize Maintenance Applications for Naval Sea Systems Command

September 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a five-year, $150 million task order by the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command to modernize maintenance applications used at shipyards and maintenance centers through information technology upgrades and software development. The work awarded through the task order will consolidate approximately 15 maintenance contracts for information technology activities at various naval facilities, which will provide the Navy with a single source for modernizing ship maintenance applications, developing new maintenance technologies and rolling applications out to new locations. This work will make the entire maintenance process more efficient and economical.

TeleCommunication Systems Receives Marine Corp Contract for Wireless Point-to-Point Link Systems

September 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received an additional $7 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for 43 wireless point-to-point link (WPPL) systems for deployed troops overseas. The TCS WPPL systems provide deployed Marines with point-to-point and point-to-multipoint secure transmission of voice, video and data communications over terrestrial microwave radio links. WPPL allows end users flexibility when determining the scope of local area network (LAN) communications.

Booz Allen Hamilton Receives Air Force Contract for Space J2 Analysis

September 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton has received a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for $9.5 million from the U.S. Air Force. The contract will provide joint functional component command for space J2 survivability and vulnerability analysis. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

TYBRIN to Provide Software Engineering Support for Air Force Guided Weapons Systems

September 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

TYBRIN Corporation and the U.S. Air Force are exercising an option for $52.8 million. The Air Force is exercising option year six for software engineering support of guided weapons systems evaluations, simulations and other services supporting research and development for the principals and customers of the Air Armament Center. Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is the contracting activity.

Computer Sciences Raytheon Receives Contract Option

September 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force is exercising an option with Computer Sciences Raytheon for $78.1 million. The Eastern Range Technical Services will provide operations, maintenance and sustainment of critical range and launch processing systems that support the launch processing mission of the 45th Space Wing and its launch customers at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida. Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics C4 Systems Awarded Contract for Marine Corps Combat Operations Centers

September 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $41 million contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps System Command for the production of nine capability set II combat operations centers and 18 common modules. Each operations center comprises a network of workstations and servers supporting standard tactical data systems and other mission-critical software, voice, data and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) communications.

Kalman and Company to Provide Analytical Support to Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense Systems

September 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

Kalman & Company Incorporated is receiving $14.1 million for a task order to provide business and analytical support to the Joint Program Executive Office for chemical and biological defense systems. Objectives include risk analyses supporting enterprise-wide efforts and current programs of record, leading to concise business case analyses that identify cost and performance projections, schedule impacts and sustainment/life cycle considerations. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

September SIGNAL highlights

September 1, 2008
By H. Mosher

Direct Hit Quotes for September:

"The whole point of being joint is joining things that are different, not similar." - Maj. Gen. David A. Fastabend, USA, director of strategy, plans and policy, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, in Leaders Call for Balance in the Force.

"Cyberdefense works best and most efficiently if it is centralized, multinational and multi-organizational." - Lt. Gen. Ulrich Wolf, GA, director, NATO Communications and Information Systems Services Agency in Unified Services Strengthen Network Service, Defense

Featured photo:

Aerial transporters Staff Sgt. Chris Droegemueller (r-l) and Staff Sgt. Jason Tripler assist C-17 loadmasters Staff Sgt. Kevin Alexander and Staff Sgt. Donald Jones in delivering the second wave of humanitarian aid to the Republic of Georgia last month. The delivery was a joint-service effort between U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Air Forces Europe and the Air Mobility Command. The airmen are assigned to the 86th Contingency Response Group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and the 6th Air Lift Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.

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