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General Dynamics C4 Systems Receives $9.2 Million Contract to Develop Satellite Communications

July 11, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $9.2 million contract to develop satellite communication encryption and telemetry technologies. The contract allows General Dynamics to continue the development, qualification and certification of a National Security Agency-approved encryption module for securing telemetry, tracking and control of Defense Department satellites. The contract is through the U.S. Air Force's Telemetry, Tracking and Commanding KG-327 program, and the contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force Headquarters Cryptologic Systems Group of San Antonio, Texas.

U.S. Air Force Modifies Contract with Northrop Grumman Systems, Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems

July 11, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force is modifying a fixed price incentive firm contract with Northrup Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems. The contract, not to exceed $324,600,000, will provide two RQ-4B Block 301 Global Hawk air vehicles, three RQ-4B Block 40 air vehicles with MP-RTIP sensor, one launch and recovery element with associated equipment, an option for four Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite sensor payloads, and other stipulations. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

AFCEA International announces new leaders

July 10, 2008
By H. Mosher

Mr. Paul Cofoni, President and Chief Executive Officer, CACI International, Inc, and Ms. Natalie Givans, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, have been elected to lead AFCEA International. Mr. Cofoni will serve as Chairman of the Board and Ms. Givans will serve as the first Vice Chairman of the Board.

July's Direct Hit Quotes

July 9, 2008
By H. Mosher

From July's SIGNAL Today, some interesting quotes from the July issue of SIGNAL Magazine.

"Solving IEDs in some ways will be as difficult as solving the problem of bullets. Bullets have been in use for centuries, and we still have not completely solved that [weapon] as a wartime threat."-Dr. Robert L. Keesee, deputy director of the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO),
in Improvised Explosive Devices a Multifaceted Threat

"There are already lots of networks out there. What you need to do is connect the ones that exist."-David Aylward, director, ComCare Alliance, in First Responders, Hospitals Need More Bandwidth

"This is tough work. But it is relevant, it is vital, and most importantly, it is what we need to do to make a positive, lasting difference for the people of Iraq."-Col. Karlton Johnson, USAF, J-6, Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I), in Dependable Communications Systems Boost Iraqi Systems

Also from SIGNAL Today this month, our featured image of the month:

Security at IED site

U.S. Army Pfc. Aaron Livas, from Argyle, Wis., assigned to Team Iraqi Security Forces, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La., provides security at a possible improvised explosive device site in Baghdad.

Rescued from FARC

July 9, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

AFCEA and SIGNAL Magazine join all Americans in welcoming back our three countrymen who were rescued from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) terrorists in Colombia last week. Northrop Grumman, their employer, has updates on their return, including a statement from the former hostages and links to Department of Defense images.

Booz Allen Hamilton Receives Contract with the U.S. Army's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

Booz Allen Hamilton will provide technology, program management and engineering support to the U.S. Army's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate under the Strategic Services Sourcing contract, a $149.5 million delivery order. Booz Allen will assist with broadband and networking capabilities enhancements for Future Combat Systems programs.

Compass Systems Awarded Contract with the Navy Special Projects Program

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

Compass Systems Incorporated has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed fee contract of $10,065,612 to provide engineering aide for the Navy Special Projects Program. Compass Systems will assist in the design, manufacturing and sustainment of avionic systems. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Will Support the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Through Contract

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Corporation has received an $18,370,444 firm-fixed price contract to support the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's human development directorate. Lockheed Martin will provided employees with systems training and leadership, mission-essential technical skill training, and intelligence professional education. The work will be performed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is the contracting activity.

CACI Awarded Contract with U.S. Army Project Director, Signals Warfare

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Army has awarded CACI International Incorporated a $23 million contract to continue supporting the Army Project Director, Signals Warfare (PD SW). CACI provides logistics, training, engineering, quick reaction capabilities and testing support and assists in meeting improvised explosive devices threats through the PD SW's signals warfare solutions.

General Dynamic Advanced Information Systems Wins Contract to Support Maritime Integrated Air and Missile Defense Planning System

July 9, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Incorporated has been awarded a not-to-exceed ceiling $13,578,000 cost reimbursement letter contract for engineering services to support the Maritime Integrated Air and Missile Defense Planning System (MIPS). MIPS will provide the Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander a tool for allocating resources and assessing risks to mitigate threats. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

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