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Raytheon Awarded $19 Million Contract for Lightweight Torpedoes

September 11, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has received a $19.3 million U.S. Navy contract to provide MK54 lightweight torpedo hardware. With this award, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems is under contract to deliver 241 MK54 kits, of which 100 kits will be delivered to the Turkish Navy via a Foreign Military Sales agreement.

CACI Awarded Contract to Support Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate

September 11, 2009
By Katie Packard

CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a $50 million prime contract to support the infrared focal plane array technology branch of the U.S. Army's Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). With this contract, CACI will help advance NVESD's infrared focal plane technology to enhance warfighter target acquisition and identification capabilities.

Conference Highlights Acquisition Dilemmas

September 9, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Acquisitions experts from the government and private sectors agree that the procurement system is broken, but do not necessarily agree about how to fix it. Meeting at AFCEA International's SOLUTIONS Series conference today, a consensus was achieved on contributing factors to the problem. Long acquisition cycles strip the effectiveness of many of the IT systems that are being purchased by the time they hit the field. Time and cost estimates are not realistic from the beginning of the purchasing process. Leadership to bring about true change is lacking. These were just some of the topics brought up during today's discussion, a discussion that will continue tomorrow on the second day of "IT Acquisition: Shifting to a Modern Paradigm," taking place at the National Conference Center, Lansdowne, Virginia, as well as broadcast via the Web.

Crisis Response and Geospatial Services

September 9, 2009
By H. Mosher

From politics to national security to data transparency to important new public service applications, the Gov 2.0 Summit, co-produced by O'Reilly and TechWeb, covered a wide range of issues facing government as it tries to balance security, transparency and the new media environment. The theme in the afternoon was the wide range of applications that can be built using geospatial technology.

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