Want to do something sweet for deployed service members? How about sending them a gourmet cake from Bake Me A Wish! In partnership with Soldiers' Angels, Bake Me A Wish offers two ways for folks stateside to send a special treat to troops in combat areas. The first is by purchasing The Freedom Cake, which features a layer of chocolate brownie covered with fudge frosting and topped with sprinkles and bittersweet chocolate shavings.
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Doin' a little for those who do a lot, this atypical nonprofit offers troops a chance to battle professional athletes and celebrities in head-to-head video game competitions via the Internet. Pro vs. GI Joe sets up real-time video game competitions among celebrities, high-ranking military officials and politicians stateside and troops overseas using Web-connected technologies such as PlayStation, Xbox Live and Nintendo Wii. The group also attempts to reunite warfighters with family members via webcam during the events.
Omnitec Solutions Incorporated is being awarded a $5.7 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to exercise an option for the procurement of research and analysis, strategic initiatives, executive leadership management, and Sigma program support for the Naval Air Systems Command.
Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation is being awarded a $6 million task order under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to provide ongoing engineering, technical, acquisition, administrative and management support to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Command and Control (C2) Systems (MC2S) Program Management Office and to provide an MC2S Program Office Liaison Representative on-site at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications Tactical, Project Manager Battle Command.
Airborne Tactical Advantage Company LLC is being awarded a $35 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for contractor-owned and -operated type three high subsonic and type four supersonic aircraft in support of the commercial air services program for the U.S. Navy. Efforts to be provided include a variety of airborne threat simulation capabilities to train shipboard and aircraft squadron weapon systems operators and aircrew on how to counter potential enemy electronic warfare and electronic attack operations in the current electronic combat environment.
Harris Corporation Receives $30 Million Satellite Communications Terminal Contract From Navy Construction Division
Harris Corporation has been selected to supply Rugged Deployable Satellite Communications Terminals (RDSATs) to the U.S. Navy First Construction Division under a two-year, $30 million follow-on order. The new terminals, along with previously purchased terminals, will provide the Navy with advanced multiband satellite reach-back capabilities from around the globe to command centers in the U.S.
The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Company a $106 million contract for production of the Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 (JSOW). The JSOW is a family of low-cost air-to-ground weapons that employs an integrated Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System that guides the weapon to the target. JSOW C-1 adds moving maritime target capability and a two-way data link to the combat-proven JSOW.
Telephonics Corporation has received a $9.5 million order from Lockheed Martin to fund long-lead purchases of subsystem spares for the AN/APS-147 Multi-Mode Radar and Identification Friend or Foe Interrogator System.
Last October, AFCEA and U.S Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) hosted SOUTH 2008, a conference focused on operations in SOUTHCOM's area of responsibility. Coverage of the event appeared in the December edition of SIGNAL in the article Narcotics and Terrorism are Linked, Pose Threats to Hemisphere. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of SOUTHCOM, played an integral role in the success SOUTH, and gave a keynote address during the event. His presentation focused on the problems and links of drugs, terrorism and poverty in the Western Hemisphere. The admiral also addressed the issue of drug smugglers effectively using semisubmersibles to move their products as well as the potential danger of those vehicles being used to smuggle terrorists.
Adm. Stavridis brought up the same problems on March 17 when he presented a posture statement to the Senate Armed Forces Committee. He made even stronger links between terrorism and drugs, speaking about specific efforts undertaken to root out terrorism in the region. Aside from terror groups native to the region, terror organizations more associated other parts of the globe are operating in Latin America. Adm. Stavridis's remarks also touched on the need for interagency cooperation, advancing technology and success stories in Latin America, including huge advances toward peace and stability. He additionally stressed the continued problem of semisubmersibles. The text of the admiral's presentation is available online.
Unisys has received a contract from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to modernize the Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network (CLEAN), the state's mission-critical law enforcement communications system. Under the 18-month contract, Unisys will upgrade the CLEAN system to allow state troopers to communicate directly with other state, local and federal law enforcement officials.