Senior Master Sgt. of the Army (Ret.) Jack Tilley opened TechNet Tampa in a manner that deviated from the norm. Instead of relying on people's intellects and addressing the what and how of actions, he appealed to attendees' feelings to address the why. The retired senior master sergeant told several stories about troops killed and injured in action during Vietnam as well as current operations, impressing upon listeners the importance of using their time at the conference well.
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March 19: Managing virtual environments is becoming more complex, Federal initiatives are piling on, and your organization's infrastructure is what it is.
Dust off those bikes, take them out of the garage and get rolling for a great cause! Face of America 2009 begins April 25 in Bethesda, Maryland, to raise awareness of service members injured in the line of duty. The 110-mile bike ride, which ends April 26 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, also raises funds for World TEAM (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) Sports, an organization that strives to increase awareness, acceptance and integration of people with disabilities through sports.
ATK Awarded $14.4 Million Contract to Modify and Deliver Three Medevac Aircraft to the Colombian Air Force
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been awarded a $14.4 million contract by the Colombian Air Force to modify and deliver three Medevac-capable aircraft to Colombia's Health and Social Services Ministry. The Ministry will use the aircraft for emergency medical evacuations of both civilian and military personnel.
Lockheed Martin Corporation Information Systems and Global Services (ISGS) is being awarded a potential $5 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with mixed payment provisions for contractor logistics support services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command worldwide. The minimum amount guaranteed under the contract is $2.5 million.
SSFM International Incorporated is being awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, architect-engineering contract with a maximum amount of $7.5 million for design, engineering, specification writing, cost-estimation and related services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii area of responsibility.
Northrop Grumman Corporation Electronic Systems is being awarded a contract modification valued at $40.5 million. This contract modification is to establish an estimated cost ceiling for the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) System Development and Demonstration to reflect the anticipated cost overrun associated with the contractor's estimate to complete for an additional $36 million.
BAE Systems has been awarded a £450 million contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence under a partnering arrangement that will see the Royal Air Force's Typhoon aircraft maintained and supported by BAE.
The networked world is beginning to discover that sharing is not always beneficial. Marauders always have been the bane of cyberspace, but now a new set of threats has emerged to imperil more than just the usual targets. Ordinary citizens now are menaced by sophisticated organizations seeking to damage society or to loot it of its funds-or both. And, as always, the network-centric military is under assault by increasingly frequent and effective cyberagents operating under foreign government control.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is developing a robust, radiation-hardened, wireless spacecraft bus under a $4.1 million first-phase contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). A spacecraft data bus serves as the electrical interface between the spacecraft's equipment and payloads. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will develop a wireless data bus interface that enhances AFRL's innovative electronics architecture for spacecraft called Space Plug-n-Play Avionics, or SPA.