The SIGNAL Blog

Raytheon Receives Army Modification

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $71.6 million firm-fixed-price (Letter Contract Modification) contract for procurement, installation and testing of six PATRIOT Radar Enhancement Phase 3/Classification, Discrimination and Identification Phase 3 modification kits for Kuwait radars.

BAE Systems Receives First Direct Contract for Tensylon Armor Panels

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has received a contract from the U.S. Army to supply Tensylon composite armor panels for the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) vehicles. HET vehicles transport, deploy, recover and evacuate combat-loaded main battle tanks and other heavy tracked and wheeled vehicles to and from the battlefield.

Managing Performance in the Public Sector

March 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

Christopher Dorobek, writing in this month's Incoming column, addresses a major question for public managers: Just what is the best way to manage in the public sector? During the 1990s, many government agencies were trying valiantly to put performance standards into place, and took many cues from the private sector. But as Dorobek notes in Ending Government's Private-Sector Envy, government is very different from private industry.

Vangent Awarded $13.5 Million Royal Saudi Air Force Learning Modernization Contract

February 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

Vangent Incorporated has received a contract through the 350th Electronic Systems Group at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, to modernize the Royal Saudi Air Force's (RSAF's) learning infrastructure. The one-year contract has a total value of $13.5 million if all options are exercised. Under the comprehensive outsourcing contract, Vangent will modernize and expand the learning environment at the RSAF's School of Command, Control and Communication to support rigorous performance standards and overall RSAF objectives. Vangent will design and build a new learning platform that will include solutions for traditional classroom training as well as Web-based e-learning applications.

ATK Receives $90 Million Contract for Trident II Solid Rocket Propulsion Systems

February 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received a $90 million contract from Lockheed Martin to produce solid rocket propulsion systems for all three stages of the U.S. Navy's Trident II (D-5) Fleet Ballistic Missile. Under the terms of the annual contract, ATK will continue to supply Trident solid rocket propulsion systems to the Trident II (D-5) Missile System Prime Contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

Unisys Awarded Task Order to Provide Information Technology Support to Army Logistics Innovation Army

February 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA) has awarded Unisys a task order to provide information technology support and services to assist the agency in executing its mission. The task order has an estimated total value of $7.1 million if all options are exercised. Under the new task order, Unisys will continue to administer LIA unclassified and classified networks and videoconferencing systems. Unisys also will continue to provide help desk services, graphics design support and selected application development.

CSC to Provide Information Technology Services for BHP Billiton Petroleum

February 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

CSC has signed a five-year, $53 million information technology services contract with BHP Billiton Petroleum. The contract covers enterprise-wide infrastructure, which includes help desk, desktop, mid-range, network, high-performance computing and telecommunications services as well as applications management.

Stimulus Strings Bring New Burdens to Acquisition Process

February 26, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The American Recovery and Investment Act is infusing $2.7 billion in funds to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but that is both the good news and the bad news. Along with the stimulus money comes increased reporting demands and enhanced transparency requirements as well as an obligation to quickly pump the money into the economy. Distributing the funds must occur while ensuring quality contracting, good business practices and flawless spending. Not only will the agencies receiving the funds have additional administrative burdens, but industry will also have new reporting requirements in any contracts receiving these funds, related Richard Gunderson, acting chief procurement officer, DHS.

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