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U.S. Marine Corps Awards Contract to Cubic for Security Cooperation Education and Training Center Support

September 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Cubic Applications Incorporated has received a U.S. Marine Corps contract with a potential value of $31.7 million to continue training U.S. advisers to support the training of Iraqi and Afghan security forces. The security cooperation education and training center support contract is responsible for ensuring that security cooperation teams that deploy to various countries throughout the world receive customized predeployment training.

Lockheed Martin Wins $122 Million Technology Development Contract for Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Program

September 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $122 million technology development contract for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system. The next-generation missile will be carried on U.S. armed forces rotary-wing, fixed-wing and unmanned aerial system (UAS) platforms.

NASA Extends SAIC Contract Valued at $212 Million

September 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has extended the Unified NASA Information Technology Services contract with NASA. This 11-month program extension, valued at more than $212 million, raises the ceiling value of the contract to more than $1.1 billion. SAIC will continue to provide information technology services to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and support all NASA centers, including NASA Headquarters and support for NASA's international sites and networks. SAIC will also provide services in support of NASA's wide area network, information technology security, digital television and integrated enterprise management program.

SAIC Awarded $11 Million Task Order from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization

September 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a task order by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) to support the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of the JIEDDO Enterprise Management System. JIEDDO coordinates efforts among U.S. Defense Department organizations and international agencies to defeat the threat posed by improvised explosive devices against U.S. and coalition forces.

Creating Futures

September 24, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Creating Futures offers transitioning U.S. veterans as well as individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth and dislocated workers opportunities to build careers in the information technology field. Creating Futures works with employers to identify needs and then trains individuals to fill those capabilities gaps, placing candidates in long-term jobs. The education and training programs help students obtain the technical, business and communications skills employers want.

Run through the CompTIA Educational Foundation, the program offers several online courses: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Server+ and CompTIA Security+. The training is provided at no cost to students. Candidates are screened and notified of their acceptance into the program via e-mail.

Individuals interested in the program can fill out the application online, and employers interested in interviewing Creating Futures students for job opportunities also can submit an online form. Completing the form does not commit a company to hire anyone but demonstrates an interest in interviewing candidates or potentially hiring Creating Futures students. Additional contact information is available on the Web site for interested organizations.

Also listed online is information about donating to the program. Creating Futures accepts financial and in-kind support such as monetary gifts, donation of classroom/training seating, contributions of training materials, receipt of on-the-job-training or internships, and consideration of candidates for employment within an organization. Interested parties can donate online or by phone, fax or mail. A list with explanations of alternate donation options, such as matching gift programs and planned giving, is posted as well.

Navmar Receives Contract for Surveillance, Reconaissance and Force Protection Systems

September 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation, a small business, is being awarded a $10 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Phase III small business innovative research contract for near-term and far-term advanced surveillance, reconnaissance and force protection systems. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Boeing to Provide Research and Development for Army Rotorcraft Programs

September 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company has won three competitive proposals resulting in U.S. Army technology investment agreements with a combined value of more than $19 million. The agreements with the Army's aviation applied technology directorate cover applied research and development in support of the rotor durability Army technology objective (ATO) and the high performance rotary wing vehicle designs (HPRWVD) program. As part of the rotor durability ATO efforts, Boeing will work to improve the durability and performance of helicopter rotor blades by developing and testing permanent blade-erosion protection, reliable and maintainable icing protection, improved blade repairability and increased rotor performance concepts. In support of the HPRWVD program, Boeing will design and evaluate an unloaded, lift-offset rotor system that includes a non-rotating wing positioned above the rotor to provide lift in forward flight. The system is projected to meet or exceed the Army's vibration- and noise-reduction goals while enabling higher speeds. The third agreement supports the rotor durability ATO and involves evaluating and demonstrating new, more reliable methods of transferring power and data across the non-rotating airframe to the rotating blade interface.

SAIC Awarded Task Order by Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane Division

September 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a task order by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)-Crane Division to provide engineering, technical and management services. The follow-on task order, awarded under the SeaPort-e contract, has a two-year base period of performance, three one-year options and a total value of more than $48 million if all options are exercised. SAIC will continue to support the Small Arms Weapons Systems Division by helping develop, integrate and improve new and existing weapon systems. SAIC will also provide engineering, technical and management support in the areas of scientific/engineering analysis, test and evaluation, field engineering, configuration management, and overhaul and maintenance.

Sealevel Systems to Provide Work in Support of Multi-Band Multi-Mission Radios

September 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Sealevel Systems Incorporated has been awarded a delivery order in the amount of $4 million under a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a ceiling of $11.5 million for the procurement of the Personal Data Assistant-184 Universal Serial Bus to synchronous serial adapter radio interface cable systems in support of the multi-band multi-mission radio for U.S. Special Operations Command.

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract for New Air Vehicle Technologies

September 22, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation's Integrated Systems Sector is receiving an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for $139 million. This action will enable the Air Vehicle Integration and Technology Research Program to conduct research to develop, demonstrate, integrate and transition new air vehicle technologies and prototypes that will provide affordable, revolutionary capabilities to the warfighter. The technology developments will provide for cost-effective, survivable air vehicle platforms capable of accurate delivery of weapons and cargo worldwide.

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