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Northrop Grumman Receives $128 Million Contract to Supply Army With Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinders

October 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $128 million, firm-fixed-priced contract from the U.S. Army to provide lightweight laser designator rangefinder systems, which provide battle-proven targeting capability for laser-guided, Global Positioning System-guided and conventional munitions.

DRC Wins $4.8 Million Under Air Force Depot Contract

October 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has received a task order valued at $4.8 million from the U.S. Air Force Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base. DRC will provide developmental research supporting the establishment of the Item Unique Identification (IUID) umbrella program for Air Force depots. The task order will expand the U.S. Defense Department's asset tracking of repaired, overhauled and manufactured components for accountability, valuation and life cycle management.

The Risky World

October 9, 2008
By H. Mosher

Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.) posits some interesting questions in this month's incoming columns. Looking at the nature of enterprise risk, he wonders whether any of our readers have ever been notified that their personal data had been exposed:

I have ... and it is not a comforting feeling. It also makes you immediately question the care and practices of the organizations that solicited your trust in safeguarding your private information.

Today, we find a common thread in our net-centric world: Business opportunity and information dependence breed business risk. In particular, risk to security and privacy is present in huge doses every day. But how should we best manage the information risk coming through the door, over our firewall and through our software on a continual basis?

We all realize that the risk to our national security, business and personal data is growing. Our information networks and means of storage are increasingly vulnerable to attack and compromise. Is it any wonder that new terminology such as enterprise risk management (ERM), risk intelligence, risk assessments and business risk have become so common? Today's business environment is full of risk, whether it involves national security, intelligence gathering, transportation, operations, medical, logistics, sales or any other business activity.

You can read his entire article and suggestion for managing enterprise risk here, but in the meantime, you can comment on the issues he brings up right here on SIGNAL Scape. Have you had any experiences with your personal information being compromised? What do you think needs to be done to stop this from happening?

Daily Report: Thursday: SOUTH 2008, Miami, Florida

October 9, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The star-studded presentations continued here in Miami, with the second combatant command commander speaking in as many days. Adm. James Stavridis, USN, commander, U.S. Southern Command, gave the last address of SOUTH telling the luncheon audience that the Americas are not the United States' backyard or front porch. "It's a home that we share together," he said. The admiral went on to emphasize that the fundamental problem in the area is poverty, and that drugs and terrorism are symptoms of that problem. He explained that there are strong links between drugs and terrorism and that methods employed to smuggle drugs could easily transport weapons of mass destruction, especially emphasizing the danger and efficiency of semisubmersibles. The admiral said interagency and international partners must work together on the supply, demand and interdiction parts of the drug problem to eliminate the threats narcotics pose, especially because the enemy is smart and agile.

Earlier in the day attendees here already were seeing stars when Vice Adm. Nancy Brown, director, command, control, communications and computer systems, the Joint Staff, gave a keynote address about the Global Information Grid (GIG) 2.0. She continued Adm. Stavridis's thoughts on cooperation among partners by saying that GIG 2.0 should help eliminate stovepipe networks and enable better information sharing. Adm. Brown also emphasized the need for a standard accreditation policy and wants to do away with the Defense Messaging System.

Daily Report: Wednesday: SOUTH 2008, Miami, Florida

October 8, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

SOUTH 2008 carried a strong message during its first day of public sessions--everyone here has a drug problem. In fact, all of the Americas has a drug problem. Countering that problem is a matter of national and international importance and security, especially because the drug trade has finance links to terrorism. Speeches and presentations mainly focused on cocaine and its growth and effects. Lt. Gen. Glenn F. Spears, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Southern Command, stated in his welcome address and featured speaker introduction that, "The scourge of illegal drug trafficking...unfortunately is alive and flourishing in the Americas today."

Gen. Gene Renaurt, USAF, commander, U.S. Northern Command, gave the plenary address and stated, "This isn't like somebody else's people we are talking about. These are our own children, our own coworkers, our own families." The general went on to say that drug traffickers are violent, organized and dangerous, and that agencies and countries must work together to combat the threats they pose.

The first panel of the day continued Gen. Renaurt's themes, focusing on the topic "Narco-Trafficking: What is the Nexus with the War on Terrorism?" Panelists spoke of the connections between drug money and terror financing and ways that terrorists could use drug and human traffickers' tactics to smuggle weapons and people into the United States. Though some connections are loose, these threats are ones the United States and its partners need to be aware of and prevent.

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For Four C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft For Qatar

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Corporation and the State of Qatar have signed a $393.6 million contract for the purchase of four C-130J Super Hercules airlifters plus training and spares. The package includes four aircraft, training of aircrew and maintenance technicians, spares, ground support and test equipment, and a team of technical specialists who will be based in Qatar during an initial support period.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Southwest Asia Support Services Contract

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract under the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Rapid Response program to provide support services at multiple locations in Southwest Asia. The Support Services at U.S. Air Forces Central Installations task order is valued at almost $37 million over one base year and one option year.

Rockwell Collins Modifies Contract for Communications Capability

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

Rockwell Collins is modifying a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with the U.S. Air Force for $26.2 million. The contract action will develop and demonstrate an affordable communications capability to interconnect five nodes types: weapons, tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), dismounted ground forces, manned aircraft and strategic UAVs.

Boeing Modifies Air Force Contract

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Boeing Company and the U.S. Air Force are modifying a firm-fixed-price contract not to exceed $523.4 million. This contract action will provide total system support for the C-17 weapon system, including program management, sustaining logistics, material and equipment management, sustaining engineering, depot-level aircraft maintenance, engine management, long-term sustainment planning, Air Logistics Center partnering support, depot activation and support of Air Force and Foreign Military Sales operators of the C-17.

EF Johnson Technologies Awarded $48 Million Navy Contract

October 8, 2008
By Katie Packard

EF Johnson Technologies Incorporated's 3e Technologies subsidiary has been awarded a $48 million contract from the U.S. Navy. This indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-price contract calls for the company to design, test and implement a Navy-wide virtual perimeter monitoring system in support of the Navy's Commander, Naval Installations Command and the Transportation Security Administration.

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