BAE Systems Awarded $115 Million for Caiman Spare Parts

January 5, 2009
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has received six contracts worth $115 million from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for replacement parts, including complete engines, transmissions, axles and self-recovery winches, for Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles operating in Iraq.

The Wisdom of All of Us

January 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

Chris Dorobek, writing in this month's Incoming column, notes several examples of successful Gov 2.0 implementation in various agencies. He writes that the impending change in Washington's scenery and political tides may not be as nebulous as the rhetorical cry for "change" might imply:

Each inauguration brings about change. But this year, there is an almost palpable feeling that it is a time of change. For more than a year, the mantra on the presidential campaign has been change.

This is probably a good thing. Everyone should be concerned when the approval percentages for the president-and Congress-wallow in the 20s. People feel detached, almost alienated, from their government. What has not been fully defined is what change will mean once it makes its way through the Washington bureaucracy.

There are several reasons for hope, and President-elect Obama comes to Washington at a time when there are many somewhat paradoxical factors. The fact is these are unique times. It is the age of sometimes ruthless competition. We are all hyper-connected. We all feel that we are working 24/7 but that we should be working 25/8.

Competition is pressing the government as well. Agencies are not compared to other agencies, but increasingly, their successes-or failures-are compared to everybody else's. Some real opportunities ahead can alter the way the government has done business-and for the better.

Welcoming Christopher Dorobek to SIGNAL

January 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

SIGNAL Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman puts some perspective on the Incoming column in this month's "Behind the Lines":

Two years ago, we began a new column called Incoming. Located on the last page of the magazine and featured online each month as part of SIGNAL's blog, Incoming featured a guest columnist providing commentary on a wide range of SIGNAL coverage issues. The past year, the magazine and its readers were fortunate to have Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.), chairman of the Deloitte Center for Network Innovation, provide 12 months of his perspective on many of the pressing issues for the AFCEA community.

Our goal has been to rotate columnists with the dawn of each new year. So, with the January 2009 issue, we welcome SIGNAL's new Incoming contributing columnist. Many readers probably are familiar with Christopher Dorobek. A former editor in chief of Federal Computer Week, Chris now is a co-anchor on Federal News Radio 1500 AM's Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris in Washington, D.C. He also hosts his own blog,

Next up: Chris's first Incoming column!

General Atomics Awarded Air Force Contract

December 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force for $42.6 million. This contract includes all program management; logistics support; configuration management; technical manual and software maintenance; engineering technical services; contractor engineering technical specialists; Core Automated Maintenance System, Reliability and Maintainability Information Systems, and Continuous Emission Monitoring System data collection/entry; and other services for the Predator/Reaper MQ-1 and MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft System program.

Operation Support Our Troops

December 29, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Like so many troop support organizations, Operation Support Our Troops grew out of a family's effort to be there for their soldier as well as all others serving their country, and when these people got started, there was no stopping them. What began with rallies has grown to a full-fledged support mechanism that involves the provision of packages at holidays, fundraisers, and visits and supplies for those injured in combat as well as tributes to those who paid the ultimate price for home and country. The mission of Operation Support Our Troops is to offer opportunities for all Americans to demonstrate to members of the armed forces and their commander in chief that they are supported and appreciated for their service. According to the organization, the goal is to ensure that troops know that "united we stand and divided we fall are not empty words, but words to which we subscribe."

Most recently, Operation Support Our Troops adopted 10,000 deployed service members and sent them packages for Christmas. The organization collects items for these types of mailings. In addition, it also accepts cash donations and sells merchandise to raise funds for various efforts. Items can be purchased and donations can be made online. Also online are photo albums and links to various resources for the military and general public.

Anyone interested in receiving regular information about the organization and its activities can subscribe to the e-mail distribution list by following the "OSOT Sign-Up" link. People interested in learning more about Operation Support Our Troops and its various programs should click the "Contact OSOT" link and find the correct point of contact for their query.