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Ideal Innovations Incorporated (I-3) has been awarded the Biometrics Operations and Support Services-Unrestricted (BOSS-U) contract by the U.S. Department of the Army's Biometrics Task Force (BTF) to provide professional, scientific and technical biometric support services. The maximum ceiling value of the contract is $497 million.
The Boeing Company has received two contracts totaling $217.1 million from the U.S. Defense Department for continued production of Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits and small diameter bombs (SDB). The JDAM contract, worth $106.9 million, includes more than 4,000 tail kits for the U.S. Air Force and Navy. The SDB contract, worth $110.2 million, includes more than 2,500 weapons and associated carriages for the Air Force.
Lockheed Martin Corporation's Missiles and Fire Control has been awarded a $180 million firm-fixed-price cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, of which the requirement includes High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Full-Rate Production (FRP 4) launchers in support of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Telford Aviation Incorporated has received a $36.2 million time-and-materials contract for award of an undefinitized contract action for the continued operational support of Multi-Sensor Airborne Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems (MARSSs). This contract will meet the urgent requirements of Project Manager Arial Common Sensors for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) forces supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror in the Southwest Asia area of operations.
CSC Receives Contract Modification for Telecommunications Service and Wireless Priority Service Integration Contract
CSC Systems & Solutions has been awarded a noncompetitive cost-plus-award-fee contract with a total ceiling amount of $449.7 million. This modification will extend the period of performance of the contract for the existing Government Emergency Telecommunications Service and Wireless Priority Service (WPS) Integration Contract.
Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Coast Guard have exercised contract options valued at $13.25 million to install mission systems aboard two HC-130J aircraft. The aircraft's new mission equipment and sensor packages deliver enhanced search, detection and tracking capabilities in maritime search and rescue, law enforcement and homeland security missions.
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.
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.
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, www.dorobekinsider.com.
Next up: Chris's first Incoming column!