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Patriot Paws Service Dogs

October 30, 2008
By Rita Boland

Patriot Paws trains dogs to work with injured military members and other disabled persons to help restore physical and emotional freedoms. The organization provides high-quality service dogs for the minimum possible price to those who need them. Any physically disabled U.S. veteran or other American with mobile disabilities can apply for a Patriot Paws service dog by downloading the application form online or requesting one by mail. The necessary contact information is listed on the Web site. When an application is accepted, applicants are interviewed, and the organization makes every effort to find a compatible pet. Training the dogs takes 12 to 18 months and costs $20,000, so donations and volunteers are crucial to the program's success. Anyone interested in donating funds can give through the site's PayPal feature or can mail a check to the address listed online. Individuals who want to volunteer with the program can walk and bathe the dogs, run errands, help in the office, arrange fundraisers or round up donations. Foster families for the dogs also are needed. Other site features include donation news, frequently asked questions and an events page. Patriot Paws Service Dogs will raise funds with "Dogwalk in the Park" in Harry Myers Park, Rockwall, Texas, on November 8. The programs listed on these pages are not affiliated with our publication or association. We highlight these independent efforts as a service to our military and our readers. For more information about these programs, please contact the organizations directly.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $206 Million Support and Sustainment Contract for Defense Support Program

October 29, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to provide technical support for the operational Defense Support Program spacecraft, primary infrared sensor and mission analysis. The cost-plus award-fee contract is valued at $206 million if all options are exercised.

SAIC Receives $27 Million Navy Contract for Information Technology Services

October 29, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to provide the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station - Atlantic with Outside Continental U.S. Naval Enterprise Network (ONE-NET) information technology support services for the Europe and Middle East regions. The contract has a potential value of more than $27 million if all options are exercised. Under the contract, SAIC will provide operation and maintenance support for ONE-NET, command and control, coalition and legacy network systems. SAIC also will provide migration support for legacy networks.

CSC Receives $172 Million Navy Task Order for Operations, Maintenance and Logistical Support Services

October 29, 2008
By Katie Packard

CSC has been awarded a task order extension from the U.S. Navy to continue providing operation, maintenance and logistical support services for the Southern California Offshore Range (SCORE). The estimated total five-year contract value is up to $172 million. CSC will provide comprehensive services to SCORE, including maintaining the entire range complex, tracking instrumentation and target resources, and planning, briefing, conducting, analyzing and debriefing for more than 1,800 training events per year.

DRS Technologies Receives $91 Million in Army Contracts for Tactical Quiet Generators

October 29, 2008
By Katie Packard

DRS Technologies Incorporated has received multiple contract awards worth approximately $91 million from the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, to manufacture more than 5,000 tactical quiet generators in various sizes.

ATK Mission Research Receives Air Force Contract for Space Threat Assessment Testbed System

October 29, 2008
By Katie Packard

ATK Mission Research is being awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for $26.1 million. The contractor shall accomplish all the effort necessary to design, fabricate, install and test the Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT) System to meet all specification requirements (one lot). The STAT will create a realistic space environment to perform developmental and early operational testing of space hardware for the U.S. Defense Department, the National Reconnaissance Office and other agencies against man-made threats and naturally occurring environmental phenomena.

South Asia Terrorism Portal

October 28, 2008
By H. Mosher

The South Asia Terrorism Portal monitors terrorism events in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Recent incidents and news events are listed on the portal's main page. The site also includes an extensive, if dated (it was written in 2003), overview of South Asian security issues. Links provide information on specific national data for the region as well as events and groups operating within India. Visitors also can access online issues of Faultlines, a journal of internal security issues in South Asia.

Japan Ministry of Defense

October 27, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

A key regional ally, Japan possesses one of the region's largest and most technologically advanced navies. The island nation also began a shift in its defense policy when it converted its Defense Agency into a Ministry of Defense in January 2007. The ministry's English language home page provides visitors with links to documents outlining Japanese defense policy and defense program guidelines. The home page lists recent news releases and features links to Japan's joint staff and its ground, maritime and air self-defense forces. Issues of the Japan Defense Focus, the ministry's quarterly publication, can also be accessed from the site.

www.mod.go.jp/e/index.html

TechNet Asia-Pacific: Coming soon to SIGNAL Scape

October 27, 2008
By H. Mosher

The next event we will feature here on SIGNAL Scape will be TechNet Asia-Pacific, Nov. 3-6 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii. SIGNAL Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Ackerman will be sending us updates as things break from the conference.

SAIC Awarded $37 Million Contract to Support Army Program Executive Office - Enterprise Information System

October 27, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation has received a task order by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office - Enterprise Information Systems to provide engineering support to help maintain and enhance the Biometrics Automated Toolset - Army (BAT-A) system. The contract is valued at more than $37 million if all options are exercised. BAT-A devices collect fingerprints, iris scans, facial photos and biographical information of persons of interest and store information in a searchable data base, facilitating the use of biometrics for intelligence exploitation.

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