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General Dynamics Awarded $9 Million to Continue Developing Navy Common Network Interface

September 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a $9.2 million contract with the U.S. Navy to continue developing the common network interface (CNI) system, a software package that improves situational awareness for expeditionary strike group (ESG) commanders. The contract could be worth up to $28.9 million if all options are exercised.

SAIC Receives $14 Million Responder Knowledge Base Services Contract

September 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a task order from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide responder knowledge base (RKB) services. The contract could be worth more than $14 million if all options are exercised. The RKB is a web-based information service for the emergency responder community funded by DHS. SAIC will provide expertise to the responder community via the "Ask the Expert" feature of the Web site in addition to updated weekly content.

Military HOMEFRONT

September 26, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Military HOMEFRONT is the official U.S. Defense Department online resource for reliable quality-of-life information for the military community. The site has sections for troops and families, leadership and service providers so all aspects of military life are covered, from basic military needs to broader topics such as parenting and financial readiness.

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.

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