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AMERICOM Government Services Wins Contract to Support U.S. Army's TROJAN Network

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

AMERICOM Government Services has won a five-year, $136.2 million follow-on contract to support the U.S. Army's TROJAN Network. The contract includes five additional one-year options worth $150.2 million, making a total potential contract value of $286.5 million over 10 years.

Raytheon Company Awarded Contract with U.S. Navy for Low Frequency Sonar

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has received a $63.4 million contract with the U.S. Navy for AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar, the primary undersea warfare sensor for the U.S. Navy's MH-60R multi-mission helicopter. Work will be performed at Raytheon's Seapower Capabilit Center, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and by AN/AQS-22 partner DRS Sonar Systems, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

UNdata Puts U.N. Data in Easy Reach

July 8, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

UNdata, the United Nations (UN) managed data service, is designed to provide users with statistical data compiled from the UN's databases. The site's search engine allows some 55 million UN documents to be referenced. Users can search the site for specific information or download data on a range of sources such as agriculture statistics, national data, demographics, information technology, human development issues and key global indicators.

Textron Defense Systems Receives Contract Increment

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

Textron Defense Systems is being awarded a $3,170,000 increment of a $21,303,000 other transaction for prototypes agreement for phase two of the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System, a project contracted with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This is a sole source award.

QinetiQ North America Receives $225 Million NASA Subcontract

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

QinetiQ North America's Mission Solutions Group has been awarded a subcontract by Abacus Technology Corporation to support information management and communications activities for the National Aeronautical and Space Administration's Kennedy Space Center. The contract, which will run up to nine years, has a potential value of $225 million. QinetiQ North America will provide systems engineering, sustaining engineering, and imaging and timing services to Abacus Technology as a subcontractor.

General Dynamics Awarded $16 Million Contract to Expand Fort Meade's Information Technology Infrastructure

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology has received a delivery order by the Army to expand information technology infrastructure and network capabilities at Fort Meade, Maryland, where the Defense Information Systems Agency is being relocated. The expansion is part of the U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems' Infrastructure Modernization program, which seeks to improve network capabilities in order to address evolving Army communications requirements.

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration Wins Contract For U.S. Army TACOM

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration has been awarded a $6,569,712 cost plus fixed fee contract to redesign the light armored vehicle and command and control upgrade configuration. The U.S. Army TACOM, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

AeroVironment Incorporated Has Been Awarded $200 Million Contract

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

AeroVironment Incorporated has received a one-year; indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity; not-to-exceed $200 million contract for all environment capable variant small unmanned aircraft systems in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command Program Executive Office, Fixed Wing.

Ultra Electronics Tactical Communication Systems Awarded Contract Amendment

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

Ultra Electronics Tactical Communication Systems (Ultra TCS) has been awarded a contract amendment valued at $18.1 million with the Army, in which Ultra TCS supplies AN/TRC-190(V)3 radio assemblage modification kits and associated equipment for the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program, a critical enabler of LandWarNet. Since January, Ultra TCS has received $10 million under the contract.

Snail Mail by Email with Motomail

July 1, 2008
By Rita Boland

Friends and family members of U.S. Marines deployed to an operational location in Iraq can send their loved ones a message without ever visiting the mailbox. MotoMail aims to bridge gaps in communications between parties who may not have e-mail access or who just want to send a physical letter for a more personal touch. MotoMail, in conjunction with SuperLetter.com Incorporated, operates a Web site that allows users to create a message online that will be downloaded and printed out at a Marine Corps post office then physically delivered to the deployed Marine. MotoMail messages are downloaded at least once a day in the operational theaters, and the organization strives to deliver all letters within 24 hours of printing. The Delivery Status feature enables senders to keep track of their messages through the three delivery stages-Stage 1: received at the MotoMail server; Stage 2: letters downloaded to the MotoMail terminal; and Stage 3: letters have been printed and sent for delivery. The service is provided at no cost. While the service is geared largely toward Marines, troops in other military branches who are collocated with the Marine Corps can receive the mail as well. MotoMail also offers two-way services so troops can send letters back home by creating an account on MotoMail using credit cards. Letters are sent to a regional SuperLetter office determined by the first digit of the destination zip code for printing. Postage is applied, and the mail is placed in the U.S. Postal Service system. Troops can send up to five letters for free, and all additional messages cost 50 cents. Users can create accounts on the Web site as well as find answers to frequently asked questions and other resources.

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