The SIGNAL Blog

General Dynamics C4 Systems Awarded Contract for Marine Corps Combat Operations Centers

September 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $41 million contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps System Command for the production of nine capability set II combat operations centers and 18 common modules. Each operations center comprises a network of workstations and servers supporting standard tactical data systems and other mission-critical software, voice, data and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) communications.

Kalman and Company to Provide Analytical Support to Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense Systems

September 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

Kalman & Company Incorporated is receiving $14.1 million for a task order to provide business and analytical support to the Joint Program Executive Office for chemical and biological defense systems. Objectives include risk analyses supporting enterprise-wide efforts and current programs of record, leading to concise business case analyses that identify cost and performance projections, schedule impacts and sustainment/life cycle considerations. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

September SIGNAL highlights

September 1, 2008
By H. Mosher

Direct Hit Quotes for September:

"The whole point of being joint is joining things that are different, not similar." - Maj. Gen. David A. Fastabend, USA, director of strategy, plans and policy, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, in Leaders Call for Balance in the Force.

"Cyberdefense works best and most efficiently if it is centralized, multinational and multi-organizational." - Lt. Gen. Ulrich Wolf, GA, director, NATO Communications and Information Systems Services Agency in Unified Services Strengthen Network Service, Defense

Featured photo:

Aerial transporters Staff Sgt. Chris Droegemueller (r-l) and Staff Sgt. Jason Tripler assist C-17 loadmasters Staff Sgt. Kevin Alexander and Staff Sgt. Donald Jones in delivering the second wave of humanitarian aid to the Republic of Georgia last month. The delivery was a joint-service effort between U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Air Forces Europe and the Air Mobility Command. The airmen are assigned to the 86th Contingency Response Group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and the 6th Air Lift Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.

Southwest Research Institute Receives Naval Contract for Anti-terrorism and Force Protection Programs

September 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

The Southwest Research Institute has received a $25.7 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide specialized technical and engineering support services for the U.S. Navy's identity management development and operations capability and other anti-terrorism/force protection programs. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

iRobot Awarded $200 Million Army Contract for Robotic Systems and Parts

September 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

iRobot Corporation has been awarded a $200 million ceiling-priced, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation on behalf of the Robotic Systems Joint Project Office in Warren, Michigan. iRobot will provide military robots, spare parts, training and repair services.

Data Link Solutions to Provide Multi-Functional Information Distribution Systems

September 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Data Link Solutions LLC has received a $32 million, firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement contract to provide multi-functional information distribution system (MIDS) on ship (MOS) and associated Link 16 systems. The MOS provides high power Link 16 shipboard systems by integrating the MIDS low volume terminal into the shipboard tactical data link environment. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command awarded the contract on behalf of its organizational partner, the U.S. Navy's program executive office for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. The contract includes four one-year options that could bring the cumulative value to an estimated $160.6 million.

Wyle Information Systems Receives Contract for Support Services to Space Innovation and Development Center

September 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Wyle Information Systems is being awarded an $18.5 million contract to provide operational, maintenance and support services to the Space Innovation and Development Center (SIDC) at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The SIDC is also the Air Staff executive agent for the U.S. Air Force's Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities program. The contract is also directed towards examining, assessing and developing the means to integrate national system and U.S. Defense Department space systems support to enhance combat and research and development capabilities within the Air Force.

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