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The Five Pillars of Netcentricity

July 1, 2008
By H. Mosher

In "Network Operations Mandate Critical Considerations," Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.) outlines and explains his "pillars of netcentricity," which are communications infrastructure; security, including privacy and cybersecurity; information management, governance, and leadership. These pillars are so important, he continues, because as organizations face the challenges of continued streamlining, as resources continue to dwindle even as security demands continue to grow. With all this in mind, what key elements for effective and efficient network operations pose the greatest challenge for defense agencies?

Vangent Awarded Contract with Royal Saudi Air Force for Web-Based E-Learning

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Vangent Inc. is being awarded a contract from Hanscom Air Force Base, Maryland, for $13,590,654. The Royal Saudi Air Force Web Based E-Learning System Modernization Program includes the procurement, installation, configuration, test and delivery of the School of Command, Control and Communication E-Learning systems, its supporting equipment and information technology infrastructure.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation Wins Contract from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation has been awarded a cost plus fix fee contract of $20,842,119 from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to develop and mature critical technologies required to enable airborne stand-off electronic attack, including low band, high-power transmitting phased arrays; mid-band high-power transmitting arrays; and advanced exciters.

General Dynamic Network Systems Receives Contract from Air Force

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Network Systems was awarded the Intelligence Information, Command and Control, Equipment and Enhancements contract, an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a $3.1 billion maximum, by the Air Force.

Harris Corporation Awarded Contract to Supply Royal Netherlands Air Force with Remote Surveillance System

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation was awarded a contract to supply the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) with Falcon Watch Remote Surveillance Systems to provide force protection and perimeter security for forward operating bases in Afghanistan. The acquisition is part of the RNLAF's Transportable Intrusion Detection Systems program.

BearingPoint Awarded Five-Year, $225 Million DoD Contract

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

BearingPoint Inc. was awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for Logistics, Maintenance and Supply Support functions and associated technologies throughout the Defense Department by the Army Contracting Agency. The contract has a potential value of $255 million over five years.

Teamspinner: A collaborative project management tool

July 3, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Teamspinner allows teams to create custom environments for their projects. Users can add Wiki text, lists, discussions and files. Team members can also invite others as members or observers and track any changes via RSS feeds. Users should note that this tool is currently in the beta stage. A link allows bugs and suggestions to be reported to the tool's designers.

Remembering Everything

July 3, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The goal of reQall is to serve as a memory tool. The site collects and aggregates personal data. Users can access the site through a variety of methods, such as text from a handheld or desktop computer or voice from a telephone. The site will translate voice messages into text and store the data. Users with iPhones or Web access can quickly enter action items and clip and remember items on the home page. ReQall can contain anything from personal notes to contact lists and photographs. A memory jogger feature lets users play games especially designed to strengthen memory.

Another way to search Wikipedia

July 7, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Sometimes a user might need an immediate answer to a question or a definition of a term. The Lexisum home page has a simple interface consisting of several boxes. Entering a term such as "bandwidth" causes the site's search engine to scour Wikipedia sites for an answer. Each definition is studded with hyperlinks to more detailed articles and related topics.

A Web 2.0 Directory

July 2, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

A massive directory of Web 2.0 applications and services, Go2Web20.net contains 2,390 site logos as of mid-May. The primary interface for Go2Web20.net is its main page, which lists all of the participating services. By moving a cursor over each site, a quick outline of the service is provided. Clicking on a logo calls up a more detailed description of the service and a URL link to the site. The assembled pages cover a range of interests and subjects, from music sharing sites to professional development and advancement pages.

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