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Turkish Groups Provide 
Industry, Government Bridge

November 1, 2012
By Max Cacas

A major aim is to serve as a forum for the nation's defense companies to alleviate concerns over fiscal austerity.

Non-governmental organizations serve a valuable role in bridging industry and the military in Turkey. The NATO stalwart has developed its own high-technology defense sector, which now is expanding its export market penetration. This sector also stands to play a major role as NATO develops a technology acquisition architecture in which its member nations play complementary roles rather than competing ones. Because of the need for close coordination between government and industry, non-governmental organizations carry out essential missions in the defense establishment.

Representing a nation that historically has stood at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, the Turkey Chapter of AFCEA International reflects a very active defense industrial community supporting the needs of both the Turkish government and its trading partner nations. Founded in November 1989, the chapter itself has a unique history, according to Col. Ismet Bora Büyüköner, TUA (Ret.), president of the AFCEA Turkey chapter.

“The AFCEA Turkey Chapter was founded at the directive of the Turkish Ministry of National Defense and the Turkish General Staff, under the leadership of the Undersecretariat of the Turkish Defense Industries,” he outlines.

The chapter has been approved as a scientific purpose association by the defense ministry, which means that members of the Turkish Armed Forces are allowed to become AFCEA members with permission from superior officers. Membership in the chapter is open to individuals and companies that “operate in the field of communications, electronics and information technology,” according to the chapter,’s website.

Two Firms to Provide International Information Assurance Support

March 23, 2012
By George Seffers

DRS Technical Services Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, and M. C. Dean Incorporated, Dulles, Virginia, are each being awarded a $16,600,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price multiple award contract for the support of the electronic security systems, information assurance, and engineering network system programs for government facilities in the European, Middle Eastern, African, Southwest Asian, and Central Asian regions. These contracts include options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the individual contracts to an estimated $94,700,000.  Work will be performed entirely outside the continental United States and is expected to be completed by March 2017, of all options are exercised. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

Online Supply Store Contract Modified

June 22, 2011
By George Seffers

Newbegin Enterprises Incorporated, Johnson City, Tennessee, is being awarded an $11 million contract modification for an Internet-based contractor operated parts store, which will provide a venue for personnel in the southwest Asia area of operations to purchase vehicle parts. The 20th Contracting Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

Online Parts Store to Supply Troops in Southwest Asia

June 15, 2011
By George Seffers

Newbegin Enterprises Incorporated, Johnson City, Tennessee, is being awarded a $75 million maximum contract for an Internet-based, contractor-operated parts store, which will provide a venue for personnel in the Southwest Asia area of operations to purchase vehicle parts. The government shall require contractor delivery of specific products by issuance of delivery orders. The 20th Contracting Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy Modifies Satellite Internet Protocol Contract

April 7, 2011
By George Seffers

DRS Technologies Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a potential $169 million contract modification for satellite internet protocol services to support morale, welfare and recreation and other non-Global Information Grid operations and programs supported by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, European Office. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract, including this modification, to $497 million. Work will be performed in Southwest Asia (95 percent) and Europe (5 percent), and is expected to be completed December 2011. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

ITT to Operate Communications in Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar and Kuwait

April 5, 2011
By George Seffers

ITT Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was recently awarded a more than $96 million contract for the operation and maintenance of communication facilities, systems and equipment in Southwest and Central Asia and Africa. Work will be performed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar and Kuwait, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2012. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity.

Iraqi Telecommunications Upgrades Impart Hard Lessons

February 2009
By Robert Fonow

Iraq’s technological telecommunications leap into the 21st century has left the country short on experts available to work in traditional communications areas. The success of reconstruction efforts in the country demonstrates that citizens are hungry to embrace mobile communications devices. But ushering a nation with little to no technology toward state-of-the-art telecommunications also revealed that introducing modern communications is about more than just raising a few cell towers and sticking cell phones in citizens’ hands. It can be a misstep that winds up costing the United States millions of dollars.

Putting the Plug into Person-borne Bombs

February 2009
By Rita Boland

The U.S Air Force is coming out of the sky to counter some serious threats on the ground. Working with its land-based counterparts, the service rapidly implemented a process to evaluate technologies valuable for defeating certain explosive devices in an attempt to stop the weapons from harming more troops and civilians in the Middle East. The goal of the work is to detect explosives on bodies before the carriers come close enough to other people to damage life or limb.

Reconnaissance Task Force on Target

February 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

A U.S. Army aerial reconnaissance support team successfully assisting warfighters in Iraq is expanding its reach to protect ground forces in Afghanistan. Comprising members of the active and reserve forces, as well as a sizeable number of defense contractors, the task force currently is using technological elements of the future modular force in a cavalry role to assist U.S. theater commanders and their subordinates in Iraq. Some of the capabilities already have been moved into Afghanistan, and during the next 12 months a similar task force will be in place to improve the sensor-to-shooter cycle and provide intelligence while conducting operations.

Words From the Mouth of The Boots on the Ground

February 2009
By Rita Boland

The Stryker is a rarity in the military world—an item that satisfies the top commanders and warfighters seeing action in battle. While support from the top does not always translate into success on the ground, in the case of the Stryker the troops in combat, including those using it for communications missions, are basically as pleased with the vehicle as are the planners and decision makers in the United States. The numbers and uses of Strykers show no signs of decreasing as the vehicles mark half a decade in theater, and the U.S. Army is adding additional capabilities to the next round that is expected to deploy even as the eight-wheeled automotives see daily action now. A few changes could enhance the value of this vehicle to signal troops, but overall the reviews from those using the vehicle in combat are positive.

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