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Community of Practice Program Offers Sailors Training Insight

February 15, 2008
by Amber Corrin

The Department of the Navy Chief Information Office used AFCEA’s West 2008 conference in San Diego as the platform to recognize a program key to supporting the joint mission in the Global War on Terrorism. The Knowledge Management (KM) Team of the Naval Personnel Development Command (NPDC) and the Support Team from the Navy Individual Augmentee Combat Training Center (NIACT) received the Department of the Navy Information Technology/Information Management Excellence Award for their combined efforts in establishing a comprehensive online community for sailors training to assist in U.S. Army missions.

The two teams collaborated in creating the Individual Augmentee Community of Practice (IA COP) on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO), designed to facilitate information sharing between troops and forces in training and deployment. “The COP was created to address the inconsistencies with the flow of information. Sailors are being asked to take on completely unfamiliar duties in dangerous places, and the last thing we want is for them to go in unprepared and uninformed,” said Tony Martin, an NPDC KM team member who contributed to the project.

The teams aimed to clarify the often confusing and complicated processes involved in joint force training through personal observation, meetings and one-on-one interviews. In addition, those who have been through the training are able to communicate with prospective soldiers and share their own insight and experience to help sailors prepare for deployments and training and to ease their anxiety. The forum is designed to include destination information, key points of contact, maps, requirements and checklists. In addition, it provides a discussion forum for deploying and deployed sailors to share unclassified information.

Center Builds Robots With More Bang for the Buck

February 15, 2008
by Rita Boland

Organization focuses on building and testing prototypes quickly and including program sponsors earlier in the process.

New Products

February 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

Rugged Monitors
Monitoring visual data such as telemetry and video feeds under rugged conditions can be hard on both the equipment and users’ eyes. The RD2217 line features dual 17-inch SXGA monitors with an impact-resistant, laminated stack and scratch-resistant, low-reflectance cover glass. The monitors are designed to provide high contrast and low reflectance in bright environments. The dual displays and a small keyboard, trackball mouse and drop-down wrist rest are configured to lie flat for storage. For more information, visit www.crystalpc.com.

Electronics Backplane
Designed for military and aerospace applications, this six-slot 3U VPX ruggedized enhanced design implementation backplane (VPX REDI) provides high bandwidth in a compact size. The VPX REDI can be customized with multiple configurations for unique embedded, development, testing or measurement applications. For more information, visit www.gavazzi-computing.com.

International Contracts

February 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

Portuguese Upgrade Mission System Avionics
Five Portuguese P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft will undergo full mission system avionics upgrades. The improvements incorporate electronic support measures, acoustics, communications, electro-optic and infrared systems. The work also will upgrade management hardware and software, including controls, displays and mission computers. The first modernized Portuguese Air Force P-3C aircraft are scheduled for delivery in late 2009. Portuguese military officials believe the modernization efforts will enhance the Air Force’s ability to meet multimission requirements. Lockheed Martin won the contract from the Portuguese Ministry of Defense for the upgrades. The award is valued at $141 million (€99.7 million). The P-3C is flown by more than 15 nations. Its mission uses include antisubmarine warfare; antisurface warfare; over-water or overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and network-centric warfare, such as command, control and communications. The platform also has the capabilities to conduct search and rescue, drug interdiction, airborne early warning and electronic warfare operations.

Homefront Help

February 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

Homefront Help is SIGNAL Connections’ effort to support U.S. service members, veterans and their families. The column highlights programs that offer resources and assistance to the military community ranging from care packages to benefits and everything in between.

In that same spirit, Homefront Help presents opportunities for readers to donate time, offer resources and send words of thanks to those who sacrifice for freedom. Programs that provide services are listed in red. Opportunities for the public to reach out to service members are listed in blue. Each program description includes a link to the organization’s Web site, when available.

Veteran to Veteran
Veteran to Veteran was founded to prevent veterans’ needs from falling through the cracks. The organization was founded to help former service members without reinventing the wheel, so it built itself as a hub with spokes that reach out to available resources. By creating alliances with numerous service groups, Veteran to Veteran serves as a one-stop shop for those who served and their families to receive all the benefits and assistance available to them. The veteran service organization has nationwide outreach and can assist and facilitate the acquisition of services and benefits from numerous other agencies.

Contracts

February 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

Support for Various Systems and U2
Advisory and assistance services support has been contracted for the 560th Aircraft Sustainment Group. Technical, analytical and travel support will be provided to improve policy development, management and sustainability to the operation of systems applicable to the U2 aircraft and associated sensors, systems and datalinks; the Global Hawk and Predator aircraft; the Distributed Common Ground System; the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System; measurement and signature intelligence/special projects; the Multi-Platform Common Data Link; the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion program; Intelligence Information, Command and Control, Equipment and Enhancements, or ICE2; and other stations such as the U.S. Army, Air National Guard and National Security Agency. Spectrum Communications Incorporated has received the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity requirements acquisition contract worth $74.5 million. An estimated $8 million has been obligated. Warner Robins Air Logistics Center is the contracting authority for the five-year contract.

Security Certification Pretest Available Online

February 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

Information security professionals can assess their readiness to take certification exams.

Service Turns to Industry for Best Practice Assistance

February 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

Enterprisewide adoption of ITIL strategies replaces piecemeal approach in U.S. Air Force.

Web 2.0 Capabilities Enhance Command Dialogue

February 15, 2008
by Maryann Lawlor

U.S. Joint Forces Command is taking advantage of new technologies to reach its constituencies where they live.

Missile Defense No Longer on the Far Horizon

February 15, 2008
SIGNAL Staff

The future is now—just as new threats emerge.

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