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Goldbelt Hawk to Provide Communications Services in Afghanistan

May 21, 2012
By George Seffers

Goldbelt Hawk LLC, Newport News, Virginia, was awarded a $9.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for the electrical and communication services for U.S. forces throughout Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.

Emergency Alert Joins the Twitter Age

February 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

In the next two years, federal officials plan to unveil a new means for providing emergency information to the U.S. public.

Missile Defense Agency Awards $980 Million Contract

December 29, 2011
By George Seffers

The Missile Defense Agency is announcing the award of a sole-source, incentive-based, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to Lockheed Martin Corporation, Information Systems and Global Solutions, Gaithersburg, Maryland, with an estimated value of $980 million. Under this follow-on contract, the contractor will develop, model, fabricate, integrate, test, verify, evaluate, validate, document, deliver, field, train, operate, sustain, and support updates and new capabilities to the command and control, battle management and communications element.

InDyne to Install Communications at Launch Facilities

September 26, 2011
By George Seffers

InDyne Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, is being awarded a $11,453,051 cost-plus-incentive-fee/award-fee contract to provide for the western range operations and maintenance; support services; testing, modifying and installing communications, information and computer system services; and testing, modifying and installing communications, electronic and security systems at launch facilities, launch control centers and test facilities. The contract is a two-month interim extension. The Air Force Space Command's 30th Contracting Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Marines Recruit Ocean Systems for Satellite Communications

April 7, 2011
By George Seffers

Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation, Oceanside, California, is being awarded a $12 million task order for engineering and scientific support for networking and satellite communications. The scope of this statement of work is to provide engineering and technical support, on-going acquisition support, financial support, logistics support, website development and management, manpower, personnel, and training analysis report development and assessment, manpower, personnel, and training plan, development and support, administrative support and managerial support. The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, Communications, Intelligence and Networking Systems (CINS) Product Groups mission is to act as the central agent for the research, development, acquisition, and life cycle management of communications, intelligence, surveillance, and networking systems throughout the Marine Corps. The product group's assigned mission includes the responsibility of CINS for the operating forces and the supporting establishment. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

Shipboard and Land Networks to Become Shipmates

April 2011
By Daniel P. Taylor, SIGNAL Magazine

Walk up to a terminal, swipe a card and log in to a single, consolidated network architecture. That is the future the Navy envisions for its sailors when they disembark after a deployment and want to use a network on land, or vice versa—something that is difficult to do in today’s environment of cluttered legacy networks.

Guest Blog: Computers for Shooters

April 27, 2010
By Paul Strassmann

Two weeks ago, I listened to a U.S. Marine Corps brigadier general plead for a lightweight personal computer that shooters could use at the squad level. All of the talk he heard about net-centric networks was meaningless because network centricity did not reach where it was needed. If the civilians could walk around with BlackBerrys, why couldn't the U.S. Defense Department provide comparable services?

SIGNAL Says: Malcolm Green

March 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

"NATO SATCOM will certainly be handicapped if interoperability with national systems is not key to the design of how we go forward."--Malcolm Green, chief of CAT 9 NII Communication Infrastructure Services, NC3A

Multiband Radios Make Their Debut

November 25, 2009
By Katie Packard

Beginning this month, 14 government agencies across the U.S. are part of a pilot program testing a new multiband radio that enables first responders to talk to each other across frequency bands.

The Cellular Battlefield: You CAN Hear Me Now

November 24, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

Cell phones now take their place on the battlefield, thanks to a new system that lets warfighters stay successfully and securely connected.

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