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U.S. Army Modifies Deployed Aerostat Support Contract

June 24, 2011
By George Seffers

FLIR Systems Incorporated, Wilsonville, Oregon, was awarded about $10 million for the procurement of repairs and refurbishments, and logistics support for sensor components of the Legacy Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) and RAID Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Systems-Combined, Cerberus, and Cerberus Lite systems that are fielded in Iraq, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. U.S. Army Space and Missile Command, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Military Elite Fly High in Afghanistan

July 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Military use of unmanned systems has increased substantially during the years of war in the Middle East, and even the service branch usually at home on the water is taking to the skies to support ground operations. The U.S. Navy is using ScanEagle platforms to support special operations forces in battle, helping to save lives as well as to complete missions successfully.

ISS to Support Web-enabled Tool Kit in Afghanistan

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS)Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being awarded nearly $50 million for Web-enabled Temporal Analysis Systems tool kit on-site technical support and enhancements at the following sites: Regional Command-West, Heart, Afghanistan; Regional Command-North, Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan; and International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.

Insitu to Support ScanEagle Operations in Afghanistan

June 3, 2011
By George Seffers

Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a nearly $46 million contract to provide deployment services and flight hours in support of the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). These services will provide electro-optical/infra red and mid-wave infrared imagery in support of Marine Corps operations in Operation Enduring Freedom, and will encompass both the operations and maintenance of the ScanEagle UAS to provide real-time imagery and data to U.S. Marine Corps personnel. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Marines Network in Southwest Afghanistan

June 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

During a year spent in the harsh environs of Helmand Province, communications Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) engaged in a range of projects that helped protect their fellow warfighters and changed the face of technology in the area. From enlarging existing networks to introducing capabilities new to the Corps, systems in that territory will never be the same. And neither will the lives of the local residents, who are taking advantage of the increased stability in the region.

Contrack to Build ISR Complex in Afghanistan

May 6, 2011
By George Seffers

Contrack International Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $34 million contract for the design and construction of an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance complex in Shindand, Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District, Winchester, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

Integrated Systems Supports Counter Explosive Device Effort

May 6, 2011
By George Seffers

Integrated Systems, Ellicott City, Maryland, was recently awarded a $49 million contract to provide operational support services for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, with an estimated completion date of May 10, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

EOIR to Continue Constant Hawk Operations in Afghanistan

April 29, 2011
By George Seffers

EOIR Technologies Incorporated, Fredericksburg, Virginia, was awarded a $46 million contract modification to continue operations and maintenance of four Constant Hawk air platforms in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Marines Revolutionize Network In Southwest Afghanistan

May 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Members of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) recently spent a year in what is arguably the most dangerous place on the planet for a U.S. service member—Helmand Province, Afghanistan. During the deployment, combat communicators were tasked with the normal duties of equipment operations and data transmission security. But by the time they came home, they had celebrated other noteworthy accomplishments, employed technology new to the Corps and identified several challenges as well as ways industry could help overcome them.

On the Ground in Kandahar

April 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

A forest of antennas is making life even trickier than usual for military signalers at Regional Command–South in Afghanistan. In addition to dealing with a harsh environment, deadly enemies, battle-zone operations and the regular hiccups inherent in systems and networks, communicators in the combat area are fighting against the very tools designed to help them. Personnel in the information-sharing realm have discovered that international signal towers set up in the area are proving to be one of the most time-consuming problems of their deployment.

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