L-3 Communications, New York, New York, recently announced that its L-3 GCS subsidiary has been awarded a contract by US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop and manufacture Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite systems. The program, "Special Operations Forces Deployable Node-Family of Terminals" (SDN-Lite FoT) will provide tactically deployed Special Operations Forces users with worldwide communications connectivity. Total contract value is up to $500 million, over the next five years.
Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland Jr., USA, has been assigned deputy commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, McLean, Virginia; Dell Services Federal Government, Perot Systems Government Services Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia; and DRS Technical Services Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, were each awarded a $362 million, multiple-award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price and cost-plus fixed-fee line items for Special Operations Forces Information Technology Enterprise Contracts (SITEC) specialty services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which is the contracting activity.
Working together with industry and other military partners, the U.S. Special Operations Command is piecing together communications technologies-some designed-in from the start-to make the command a leaner, lighter, more efficient force.
Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to lieutenant general and assignment as vice commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, USN, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of admiral and assignment as commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Votel, USA, has been assigned as chief of staff, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.