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Wideband Global SATCOM Contract Modified

January 17, 2012
By George Seffers

Boeing Satellite Systems Incorporated, El Segundo, California, is being awarded a $376,523,860 modification of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) Block II follow-on contract. This contract exercises the option to produce, process, launch, and activate on-orbit Satellite Vehicle 9 as previously negotiated. U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Command, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity

App Flies High

December 21, 2011

Smartphones can now communicate on 90 percent of the Earth not covered by traditional wireless networks. The Iridium AxcessPoint Mail and Web App provides email and Internet connections and features a built-in firewall to block extraneous Internet traffic.

Raytheon Receives Hybrid Satellite Communications Contract

August 3, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon Company, Network Centric Solutions, Marlborough, Massachusetts, is being awarded an approximate $67 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus fixed-fee/cost-plus incentive-fee/firm-fixed-price hybrid contract for the procurement of highly specialized engineering services to meet the Navy's Satellite Communications Program requirements to include, but not limited to, the following systems produced by Raytheon:  Extremely High Frequency (EHF); Super High Frequency (SHF) WSC-6 (v)5/7; Global Broadcast Service (GBS); Submarine High Date Rate (SUB HDR); and Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT). The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Stratos Awarded $315 Million Satellite Communications Contract

July 18, 2011
By George Seffers

The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization awarded Stratos Government Services Incorporated, Washington D.C., a not-to-exceed $315 million contract for Military Sealift Command's (MSC) next-generation wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service. The contract will replace the current MSC Afloat Bandwidth Efficient Satellite Transport (BEST) commercial satellite communications infrastructure.

Raytheon to Support Satellite Communications Program

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon Technical Services, Norfolk, Virginia, was recently awarded more than $51 million for support of the AN/USC-38 extremely high frequency satellite communications program. The Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.

GAO Calls Defense ISR Programs Fragmented, Wants Tighter Management

June 6, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

At a time when almost all of government is being squeezed by efforts to lower spending, a new report from a congressional watchdog agency strongly suggests that the Defense Department needs to do a better job of managing its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems. "Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance: Actions Are Needed to Increase Integration and Efficiencies of DOD's ISR Enterprise," (GAO 11-465) warns that the department must improve its control over disparate ISR efforts if it is to provide effective ISR support to the force.

Integral Systems Provides Integrated Product Suite to U.S. Air Force

January 31, 2011
By George Seffers

Integral Systems Incorporated, Colorado Spings, Colorado, was recently awarded by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center a more than $13 million contract modification to its Command and Control System-Consolidated contract. Under the terms of the contract modification, Integral Systems will continue to provide its EPOCH Integrated Product Suite to simplify operations by consolidating satellite ground systems. The contract, first awarded in early 2002, enables a unified command and control capability for the 50th Space Wing's complete family of military communications satellite programs.

West 2011 Online Show Daily: Defense Doctrines, Processes Face Fundamental Shifts

January 28, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

West 2011 Online Show Daily, Day 3. "Adaptability often is viewed as a responsive act. However, adaptability and preparation are inexorably linked."--Alfred Grasso, president and chief executive officer, the MITRE Corporation

Lockheed Awarded Support Contract Modification

November 10, 2010
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, was awarded a $49 million contract modification to provide contractor sustainment engineering support for the advanced extremely high frequency satellite program. U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.

TeleCommunication Systems Snags Satellite Communications Deal

November 8, 2010
By George Seffers

TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated, Annapolis, Maryland, was recently awarded a contract for Military Sealift Command's next generation wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service. The contract has a $315 million ceiling price and will replace the command's current Afloat Bandwidth Efficient Satellite Transport commercial satellite communications infrastructure. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

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