SIGNAL Blogs

June 24, 2009
By H. Mosher

This is the first in what will be a series of video interviews featuring senior leaders of military, government and industry as they share their philosophy on leadership and the techniques that have worked for them.

This inaugural episode features Deborah H. Alderson, President, Defense Solutions Group, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

June 24, 2009
By Katie Packard

Sectra has been commissioned by FMV, the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, to further develop the Tiger personal voice encryptor system used by the Swedish Defense Forces for encrypted telephony. The order value amounts to SEK 13 million.

June 17, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Delays in obtaining security clearances are actually the second biggest problem for companies of any size. The first is what those who want to work with the intelligence community affectionately call the chicken-and-egg problem. Getting a security clearance for corporate personnel is not possible without having a contract that requires secured personnel; however, companies cannot be awarded a contract that requires security clearances until they have personnel that have received security clearances.

June 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation Defence Limited has received a $16 million contract from General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited for additional very high-frequency "manpack" radios and ancillaries.

June 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation has been awarded a $27 million contract to provide network and systems engineering and other key support services for the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA's) Multinational Information Sharing Program Management Office.

June 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a $51 million contract from the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC). General Dynamics will support SPAWAR SSC Atlantic through the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Secure Voice and Defense Red Switch Network, Information Assurance and Interoperability program.

June 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

DRS Technologies Incorporated has received follow-on orders worth $43.9 million for the P5 Combat Training System/Tactical Combat Training System.

June 18, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The vacation season traditionally begins with the end of spring. Tight economic times are forcing many families and individuals to reassess their travel goals, but the World Wide Web offers a variety of options. Active-duty military personnel enjoy some advantages in being able to access reduced fares and discounts for lodging. But even civilians can take advantage of the Web to find trips off the beaten path.

June 17, 2009

The Defense Business Board task group created to review the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) will hold public meetings next week at the Hyatt-Arlington in Arlington, Virginia. The group will invite experts who have testified before Congress on the NSPS to the first event and will listen to select members of the public for additional information about previously submitted written comments at the second. The public can attend and provide comments until June 26, but those received after June 18 (that's tomorrow!) may not arrive in time for consideration.

June 17, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

An impressive panel featuring participants from the some of the most well-known "three-lettered" intelligence organizations got down to the nuts and bolts of intelligence agencies' requirements. The discussion, which took place this morning at the AFCEA Small Business Intelligence Forum in Fairfax, Virginia, also centered on where the organizations plan to go in the near future in the information technology realm.

June 17, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Representatives from the DIA, NGA and NSA shared their insights about how to get a foot in the door at intelligence community agencies during the second panel presentation at the AFCEA Small Business Intelligence Forum this morning in Fairfax, Virginia. All agreed that it requires more than the standard marketing approach but emphasized that it is worth the investment in time and talent.

June 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Rockwell Collins has been awarded a program to develop simulation and training solutions for the MA-60 and MA-600 flight platforms by Xian Aviation Science and Technology Company (XASC), an AVIC subsidiary.

June 17, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Dr. William Nolte, research professor and director of the Center for Intelligence Research and Education, University of Maryland, laid the problems on the line regarding industry and intelligence community organizations during the AFCEA Small Business Intelligence Forum, which took place today in Fairfax, Virginia. Ranging from determining who is in charge to the acquisition process, Nolte forthrightly shared that the many of the systems that facilitate government-industry partnerships are broken.

June 17, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

Research and development is the seed corn of our technology driven world. With the commercial sector providing many of the military's new technologies, the old lines delineating military and commercial technologies are blurring into nonexistence. The defense community is working with academia and the private sector to an ever greater degree, and the rapid pace of commercial information technology innovation is increasing the importance of laboratory research.

June 17, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Military families requiring just about any kind of help-from supplies to camaraderie-can find what they need here. Military Family Support Centers (MFSC) Incorporated, located in Salem, Virginia, is dedicated to identifying and meeting the needs of the families of deployed military members. The organization seeks to reduce the stress for troops and their families by providing ways for the community to express its gratitude through offering services, volunteering or making donations.

June 17, 2009

The U.S. Air Force's venerable fleet of B-52 Stratofortress bombers is joining the network-centric force. They are being outfitted with the Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) system, which will provide the aircraft with enhanced situational awareness and mission flexibility.

June 15, 2009
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications Systems-West is being awarded a $60 million contract for the manufacture, test and delivery of 9 SRQ-4(Ku) radio terminal sets (RTSs) for ship small-surface combatants and 45 ARQ-58 RTSs for the MH-60R aircraft, including technical data.

June 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Joint Forces Command to provide research, development, engineering and technical services to the Joint Concept Development and Experimentation Directorate (J-9). The contract has a ceiling amount of $284 million.

June 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) to provide mission support services to the USJFCOM Joint Systems Integration Center (JSIC). The contract has a total potential value of $101.9 million. General Dynamics will support the JSIC in establishing, maintaining and extending the assessment of current military systems, near-term technology insertions and acquisition solutions for the joint warfighter.

June 17, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received an additional $42 million in small-caliber ammunition orders from the U.S. Army Sustainment Command in Rock Island, Illinois.

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