SIGNAL Blogs

March 11, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $128.1 million U.S. Army contract for engineering services for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. Issued by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, the contract calls for Raytheon to provide systems analysis, software and hardware engineering, testing and logistics support.

March 11, 2009
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation has been awarded $317 million to produce an additional 4,501 CREW 2.1 Vehicle Receiver Jammers, vehicle-mounted systems that prevent the detonation of improvised explosive devices. These systems will be used by the U.S. Marine Corps. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command.

March 11, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Canada has been awarded a long-term support contract for the Canadian Army's Land Command Support System, ensuring troops will continue to have access to advanced communications services. Initially valued at $341 million, the competitively tendered five-year contract includes options to extend the support annually for up to five additional years, bringing the total potential contract value to $682 million.

March 10, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

When it comes to military technologies, it's all about the warfighter. The men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan know firsthand their greatest technological needs, and their counterparts back home are striving to provide them as quickly as possible. The combat experience also is providing grist for the design mill as engineers plan for the future. SIGNAL looks at the efforts underway to develop new warfighter technologies as well as what may lie ahead.

March 9, 2009
By Katie Packard

Fidelity Technologies Corporation has received a $5.3 million contract from the U.S Air Force to create a simulation and training system that can be used for a full range of training exercises. Fidelity will manufacture and deliver the Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal System, which will provide real-life battlefield scenarios for warfighters in four areas: terminal attack control, close air support, air traffic control and call for fire coordination, training, and mission rehearsal.

March 9, 2009
By Katie Packard

Eurocopter has received a £5 million capital grant from the United Kingdom government for the purchase of six new police Eurocopter EC135 helicopters for air support, part of the first joint procurement by six U.K. police forces. The grant also will provide enhanced state-of-the-art mission equipment.

March 9, 2009
By Katie Packard

QinetiQ North America's Mission Solutions Group has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement worth up to $250 million from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile System Center for space operations technical support. QinetiQ North America will be eligible to provide the Air Force with systems engineering, test and evaluation, software engineering, spectrum management, modeling and simulation, system safety and acquisition security.

March 9, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force is awarding an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to Northrop Grumman for a maximum of $30 million. This contract will fund the Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) Program, a joint U.S. Defense Department/NASA/U.S. Department of Energy/industry effort.

March 9, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force is awarding an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation for a maximum of $12 million. This action will develop methodologies, tools and techniques for producing adaptive, distributed sensing architectures in support of the Air Force Research Laboratory multilayered sensing vision.

March 5, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

This morning at TechNet Tampa 2009, Lt. Gen. Harry D.

March 5, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, USA, the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) made sure at the beginning of his keynote address that listeners understood he holds a dual leadership role in his current position. In addition to leading DISA, he also is the commander of the Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO). Gen. Pollett went on to explain that the two organizations he commands are linked, with DISA delivering enterprise capabilities and the JTF-GNO operating and defending the enterprise.

March 5, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

TechNet Tampa 2009 wrapped up with a keynote address by Maj. Gen. Jay W. Hood, USA, chief of staff, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). The general impressed upon the audience the importance of communications to all CENTCOM's efforts which involve work in almost all the countries in the command's area of operation, not only Iraq and Afghanistan. Communications are so necessary that to the command staff, a broken video teleconference connection is more of a problem than a broken rifle. Even the boots on the ground who use a rifle every day depend on reliable communications.

March 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) to provide technical assistance and selected support services. This multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a ceiling value of $900 million for all awardees.

March 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Corporation has been awarded a three-year, $39 million Integrated Customer Communications Environment task order from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to maintain, operate and enhance interactive voice processing systems and Internet-based applications to support the IRS customer service domain. Under the TIPPS-3 task order, Lockheed Martin will maintain IRS systems that provide self-service applications to citizens via integrated telephony and the Internet.

March 4, 2009
By H. Mosher
March 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded $11.4 million to support Patriot missile facilities during 2009. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, issued the additional funding as an option under a three-year contract previously awarded to Raytheon. This add-on award brings the value of the contract to $35.5 million.

March 5, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Leadership from the intelligence and special operations communities discussed flattening networks to better conduct operations today during an unclassified intelligence panel this morning. Moderator Konrad Trautman, director of intelligence (J2), U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), opened the discussion by emphasizing the importance of collaboration and reachback capabilities not only within the military intelligence community, but with partner organizations as well.

March 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Lt. Gen. Frank Kearney III, USA, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, shared frustrations he has with communications during a speech at TechNet Tampa, and told industry members how they can help. His first frustration is the lack of data exposure capabilities, which he illustrated by explaining the problems inherent in military medical records. The U.S. Defense Department and the U.S.

March 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Vice Adm. Nancy Brown, USN, director, J6, The Joint Staff, provided an overview of Global Information Grid (GIG) 2.0, an effort to reduce barriers to information sharing. With cyber now an official warfighting domain, the military has to figure out how to navigate in that domain where networks are platforms and information is a payload. Adm. Brown says there are too many networks and GIG 2.0 is a framework to bring together service intranets to act as one global network.

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Corporation Information Systems and Global Services (ISGS) is being awarded a potential $5 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with mixed payment provisions for contractor logistics support services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command worldwide. The minimum amount guaranteed under the contract is $2.5 million.

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