SIGNAL Blogs

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been awarded a $14.4 million contract by the Colombian Air Force to modify and deliver three Medevac-capable aircraft to Colombia's Health and Social Services Ministry. The Ministry will use the aircraft for emergency medical evacuations of both civilian and military personnel.

March 4, 2009
By Rita Boland

Dust off those bikes, take them out of the garage and get rolling for a great cause! Face of America 2009 begins April 25 in Bethesda, Maryland, to raise awareness of service members injured in the line of duty. The 110-mile bike ride, which ends April 26 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, also raises funds for World TEAM (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) Sports, an organization that strives to increase awareness, acceptance and integration of people with disabilities through sports.

March 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

March 19: Managing virtual environments is becoming more complex, Federal initiatives are piling on, and your organization's infrastructure is what it is.

March 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Senior Master Sgt. of the Army (Ret.) Jack Tilley opened TechNet Tampa in a manner that deviated from the norm. Instead of relying on people's intellects and addressing the what and how of actions, he appealed to attendees' feelings to address the why. The retired senior master sergeant told several stories about troops killed and injured in action during Vietnam as well as current operations, impressing upon listeners the importance of using their time at the conference well.

March 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The C4 Panel Session, "Breaking Down Barriers: Enabling a True Enterprise Network," addressed the ongoing efforts and need within the military to break down barriers in information sharing.

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

GE Aviation Systems LLC is being awarded a $12 million ceiling-priced indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for the procurement of 27 V-22 Crash Survivable Memory Units (CSMU); 120 E-2D Crash Survivable Flight Information Recorder (CSFIR) Voice and Data Recorders (VADRs); and 2 T-6A CSFIR Integrated Data Acquisition and Recorder System and CSFIR supply system spares.

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Scientific Research Corporation is being awarded a $6.5 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based contract to provide services for systems engineering, software integration, configuration management, test, fleet introduction, product improvement, quality assurance and life-cycle management support of various command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, reconnaissance and surveil

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation is developing a robust, radiation-hardened, wireless spacecraft bus under a $4.1 million first-phase contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). A spacecraft data bus serves as the electrical interface between the spacecraft's equipment and payloads. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will develop a wireless data bus interface that enhances AFRL's innovative electronics architecture for spacecraft called Space Plug-n-Play Avionics, or SPA.

March 4, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

The networked world is beginning to discover that sharing is not always beneficial. Marauders always have been the bane of cyberspace, but now a new set of threats has emerged to imperil more than just the usual targets. Ordinary citizens now are menaced by sophisticated organizations seeking to damage society or to loot it of its funds-or both. And, as always, the network-centric military is under assault by increasingly frequent and effective cyberagents operating under foreign government control.

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has been awarded a £450 million contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence under a partnering arrangement that will see the Royal Air Force's Typhoon aircraft maintained and supported by BAE.

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation Electronic Systems is being awarded a contract modification valued at $40.5 million. This contract modification is to establish an estimated cost ceiling for the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) System Development and Demonstration to reflect the anticipated cost overrun associated with the contractor's estimate to complete for an additional $36 million.

March 4, 2009
By Katie Packard

SSFM International Incorporated is being awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, architect-engineering contract with a maximum amount of $7.5 million for design, engineering, specification writing, cost-estimation and related services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii area of responsibility.

February 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

Vangent Incorporated has received a contract through the 350th Electronic Systems Group at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, to modernize the Royal Saudi Air Force's (RSAF's) learning infrastructure. The one-year contract has a total value of $13.5 million if all options are exercised. Under the comprehensive outsourcing contract, Vangent will modernize and expand the learning environment at the RSAF's School of Command, Control and Communication to support rigorous performance standards and overall RSAF objectives.

March 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

Christopher Dorobek, writing in this month's Incoming column, addresses a major question for public managers: Just what is the best way to manage in the public sector? During the 1990s, many government agencies were trying valiantly to put performance standards into place, and took many cues from the private sector. But as Dorobek notes in Ending Government's Private-Sector Envy, government is very different from private industry.

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has received a contract from the U.S. Army to supply Tensylon composite armor panels for the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) vehicles. HET vehicles transport, deploy, recover and evacuate combat-loaded main battle tanks and other heavy tracked and wheeled vehicles to and from the battlefield.

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $71.6 million firm-fixed-price (Letter Contract Modification) contract for procurement, installation and testing of six PATRIOT Radar Enhancement Phase 3/Classification, Discrimination and Identification Phase 3 modification kits for Kuwait radars.

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated has received a $35 million cost-plus-incentive-fee definitization of a letter contract to acquire 8 extended range multipurpose quick reaction capability unmanned aircraft vehicles and associated support equipment.

March 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Missile and Fires Control has been awarded a $14.6 million firm-fixed-price contract to upgrade six government-furnished equipment M270 launchers to the M270C1 configuration for the Kingdom of Bahrain.

February 26, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Intelligence Community Directive 501 served as the focal point bringing together a constructive dialog among intelligence experts who discussed the standards that their agencies must meet to share information in a panel on intelligence sharing at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference. Once again, governance was fingered as the biggest issue being faced. Excellent leadership is needed to change the culture and to gradually change the organization. Policy guidelines must show that information sharing is the normal course. What should not be shared should be by exception, said Vance Hitch, Chief Information Officer, Department of Justice. "We need a Google for cops and a Google for intelligence agents," he added.

February 26, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The American Recovery and Investment Act is infusing $2.7 billion in funds to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but that is both the good news and the bad news. Along with the stimulus money comes increased reporting demands and enhanced transparency requirements as well as an obligation to quickly pump the money into the economy. Distributing the funds must occur while ensuring quality contracting, good business practices and flawless spending. Not only will the agencies receiving the funds have additional administrative burdens, but industry will also have new reporting requirements in any contracts receiving these funds, related Richard Gunderson, acting chief procurement officer, DHS.

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