SIGNAL Blogs

February 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received a $90 million contract from Lockheed Martin to produce solid rocket propulsion systems for all three stages of the U.S. Navy's Trident II (D-5) Fleet Ballistic Missile. Under the terms of the annual contract, ATK will continue to supply Trident solid rocket propulsion systems to the Trident II (D-5) Missile System Prime Contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

February 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has been awarded an order to provide 5,685 Vehicle Emergency Escape Window kits from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command. The estimated total value of this contract is $45 million.

February 27, 2009
By Katie Packard

QinetiQ North America's Mission Solutions Group has been awarded a three-year, firm-fixed-price contract to deliver security services to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). The company's security and intelligence services business unit will support the NCIS security program in Washington, D.C. QinetiQ North America's security team will provide a range of services to NCIS.

March 1, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Wounded, ill and injured military members and their families are often in need of financial and medical resources as they recover. The National Resource Directory (NRD) home page provides information on and access to a range of medical and non-medical services and resources.

February 26, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Nearly every homeland security activity begins at the local level, so coordination is imperative between homeland security and law enforcement entities. As a result, all relevant organizations need an intelligence component, including fire departments, public health agencies and private sector entities.

February 26, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The biggest challenge the Department of Homeland Security faces is not the technology but governance, according to Margie Graves, the deputy chief information officer there. The department must manage many large and complex components resulting from bringing together 22 agencies, and it is still sorting some of that out. The goal is for central governance with distributed execution. The enterprise solutions that are replacing the stovepiped architecture of the individual agencies are making this possible.

February 26, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

After September 11, 2001, the United States committed to stopping Al Qaeda, and within a year the terrorist organization was operationally frozen. But the fallout from smashing this bureaucratically structured group led to a new franchised version, with the organization now reaching out to other smaller groups and providing training and support.

February 26, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Infrastructure protection has many elements, but the first step is determining what we need to protect. According to William Flynn, director, Protective Security Coordination Division at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), "We know what is important to government, but we have to understand what the interdependencies are." From the data collection angle, infrastructure protection has made quantum leaps, and the ability to analyze the data also has come a long way, he explained.

February 25, 2009
By H. Mosher

Read the Homeland Security 2.0 conference coverage from Maryann Lawlor and Beverly Mowery here:

www.afcea.org/signal/signalscape/index.php/tag/homeland2009/

February 25, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Technology, people and information sharing are revolutionizing the way U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) directorate is carrying out its mission. From additional unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to sea-search radars to vast increases in the number of personnel carrying out new duties, operational components are collaborating in ways that have never been seen before. These were the conclusions of participants in the first panel at the Homeland Security conference.

February 25, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Increase in activity mandates technical and process solutions.

February 25, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

While Homeland Security conference attendees enjoyed their lunch, a panel of representatives from various government agencies shared their insights about how their organizations support the homeland security effort. Initiatives are underway that will boost protection endeavors by making more information available and easing the information-sharing workload.

February 26, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

While AFCEA's Homeland Security conference's first panel focused on issues related to illegal immigrants and customs and border protection, members of Wednesday afternoon's discussion forum explained how uncovering immigration status violations currently is achieved using existing systems.

February 26, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Representatives from the U.S. Defense Department's homeland defense arm and the U.S. Coast Guard wrapped up Wednesday's dialogues during AFCEA's Homeland Security conference by explaining their contributions to homeland security. While these discussions generally refer to the "Post-9/11 World," this panel focused instead on the "Post-Katrina World" and the improvements that have taken place in communications and coordination.

February 25, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation's MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) program has received a U.S. Navy modification award to a previous firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of three VTUAV systems. This award, for an amount not to exceed $40 million, is the last of three planned low-rate initial production (LRIP) buys.

February 25, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a $3.3 million task order to analyze technical data and emerging technologies for the Joint and Special Operations Program at Navy Crane in Crane, Indiana.

February 25, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Elaine Duke, undersecretary for management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), opened AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference in Washington, DC, with both encouragement and advice for the commercial sector. The department is looking forward to partnering with industry; however, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, companies can expect more government oversight during acquisitions.

February 25, 2009
By Katie Packard

Battelle Memorial Institute has been awarded an increase of $78.5 million for a cost-reimbursable-type contract for the scientific services program, which is designed to provide scientific, technical and advisory services for problems related to research and development projects within the government.

February 25, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company is being awarded a $15 million modification to a previously awarded contract to provide an increase in option exercise for engineering and technical services in support of the MK15 Phalanx Close-In-Weapon System (CIWS). The Phalanx CIWS is a fast-reaction terminal defense against low- and high-flying, high-speed maneuvering anti-ship missile threats that have penetrated all other ships' defenses.

February 25, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

His contribution to peace in both the real and virtual worlds was inspired on September 11, 2001, as he watched the Twin Towers collapse: "It's a small world; it's a fragile world; and no one is safe until everyone is safe. You're called to serve the peace." Those are the words that Rod Beckstrom, director, National Cyber Security Center, DHS, heard in his head.

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