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With Government Training Hamstrung by Sequestration, Alternatives Appear

May 3, 2013
By Beverly Cooper

Budget sequestration has made obtaining government-mandated training more difficult—this despite government requirements that individuals earn continuing education units (CEUs) and certification maintenance units (CMUs)”to keep current in their professions. Many of the opportunities in the past were centered around large-scale, efficient training that could certify more people by bringing groups together. However, travel restrictions have complicated this centralized collaboration.

Many organizations and defense-related associations now are providing the training and education needed in unique ways at low or no cost as part of their missions in support of military and government. By using local conference formats, they can deliver the content needed for CEUs, and industry and government are able to maintain the essential dialogue that eliminates waste and leads to relevant and needed services and programs.

For example, through the Engagement Theater concept at the upcoming AFCEA-USNI East: Joint Warfighting in Virginia Beach, May 14 to 16, individuals can hear from preferred providers and other subject matter experts on topics that qualify for CEUs. The Cyber Theater offers CompTIA CEUs through Cypherpath LLC. Several panels at the conference offer CEUs as well, including one at 10 a.m. on May 14 called, “A Contested Environment: How Do We Provide Effective Command and Control to Operators?” An individual can attend the panel and Engagement Theater without cost.

Army Contracts to Develop New Radar System

May 3, 2013

The U.S. Army is expanding its Range Radar Replacement Program (RRRP) with a high/medium power close-in radar system. The new mobile system will provide fine detail when tracking munitions and other targets at a range of at least 37 miles. The close-in radar system joins the fly-out radar system, the first range instrumentation radar system developed as part of the RRRP. The program aims to help the Army modernize test ranges through cost-effective, digital technologies.

The new radar system is a contract modification with General Dynamics C4 Systems valued at $16 million.

Boeing to Provide Computerized Fault Reporting System to Saudi Arabia

May 1, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Boeing Defense, Space & Security, St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $13,650,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for F-15 C/D computerized fault reporting system (CFRS) and aircraft maintenance debriefing system (AMDS). Services to be provided include providing fully-trained personnel to operate and maintain CFRS and AMDS equipment, and to provide CFRS familiarization training to Royal Saudi Air Force members. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia and is expected to run through May 4, 2018 if all options are exercised. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity. 

Logos Awarded Large Data Stores Contract

May 1, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Logos Technologies Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded a ceiling $49,750,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop and evolve enhanced and advanced techniques and capabilities for efficient collection, advance analytics and analysis of multiple sources of large data stores. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity. 

Iraq to Receive F-16 Electronic Warfare System

May 1, 2013
George I.Seffers

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $830,000,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to contract for additional production of 18 Iraq F-16 aircraft and associated support equipment, technical orders, integrated logistics support, contractor logistics support and an electronic warfare system. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. 

Homefront Help: Amtrak Discounts

May 16, 2013
By Rita Boland
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Woo Woo! All aboard! And first in line! Amtrak offers a 10 percent military discount to active-duty troops and their dependents on the lowest available fare on most trains. Troops in uniform also are welcome to jump to the head of the ticket line.

The rail service also has Veterans Advantage card program for veterans, active duty military personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserve and next of kin family members. The program requires a paid membership and includes discount on Amtrak and with other vendors. If you take advantage of the free 30-day trial period, be aware you must opt out of the program at the end or you will be billed from then on.

With air traffic controllers on furloughs and security lines getting ever longer, now might be the perfect time to try a trip by train.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Homefront Help: Veteran Tickets Foundation

May 9, 2013
By Rita Boland
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An empty seat at a big production does no one any good. So, the Veteran Tickets Foundation provides free or discounted tickets for all sorts of shows and events to members of the military community. Organization personnel work with leagues, groups and venues to obtain the passes and also accept donations of tickets or funds from the general public. The military community can check out the Events section to find out which shows and games are or will be available. To request tickets, users must create an account with the website.

Through the Hero’s Wish program, certain troops, veterans and families of service members killed in action can ask one time for specific tickets to a single event and donors will help to fulfill the request.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

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