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Guest Blog: Lowering Walls and Blurring Lines

April 12, 2013
By Dr. Louis S. Metzger

The latest Incoming column from Lt. Ben Kohlmann, USN, titled “Link Warfighters to Technologists at the Lowest Possible Level” (SIGNAL Magazine, April 2013), resonated with observations I’ve made and conclusions I’ve reached over the years. I’ve been involved with the research and development and acquisition communities for a long time, including serving as the Air Force chief scientist from 1999 to 2001. Perhaps my adding to Lt. Kohlmann’s advice will help it gain additional traction, and stimulate further discussion and activity.

Leveraging technology to provide our military with improved capability requires diverse insights, multiple skills and varied roles. The insights cover current understanding of user needs, the operational environment, and the potential of existing and emerging technology. The skills span science and engineering, contracting, testing and training. And the roles include requirements developer, laboratory investigator, acquirer and support provider. The realities of specialization demand that multiple communities come together to provide all these ingredients. Unfortunately, interpretation of rules, processes and culture have built walls, and suspicion between different communities to the extent that the teamwork and collaboration needed to expeditiously develop and field new capabilities often islacking.

Lockheed Martin to Enhance MH-60R Data Link Software

April 10, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $13,516,318 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order #4083 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the implementation, integration and testing of MH-60R data link/data fusion enhancements to existing MH-60R capabilities as a software modification. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

Northrop to Research Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solutions

April 10, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $40,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research, development, enhancement, integration, deployment and sustainment the secure access baseline for the EnterpRise multi-level access solutions for the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Intelligence Agency, and other intelligence community and Defense Department customers. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.

U.S. Army Modifies Mortar Command and Control System Contract

April 10, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Carson, Calif., was awarded a $12,443,001 modification, to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract , for a four-month extension of services in support of Counter Rocket Artillery Mortar Command and Control System. The cumulative total face value of this contract is now $156,052,528. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Homefront Help: Pat Tillman Foundation

April 9, 2013
By Rita Boland
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Many people are familiar with Pat Tillman’s story. He left an NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals to become a U.S. Army Ranger after 9/11 and was subsequently killed in the line of duty. His family and friends started the Pat Tillman Foundation to provide scholarships for military veterans and their spouses. Eligible parties interested in becoming a Tillman Military Scholar can learn more about the criteria online. The application period for 2013 is now closed, but student veterans who want to gain information before applying next year, as well as learning what programs qualify, can start their research by visiting the site at any time.

One of the best ways to support the organization occurs later this month at Pat’s Run on April 20 at Arizona State University. Registration is open until April 12 or until all spots are taken. Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 480-621-4074.

People who want to support the foundation in other ways have several options. Team Tillman includes amateur athletes who compete in marathons, half marathons, triathlons, cycling or other athletic events throughout the country to raise money and awareness for the foundation. Or people can give money through more familiar means such as planned gifts, third party fundraisers and straight donations.

Cool App-titude: CanWeNetwork

April 9, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Networking with individuals in your area just got easier with the free CanWeNetwork app for iOS and Android. The program uses geospatial technology and a powerful matching engine to recommend people nearby who you may want to connect with for professional networking and business opportunities.

CanWeNetwork is built on top of the LinkedIn platform, and its recommendation engine uses multiple data sources to identify strong matches among users. Connections are based on location, skillset, experience, shared interests and personality traits.

"The app uses the power of big data and mobile technology to see and capture actionable opportunities that without CanWeNetwork would simply pass you by unknown," explained James Sinclair, vice president of CanWe Studios, in a company press release.

The app is now available in 10 languages in more than 100 countries.

Download CanWeNetwork from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. You can also watch a video about how the app works.

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