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Homefront Help: Quilts of Valor

April 4, 2013
By Rita Boland
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The idea that troops and veterans should not come home from war feeling alone or forgotten—especially if they are injured—is a message that many have tried to drive home for years. Quilts of Valor answered the call to action by taking a simple idea and growing it into a huge grass roots effort that has provided tens of thousands of pieces of comfort to returning warfighters and veterans. As the name suggests, these items are large lap quilts that makers offer as a symbol of gratitude from the American people.

The organization has posted requirements for quilters ready to jump in and get started. The group matches up people who can make toppers with longarmers who can use their machine to quilt the pieces; topper makers and longarmers are both in demand. People who have never made a quilt before can try to find coaches on the site who will help them get started. Of course, coaches are needed, too. Anyone who still wants to help out but without trying their hand at sewing can make a donation online.

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.

Raytheon to Support Global Broadcast System

April 3, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Raytheon, Intelligence and Information Systems, Defense and Civil Missions Solutions, Sterling, Va., is being awarded an $11,795,303 firm-fixed-price contract for sustainment services supporting the Military Satellite Communications System Global Broadcast System. The contracting activity is Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

CSC to Support U.S. Marine Corps Tactical C4 Programs

April 3, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Computer Sciences Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a potential $19,872,025.08 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide technical and engineering support to Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity Operating Forces Tactical Systems Support Center and the operating forces worldwide with continuous support of fielded tactical command and control, communications and computer (C4) programs. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, Camp Pendleton, Calif., is the contracting activity.

NAVMAR to Develop Advanced Sensors for Special Operations Command

April 3, 2013
George I. Seffers
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NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $17,970,662 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for engineering, integration, system maintenance/repair services, and training for the continued development of advanced sensors and systems in support of naval aviation missions of the Special Operations Command. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

Scientists Take One Step Closer to Medical Tricorder

April 2, 2013

The National Institutes of Health is funding the development of a medical instrument that will quickly detect biothreat agents, including anthrax, ricin and botulinum as well as infectious diseases. Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are creating the first of its kind point-of-care device that could be used in emergency rooms during a bioterrorism incident. To design the device, which will be able to detect a broader range of toxins and bacterial agents than is currently possible, the $4 million project will include comprehensive testing with animal samples. According to Anup Singh, senior manager, Sandia biological science and technology group, this differentiates the work on this device, because toxins may behave differently in live animals and humans than in blood samples.

Sandia scientists will be collaborating with researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Western Regional Research Center, which will provide insights into toxins and diseases at animal laboratory facilities. Bio-Rad, which manufactures and distributes devices and laboratory technologies, is consulting on the project to evaluate product development, assist with manufacturers’ criteria and provide feedback when a prototype is built.

“We want dual-use devices that combat both man-made and nature-made problems,” Singh says. “We’re not just going to wait for the next anthrax letter incident to happen for our devices to be used and tested; we want them to be useful for other things as well, like infectious diseases.”

 

Cool App-titude: Google Keep

April 2, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Do you find yourself constantly scrambling for a sticky note or a scrap of paper to jot down reminders or ideas? Now, Android users can quickly capture what's on their minds with the free Google Keep app. It lets you write down ideas on the go, and you can even add a checklist, a voice memo or a photo.

Notes created with the app are stored securely in the cloud and are accessible through Google Drive. Items created with Google Keep will sync to all your devices.

Driving in the car or just too busy to type? Simply speak the note and the app will transcribe the voice memo. Color coding is available to help you find notes again later, and when you're finished, just archive it or delete it with a swipe of your finger.

Google Keep is available on Google Play for devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

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Thales Awarded French LTE Study Contract

April 1, 2013
George I. Seffers
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The French defence procurement agency has awarded Thales, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, a contract to study long-term evolution (LTE) technology standards for mobile telephony. The 10-month technical and operational study will identify the potential capability gains of commercial LTE technology for French land, air and naval forces on domestic and expeditionary operations in collaboration with security forces.

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