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DARPA Aims to Maintain U.S. Microelectronics Edge

January 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp., Durham, N.C., is being awarded a $13,477,331 other transaction. The goal of the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research Network is to create/continue a nationwide network of multi-university research centers that will keep the Department of Defense and U.S. semiconductor and defense systems firms at the forefront of the global microelectronics revolution. These centers will be focused on discovering solutions to the intractable problems that are forecast to lie in the future of integrated circuit progress and to lay the foundations for microsystems innovations once the improvements associated with Moore’s Law are exhausted. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman to Provide Aircraft Navigation to Multiple Nations

January 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Corp., Woodland Hills, Calif., is being awarded a $13,172,882 five-year performance based logistics firm-fixed-price requirements contract for the AN/ASN-139 Carrier Aircraft Inertial Navigation System (CAINS II) used in support of the C-2A, E-2C, F/A-18 B/C/D/E/F, S-3 and TAV-8B aircraft. The announcement contains purchases for the governments of Japan, Egypt, France, Malaysia, and Taiwan under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

Cool App-titude: Urgent Care

January 22, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Flu season is in full swing, and the minute the symptoms hit, many of us hop online to check out the latest information. Now, an interactive app goes one step further, providing health news and access to medical professionals right on your iPhone.

The Urgent Care app by GreatCall Incorporated lets users check their symptoms, peruse a consumer-friendly medical dictionary and even contact a registered nurse for advice at any time, day or night.

While the app itself is free, contacting a nurse will cost $3.99 per call; if needed, a doctor will call back within 30 minutes.

Services are available in both English and Spanish.

Anyone with a medical emergency should immediately seek help or medical attention; however, this app can provide fast resources for anyone with non-urgent symptoms or questions about their health.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store. The Android version is expected later this month.

Would you use an app to seek out information about your symptoms? Let us know in the comments.

These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

Dramatics to Drama: From the Fiscal Cliff to “Zero Dark Thirty”

Joe Mazzafro

Unless we are existing in a weird parallel universe, the Mayan’s were clearly wrong about the world ending last month,  but the National Intelligence Council’s “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds” does warn the U.S. will likely lose its status as the planet’s only superpower by then.  And how about that fiscal cliff?!?  Lots of drama for New Year’s Day legislation that only raised taxes on those making $400k or more without any meaningful impact on reducing the deficit or dealing with sequestration.  More or less a two month “U” turn at the fiscal cliff or a demonstration of “Democracy Inaction!”
 
The White House and the Congress “agreeing “ to defer dealing with either the debt ceiling or sequestration for two months only insures that budgetary uncertainty for almost all national security accounts will continue until “March Madness.”  Sequestration will then join raising the debt ceiling and extending the Continuing Resolution (CR) for the rest of FY 13 as requiring legislative action of some type in March.  While there could be some kind of grand bargain providing a comprehensive solution to all three of these separate but related tectonic fiscal issues, I remain unable to see what will change between now and March given the political posturing that has been going since 2010 without any significant increases in revenues or cuts in spending.  And as we heard the President and the Republican leaders of Congress publicly “trash talking” with each other on January 14, any discussion about raising the debt ceiling is an opportunity for political brinkmanship regarding shutting down the government.
 

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