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Veterans Day

November 9, 2012

U.S. veterans—on the day our nation sets aside especially for you, we at SIGNAL want to say thank you for all you’ve done overseas and domestically to make life better for everyone who lives here. From fighting vicious enemies to rescuing people during natural disasters, you step up when others run. We appreciate the sacrifice of you and your families. Welcome home.

 

Homefront Help: Thank You for My Freedom Campaign

November 8, 2012
By Rita Boland
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The National WWII Museum has launched the Thank You for My Freedom campaign to give the public a chance to share videos, photos and words of appreciation to support the nation’s veterans. Efforts center around the www.myveteransday.org website, where people can upload their messages and see what others have posted. Participants also can text THANKS to 51555 or send their messages to the museum’s Twitter and Facebook pages. The work leads up to the museum’s Veterans Day celebrations on November 10 and 11. Organizers want to gather a million thank-yous for U.S. military veterans. So pull out those smartphones and start getting creative!

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.

 

 

Cool App-titude: NowThis News

November 7, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

The NowThis News app delivers original video segments straight to your iOS device. Get the latest on topics ranging from politics to technology in these informative, timely clips. In addition to traditional news stories, the app also includes humorous takes on current events.

The app is universal and works across the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad. Simply open the app, browse through the categories, watch full-screen clips and share your favorites through Facebook, Twitter and email.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store.

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.

Multiple Firms to Provide Battlespace Awareness Contracts

November 5, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Management Services Group Inc. dba Global Technical Systems, Virginia Beach, Va.; Sentek Consulting Inc. dba Sentek Global, San Diego; Skylla Engineering Ltd., Humble, Texas; and UEC Electronics, Hanahan, S.C., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based, multiple award contracts, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive and firm-fixed-price orders, to provide battle space awareness services including the integration and test of systems of systems focused on the delivery of battlespace awareness, and intelligence capabilities and systems as well as the integrated employment of information operations (IO) capabilities, and also the development, integration, and test of intelligence, battlespace awareness, and information operations applications and dedicated hardware. The cumulative, estimated value of the base year is $19,750,000. Contract funds in the amount of $10,000 will be obligated on this award. These contracts include options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these multiple award contracts to an estimated $98,760,000. These four contractors may compete for the task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity. 

Northrop Grumman to Provide Data Link Equipment

November 5, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Information Systems, Network Communication Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $20,578,917 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for ancillary equipment, hardware, and software changes to integrate the Multi-Role Tactical Common Data Link (MR-TCDL) into the E6-B aircraft. The MR-TCDL includes two Ku line-of-sight channels and one Ka satellite communications channel. Ancillary equipment includes power conditioning, cooling, electrical and network distribution, and any other integration hardware required to interface Block II B kits into the existing E6-B architecture. Ancillary software changes are those changes to existing software necessary to accommodate the new data flows and data interfaces. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Northrop Grumman Awarded Data Integration and Fusion Funds

November 5, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, Calif.,is being awarded a $6,999,999 cost plus fixed fee contract modification for the integration and fusion of data from the commercially hosted infrared payload, overhead persistent infrared wide field of view staring sensor at the Advanced Fusion Center and the Algorithm Development Laboratory. The contracting activity is Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.  

U.S. Defense Department Awards $750 Million in Intelligence Training Contracts

November 2, 2012
George I. Seffers
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BAE Systems Information Solutions, McLean, Va.; Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio; Booz Allen & Hamilton, McLean, Va.; Cyberspace Solutions LLC Reston, Va; Intrepid Solutions Services Inc., Falls Church, Va.; Prescient Edge Corp., Falls Church, Va.; SAIC, McLean, Va.;  Six 3 Intelligence Solutions, McLean, Va.; and SRA Fairfax, Va., were awarded on Oct. 26, 2012. The award is a multiple-award, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract with a combined maximum ceiling of $750 million over a five-year period ending Nov. 30, 2017. The contract fulfills a full scope of intelligence training requirements. The contracting activity is the Virginia Contracting Activity.

BACN Brings Home Funding for Northrop Grumman

November 12, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $48,176,543 firm-fixed-price contract for E-11A platform maintenance for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node Program. The location of the performance is Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

General Dynamics to Provide Cryptographic Units

November 2, 2012
George I. Seffers
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General Dynamics C4 Systems Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., is being awarded a $15,480,494 firm fixed price contract for 24 end cryptographic units including two embeddable solutions, one special test equipment and accessory kit with 20 key fill adapters manuals, training and provisioning related to end cryptographic equipment. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

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