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Cool App-titude: Quora

February 12, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Ask any question, and you shall receive an answer, thanks to the free Quora app. The social question-and-answer service lets you get real replies from people with first hand experience. It puts the power of crowdsourcing in the palm of your hand—opening up inquires to a large community to find the best answer.

Simply add or browse any question and find the answer from other knowledgeable users. Then vote on the best response or blog post on the topic. For example, post a question about the best restaurant for brunch in Washington, D.C., and watch answers come in from people in the area.

The popular app has become known for its high-quality participants offering true expert opinions.

The app is only for English-language content at this time, and Quora asks everyone to use their real full names to promote transparency.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

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.

U.S. Special Forces Command Awards Potential $190 Million Unmanned Aircraft System Contract

February 7, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Insitu Inc., Bingen, Wash., has been awarded a $1,000,000 minimum - $190,000,000 maximum, twenty-five month, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support to U.S. Special Operations Command. The contract is for the Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (MEUAS) ISR service using contractor-owned and contractor-operated equipment. The work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and overseas. U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.

Homefront Help: Plan My Deployment

February 21, 2013
By Rita Boland

Deployments and mobilizations are hard. To help combat the challenges, the U.S. Defense Department has released Plan My Deployment—a series of tools, checklists and tips to help military families as they deal with separation. The offering applies to active duty, Guard and Reserve troops. Visitors will find resources for the various phases of deployment, from the preparation stage through reintegration.

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 news editor.

Homefront Help: Luke’s Wings

February 14, 2013
By Rita Boland

After service members are injured in battle, having their loved ones nearby during recovery can speed the healing process. Luke’s Wings looks to facilitate the rehabilitation by purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for families. The end result is encouragement and motivation for everyone involved in the situation. But the organization doesn’t stop there. It also fills requests from World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans in care facilities who want to see their loved ones. This Veterans in Hospice Care Program serves as a “final salute” to those who have served their country.

The various efforts are made possible through donations from individuals and through corporate sponsorships. Information about donating is available on the organization’s website. People who need assistance can request travel funds online as well.

Any companies that want to help have a special call to action. Currently, Luke’s Wing is running a fundraiser it calls the 50 by 5 campaign. Officials are seeking 50 businesses to make a tax-deductible contribution of $5,000 in 2013 to the nonprofit’s mission. If successful, the organization can fulfill every flight request it receives this year. Supporters will be featured on the website and in upcoming media opportunities. For more information, contact Lindsay Kin at (202) 735-5694 or lindsaykin@lukeswings.org.
 

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 news editor.

Homefront Help: Musical VETStravaganza

February 7, 2013
By Rita Boland

Anyone who follows Homefront Help, or veterans news in general, knows that finding meaningful employment for former service members is a serious concern. For that reason, the Code of Support Foundation and a variety of partners are featuring the Musical VETStravaganza on February 17 that salutes veterans and highlights the Hiring Our Heroes program. The show starts at 3 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. Performers include country music stars Mark Wills and David Kroll as well as the West Point Cadet Glee Club.

The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They can be obtained online at www.lisner.org or by phone at 202-994-6851 and 202-994-9599.
 

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 news editor.

ViaSat to Provide Cryptographic Modules

February 6, 2013
George I. Seffers
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The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, on behalf of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Program Office, has awarded a $34 million dollar firm fixed price contract to ViaSat Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., for the design, development, and production of a cryptographic module for the MIDS Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT) Block Upgrade 2. The contract encompasses the development, prototype delivery, testing, and integration of a cryptographic module that is designed for integration into a variety of MIDS-LVT hardware variants. The award also calls for production of approximately 10,000 modules for retrofit of all MIDS-LVT hardware in service at the conclusion of the development.

Dev Technology Group Receives ICE Task Orders

February 6, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Dev Technology Group Inc., Reston, Va., recently announced that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has awarded the company multiple task orders under the ICE Software Operations and Maintenance Support Services Blanket Purchase Agreement. Dev Technology will maintain mission critical systems at ICE including the Enforcement Integrated Database, the Federal Financial Management System Infrastructure, and the Real Property Management System. These systems support ICE agents across the country. 

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