Stanley Associates to Provide IT Support to Navy Recruiting Command

November 2, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Stanley Associates Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $65 Million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the acquisition of system integration, development, support and maintenance of various information technology systems supporting the Navy Recruiting Command. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, is the contracting activity.

Australia Extends Maritime Surveillance Contract with Cobham

October 31, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Cobham has reached agreement with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to extend the existing Sentinel aerial maritime surveillance contract by 2 years, the company recently announced. This £105 million ($22,580,000) contract extension secures the contract until the end of 2021. Cobham Aviation Services has been protecting Australia’s borders since 1995 under a performance based service contract involving the full turnkey operation of 10 highly modified Bombardier Dash 8 maritime patrol aircraft that fly 2,500 missions and 15,000 hours each year.

Mobile Device Management? There Will Be an App Store for That

October 30, 2012

Following the lead set by NASA, the Department of Veterans Affairs and several other federal agencies, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has posted a solicitation for an enterprisewide Mobile Device Management system and Mobile Application Store (MDM-MAS). As many as 260,000 devices could reach authorized security resources and data initially through the DISA app store, which could eventually expand to support the needs of the entire Defense Department. The app store solicitation calls for a system to ensure adherence to all security requirements for devices operating on the DISA network and, if needed, allow security officials to remotely wipe devices that are either lost or otherwise compromised by hackers. The MDM-MAS also could be used to push authorized applications to employees’ smartphones and tablets. DISA expects to keep the cost of the proposed app store manageable by using commercially available hardware and software.


DHS Awards 34 Cyber Research and Development Contracts

October 29, 2012
George I. Seffers
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The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has awarded 34 contracts to 29 academic and research organizations for research and development of solutions to cyber security challenges. The contracts were awarded by the DHS S&T Cyber Security Division (CSD) under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) 11-02 which solicited proposals in 14 technical topic areas aimed at improving security in federal networks and across the Internet while developing new and enhanced technologies for detecting, preventing and responding to cyber attacks on the nation’s critical information infrastructure. Four of these contracts include co-funding from international partners ­ two from the United Kingdom and two from Australia. Negotiations are currently underway for additional international co-funding from partner agencies in Canada, Sweden and The Netherlands.

Computer Training Fights Human Trafficking

October 29, 2012
By George I. Seffers
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By mid-November, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials are scheduled to complete development of an interactive, digital training module to teach commercial airline employees to assist in the fight against human trafficking. The BLI training course is an interactive, self-paced training module that details human trafficking indicators aviation personnel are most likely to observe in the air environment. Furthermore, the course provides information on how to report human trafficking to U.S. law enforcement effectively.

The training module is being developed as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI), which provides commercial airline employees a voluntary mechanism not only to identify potential human trafficking victims but also to notify federal authorities. Airline personnel may report suspected human trafficking via a toll-free tip line, an online tip form, an internationally available tip line number or through flight deck communications.

DHS officials have described human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery, often involving the use of force, fraud or coercion to exploit people for some type of labor or commercial sex purpose. Every year, millions of men, women and children worldwide are victims of human trafficking, according to the DHS website.



Homefront Help: Stand Up for Heroes

November 1, 2012
Rita Boland

Turns out that supporting the military just might be a laughing matter. Stand Up for Heroes is an evening of comedy and music during the New York Comedy Festival put on to build morale among and raise money for wounded warfighters, veterans and their families. The funds go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a nonprofit organization investing in national and community-based programs that connect members of the military community with help they need.

This year’s event takes place at the Beacon Theatre on Thursday, November 8, at 8 p.m. It will honor the sacrifices of troops and their families, offering support in the effort to heal physically and psychologically from war. Many big-name acts are scheduled to perform including Robin Williams, Jon Stuart and Bruce Springsteen. Individual tickets have sold out, but corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages are available. For more information email

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.


SpectrumS4 Awarded ETASS II Contract

October 24, 2012
George I. Seffers
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SpectrumS4 LLC, a Burlington, Mass., joint venture of Spectrum Comm Inc. and S4 Inc., has been awarded a contract worth up to $851 million to provide Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services (ETASS II) to the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. ETASS II is a five-year, multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide a broad range of engineering acquisition support including, but not limited to technical support, acquisition support, provisioning and logistics support, modeling and simulation, configuration and data management, architectural support, test and evaluation, security engineering and certification, capability based planning, and integrated master plans and scheduling.