This year, there's no reason to throw away leftover Halloween candy or eat it until your teeth rot. Instead, donate it to Treats 4 Our Troops and the organization will ship it to deployed troops.
One of the government's premier scientific research institutions is focusing its resources on defending computer systems against cyberattackers. The Sandia National Laboratories has concluded a recent two-day conference on cybersecurity by announcing plans for a new Cyber Engineering Research Institute (CERI) that will have a presence on both Sandia campuses in New Mexico and California. CERI is expected to more closely coordinate with industry and universities in developing new tactics to enhance cybersecurity. CERI also will explore ways to encourage more students to take up cybersecurity studies and may develop a major prize competition to spur innovation in cybersecurity.
American Eurocopter announced today that the Baltimore Police Department has ordered four EC120's to replace its current fleet of four aircraft. The new EC120s will be used in part for a homeland security mission and will include advanced avionics and mission equipment, including thermal imager, searchlight, moving map, and video downlink systems. Baltimore PD's EC120s will have both front seat and rear seat consoles for tactical flight officers.
SRI International, Menlo Park, California, is being awarded a $7,147,416 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The Broad Operational Language Technology Program has a goal of creating technology capable of translating multiple foreign languages in all genres, retrieving information from the translated material, and enabling bilingual communication via speech or text. Specifically, this contractor will conduct work for activities a), genre-independent translation and information retrieval system; b), human-machine communication system; c), human-human dialogue system; and d), Arabic dialect components. Work will be performed at several U.S. locations; Hong Kong; Edinburgh, United Kingdom and Marseille, France. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
L-3 Communications Corporation, Communications Systems - East Division, Camden, New Jersey, is being awarded a $9,585,657 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract for advanced extremely high frequency/special test equipment systems and three interface tester adapters; training course and maintenance manuals; technical data package (Level 3); building and installing one duplicate advanced extremely high frequency/special test equipment tester; and three interface tester adapters; data, and cost-reimbursable travel. Electronic Systems Center, Cryptologic Systems Contracting Division, San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity.