The SIGNAL Blog

Send In Your Ideas for Open Government

February 22, 2010
By Katie Packard

President Obama's Open Government Initiative is underway, and the government wants to hear from you. What are your ideas on open government? Help the government draft open government plans by sharing your thoughts on how each agency can be more open and transparent.

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Cool App-titude: Army Technology Live

February 23, 2010
By Katie Packard

Army Technology Live is the U.S. Army RDECOM's blog. Its purpose is to inform the public about Army initiatives and technologies and to showcase the work produced by the Army technology team. Now the command has launched a free iPhone application.

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The Seven-Year Itch

February 22, 2010

No, I'm not talking about the classic Marilyn Monroe film; I'm talking about AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference, going on this Wednesday and Thursday. The theme is "DHS: The 7-Year Itch-Renewing the Commitment." The event will cover such topics as cybersecurity, securing social media, transparency, identity management, information and intelligence sharing, and more.

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Blinded Veterans Association

February 22, 2010
By Katie Packard

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is a group of blinded veterans who help other blinded veterans. It was established to help veterans and their families overcome the challenges of sight limitations. The organization offers service programs, regional groups, resources and government advocacy to improve life for blinded veterans.

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Not Just for Valentine's Day

February 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

Ahhhh, February. A time when thoughts naturally turn to love or at least to the need to buy tokens of that love and hand them out on the 14th. The Internet is full of sites selling cards, diamonds and everything in between, but it also offers more substantial materials. Anyone looking to learn about the history of, unique takes on or international customs celebrating the holiday need look no further than their favorite browser.

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SIGNAL Says: Col. Stephen Hargis, USAF

February 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

"These materials and electronics ... have the potential to increase the performance and useful life of the next generation of satellites and launch systems."-Col. Stephen Hargis, USAF

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EADS to Increase the Efficiency of German Military Helicopters

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement has awarded EADS with a series production contract for the EUA/OSS system designed to combine operational command and control with technical and logistics support for German military Tiger attack and NH90 transport helicopters. The EUA/OSS is a scalable information technology system that permits mission planning based on tactical and logistical data to increase the accuracy of flight preparation.

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Alion Wins Navy Contract to Provide Acquisition Support for Ship Programs

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Navy has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $71.8 million task order to provide acquisition management support to the Program Executive Officer for Ships, Acquisition Management (PEO Ships AM) Directorate. Under the five-year contract, the company will provide program management, business and financial planning, acquisition and configuration management, and enterprise resource planning implementation  support to the directorate.

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Northrop Grumman Wins Contract for U.S. Navy Shipboard Multi-Mission Radars

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a full-rate production contract for AN/SPQ-9B shipboard radar systems designed to enhance the detection and tracking of high-speed threats such as sea-skimming anti-ship missiles. Under the fixed-price $26.2 million contract, the company will supply four shipsets. The contract includes options that could bring the total value to $281.5 million.

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