The SIGNAL Blog

SIGNAL Says: Bob Poor

December 25, 2009
By Katie Packard

"There simply isn't enough money for us to reinvent the wheel. If there is a capability out there that we can leverage, that certainly is what we want to do. We're looking for industry partners that intuitively understand that in their DNA."--Bob Poor, assistant program manager for the DCGS-N

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New Cybersecurity Czar Named

December 23, 2009
By Katie Packard

President Obama has named Howard A. Schmidt the new White House Cybersecurity Coordinator.

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Fallen Marine Remembered

December 22, 2009
By Katie Packard

A fallen soldier has been honored in an unusual way. Lance Cpl. Ryan McCurdy, USMC, was killed by a sniper in Fallujah, Iraq, in January 2006 when he attempted to save a comrade who was also injured. In recognition of his sacrifice, a portable armored wall system has been named "McCurdy's Armor" in his honor.

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Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

SIGNAL Magazine and AFCEA wish everyone a wonderful and happy holiday!

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Cool App-titude: Santa Apps

December 22, 2009
By Katie Packard

I like to think I'm young at heart. That's why I still get excited when it snows and why a part of me still believes in Santa. In fact, I think I saw Santa (without his red suit) eating at Cracker Barrel the other day. (Does Santa travel without his elves?) Thanks to a few apps that connect kids with the jolly guy, parents can help their children keep on believing in Santa a little bit longer.

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BAE To Provide U.S. Army With Handheld Target Locators

December 18, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

BAE Systems has received a five-year, $41.9 million U.S. Army contract for all-weather, lightweight, handheld Laser Target Locator Modules. The devices allow soldiers to accurately identify target locations while on foot, in daylight or at night, and in fog and smoke.

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General Dynamics To Upgrade Iraqi Abrams Tanks

December 18, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army's Tank and Automotive Command has awarded General Dynamics a $14 million contract to purchase long-lead materials for the production of 140 M1A1 SA (situational awareness) tanks for the Iraq program. The SA enhancements include a second generation forward-looking infrared (FLIR) thermal sight, a driver's vision enhancer thermal viewer and Tank Urban Survivability Kit improvements which provide better crew  protection in urban warfare environments.

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BAE Awarded Navy Undersea Warfare Engineering And Technical Support Contract

December 18, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

BAE Systems has been awarded a $21 million contract by the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center to provide software engineering and other technical services. Under the contract, the company will develop, maintain, and test software for sonars and other operational systems on ships and submarines and provide information technology support for Web-based documentation and data storage.

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Thales To Develop Module For German Software Defined Radio

December 18, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Thales has been awarded contracts to develop a VHF/UHF radio module and national waveforms for the German Software Defined Radio program, SVFuA. The SVFuA program will provide next generation radio technology to the Bundeswehr.

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