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NATO Allied Command Transformation Welcomes New Leader

September 2, 2009

Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC, will step down as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation during a change-of-command ceremony on September 9. Taking over the reins is Gen. Stephane Abrial of the French air force. The ceremony will take place on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower , Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Gen. Abrial is the former chief of staff of the French air force. This is the first time in the organization's 60-year history that a non-U.S. officer has been permanently assigned as one of NATO's two Supreme Allied Commanders. Gen. Mattis will remain as the commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Improving Transparency in Acquisitions and Procurement

September 2, 2009
By H. Mosher

Transparency remains an issue for the Obama administration, writes Christopher Dorobek in this month's Incoming column, Contract Transparency Poised to Open Up, Dorobek observes that one of the biggest challenges the administration has faced in executing programs through the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year has been in oversight of the funds. Dorobek invites "debate, discussion, examination and solutions" on these challenges.

ATK Receives $10 Million Order for EPIAFS

September 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received a $10 million order for Enhanced Portable Inductive Artillery Fuze Setters (EPIAFS). The contract was awarded to ATK by the U.S. Army Program Manager-Combat Ammunition Systems, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

DRC Awarded Air Force Work Valued At $14.3 Million

September 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has received two task orders with a combined value of $14.3 million. The task orders were awarded to the company through prime The Centech Group. Under the terms of the task orders, DRC will provide the 303rd Reconnaissance and 516th Mobility Aeronautical Systems wings, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, with acquisition management, test, evaluation, engineering, acquisition logistics, configuration, data management, security management, administrative support and contracting support services.

Raytheon Awarded $27 Million to Support Taiwan's Patriot Systems

September 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded $26.9 million for technical assistance in support of Taiwan's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. Raytheon will provide field engineers to refurbish Taiwan's Patriot equipment and will extend the services of current advisers who are assisting with training, operational planning and sustainment of Patriot systems.

SRCTec Wins Army Contract for CREW Duke V2 Upgrades

September 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command has awarded SRCTec a five-year contract with an approximate value of $700 million for Counter Remote Control Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) Duke V2 system upgrades.

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