ITT To Produce New F-16 Weapons-Release System

October 13, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Air Force has awarded ITT Corporation a $39.3 million contract to manufacture, test and deliver advanced weapons release systems. An initial order of $10.7 million has already been authorized for production of 49 BRU-57/A smart racks plus spare components.

Twitter Is Mission Critical, Redux

October 9, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

The defense sector is all a-Twitter about this and other social media platforms, with many organizations restricting how and if their employees can access the tools during working hours.

First American Heroes Challenge to Take Place in Vegas

October 8, 2009
By Rita Boland
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The first American Heroes Challenge will take place in Las Vegas Nov. 7-8, 2009. The event features four-man teams comprised of military, law enforcement and security personnel who will compete in a six-stage, live-fire firearms and tactics competition. Each stage is named in honor of a fallen American hero. The contest is designed to test technical, tactical and physical skills as well as the ability to evolve with the mission.  The American Heroes Challenge organization is a nonprofit created to benefit and honor members of the military, law enforcement and first-responder communities through the challenge event. All proceeds will go toward the goal to raise $1 million in 2009. That money will be donated to the construction of a veteran's memorial in Las Vegas. More information about the event, the troops after whom stages are named, sponsorships, donations, team applications and the entry fee is available on the Web site. The programs listed on these pages are not affiliated with our publication or association. We highlight these independent efforts as a service to our military and our readers. For more information about these programs, please contact the organizations directly.

Managing Performance at the DOD

October 8, 2009
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Defense Department's performance management system needs to be completely rebuilt, according to a task group assigned to evaluate the National Security Personnel System. Christopher Dorobek explains the problems with the NSPS in this month's Incoming column, Building a Better Government Personnel System.

General Dynamics Awarded Coast Guard IT Support Contract

October 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

General Dynamics has been awarded a five-year, $140 million contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to provide information technology (IT) enterprise engineering, operations and maintenance support services for both classified and unclassified elements of its computing environment. The contract work will cover areas of the Coast Guard's land-based and mobile telecommunications, electronics and information systems.

Webinar Oct. 15 - Carrier Ethernet 101

October 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Carrier Ethernet takes the dominant LAN technology-namely, Ethernet-and extends it onto Metro and Wide Area networks (MANs/WANs). This potent force greatly simplifies access to, and use of, IP traffic for mission-critical applications and services.

Please join co-presenter Chris Janson, coauthor of the book Carrier Ethernet for Dummies, and Lt. Col Jeff Verrant, USMCR, Ciena's director of DOD business development, for "Carrier Ethernet 101 - A Primer on Carrier Ethernet for the DOD" on Thurs., Oct. 15, 2009, at 1:00 PM ET.

Attend and learn how Carrier Ethernet can simplify your networking infrastructure while enabling all kinds of interesting new capabilities, including enhanced reliability and availability, simultaneous legacy and advanced services, improved Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and more. You'll also become acquainted with the various types of Carrier Ethernet services available, the benefits they provide, and how to easily put them to work for your organization.

Discover how to:

  • Understand Carrier Ethernet LAN (E-LAN)
  • Make Carrier Ethernet work for you to deliver packet and circuit connectivity
  • Use environmentally hardened data platforms for service aggregation and delivery
  • Extend Virtual Private LAN services onto the backbone

Attendees will receive a free copy of Carrier Ethernet for Dummies. For more information and to register, click here.