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.
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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 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.
Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has received a one-year, $1.6 million contract to support the U.S. Air Force's 703rd Aeronautical Systems Group Predator/Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle program office. DRC will provide capabilities such as test/evaluation engineering, foreign military sales engineering, logistics, program management and analysis.
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.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines have teamed up to stop terrorist activities and to improve the quality of life for Philippine citizens.
YouTube may be a household name for people across the world, but other sites offer many of the same benefits with additional advantages. Video hosting sites continue to grow in number, offering YouTube alternatives with special focuses. Some cut through the clutter of dancing cats to cater specifically to business users while others pay their users or offer privacy features. Anyone looking to become a Web video phenomenon can find a site to suit his or her needs.
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has received an initial $105 million contract award as part of a three-year contract by the U.S. Army Sustainment Command to supply various types of nonstandard (non-NATO) ammunition for the security forces of Afghanistan. If all options are fully exercised, the contract value could potentially exceed $200 million.