The SIGNAL Blog

L-3 Awarded T-1A Jayhawk Logistics Support Contract

August 21, 2009
By Katie Packard

L-3 Communications' Systems Field Support division was awarded a 60-day base contract with eight option years from the U.S. Air Force to serve as prime contractor on the T-1A Contractor Logistics Support program. The total value of the contract with all options is $680 million.

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Northrop Grumman Selected to Continue Development of Army's DCGS-A Mobile Basic BCT System

August 21, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by the U.S. Army to finalize development of its Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Mobile Basic system, specifically for the Army's emerging Brigade Combat Teams (BCT). Valued at $296 million, this continuation development contract covers a total performance period of 30 months.

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LandWarNet Show Daily--Wednesday

August 19, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Wednesday's events at LandWarNet began with a talk by Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC, NATO supreme commander transformation, and commander U.S. Joint Forces Command. The general opened by saying he is passionate about command and control (C2), but added that C2 is an important capability that extends beyond technology. "No matter how brave your soldiers are, they're going to catch RPG's in the chest if you don't get C2 correctly," he cautioned.

The general noted that C2 is commonly seen as a technology subject, but there is a critical human aspect to it. He said his goal is to refine and define C2 problems and to solve them because C2 is the glue that holds military, intelligence and civilian government agencies together. It is essential that command and control is done right, he said.

Citing the approach taken at Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, VA, the general sees C2 as a leader-centric practice. He emphasized that C2 implies trust. This trust is especially true on the battlefield where commanders must rely on their subordinates. Gen. Mattis notes that decentralized command speeds action by allowing field officers to exercise their initiative. But he adds that training and education is key to achieving this goal.

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Gravely Sailors Assisting in Interoperability Assessment

August 19, 2009

The stars were in perfect alignment or it was the perfect storm of open schedules. Call it what you will, but when technology assessors and warfighters meet for one week in one place, the results are the same: a mutual learning experience that will benefit warfighters on the front lines.

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Business Technology and Solutions Awarded Contract for Support Services

August 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

Business Technology and Solutions has been awarded a $13.4 million contract for a technical and acquisition management support program to provide a range of diverse nonengineering, technical and acquisition management support required in the acquisition, development, production and support of equipment and weapon systems within the Air Armament Center and other organizations at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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LandWarNet Show Daily-Tuesday

August 18, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The theme of this year's LandWarNet conference and symposium is leveraging the global network enterprise to enable full spectrum operations to the warfighter. Gen Carter F. Ham, USA, launched the event by discussing the Army's need to leverage the network and cyberspace to enable command and control. He explained that this was a historic time for Army signals as the service establishes a new unified command devoted to cyberspace.

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Harris to Support Army's WIN-T Program

August 19, 2009
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation has received a contract update from Lockheed Martin to continue development work on wireless networking technology under Increment 3 of the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) program.

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