Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $1.5 Billion Contract For SBIRS Follow-On Spacecraft

June 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin Corporation a $1.5 billion contract for the third highly elliptical orbit payload, the third geosynchronous orbit satellite and associated ground modifications for the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) constellation. The SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches and simultaneously support other missions, including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.

Collaboration vs. Communication

June 1, 2009
By H. Mosher

Dorobek makes an excellent point when he says that e-mail really did revolutionize the way we communicate, but hasn't done much toward the effort to collaborate. But since we've gotten in the habit of using e-mail to collaborate, for lack of better tools in the '90s, we're still using e-mail to collaborate even though better tools are out there.

Technology Is Neither Bottleneck Nor Solution

June 1, 2009
By Helen Mosher
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This is my take on the AFCEA, Northcom and George Mason University conference on "Inter-agency, Allied and Coalition Information Sharing," which was covered on SIGNAL Scape last week. No, we still can't connect the dots as well as hoped and never will, but conferees agreed that what matters most is the thoughtful and trusting use that humans could make of what information manages to flow through IT systems, however improperly they may be connected.