The SIGNAL Blog

Drone Use Influences Choice to Start or Escalate Conflicts

March 7, 2017



A significant majority of people support deploying drones rather than manned aircraft into contested territory, according to a study by the Center for a New American Security and the Future of Warfare Initiative. 

Lifesaving SATCOM Migrates to New U.S. Army Network

March 16, 2017
By James Christophersen

During the final days of November, managers for the Joint Telemedicine Network powered down the central teleport facility in Landstuhl, Germany, officially closing the network that had provided a dedicated worldwide SATCOM network to U.S. Army medical personnel treating wounded soldiers at field hospitals and forward operating bases in combat zones. Rest assured, the shuttering did not leave doctors, corpsmen and troops without a reliable SATCOM network. 

DISA issues RFP for Unconventional SETI Contracting Program

February 28, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is now accepting requests for proposals (RFPs) for its Systems Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) contract vehicle, a $7 billion, multiyear revamped acquisition process that acutely challenges the status quo in the procurement of engineering support and services.

A Successful Rest of 2017 Should Include 4 IT Resolutions

February 28, 2017
by Phil O'Reilly

As we near the end of the first quarter of this new year, it seems like a perfect time to introduce and discuss four new "resolutions," if you will, for federal information technology managers and what a new action plan for progress might look like. Phil O'Reilly from Brocade Federal spells them out.

VICTORY Might Not Be a Win for Everybody

February 27, 2017
By Ben Sharfi

VICTORY is yet another government attempt to create a new specification for righteous reasons, while ignoring the fact that creating any specification that goes against commercial market momentum is unlikely to gain traction.

Women Help Each Other to Make Gains in STEM, Cyber Careers

February 23, 2017
By Monique Attar

Career and educational hurdles still exist for girls and women entering the world of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly called STEM, despite it being the 21st century, panelists shared during AFCEA International’s Women in Cyber discussion, presented Wednesday at West 2017, a premier naval conference held this week in San Diego. 

ONR Awards $16 Million to Promising Young Investigators

February 16, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded 33 scientists $16 million through its 2017 Young Investigator Program (YIP). The winners’ research holds strong promise across several naval-relevant science and technology areas.

BAH Awarded $325 Million for Improvised Threat Enterprise IT

February 15, 2017

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $325,868,201 ceiling cost-plus-award-fee task order under the General Services Administration (GSA) Alliant contract to provide reliable and secure Enterprise Information Technology (EIT) operations anywhere in the world in support of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO). The EIT task order enables rapid aggregation, fusion and dissemination of operational information, intelligence and technology to respond to emerging threats. It provides the DevOps-enabled path to production for JIDO mission information technology (IT) capabilities; leverages Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community enterprise services; and delivers IT capabilities in response to combatant commands, the intelligence community, military service partner organizations and other DoD/federal agencies. The task order provides a key component for JIDO’s mission to enable DoD actions to counter improvised threats with tactical responsiveness and through anticipatory, rapid acquisition in support of combatant commands’ efforts to prepare for, and adapt to, battlefield surprise in support of counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and other related mission areas including counter-improvised explosive device. Work will predominantly be performed in Virginia and the National Capital Region; however, contractor personnel will also be embedded as needed with globally deployed U.S. forces. The expected completion date is March 5, 2022.  Joint IED defeat funds along with other agency/department contributions in the amount of $2,618,250 are being obligated at the time of award.  This task order was a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.

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