Monday, September 28, 2009

Boeing mulls which tanker to offer U.S. Air Force

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) said it is studying new draft bidding rules to decide which of its planes to pit against a rival Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N)-EADS EADS.PA aircraft in a U.S. Air Force $35 billion tanker competition.
Boeing said it has not yet decided whether to stick with its modified 767 tanker, which lost a previous canceled competition, or a larger 777-based tanker.
(Reporting by Jim Wolf, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)
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USGC, Inc. Awarded Navy Military Sealift Fleet Support Command HR Support Contract

September 25, 2009,
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Sept. 25, /PRNewswire/ -- USGC, Inc., a woman-owned small business, announced today that it was awarded a contract by the Navy Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSFSC) to provide Human Resources (HR) support services to assure the effective and efficient operation of MSFSC HR functions. USGC will support MSFSC locations in Norfolk, VA, Freehold, NJ and San Diego, CA and will operate the Civilian Mariner Support Center out of a USGC facility in Norfolk, VA. USGC's role is to support MSFSC in maintaining total force and HR readiness; to prepare an afloat workforce capable of meeting MSFSC readiness requirements and support a Human Capital strategy that ensures the right people with the right skills are provided to the right place for the right work, at the right time. The firm fixed price, level of effort contract has a base period of one year and four one-year option periods which if exercised, would bring the total value of the award to $22 million.
"Ensuring manpower readiness is critical to MSFSC's mission around the world," said Jack Savage, USGC's President. "USGC is dedicated to helping sustain MSFSC's HR capabilities as it moves to meet the ever-increasing demands placed upon it."
"USGC and our team are 100 percent committed to the MSFSC mission to continue enabling the MSFSC HR vision as we move forward into this new contract," said Patricia Cresta-Savage, USGC CEO. "The USGC team has demonstrated high performance and successful results in supporting ships at sea and mariners in past work with the Navy, Coast Guard and other customers, and intends to sustain this level of excellence in support of MSFSC."
To perform this work, USGC, Inc. has teamed with American Systems Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia and Dynamics Research Corporation of Andover, MA. The USGC team will employ leading-edge HR solutions to support MSFSC's worldwide operations.
USGC, Inc. is a woman-owned, small business providing mission critical support and services in human resources, acquisition support, military training, national security, homeland security, information technology, and logistics and other services to agencies of the federal government.
MSFSC is a type command of Military Sealift Command, Washington, D. C. (MSC), and U. S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC), and the headquarters is located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The command supports the MSC mission worldwide; one of its main missions is to provide Civilian Mariner (CIVMAR) personnel administration and support, crew ships with qualified CIVMARs, and sustain them. MSFSC has components in Virginia, California, New Jersey, Guam, Japan, Singapore, Italy, and Bahrain. USGC will manage the contract from its offices in Norfolk, VA and Annapolis, MD.

U.S. durable goods orders seen up in August

September 25, 2009,
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New orders for long lasting U.S. manufactured goods probably rose for a second straight month in August as stronger demand for automobiles offset a drop in commercial aircraft orders, according to a Reuters survey.
Reuters - Workers build the 2010 Ford Taurus at the Ford assembly plant in Chicago, Illinois August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Frank ...
The poll of 75 economists forecast new orders rose 0.5 percent month-on-month after surging 5.1 percent in July. Industry data show the world's No. 2 plane maker, Boeing Co, (NYSE:BA - News) took fewer orders for commercial aircraft than in July.
The impact of the decline on overall new orders was seen cushioned by strong demand for motor vehicles, with auto dealers moving to beef up depleted stocks following the government's popular "cash for clunkers" program.
That scheme gave drivers a discount to trade-in their old fuel guzzling automobiles for new, economic vehicles. It ended in August.
Excluding transportation, new orders are expected to have increased 1.0 percent month-on-month in August after rising 1.1 percent in July. Such an outcome would reinforce views the U.S. economy was recovering from its worst recession in 70 years.
The recession started in December 2007.
"Business equipment investment is kicking into gear and should be a positive contributor to growth in the third quarter of 2009," wrote economists at IHS Global Insight in a note.
Following are some analyst forecasts and comments on August durable goods orders:
Forecast: New orders +1.0 percent
ex-transport +1.5 percent
"A wide variety of indicators show that the manufacturing rebound that began in July continued into August and September. We expect that nondefense ex-aircraft capital goods orders resumed their increase in August. The transportation sector should be a drag on orders, as industry data point to a fall in aircraft orders. Motor vehicle orders probably increased."
Forecast: New orders +0.5 percent
ex-transport +0.8 percent
"The rebound in durable goods orders is likely to continue in August. Admittedly, Boeing took 32 orders for new commercial aircraft last month, less than the 44 orders received in July. Excluding transportation, orders may increase by around 0.8 percent. That would be the fourth monthly gain in core orders in a row and would suggest that the industry is enjoying a rebound in demand associated with the pick-up in world trade and the lower dollar."
Forecast: New orders -0.7 pct
ex-transport +1.5 pct
"Although automotive production drove the factory sector out of recession, increasing activity is evident throughout the sector. However, this vigor is unlikely to translate to the dollar value of new orders, because Boeing reported lower bookings in the month. Nevertheless, ongoing gains in the auto sector should lessen the slide in total transportation orders, which, along with the building order books elsewhere."
(Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; editing by Padraic Cassidy)

CTS Selected by Thales as a Global EMS Partner

Awarded Military Electronics Manufacturing and Design Programs
CTS Corporation ~ September 24, 2009, ELKHART, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CTS Corporation (NYSE: CTS - News) a leading supplier of electronics manufacturing services, announced that its Electronics Manufacturing Solutions (EMS) business has been selected as a global manufacturing partner by Thales, one of the world’s largest defense and aerospace companies. The Company has won an initial design and manufacturing award with total expected revenue of approximately $5 million over the three to five year program life. Initial production begins late 2009. CTS will manufacture multiple PCBAs for harsh environment systems at its AS9100-certified Scotland facility.
CTS was selected by Thales UK to provide turnkey design services for military electronics applications, providing on-site engineering support as part of its commitment to meet objectives for the duration of the program.
CTS EMS is a turnkey provider of manufacturing solutions to customers in a range of electronics equipment markets. With global manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, a broad product offering and a complete range of turnkey services, CTS is the ideal choice for an OEM seeking customized product solutions from a focused and agile EMS partner.
About Thales and Thales UK
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Space, Defense, Security and Transportation markets. In 2008 the company generated revenues of £10.2 billion, with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners.
Thales UK employs 8,500 staff based at more than 40 locations. In 2008 Thales UK’s revenues were over £1.4 bn.
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CTS is a leading designer and manufacturer of electronic components and sensors and a provider of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) to OEMs in the automotive, computer, communications, medical, defense and aerospace and industrial markets. CTS manufactures products in North America, Europe and Asia. CTS' stock is traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "CTS.” To find out more, visit the CTS Web site at
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Defense Acquisition University Connects Locations and Leaders With Polycom Telepresence

Immersive Telepresence Environments Dissolve Classroom Walls, Enabling More DOD Professionals to Attend Senior Service College Fellowship
Polycom, Inc. ~ September 24, 2009,
FORT BELVOIR, VA and PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - 09/24/09) - Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the college responsible for the continuing education of nearly 130,000 military and civilian professionals at the Department of Defense (DOD), is dissolving classroom walls with immersive telepresence solutions from Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM - News), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communication solutions.
Working with Polycom partner Apptis Technology Solutions, DAU is installing Polycom� RealPresence(TM) Experience (RPX(TM)) immersive telepresence suites in 10 locations throughout the United States. Polycom telepresence is already helping DAU extend the reach of its Senior Service College Fellowship (SSCF) program launched in 2006 to prepare the DOD's more experienced Defense Acquisition Workforce personnel for advancement.
DAU is deploying the Polycom telepresence systems to better leverage resources by transforming its remote teaching network, which previously relied on legacy video teleconferencing (VTC) systems plagued with inferior video quality, frequently dropped connections and long lag times. "Critical thinking is a big part of this program, so continuity is vital," said David Newberry, who heads DAU's SSCF program. "Without it, you lose the quality of learning that you need."
After an extensive evaluation of competing telepresence solutions, DAU chose Polycom based on three key criteria: a highly immersive and effective distance learning environment featuring high-definition (HD) video, audio and content; a competitive price; and an open architecture for easy future expansion.
"We wanted to create an environment where participants had the sense they were truly involved with one another," said Dave Scibetta, DAU's director of operations. DAU has since installed three systems -- in Huntsville, Ala., Fort Belvoir, and Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. -- and will deploy the rest as facilities are upgraded and expanded. The university expects nearly all 10 systems to be installed by year's end.
"Polycom telepresence delivers an 'across the table' experience which helps organizations like DAU improve the quality and effectiveness of communication spanning distances," said Rene LaVigne, president and chief operating officer, Apptis Technology Solutions. "For DAU, the unique immersive environment of the Polycom RPX delivers a truly interactive distance learning experience."
DAU's growing telepresence network enables staffing resources to be optimized by expanding their knowledge sharing capabilities and reach, improving the quality of interactions with students while saving SSCF fellows from having to travel to Huntsville to attend the program. "You can have 12 people in one location and 12 in another, so 24 students are being taught by one instructor," said Chris Hardy, director of DAU's e-Learning and Technology Center.
DAU can use the systems to more cost-effectively engage nationally known speakers to enrich the curriculum provided to SSCF fellows. And by reducing travel time and transportation costs for instructors, students and speakers, DAU is seeing a rapid return on its investment. "In the first year, and with just two Polycom telepresence solutions in place, we saved more than $255,000," said James McCullough, dean of DAU's South Region.
Delivering an 'across the table' experience
With a cinematic, 16-foot video wall and specially designed conference environment, the Polycom solution virtually places participants "across the table" from each other, and this has proven to be essential for creating an optimal, dynamic learning environment where participants interact easily and naturally. Integrated content sharing capabilities and an HD document camera ensures instruction materials can be viewed in detail from any location.
"With Polycom telepresence, you become one with your environment," said McCullough. "In about two to three minutes, you forget you're separated from other participants."
"It's like night and day compared to what we had before," said Bobbi DeLeone, professor of acquisition management in DAU's School of Program Management, who said lag times were so severe that students wouldn't hear a question until 10 seconds after it was asked. "With telepresence, the resolution is fantastic. And we can bring in the teaching tools -- like the whiteboard, computers and video -- that we use here on site. Students tell us it enhances their ability to learn, because it's like they're in the same room as instructors and they're not distracted by technical glitches."
The Polycom environments also enrich communications during regular leadership meetings among DAU deans and directors. "The time and travel savings are significant," said Newberry. "I can have the lieutenant general in charge of all Army acquisitions sitting in front of me and anyone else he needs to speak with. And he won't have to get on a plane and fly to Huntsville or drive up to Aberdeen Proving Ground."
To expand its video network capabilities and simplify management, DAU is outfitting its telepresence network with the Polycom RMX 2000(TM) real-time media conference platform and the Polycom Converged Management Application(TM) (CMA(TM)).
McCullough said DAU is eyeing even more uses for Polycom telepresence. He already relies on it for executive coaching, and wants to leverage it for recruiting. The university also is considering expanding its network to Orlando, Fla., to link DAU sites with the learning lab of a major private industry partner.
"There are a lot of uses for this technology," McCullough said. "We just haven't discovered them all yet."
"We are seeing interest in telepresence and video conferencing from businesses in various industries," said LaVigne. "The natural, effective interaction it enables is universally applicable and I think we are just scratching the surface on its potential to change how we work. Through our partnership with Polycom, Apptis Technology Solutions is able to meet the growing demand for real time, Unified Communications essential to the needs of today's global business environment."
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Defense Acquisition University (DAU) educates and provides certification training to the acquisition workforce in the Department of Defense (DOD), along with other government agencies and defense-related private industry. DAU students manage acquisition and logistics for all military systems -- from surveillance to weapons -- and administer contracts worth up to several billion dollars. With 20 locations throughout the United States, DAU offers formal courses, continuous learning, knowledge sharing assets, and consulting to a DOD civilian and military workforce of nearly 130,000. Through a combination of classroom, online and hybrid courses, DAU graduated a record 154,252 students last year. For more information, visit
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pentagon launches 3rd try to buy refueling planes

September 24, 2009,
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department said Thursday it was relaunching a competition for a multibillion-dollar fleet of mid-air refueling planes after two botched tries to award the deal.
Boeing Co (NYSE:BA - News) is vying for the contract against a transatlantic team made up of Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC - News) and Airbus parent EADS (Paris:EAD.PA - News). The contract is projected to be worth $35 billion for an initial 179 tanker aircraft, the first of three planned acquisition stages that could cost $100 billion over time.
A notice on the Pentagon's website said Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn would brief reporters on a draft solicitation at 4 p.m. on Thursday along with Ashton Carter, the Pentagon's chief arms buyer, and Air Force Secretary Michael Donley.
U.S. lawmakers also were expected to be briefed on the draft "request for proposal," which will be made public on Friday on, a clearinghouse for federal contracting opportunities greater than $25,000, a Pentagon official said.
The proposed terms of the competition are being closely watched by U.S. lawmakers to see how they may change from the last round.
The deal has pitted Boeing's political backers, chiefly from Washington state and Kansas where the company would do much of its tanker work, against lawmakers and others from Alabama, where the Northrop-EADS team would do final assembly of its planes.
Politicians have been sparring over the impact of a confidential, interim World Trade Organization ruling earlier this month in a long-running dispute between plane-building archrivals Boeing and Airbus.
"This is a battle to the death," said Scott Hamilton, a defense industry analyst with Leeham Securities. "For Boeing, the strategic implications also involve (the threat of) allowing Airbus to get a production foothold on U.S. territory."
The first U.S. attempt to award a tanker contract collapsed in 2004 amid a conflict-of-interest scandal that sent a former top Air Force weapons buyer and Boeing's former chief financial officer to prison. That involved a $20 billion-plus plan to lease and buy modified Boeing 767 aircraft as flying gas stations.
Northrop Grumman and EADS then teamed to win in February 2008 with a plane based on an Airbus A330. The Pentagon canceled that deal in September after government auditors found the Air Force had failed to follow its own rules in evaluating the rival bids. The Air Force then was sidelined while the Pentagon took over planning for the third effort to acquire the planes, which are to start replacing the military's aging KC-135 tankers.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced last week that he was putting the Air Force back in charge of the competition, although his office would keep a "robust oversight role."
In giving the Air Force control again, he said the United States "cannot afford the kind of letdowns and parochial squabbles and corporate food fights that have bedeviled this effort over the last number of years."

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Saab denies asking Brazil for more time on bid

* Brazil now says request came from all the bidders
* Bidding process extended by two weeks
(Adds new Brazil air force statement)
STOCKHOLM, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Swedish defense and aerospace firm Saab (SAABb.ST) on Tuesday denied requesting an extended deadline from Brazil's air force in the tender for the country's next-generation fighter jets. The Brazilian air force, which said on Monday that Saab had asked for more time, changed its tune on Tuesday, saying the request had come from all the bidders.
The other two finalists in the bidding process are France's Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA) and U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co (BA.N).
Saab's top executive, Ake Svensson, told a press conference that the company had not requested a delay. He said Saab could have handed in the tender on Monday, when it received notice that the bidding process would be extended by two weeks.
The new deadline is Oct. 2.
The Brazilian air force said in a statement on Monday that Saab had asked for more time to present improved bids. [ID:nN21282585] But on Tuesday the air force said in a statement on its Web site that the extension had been requested by all "the competing companies."
An air force spokesman told Reuters he could not explain the correction.
Brazil is seeking a generous technology transfer offer and local assembly as part of a contract to buy 36 jet fighters. The deal could eventually rise to more than 100 aircraft.
Latin America's largest country has signed a strategic defense alliance with France, and the government has expressed preference for Dassault's Rafale plane.
But since the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy in early September, Swedish and U.S. officials have tried to sway decision-makers in Brazil. Saab's entry is the Gripen, and Boeing's is the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Brazil's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said the air force would analyze the proposals from a technological standpoint. But he said the final decision was his and would be based on political and strategic considerations.
(Reporting by Victoria Klesty in Stockholm and Raymond Colitt in Brasilia; editing by John Wallace)

Sikorsky Aircraft Celebrates Donation of MH-53 PAVE LOW to Royal Air Force Museum

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. ~ September 22, 2009,
DUXFORD, England, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the Royal Air Force today at Helitech celebrated the donation of an MH-53 PAVE LOW helicopter to the RAF Museum. The PAVE LOW helicopter, donated by the United States Air Force, was manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
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David Powell, Sikorsky Vice President, Sales, The Americas & Global Oil, presented to Dr. Michael Fopp, Director General of the RAF Museum, a ceremonial check in the amount of $38,000 USD, representing the costs defrayed by the company toward the relocation of the aircraft to the museum. The PAVE LOW helicopter, used by the USAF for special operations and combat search and rescue, will be part of a new National Cold War Exhibition at the museum.
"The National Cold War Exhibition in the RAF Museum at Cosford will provide a marvelous historical perspective of this time period, and the inclusion of the venerable Sikorsky MH-53 PAVE LOW helicopter will add to the historical perspective. We are excited about the opportunity to provide sponsorship for this exhibition and to continue to rekindle the strong legacy of Sikorsky Aircraft in the United Kingdom," Powell said.
Dr. Fopp said the new national exhibition aims to inform and educate current and future generations about the immense threat posed to world peace and security during this significant period of the 20th century.
"The PAVE LOW helicopter is a fitting addition to this exhibit, for its role in the history of search and rescue. The Royal Air Force Museum is pleased to be able to include this remarkable aircraft in our newest display, and to further educate our visitors who have a particular appreciation of aviation and world history," Fopp said.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Saab Wins Upgrade Contract for the SK60 Training Aircraft

SAAB ~ September 21, 2009,
STOCKHOLM, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News: The defence and security company Saab (STO:SAABB) has received an order valued at MSEK 130 from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) for the development and upgrade of the Armed Forces SK60 training aircraft. "This is an important order for Saab that will secure additional jobs, both in terms of workshop and engineering resources. The upgrade involves the modernisation of the SK60 aircraft, making them more competitive for many more years to come," says Lars-Erik Wige, business unit manager, Saab Aerotech.
The order includes the installation of a new GPS, audible altitude and primary warning signals for the pilot plus the replacement of certain instruments. The result is a new aircraft cabin layout in which, for example, the altitude and speed go from being displayed in metres and kilometers to providing the pilot with information in feet and knots, just as in today's Gripen system. The upgrade will be fully completed by the end of 2011.
The contract follows the Swedish Armed Forces' plans to modernise the SK60 training platform in order to secure its use until 2017.
In December 2008, Saab and FMV signed a contract whereby Saab, as the main supplier, was given the responsibility for handling the operation, maintenance, and readiness of all SK60 aircraft. Through this commitment, Saab ensures that the system is airworthy and is available for the Swedish Air Force Wings in accordance with the Armed Forces' requirements.
SK60 is the military designation for the Saab 105, a twin-engine jet aircraft that first flew in 1963 and that has been used by the Swedish Armed Forces since 1967 for mainly training purposes.
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SAIC Awarded $26 Million Task Order By Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) - Dahlgren Division

Company to Support NSWC Dam Neck Interoperability and Integration Combat System Test Efforts
SAIC ~ September 21, 2009,
SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI - News) today announced it has been awarded a task order by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) - Dahlgren Division to provide NSWC Dam Neck with engineering, technical, and management services. The follow-on task order has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options and a total value of more than $26 million if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Virginia Beach, Va. The task order was awarded under the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command SeaPort-e contract.
NSWC Dam Neck, a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, arms warfighters with innovative capabilities by delivering force-level integrated and interoperable engineering solutions, mission critical control systems, and associated tested and training technologies which meet the requirements of the maritime, joint, special warfare and information operation domains. Under the task order, SAIC will continue providing specialized analytic, programmatic, technical and engineering services to support interoperability and integration test efforts for combat systems across the surface Navy enterprise.
"We look forward to continuing our support of NSWC Dam Neck as they provide vital technical support to an ever-increasing variety of ships, aircraft and submarines," said Tom Baybrook, SAIC senior vice president and business unit manager.
About SAIC
SAIC is a FORTUNE 500(® )scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company's approximately 45,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. SAIC had annual revenues of $10.1 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2009. For more information, visit
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IronKey S200 Approved for Worldwide Usage With NATO

IronKey To Safeguard NATO Member Data With Secure USB Drives
IronKey ~ September 21, 2009,
LOS ALTOS, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- IronKey, the maker of the world's most secure flash drive, today announced that it has been approved for use within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to provide the 28 member nation organization with IronKey S200 secure hardware encrypted USB flash drives.
IronKey has a proven record of delivering secure portable storage devices and central management services to many government and global enterprise organizations throughout the world today. IronKey continues to dominate and lead the secure USB storage industry with leading edge security features such as a FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation, integrated malware protection, military grade hardware encryption, and a super ruggedized case that is suitable for adverse operating conditions.
"IronKey is the first and only Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) secure USB flash drive approved by NATO for use within the 28 NATO member nations," said Steve Ryan, senior vice president of IronKey. "By receiving the NATO approval for the IronKey S200 family of devices, IronKey once again demonstrates leadership and commitment in building the most secure USB storage devices in the world."
IronKey provides a comprehensive central management capability that includes the ability to remotely delete the data or destroy the device, as well as the ability to limit usage to only pre-defined trusted networks. IronKey meets the requirements for NATO's secure portable data storage needs.
About IronKey
IronKey's award-winning products and services combine the world's most secure flash drive with the world's most powerful USB management software. IronKey's USB flash drives bring the power of authentication, encryption, identity management and privacy to businesses and consumers in 23 countries. IronKey's management software and associated services allow enterprises of all sizes, government agencies, the military, and other organizations to take back control of the mobile data that has been leaking out of their organizations due to the uncontrolled proliferation of USB drives. With IronKey, organizations centrally administer, remotely manage, and enforce policies on thousands of devices located anywhere in the world. Thousands of customers, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, military organizations, banks, healthcare providers and law firms that handle some of the most sensitive security information in the world trust IronKey to protect business critical data. All IronKey products are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated. For more information, please visit

American Science and Engineering, Inc. Introduces MobileSearch High-Energy Cargo and Vehicle Inspection System

Versatile Mobile System Offers Transmission and Z Backscatter X-ray for Superior Image Detail
American Science and Engineering, Inc. ~ September 21, 2009,
ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E®) (NASDAQ: ASEI - News), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, announced today the introduction of the MobileSearch™ High-Energy (HE) cargo and vehicle inspection system with both high-energy transmission and proprietary Z Backscatter X-ray imaging for detecting threats and contraband including weapons, explosives, drugs, and currency. For added flexibility, the system offers multiple scan modes for high speed scanning of passenger vehicles or oversized or odd-shaped cargo, allowing the operational flexibility of the Z BackscatterTM Van — in either “drive-by” mode to scan stationary objects, or “portal” mode to scan vehicles as they drive past the system. MobileSearch HE also features a unique integrated cab design that enables the drivers and operators to be in the same spacious cabin for improved communications and comfort.
Business Wire - AS&E's MobileSearch™ HE (High Energy) inspection system is designed for the detailed inspection of cargo and vehicles in ...
“MobileSearch HE provides the industry’s most versatile and effective mobile scanning system on the market,” said Robert Postle, AS&E’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. “The system’s combination of transmission and Z Backscatter X-ray technologies provides superior imaging and displays the most information about the contents of the cargo. With its multiple scan modes, the system offers the flexibility and the photo-like imaging of our top selling Z Backscatter Van, making it ideal for a wide range of applications.”
MobileSearch HE is ideal for homeland security and drug interception missions at seaports, border crossings, and other high threat checkpoints. The system offers the largest tunnel size in the industry, allowing for the inspection of oversize cargo and vehicles. MobileSearch HE can travel on roads and at highway speeds.
AS&E’s Patented Z Backscatter Technology plus High-Energy Transmission
MobileSearch HE offers two complementary imaging technologies integrated in one system. Its 4.5 MeV high energy transmission X-ray generates high penetration and high resolution images for the inspection of densely loaded cargo, with typical penetration over 12 inches (300 mm) of steel. The system also utilizes Z Backscatter X-ray imaging to assist in the identification of organics for improved detection of threats and contraband. Z Backscatter technology offers the additional benefits of photo-like images and improved image analysis time, as well as a wide field of view with no tire or ground cutoff unlike transmission X-rays — allowing for the effective scanning of passenger vehicles and tires.
Flexibile Scan Modes
MobileSearch HE offers multiple scan modes for added flexibility. During normal operations, MobileSearch HE scans over stationary vehicles and cargo with both transmission and Z Backscatter imaging with the boom deployed. Additionally, MobileSearch HE can operate in Z Backscatter-only mode, with the boom stowed, for high speed scanning of passenger vehicles or oversized or odd-shaped cargo. In Z Backscatter-only mode, the system is safe to scan drivers and passengers while they remain in their vehicles.
MobileSearch HE is the latest introduction into AS&E’s comprehensive family of Cargo and Vehicle Inspection Systems, which also includes:
Sentry™ Portal: New advanced, high-throughput, high-penetration, drive-through inspection system.
OmniView™ Gantry: Cargo and vehicle inspection system with high-energy X-ray transmission inspection for high-penetration into complex cargo and dense objects — up to 14 inches (350 mm) of steel — without requiring an exterior building or heavy shielding.
Z Portal®: Cargo and vehicle screening system offers high-throughput, drive-through, multi-view screening for cars, vans, and their cargo with Z Backscatter imaging. The system is safe for drivers and passengers to remain in their vehicle during screening.
Z Gantry™: Cargo and vehicle screening system offers bi-directional, multi-view Z Backscatter scanning by moving on rails for screening cargo and vehicles. The Z Gantry is ideal for high-traffic locations with space constraints and is extremely safe for operators, cargo, and the environment.
Z Backscatter™ Van (ZBV): The most maneuverable, versatile mobile X-ray detection system on the market; a low cost highly mobile screening system built into a commercially available delivery van, offering rapid “drive-by” Z Backscatter screening.
About AS&E®
American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray inspection systems. With over 50 years of experience in developing advanced X-ray security systems, the Company’s product line utilizes a combination of technologies, including patented Z Backscatter technology, Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD), high energy transmission and dual energy transmission X-ray. These technologies offer superior X-ray threat detection for plastic explosives, plastic weapons, liquid explosives, dirty bombs and nuclear devices. AS&E’s complete range of products include cargo inspection systems for port and border security, baggage screening systems for facility and aviation security, and personnel and passenger screening systems. AS&E systems protect high-threat facilities and help combat terrorism and trade fraud, drug smuggling, weapon smuggling, and illegal immigration and people smuggling. AS&E customers include leading government agencies, border authorities, military bases, airports and corporations worldwide, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), HM Revenue & Customs (U.K.), Hong Kong Customs, and Abu Dhabi Customs. For more information on AS&E products and technologies, please visit
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Unisys Announces Successful Multi-Vendor Interoperability of Iris Recognition Technology for Homeland Security

Successful sharing of iris recognition biometric data between vendors could enhance US-VISIT program to identify non-citizens entering US
Unisys ~ September 21, 2009,
Unisys Corporation
BLUE BELL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Unisys (NYSE: UIS - News) today announced it has successfully demonstrated the ability to use multiple iris recognition technologies in a single system, eliminating the need for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and others to limit its iris recognition capabilities to a single vendor.
The project demonstrated for the first time the ability to bring together solutions from multiple vendors into iris recognition programs such as the DHS’ US-VISIT program to use iris recognition to identify non-US citizens entering and leaving the country. By demonstrating a system that incorporated iris detection and identification solutions from three leading vendors, Unisys has proven the ability of multiple biometrics such as fingerprints and iris scans to help achieve the goals of US-VISIT.
Unisys developed the integrated platform under a task order, funded by DHS and awarded under the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Encore I contract, to create a platform allowing customers to use biometric solutions from multiple vendors without being restricted to a particular method of iris identification.
Previously, organizations had to select a particular iris detection system for use across an entire organization. Now with the development of the integrated platform, they are able to incorporate various vendor iris detection solutions to better match their organization’s specific needs, while managing the data on a single platform. This new capability gives the government and other clients greater flexibility in order to customize their use of the various iris verification solutions.
“The Unisys integrated platform builds on the capabilities Unisys delivered when US-VISIT was first chartered to secure our country’s borders after 9/11,” said Tom Conaway, vice president and managing partner, Homeland Security, Unisys Federal Systems. “We continue to establish new capabilities in the biometrics and identity solution arenas, delivering highly functional solutions to better equip those securing our nation.”
The demonstration incorporated iris detection and identification solutions from three leaders in the field: LG Iris, AOptix, and Global Rainmakers Inc.
The LG Iris IrisAccess iCAM4000 was used for the enrollment of the test subjects’ iris data into the system. The LG Iris iCAM H100 handheld prototype device was also used to demonstrate potential mobile applications to capture iris and face image data from non-fixed locations.
The AOptix InSight sensor demonstrated iris identification from a distance of two to three meters. Conventional iris recognition systems have required the subject to accurately place their eyes in a very small capture zone. With the InSight system, the subject stands in a large capture zone, and the sensor does all the work of locating the subject’s eyes for iris biometric imaging.
Global Rainmakers, Inc. HBOX presented the ability to identify individuals in continuous motion. HBOX performs on-the-fly recognition of individuals moving at speeds of up to 1.5 meters per second.
Unisys will showcase the interoperability of these iris detection devices at the 2009 Biometrics Consortium Conference in Tampa, Fla., September 22-24 (booth # 424).
About Unisys
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With more than 26,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit
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Arrayit Wins Equipment Contract From Sandia National Laboratories

National Security Program Enhanced With Highly Sensitive Detection Devices
Arrayit Corporation ~ September 21, 2009,
Arrayit Corporation
SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - 09/21/09) - Arrayit Corporation (OTC.BB:ARYC - News), a proprietary life sciences and nanotechnology technology leader, announces that on September 11th, 2009 Arrayit delivered its proprietary nanotechnology platform to Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sandia Labs, managed by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, works with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security to enhance national security.
Sandia will utilize Arrayit's proprietary nanotechnology manufacturing platform, which empowers researchers to create microarrays, biosensors and "chemical noses" that detect the biological and chemical agents used in lethal terrorist attacks. Arrayit's patented delivery system deposits nanoliter quantities of analytical reagents onto proprietary substrates to create the sophisticated detection devices.
"We are pleased to receive this contract from the prestigious Sandia Labs," states Rene Schena, CEO and co-founder of Arrayit Corp. "We look forward to leveraging our unique and patented nanotechnology capabilities to enhance national safety."
About Arrayit Corporation
Arrayit Corporation, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, leads and empowers the genetic, research, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic communities through the discovery, development and manufacture of proprietary life science technologies and consumables for disease prevention, treatment and cure. It now offers over 650 products to a customer base of more than 2,500 laboratories worldwide, including most every major university, pharmaceutical and biotech company, major agricultural and chemical company, government agency, national research foundation and many private sector enterprises. Please visit for more information.
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OSI Geospatial Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer

OSI Geospatial Inc. ~ September 21, 2009,
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - 09/21/09) - OSI Geospatial Inc. (TSX:OSI - News) announced the resignation of Mr. Peter Hunter as the Chief Financial Officer effective September 18, 2009. Mr. John Sentjens, Vice President Finance will serve as acting CFO.
About OSI Geospatial
OSI Geospatial Inc. delivers advanced geospatial systems and software that enable shared real-time situational awareness for military and security applications. Our products and services enable our customers to integrate and visualize live data with any combination of sensor data, imagery, maps and charts. This capability provides our customers with enhanced operational performance, safety and security through shared real-time situational awareness. OSI Geospatial systems and software are in use by military, government, and commercial customers around the world. The company is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For additional information please visit
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Army Selects L-3 to Supply Laser Marksmanship Training Systems

L-3 Communications ~ September 21, 2009,
L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL - News) announced today that the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation has awarded L-3 MPRI a sole-source, follow-on contract for its Laser Marksmanship Training System (LMTS). This ID/IQ contract has an estimated value of $48.7 million over the initial base year and four option years. L-3 has received the program’s first delivery order, valued at $15.5 million.
LMTS is a home station or deployed, multi-purpose, modular, scalable, small arms, individual and unit marksmanship sustainment simulator that provides Preliminary Marksmanship (PMI), advanced marksmanship and remedial training capabilities.
“MPRI is honored to be afforded the opportunity to support the U.S. Army's marksmanship training needs,” said Bob Garner, senior vice president and general manager of MPRI’s Training and Technology Group. “This program will enhance the skills and experience of our young warriors and contribute to their survivability on the battlefield.”
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, MPRI provides comprehensive and integrated programs that address training, education, leader development, organizational design and implementation, simulations, democracy transition and emergency management across a broad spectrum of functional areas. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of State and selected international government agencies.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 66,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2008 sales of $14.9 billion.
To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's Web site at L-3 uses its Web site as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding L-3 is routinely posted on the company’s Web site and is readily accessible.
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IDGA Exhibitions Announces the Launch of the Military Air Assets Exhibition & Conference (MAASEC)

Event to be the first dedicated military air exhibition in the United States
IDGA ~ September 21, 2009,
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, Exhibitions Group (IDGA) announces the launch of the inaugural Military Air Assets Exhibition & Conference slated for March 29 –April 1, 2010 to take place in Jacksonville, FL.
The objective of this one-of-a-kind, end-to-end event is to provide a domestic home for the joint military aviation community where personnel involved in fixed wing, rotorcraft and unmanned systems will come together for four days in March 2010. By creating this forum, DoD, DHS, Program Managers, international partners, vendors, and academia will unite to discuss joint initiatives, individual programs and share best practices in support of the US military aviation community.
“The military aviation community has encouraged us to provide a dedicated CONUS event for information sharing, networking and showcasing products across all platforms,” explained Michael Gallo, Managing Director of IDGA Exhibitions. “Our research indicates that both the military and vendor communities are spending heavily on conducting domestic business overseas at large international air events. While these events are important for specific initiatives, much of what’s taking place overseas can and should be done more effectively and efficiently at a CONUS event. IDGA is uniquely positioned to deliver a CONUS event that provides value to all stakeholders in the military aviation community.”
In addition to air asset demonstrations, displays and exhibits, the event also features an important educational aspect: a two-day conference with pre- and post-event workshop days. While the main conference will feature senior military leadership, Program Managers and aviation support personnel discussing their challenges and experiences, industry experts will delve more deeply into particular areas such as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), the upgrading of existing avionics, communications and weapons systems and performance-based logistics best practices.
MAASEC is an extension of IDGA’s well-established military aviation portfolio that includes: Helicon, Air-Launched Weapons, Cockpit Avionics, and Aviation Lifecycle Management, among other events that target the C4 and logistics needs of the aviation community.
For more information on participating in IDGA’s Military Air Assets Exhibition & Conference (MAASEC), please visit or contact Alison Sperling at
The Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) is a non-partisan information-based organization dedicated to the promotion of innovative ideas in public service and defense. IDGA brings together communities comprised of military, government, vendors and academia for education, networking and advancing the communities in which it serves. For more information, please visit
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Federal Electronics, Inc. Receives Varian Semiconductor Equipment Outstanding Supplier Award

Federal Electronics ~ September 21, 2009,
CRANSTON, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Federal Electronics, Inc., a leading provider of electronic manufacturing services, today announced that it has been presented with a Strategic Supply Chain Award for recognition as an Outstanding Supplier by Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates (VSEA).
Federal Electronics, a supplier of higher level/frame level, circuit card, copper cable and wire harness and fiber optic interconnect assemblies to VSEA for the past 9 years, was honored with the award for exemplary support, quality of product, and flexibility in meeting VSEA’s needs.
Lori Ciano, Director of Supply Chain, stated “Varian Semiconductor has very high standards when it comes to the performance of our key suppliers. The very nature of our volatile industry and the increasingly tighter technical demands of our ultimate customers make meeting our requirements all the more difficult. Recognizing those facts, your accomplishments are even more outstanding and your contribution therefore even more valuable.”
“We are honored to have been selected by Varian Semiconductor as the first EMS provider to have received this prestigious award,” said Federal Electronics Vice President Edward Evangelista. “The quality, delivery, and flexibility demands placed upon semiconductor equipment manufacturers are some of the most stringent and exhaustive within the electronics industry. We are proud to be a part of the VSEA supply chain, and this award is the culmination of a great deal of hard work, communication and cooperation by both companies to develop a foundation that allowed us to execute at this level. We look forward to continuing our work with Varian and responding to the demands of this very challenging industry.”
The VSEA Outstanding Supplier Award follows the recent news that Federal Electronics, Inc. has received the Supplier Excellence 4 Star Award from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.
About Federal Electronics
Founded in 1948, Federal Electronics, Inc. is a leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider. Based in Cranston, Rhode Island, the company serves the needs of original equipment manufacturers by providing comprehensive production solutions that lower cycle times, control and reduce costs, and create flexible supply chains that are responsive to volume variability. For more information, visit
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Flow International Announces Exercise of Common Share Over-Allotment Option

Flow International Corporation ~ September 21, 2009,
Flow International Corp.
KENT, Wash., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Flow International Corporation (Nasdaq: FLOW - News), the world's leading developer and manufacturer of industrial waterjet machines for cutting and cleaning applications, today announced that the underwriters of its public offering of 7,825,000 of its common shares have exercised, in full, their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 1,173,750 shares of common stock at the public offering price of $2.10 per share. Total net proceeds to the Company from the entire offering, including the over-allotment, are approximately $ 17.2 million.
Flow intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for the repayment of debt under its credit facility and for general corporate purposes.
Roth Capital Partners, LLC acted as the sole underwriter for the offering.
The common stock was offered pursuant to an effective registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of the prospectus and prospectus supplement relating to this offering may be obtained at the SEC's website at or from Roth Capital Partners, LLC by e-mail to, by fax to (949) 720-7227 or by mail to 24 Corporate Plaza Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660, Attention: Equity Capital Markets.
About Flow International
Flow International Corporation is the world's leading developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet cutting technology to industries including automotive, aerospace, job shop, surface preparation, and more. For more information, visit
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A-T Solutions Appoints Col. Kevin Lutz as Executive Vice President

Former U.S. Army Expert in Counter-IED Operations, Senior Commander of Joint Service and Coalition Forces in Iraq, to Head Global Security Division of Top Anti- and Counterterrorism Company
A-T Solutions Inc. ~ September 21, 2009,
FREDERICKSBURG, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A-T Solutions Inc., a world-class, industry-leading anti- and counterterrorism, intelligence and professional services firm based in Fredericksburg, Va., announced today the appointment of retired Col. Kevin Lutz as executive vice president of global security solutions. Lutz was previously commanding officer of the U.S. Army’s 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD) stationed at Fort Gillem, Ga., and recently returned from Iraq, where he commanded Multi-National Corps Iraq's Counter-IED Brigade, Combined Joint Task Force Troy.
“Col. Lutz is a tremendous addition to our executive team,” said Ken Falke, A-T Solutions CEO. “His extensive operational experience as a commander of counter-IED programs and combat missions is an absolute asset to the company’s ability to deliver top-quality relevant training and solutions that address the current needs of our forces.”
Lutz brings to A-T Solutions more than 26 years of experience in Department of Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), counter-improvised explosive devices (IED), counter-insurgency and combating weapons of mass destruction, in addition to planning, operations, training, programs and resource management. He also brings eight years of experience in commanding Army and joint organizations and served as a commander during three combat tours. An experienced leader, Lutz will play a critical role in developing and implementing strategies that support the company’s objective of expanding the services and solutions of its global security business unit.
“I am honored to be a part of the A-T Solutions team,” said Lutz. “The company is a recognized leader in supporting global security challenges, and I’m eager to help them continue to grow and serve the mission-critical needs of our military and homeland security requirements.”
A-T Solutions employees are former military Master Training Specialists (MTS), Intelligence Professionals, Master EOD Technicians and Special Operations personnel and technologists with unmatched backgrounds in education, training and technology.
A-T Solutions was recently ranked in the Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country, placing it in the top 100 of companies within its industry and in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
About A-T Solutions
A-T Solutions Inc. is the industry’s leading anti- and counterterrorism and intelligence professional services firm. A-T Solutions was acquired by CoVant in February 2008. The company provides outstanding support in intelligence, global security, training solutions, technology solutions, and logistics and mission support. Clients include the DoD, DOS, DHS, DOJ, the intelligence community and the private sector. A-T Solutions employs approximately 400 professionals and has offices in Fredericksburg, Vienna and Virginia Beach, Va.; San Diego, Calif.; Orlando and Niceville, Fla.; and Anacortes, Wash. In May 2009, A-T Solutions completed the acquisition of Accelligence LLC, a provider of operational, technical, analytical, instructional and commercial operational support to the intelligence community. For more information, please visit
About CoVant
Founded by former executives of Anteon International, CoVant invests in and provides strategic, financial and operational resources to a portfolio of companies specializing in technology solutions that serve the needs of the homeland security, defense and intelligence communities. With an experienced team of business executives and a respected board of former government and military leaders, CoVant delivers a unique and highly strategic approach to maximizing company growth and value. Visit for more information.
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