Friday, September 18, 2009

Inaugural Cocoa Beach Air Show to Take Off Over the Atlantic October 3-4

F-22 Raptor, F-16 Viper, U.S. Army Golden Knights and 920th Rescue Wing to headline show
Florida's Space Coast ~ September 18, 2009,
COCOA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural Cocoa Beach Air Show is expected to draw thousands of visitors to Florida's Space Coast this Oct. 3-4 with high-flying military and civilian acts performing over the Atlantic Ocean. Free and open to the public, the event will be visible from the beach with the show center at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach. The demonstrations will start at noon on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 allowing spectators to see acts such as the F-16 Viper Demo, U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the 920th Rescue Wing and a special appearance by the U.S. Air Force's newest fighter, the F-22 Raptor.
"We have managed to bring together some of the very best air performers in the country for the inaugural show," said Bryan Lilley, president of the Cocoa Beach Air Show. "Everyone from serious aviation and military enthusiasts to first-time air show attendees are going to be impressed by the collection of aerial talent on display."
The F-22 Raptor is considered the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world. It combines the best in stealth and maneuverability making it capable to perform both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
Also performing will be the locally-based 920th Rescue Wing. Stationed at Patrick Air Force Base, the 920th is the Air Force Reserve Command's premier combat search and rescue unit. Their missions include locating and recovering U.S. Armed Forces personnel during military operations, rescue support for NASA Space Shuttle missions, search and rescue support for civilians lost or in distress and lending support in humanitarian, and disaster relief operations such as Hurricane Katrina.
Attendees will observe first-hand how the citizen Airmen of the 920th deploy into a combat zone, support the NASA missions, refuel two helicopters simultaneously while in flight; and how they respond to massive humanitarian efforts when nature strikes like the work they did during Hurricane Katrina.
The event is expected to fill Brevard's beaches for the weekend.
"We anticipate this to be a great family-friendly event," said Space Coast Office of Tourism executive director Rob Varley. "With unobstructed views, plenty of space for seating, beautiful sand and cool water, the beach makes the ideal venue for watching an air show. It will be a weekend full of affordable and exciting entertainment."
For those planning on coming from out of town or for locals who want the convenience of staying right on the beach, there are several special hotel offers available for the weekend.
*Courtyard Marriott Cocoa Beach has packages starting at $169 per night that include preferred seating for the event and the opportunity to eat breakfast with the U.S. Army Golden Knights 321-784-4800
*Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach has packages starting at $169 per night that include preferred seating for the event and the opportunity to eat breakfast with the U.S. Army Golden Knights 321-799-4099
*Hilton Cocoa Beach is offering air show packages that start at $129.00 per night and include two tickets at show center per room per day, free parking and shuttle service. For more information or to make reservations visit or call 321-799-0003 and ask for "Air Show Package."
*Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel & Suites is offering several special packages for the weekend including the Air Show Weekend Package which starts at $202 and includes a two-night stay, continental breakfast, admission to Air Show Take Off Party and two tickets to show center for Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. To find out more about this or the other special weekend packages call 1-800-962-0028 ext. 366 or 377 and ask for "Air Show Packages."
*Radisson Resort at the Port has rooms starting at $111 per night for standard deluxe and $153 per night for Whirlpool Jacuzzi suites. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-333-3333 or going to
*Four Points by Sheraton has rooms starting at $105 per night for standard deluxe and $115 per night for junior suites. Reservations can be made by calling 1-866-225-0145 or visiting
*Quality Suites is running a special for their king suites at $79 per night. Call 321-783-6868 or visit to book or for more information.
*Wakulla Suites is offering one night package deals starting at $155 and two night package deals starting at $285 for the air show. Packages include a suite overlooking the tropical gardens and tickets for the air show. To make reservations, call the hotel directly at 1-800-992-5852 or 321-783-2230.
*Comfort Inn & Suites is offering three different Cocoa Beach air show packages during the weekend. Packages will include room accommodations, air show tickets and other amenities. Call 321-783-2221 for reservations.

While in the Space Coast, aviation and military enthusiast also should consider spending some time at two of the area's top attractions: Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum and the Kennedy Space Center.
The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville showcases a range of historic airplanes and aircraft that the U.S. military used prior to World War I to current day. Valiant Air Command is a group of people who assembled the War Museum as a tribute to the valiant pilots who flew over the years. 6600 Tico Road, Titusville, FL 321-268-1941
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is where dreams of going into orbit are brought down to earth. Here, guests can see almost every rocket launched into space at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center's Rocket Garden. There is an IMAX movie theatre and the exhilarating attraction, Shuttle Launch Experience, where guests get a first-hand experience of blasting off in actual shuttle.
The inaugural Cocoa Beach Air Show is the perfect excuse for a fall getaway to Cocoa Beach. The event takes place Oct. 3-4 with performances starting at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Hospitality events take place each night beginning on Thursday, October 1st, giving the public an opportunity to meet the pilots and performers. The Take Off Party at Cocoa Beach Pier on the evening of Oct. 2nd and the Air Show Street Party at Fishlips the evening of Oct 3rd will both feature parachute jumps by the U.S. Army Golden Knights. The show center is Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach. For more information or to purchase VIP viewing tickets guests can visit
For more information on Florida's Space Coast, please visit

Colonel Pete Gersten, Commander 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Creech Air Force Base, USAF on UAV operations for Close Air Support

Defence IQ ~ September 18, 2009,
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The proliferation of unmanned “drones” as a vital element of the Close Air Support chain has increased dramatically over the last few months. The operations (separate from the CIA-led operations that target Al-Qaeda in Waziristan) benefit from the long loiter time of these aircraft over a target area, ensuring that troops on the ground have a dedicated resource to deliver extra firepower when they need it. The most common such aircraft are the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, both of which are remotely operated by the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing of the US Air Force from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. Commanding the 432nd is Colonel Pete Gersten, and this September he’ll be outlining the many challenges of operating these platforms at Defence IQ’s Close Air Support conference.
The issues that arise from remotely flying Close Air Support missions over 5,000 miles away are considerable. For a start, Afghanistan’s airspace is incredibly busy with conventional manned aircraft operations – be they fast jets, large supply aircraft or essential tactical movements by helicopters. But the benefits that both Predator and Reaper bring are so great that Allied militaries are willing to expend considerable effort on integrating these aircraft within their current force structure. In addition to the ability to deliver weapons accurately, both platforms have highly capable sensor suites that enable invaluable tactical visual intelligence to be shared with other friendly forces in the area – providing an unprecedented level of situational awareness.
Speaking ahead of the event, Conference Director Keith Mallon said “We’re delighted that Colonel Gersten is joining us for this important occasion. There are many fascinating sessions at this event, but it’s the session on unmanned systems that has really caught the Close Air Support community’s attention”.
The Defence IQ conference, now in it’s 7th year is dedicated to exploring both the air and ground elements to Close Air Support with themes on target acquisition, air-land integration and the training and development of highly trained personnel to coordinate CAS missions from the ground. Taking place at the Russell Hotel, London from 28-30 September, more information can be found at
For more information on the Close Air Support or on Defence IQ, see the website at
Defence IQ
Liz McAleer,
Head of Marketing
Close Air Support 2009
Tel: +44 (0) 207 368 9300

Carlisle Acquires Jerrik, Inc., a Leading Provider of Specialty Filter Connectors

Carlisle Companies Incorporated ~ September 18, 2009,
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE: CSL - News) announced today that it has acquired Jerrik, Inc., a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of highly engineered military and aerospace filter connectors. With annual sales of approximately $20 million, Jerrik’s highly customized products are used in environments where reduction of electromagnetic interference and transient voltage suppression are critical. Jerrik has earned key positions on commercial aerospace and military platforms with the world’s preeminent aerospace and defense contractors. The company is located in Tempe, Arizona and will operate as part of Carlisle Interconnect Technologies.
The rapid growth of defense electronics and avionics throughout military and commercial aerospace platforms is driving the demand for highly engineered specialty connectors. Jerrik’s connectors are designed and used in applications that must adhere to extremely stringent design and use standards. Jerrik’s products are used in high performance wire and cable assemblies designed by Carlisle Interconnect Technologies.
David A. Roberts, Carlisle’s Chairman, President and CEO, said, “The addition of Jerrik will expand the range of products and capabilities of Carlisle Interconnect Technologies. Jerrik will enhance our presence on mission critical military programs and strengthen our leading range of high-end interconnect solutions. Jerrik is a solid financial performer and provides us an excellent foundation for new product development. The company brings Carlisle engineering expertise in attractive market sectors and furthers our strategic growth initiatives in a core business segment.”
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. More detailed information about these factors is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no duty to update forward-looking statements.
About Carlisle Companies
Carlisle is a diversified global manufacturing company serving the construction materials, commercial roofing, specialty tire and wheel, power transmission, heavy-duty brake and friction, heavy-haul truck trailer, refrigerated truck body, foodservice, aerospace, and test and measurement industries.
Carlisle Companies Incorporated

Steven J. Ford,
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Kaman Closes on New $225 Million Three-Year Revolving Credit Facility

Kaman Corporation ~ September 18, 2009,
BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kaman Corporation (Nasdaq: KAMN - News) announced that yesterday it replaced its five-year $200 million revolving credit facility with a new three-year $225 million revolving credit facility.
The new facility includes an accordion feature that allows the company to increase the aggregate amount available to up to $300 million with additional commitments from lenders. The initial interest rate for borrowings under the facility will be LIBOR plus 350 basis points. The facility includes a collateralized security agreement and carries a standard financial covenant package, which contains market terms and conditions.
"Upsizing our revolver in the current environment is a significant accomplishment, and we were encouraged by the strong interest from the banking community. We brought in six new lenders and were well over-subscribed," stated Kaman Senior Vice President and CFO William C. Denninger. "This agreement increases our availability of credit and in conjunction with our shelf registration, which took effect in August, provides significant access to capital to continue to execute our growth strategy."
The facility was brought to market by Co-Lead arrangers Bank of America, The Bank of Nova Scotia, and RBS Citizens. Other lenders are JPMorgan Chase, KeyBanc, TD Bank, BB&T, Fifth Third, Webster Bank, Northern Trust, US Bank, Sovereign Bank and UBS.
About Kaman Corporation
Kaman Corp., headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn. conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safing and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. Kaman is also one of the nation's leading industrial distribution companies for power transmission, motion control, material handling and electrical components with nearly two hundred locations throughout North America.

Airbus confident on European loans for A350

* Airbus confident on A350 development loans
* Talks with Spain progressing well, spokesman says
* Loans come amid WTO trade spat over aircraft subsidies

(Adds quotes, details, Boeing comment)
PARIS, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Planemaker Airbus (EAD.PA) said on Friday it was confident on the outcome of talks with European governments over development loans for its A350 passenger jet, but rival Boeing (BA.N) reiterated its opposition to the loans. An Airbus spokesman said no deal had been signed with Spain, which is reported to have agreed to put up money, and that he was confident on the outcome of parallel talks with Britain.
A French newspaper reported on Friday that Spain was ready to lend 300 million euros as its share of loan funding from four nations in a system criticised by the United States.
Britain last month pledged 340 million pounds in loans but La Tribune newspaper reported that talks on finalising that deal had run into difficulties over the form of the loans.
"Nothing has been finalised (with Spain) and the government will make an annoucnement when it is the case," an Airbus spokesman said.
"We are confident about the talks in the UK," he added.
Airbus is also seeking development loans from France and Germany, which have tentatively pledged to provide 1.4 billion and 1.1 billion euros respectively. Developing the A350 mid-sized jet is expected to cost a total of 11 billion euros.
"The talks with the (four) governments are proceeding well," the Airbus spokesman said.
The loans help to guarantee work for the four nations that founded Airbus, now a subsidiary of EADS (EAD.PA), four decades ago but have been attacked as unfair aid by the United States.
The World Trade Organisation said in a preliminary confidential ruling earlier this month that loans on previous plane projects were potentially harmful unsubsidies and in some cases constituted illegal export aid, according to sources familiar with the case. [ID:nL6438083][ID:nL4598109]
The United States says the European loan system penalises its workers and is no longer necessary to prop up Airbus, which has overtaken Boeing (BA.N) as the world's largest jetmaker. "Today Airbus and parent EADS have a bank balance of more than 8 billion euros," Boeing spokesman Charlie Miller said.
"They have no need for financial support from the taxpayer and should finance aircraft development with their own cash and commercial loans."
Airbus has denied the loans are given on preferential terms.
A European Union counter-suit at the WTO, claiming damage to Airbus from research and infrastructure spending that it says benefits Boeing, will be assessed by WTO judges next year.
The EU says the WTO case on past loans does not apply to the A350 but the United States says reverting to the same pattern of funding could aggravate the WTO's largest ever trade dispute.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher, Matthias Blamont, editing by Marcel Michelson)

ILS Proton Successfully Launches Nimiq 5 Satellite

International Launch Services (ILS) ~ September 18, 2009,
BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International Launch Services (ILS), a world leader in providing mission and launch services to the commercial satellite industry, successfully carried the Nimiq 5 satellite into orbit today on an ILS Proton for Telesat, the fourth largest fixed satellite services operator worldwide. This was the fifth commercial mission of the year for ILS and the seventh successful Proton launch of 2009. With the launch of Nimiq 5 today, ILS has launched half of Telesat’s operational fleet.
Business Wire - ILS Proton successfully launches the Nimiq 5 satellite for Telesat of Canada on September 18 from the Baikonur ...
The ILS Proton Breeze M launched from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1:19 am today local time (19:19 GMT, 12:19 PDT; 15:19 EDT, September 17). After a 9 hour 15 minute mission, the Breeze M successfully released the Nimiq 5 satellite, weighing almost 5 tons, into geostationary transfer orbit. This was the 348th launch for the Proton.
The Proton Breeze M vehicle was developed and built by Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center of Moscow (Khrunichev), Russia’s premier space manufacturer.
Telesat’s Nimiq 5, built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), will be located at 72.7 degrees West. The satellite will provide coverage of North America and supports growing demand for direct-to-home television services. This is the fifth SS/L-built satellite in Telesat's global fleet. It is based on the SS/L 1300 platform and is designed for a lifespan of more than 15 years.
ILS President Frank McKenna said, “We are pleased to build on our longstanding relationship with Telesat, which began with the launch of Nimiq 1 ten years ago. This was followed by another milestone in 2002 when Telesat’s Nimiq 2 became the first commercial satellite to launch using the Proton Breeze M configuration. We are honored to assist Telesat in fulfilling their business plans with the ILS Proton launch of Nimiq 5.”
“The successful ILS Proton launch of Nimiq 5 will assure reliable access to advanced digital programming for North American subscribers and also assures the continued expansion of our business,” said Dan Goldberg, president and CEO of Telesat. “We appreciate the professionalism and dependability ILS and Khrunichev provided with another flawless ILS Proton launch. My sincere thanks to the entire team of ILS, Khrunichev, Space Systems/Loral and Telesat for their steadfast dedication throughout the mission and for a job well done.”
About ILS and Khrunichev
ILS is a world leader in providing mission and launch services for global satellite operators. ILS offers a complete array of services and support, from contract signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery. ILS has exclusive rights to market the Proton vehicle and is a U.S. company headquartered in Reston, Va., near Washington, D.C. For more information, visit
Khrunichev, which holds the majority interest in ILS, is one of the cornerstones of the Russian space industry. Khrunichev manufactures the Proton system and is developing the Angara launch system. The Proton launches from facilities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and has a heritage of over 345 missions since 1965. Khrunichev includes among its branches a number of key manufacturers of launch vehicle and spacecraft components in Moscow and in other cities of the Russian Federation. For more information, visit
Media inquiries:Karen Monaghan, Director of Communications, International Launch Services, Reston, Va.; +1-571-633-7549; mobile: +1-571-282-5195; Visit the ILS web site at
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Tetra Tech Team Wins Global Multiple-Award Construction Contract with the U.S. Navy

Tetra Tech, Inc. ~ September 18, 2009,
PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK - News) announced today that the dck/TtEC LLC was one of four contractors awarded a global multiple-award construction (GMAC) contract with the U.S. Navy. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a shared ceiling value of $900 million, with one base year and four option years. The dck/TtEC LLC combines Tetra Tech’s resources with those of dck worldwide, a global construction company.
The GMAC includes design-build and design-bid-build projects at U.S. Department of Defense installations worldwide. The work may include utilities, waterfront facilities, medical facilities, and energy and water conservation projects, among other projects. Some of the task orders may be used to execute projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
About dck worldwide (
dck worldwide is a global project delivery company specializing in developing, managing, and building highly complex projects. Created through the acquisition of assets and resources of the Dick Corporation and by attracting additional top industry talent, dck worldwide provides design-build, program management, construction management, and general construction services to corporations, developers, and government entities. dck worldwide operates in North America, Pacific Rim, Guam, Caribbean, and the Middle East.
About Tetra Tech (
Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction, and technical services addressing the resource management and infrastructure markets. The Company supports government and commercial clients by providing innovative solutions focused on water, the environment, and energy. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Tetra Tech’s capabilities span the entire project life cycle.
Any statements made in this release that are not based on historical fact are forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements made in this release represent management’s best judgment as to what may occur in the future. However, Tetra Tech’s actual outcome and results are not guaranteed and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("Future Factors"), and may differ materially from what is expressed. For a description of Future Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, see the discussion under the section "Risk Factors" included in the Company’s Form 10-K and 10-Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Jorge Casado,
Investor Relations
Talia Starkey,
Media & Public Relations

ComCam President Speaker at Leading IP Communications Conference

ComCam International, Inc. ~ September 18, 2009,
WEST CHESTER, Pa., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ComCam International, Inc. (Pink Sheets: CMCJ - News), a leader in IP video analytics and control products, and services, today announced that its President, Pete Ianace, will be a speaker on two panels at next week's 2009 VON Conference & Expo being held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from September 21 - 23. Mr. Ianace was chosen as a well-known expert in video over the Internet, with numerous published articles.
The conference showcases the best of the global IP communications world for service providers and large enterprises. Keynote addresses covering industry trends will be delivered by: Fred Briggs, Executive Vice President for Customer Service & Program Management, Verizon Business; Joe Burton, CTO, Cisco's Unified Communications Division; and Christopher Dean, Chief Strategy Officer, Skype. For more information on the VON Conference, visit
Mr. Ianace will discuss his views on two panels focused on leveraging mobile video applications. He stated, "While there will be plenty of discussion on traditional video streaming solutions focused on the consumer, my message will be about leveraging the growth in mobile networks. Newer, more powerful mobile devices enable applications that allow users in the field to visually bring an expert to the scene when needed, or to bring live video feeds from the field to multiple federal or state agencies during an emergency or crisis. Applications that save time, money and lives can be monetized based on the value they bring."
Mr. Ianace will appear on the following panels:
Coming Soon to a SIP Phone Near You: The Dawn of the Ubiquitous Video Era - Tuesday 8 - 8:50 a.m.
Can You See Me Now? Quantifying the Business Value of Video - Wednesday 12 - 12:50 p.m.
ComCam International, Inc. ( develops network video command-and-control products, and provides solutions and technical services to U.S. government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, research facilities, OEM, systems integrators and dealers worldwide. The Company specializes in wireless IP, mobile, and wearable devices that are ideal for remote use in inhospitable environments. Its products are deployed in situations ranging from simple access control with video applications to advanced measurement solutions for weather stations, robotic equipment, and homeland security applications.
A number of statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. A safe-harbor provision may not be applicable to the forward-looking statements made in this press release. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including timely development, market acceptance of products and technologies, competitive market conditions, successful integration of acquisitions and the ability to secure additional sources of financing. The actual results that ComCam may achieve could differ materially from any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties. ComCam encourages the public to read the information provided here in conjunction with its most recent filings on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. ComCam's public filings may be viewed at
Susan Schoch
Small Cap Network - New York, NY
(212) 717-8720

IDGA: MARCORSYSCOM's Equipment Demonstration and Future Capabilities

Advances in US Marine Corps soldier systems demonstrated to show better soldier protection
IDGA ~ September 18, 2009,
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United States Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) recently hosted a media day held at their Gruntworks Testing Facility to demonstrate the monumental improvements made in Marine Infantry Equipment. The Marine Corps are leading the fight having taken great consideration into all of the systems employed by infantrymen on the ground.
From top to bottom advancements in protection, uniforms and cutting edge technology are now fielding at advanced rates which have never been seen in US Military procurement. The Marine Corps demonstration proved that feedback from troops on the ground are reaching senior leaders, making critical decisions on life essential equipment.
Body Armor
The Marines who led the initial push into Iraq in 2003 wore Individual Body Armor (IBA) without the protective ceramic plate inserts known as Small Arms Protective Inserts (SAPI). Marines now deploying to Afghanistan have a choice between two types of body armor, both featuring the Enhanced SAPI plates (ESAPI). The Modular Tactical Vest features protective plates for the front and back of a Marine as well as side protection thru the side SAPI inserts. The Modular Tactical Vest (MTV) and Scalable Plate Carrier are both being fielded and deployed with Marines in Afghanistan and are giving the commanders on the ground the option to modify and adjust to the tactical threat given the operating environment. The newer vests are also modular in design which enables the Marine to modify how he or she mounts all ammo pouches, radios and other critical items on their individual vest. According to Lt. Col AJ Pasagian, Program Manager for Infantry Combat Equipment (PM ICE) at MARCORSYSCOM, the advances in the vests have provided more area protection against direct fire and rifle ballistics. The Marine Corps are also currently in source selection for the Improved Modular Tactical Vest (IMTV) which is a government owned design which has been tried and tested by Marines. The IMTV will enable Marines to egress out of the vest in an emergency which will also provide the Navy Corpsman the ability to treat combat related injuries while still protecting the injured Marine.
Danner rugged all terrain boots with a 2 year life expectancy are being fielded to Marines deploying to Afghanistan, doubling past life cycles for combat boots. These newly designed boots provides a wider more stable base to assume and control the greater combat load operating in Afghanistan according to Lt. Col Pasagian. The standards have been pushed out to the military boot industry to provide a much needed advancement in protection of a Marine’s feet. The solicitation will be going out to the entire industry for an improved boot and in FY 2011 it is expected to be fielded to both active duty and reserve components, to be competed openly to all industry vendors.
MARCORSYSCOM has also teamed up with PEO Soldier in the sourcing and procurement of the Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH). The ECH will be the next generation helmet designed again to provide the best protection against direct fire and fragmentation. The current helmet; Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) is fielded across the board in the Army and Marine Corps. While a monumental improvement to the PASSGT or Kevlar which had been used for decades the advances in design and overall weight and comfort have been proven in thousands of contact reports and those Soldiers and Marines who survived them.
Night Vision
Night Vision Devices are considered by most as one of the greatest combat multipliers given to a Soldier and Marine. The PVS-14s which are currently fielded are a lightweight, monocular night vision device which features an adjustable brightness which lowers the intensity given differing environments. The PVS-14 is much smaller and lighter than the previous PVS-7 series which were binocular. MARCORSYSCOM hope to have every Marine assigned to a ground combat element to deploy with a PVS-14 series NVG to give them the edge at night.
The M-16 Rifle
The ability to reach out and touch the enemy when needed is the biggest tool in a Marine arsenal. The M-16 A4 is a large improvement over the M-16 A-2 which deployed in the initial invasion of Iraq. The A-4 provides Marines the modularity being seen across the board with other systems and enables the weapon to be modified and combined with multiple optical and laser systems. . The RCO is a fixed optical aiming sight which provides increased range and target identification to the rifleman mounts on the MIL-STD-1913 rail systems on top of the weapons. The introduction of the Individual Weapons Sight (IWNS-12) enables targeting and acquisition to the Marine riflemen, who can own any nighttime environment. In addition to the thermal systems is the laser aiming devices the PEQ-16A. The PEQ enables Marines and Soldiers engaged at night to accurately direct friendly small arms fire, indirect fire and even close air support at given illuminated targets without giving away friendly positions.
These multiple advancements in fighting systems have given the Marine Corps the needed edge in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). With ongoing combat operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, the improvements and changes made in Infantry equipment have trickled down to support elements on all fronts. Changes made on weapons systems, clothing, body armor, optics, night vision and helmets have paved the way for protecting future generations of Marines who are at the tip of the spear in protecting national security interests of the United States and allied nations. Hats are off to Marine Corps Systems Command for a job well done in helping to save Marine lives fighting downrange and give them the cutting edge technologies as quickly as possible to combat terrorism and conduct counter insurgency operations worldwide.
About IDGA
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 through live conferences and events. We bring together speaker panels and events comprised of military and government professionals while attracting delegates with decision-making power from military, government and defense industries.
In addition to our live events, IDGA also offers an online community dedicated to providing defense industry professionals with breaking news, business opportunities, introductions, podcasts, webinars and presentations from key industry leaders. Members of our on-line community are able to extend their live event experience and interact with the defense industry by leveraging the opportunity to network, share ideas, best practices and business solutions.

Natalie Evans
T: +44-207-368-9338

Saab's Responsibility for the Provision of Spare Parts to the Swedish Armed Forces Continues

Source: SAAB ~ September 18, 2009,
STOCKHOLM, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:
Saab's contract concerning the provision of spare parts to the Swedish Armed Forces has been extended for a further 3 years. The order is valued at MSEK 162.
Saab already had responsibility for the operation, development and streamlining of the provision of spare parts to the Armed Forces. In 2005, Saab took over the operation of the central warehouse in Arboga, and subsequently also took over the operation of all garrison warehouses. Following the release of the option held by the Armed Forces' Logistics, the existing contract has now been extended for 3 years, with Saab's commitment extending until the autumn of 2013.
"This is an important contract for us since it more than confirms our role as the Armed Forces' partner within the field of logistics supply, which is completely in line with our strategy," says Lars-Erik Wige, business unit manager, Saab Aerotech.
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on September 18 at 11.00.
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TechInsights' ESC UK Event Showcases Leading Companies and Technology Trends in the Electronics Industry

Premier Conference for System Engineers & Software Developers held at the UK's Tech Valley
TechInsights ~ September 18, 2009,
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- TechInsights, the daily source of essential business and technical information for the electronics industry's decision-makers, announces key aspects of the Embedded Systems Conference UK 2009 (ESC UK) as it debuts in the heart of the UK's tech industry. ESC UK, ( formerly the Embedded Systems Show (ESS), will take place October 6-8, 2009 at the FiVE International Show Centre in Farnborough, UK. The event conference unveils an internationally compelling event programme, a format designed for attendee professional development, and a high standard of technical content and speakers.
ESC UK 2009 attracts the industry's thought leaders, engineers and engineering managers, media and technology analysts, executives, financial analysts, venture capitalists, and many of the largest hardware and software companies. Event highlights include:
A technical programme featuring Industry luminary speakers consisting of 40+ classes and tutorials with a strong focus on professional development for system engineers, hardware designers and software developers.
Free Keynote Q&A Sessions on 'The State of Embedded', presenters include Jack Ganssle, Dan Saks, and Niall Cooling, and on 'The State of Microelectronics', presenters include representatives of Freescale Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, NXP Semiconductor and Imagination Technologies.
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U.S. replaces Bush plan for Europe missile shield

* Washington says examining alternative system
* Decision could aid U.S.-Russian relations
* U.S. Republican critic calls move "misguided"
* Officials repeat commitment to E.Europe security
* Seen as good news for Lockheed Martin, Raytheon

(Adds U.S. view on Iran missile development)
By Jeff Mason and Adam Entous
WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday scrapped a Bush-era missile defense plan for Europe that Russia had bitterly opposed and offered what he said would be faster, more flexible defense systems to protect against Iran.
In a move that could spur fears of resurgent Kremlin influence, Obama said he had approved recommendations from U.S. military leaders to shift focus to defending against Iran's short- and medium-range missiles.
"This new approach will provide capabilities sooner, build on proven systems and offer greater defenses against the threat of missile attack," Obama said, dropping plans of his White House predecessor George W. Bush for ground-based interceptors in Poland and a related radar site in the Czech Republic.
Under the new plan, the U.S. would initially deploy ships with missile interceptors and in a second phase would field land-based defense systems.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hailed the decision, which removed an issue clouding U.S. efforts to enlist Russian support on Afghanistan, Iran and nuclear arms control.
"We value the U.S. president's responsible approach towards implementing our agreements," Medvedev said in an address shown on national television. "I am ready to continue the dialogue."
Critics accused the White House of dangerous weakness.
Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate who lost to Obama in 2008, blasted the move as "seriously misguided" and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, a leading Bush-era hawk, was scathing.
"It's just unambiguously a bad decision," Bolton said. "Russia and Iran are the big winners. I just think it's a bad day for American national security."
The Bush administration had proposed the system amid concerns Iran was trying to develop nuclear warheads it could mount on long-range missiles. But Russia saw it as a threat to its own missile defenses and overall security.
Obama's move toward a more flexible shield for Europe was good news for Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier, and Raytheon Co (RTN.N), the world's biggest missile maker. They build much of the hardware on which the revamped approach relies. It was bad news for Boeing Co (BA.N), prime contractor for the canceled installation of 10 two-stage ground-based interceptors in Poland. [ID:nB327847]
Outlining Obama's new approach, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the United States would deploy Aegis-equipped ships with interceptors capable of shooting down ballistic missiles to defend both European allies and U.S. forces.
Gates said land-based defense systems would be fielded in a second phase starting in about 2015. [ID:nN17206172]
"Those who say we are scrapping missile defense in Europe are either misinformed or misrepresenting the reality of what we are doing," Gates said.
Signaling the administration's view it still has some breathing space, one U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tehran was not expected to develop long-range missile capability before 2018.
Marine Corps General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Pentagon also envisioned eventually deploying a land-based radar as part of the system which would ideally be based in the Caucasus.
Obama's plan contains elements that may still upset Moscow -- interceptor missiles could still be stationed in Poland, and also in the Czech Republic, and a radar in the Caucasus is in an area Russia sees as its sphere of influence.
But the Pentagon played down those potential concerns, saying the SM-3 missile interceptors in the new system could not be tipped with nuclear warheads and the radar would be configured only to look south towards Iran, not deep into Russia as in the Bush plan.
Analysts said investors could see some long-term trade and other benefits if the U.S. missile decision improves relations with Russia, but noted that there were also risks if Moscow ended up in taking a more assertive posture. [ID:nL0688381]
Lockheed Martin shares were up 4.46 percent at $79.56 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. Raytheon was up 3.36 percent at $47.72 and Boeing Co was up 1 percent at $52.88.
The White House rejected Republican charges it had made a major concession to Moscow without winning anything in return. "This is not about Russia," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said, adding there was no quid pro quo expected.
But other Democrats said they hoped for a pay-off on Iran policy where Russia is seen as a reluctant partner in efforts to end Tehran's nuclear program.
"It is time for Russia to join our push to impose stricter sanctions on Iran," Democratic Senator Charles Schumer said.
Discarding Bush's missile shield plan could also remove an obstacle to winning a deal with Russia on a replacement for a major nuclear arms reduction treaty that expires in December.
Republicans -- who hope to build momentum against Obama after a summer dominated by angry debate over his healthcare reform plan -- wasted no time assigning blame.
"The reported decision to scrap missile defense for Europe sounds dangerously like a policy of appeasement," Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement.
Such fears were likely to grow in eastern European states, many of which had seen the large missile plan as a symbol of U.S. commitment to the defense against any encroachment by its former Soviet rulers 20 years after the end of communist rule.
Obama informed the Czech and Polish governments of his decision just hours before the announcement, officials said. In Poland, Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said the United States would still go ahead with plans to station a battery of armed Patriot missiles on Polish soil. [ID:nLH691332]
Some European analysts said the U.S. move could help the traditionally pro-American region to build a more pragmatic relationship with both Washington and Moscow. [ID:nLH564738]
A senior Iranian government source said the move could signal a move away from what he called 'threats and confrontation' over Iran's nuclear program.
(Additional reporting by Jan Lopatka in Prague, Conor Sweeney in Moscow, Andrew Gray, Jim Wolf and Matt Spetalnick in Washington and Ross Colvin in Baghdad, Tim Hepher in Paris; Writing by Andrew Quinn; Editing by Patricia Wilson and Jackie Frank)

SAIC in Pentagon supply deal worth up to $1.1 bln

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Science Applications International Corp (SAI.N) has won a U.S. Defense Logistics Agency contract valued at up to $1.1 billion for supplies, the Defense Department said Thursday.
The goods will go to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies, the Pentagon's daily contract digest said.
It said this was the exercise of a fifth option year period, with work to be completed Sept. 10, 2010. (Reporting by Jim Wolf; editing by Steve Orlofsky)

U.S. Navy brings forward F-35 operation date

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy said it planned to deploy the carrier-based version of Lockheed Martin Corp's (LMT.N) F-35 fighter six months earlier than previously planned. The decision to bring initial operation forward to the July-September period of 2014 could affect a campaign by Boeing Co (BA.N) to promote further purchases of its F/A-18 aircraft.
"The Navy has moved the initial operating capability date of the F-35C from fiscal year 2015 to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014," Navy spokeswoman Lt. Callie Ferrari told Reuters on Thursday.
The U.S. government fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
"The initial operating capability will be the first time a squadron of F-35Cs will be deployable," Ferrari said.
Lockheed is building three variants of the F-35, including a conventional takeoff and landing version for the Air Force, a short-takeoff version for the Marine Corps and the C model to be used on Navy aircraft carriers.
Boeing has offered the U.S. Navy a discount price if the service commits to buying 150 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets over the next four to five years.
The Navy is wearing out its existing F/A-18s faster than expected, prompting some experts to predict it could face a fighter shortfall before the F-35 arrives in large numbers.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; Writing by Tim Dobbyn; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

USA School District Chooses RADWIN's Wireless Broadband Systems for High-Speed Connectivity

RADWIN 2000 Connects Schools and Provides High-Capacity at Most Cost-Effective Price
TEL-AVIV, Israel, September 18, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- RADWIN (, a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions, today announced that the Baldwin City School District in Kansas, USA deployed its RADWIN 2000 High-Capacity solution. RADWIN 2000 was chosen to connect the district's schools and deliver the high-capacity connectivity needed to enable students to take state exams online. Computer Solutions of Omaha, Nebraska was the distributor and EduTech Systems of Leawood, Kansas was the System Integrator for the project.
"The State of Kansas has mandated online state assessments beginning in the 2009 school year and it is imperative that we have a high-bandwidth solution capable of handling heavy data traffic with zero disruptions." said Steve Hemphill, IT Director for the Baldwin City School District. "We chose RADWIN 2000 because it allowed us to carry our VOIP traffic as well as providing the speed and reliability we need for our data systems. With RADWIN 2000 we also reduce CAPEX and OPEX because the systems are just a fraction of the cost of microwave radios and eliminate recurring leased lines charges."
Paul Graff, President, EduTech Systems, said: "When I saw this opportunity, I knew that RADWIN 2000 was the perfect fit for this project. We've had great success with RADWIN's solutions in similar projects in the past. RADWIN 2000 is robust and easy to install, plus its price-performance ratio makes it an easy sell."
RADWIN 2000 provides a flexible combination of Ethernet and native TDM (up to 16 E1/T1s) at up to 100 Mbps net throughput at the most competitive price in the industry. RADWIN 2000 incorporates MIMO and OFDM technologies together with unique proprietary protocols to ensure unmatched robustness and resiliency in the sub-6 GHz bands. Extremely simple to install and maintain, RADWIN 2000 operates flawlessly in extreme temperatures and nLOS.
Ilan Moshe, President, RADWIN USA, stated: "RADWIN 2000 makes excellent sense for enterprises, education, health and public safety institutions that require high-capacity connectivity at a cost-effective price. With RADWIN's solutions organizations can connect buildings across large radius of up to 120 Km, and meet these organizations' objectives for high-capacity, reliability and security."
About Computer Solutions, Inc.
Computer Solutions is a distributor of wireless equipment for Wi-Fi Internet Hot Spots, Broadband Backhaul PTP, Broadband ISP/Campus, Broadband over Power Lines, Multipoint, Indoor/Outdoor WiMax and MESH Broadband Wireless LANs, Wireless Security & Surveillance.
About EduTech Systems, Inc.
EduTech Systems is a full service company, offering expertise when installing twisted-pair, fiber optic and/or wireless based networks. EduTech provides on-site service and support for network systems, hardware and software. EduTech is the leading installer of wireless (802.11b) communication systems in the Midwest. EduTech will design and install a wireless network when wired alternatives will not fill your needs.
RADWIN delivers wireless backhaul and broadband access solutions in the sub-6GHz space, empowering carriers and service providers to connect subscribers everywhere. Whether voice, data, or video streaming, the company provides wireless broadband solutions of unrivaled performance, capacity, range, and quality at competitive prices. Established in 1997, RADWIN has installations in over 110 countries around the world.
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Plex Systems to Exhibit at Design & Manufacturing Midwest Event, Sept 22 - 24, 2009; Rosemont, Il.

Plex Systems ~ September 17, 2009,
AUBURN HILLS, MI--(Marketwire - 09/17/09) - Plex Systems, Inc., provider of the #1 rated ERP software for manufacturers, will be a leading presence at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Midwest event, Sept. 22-24, 2009 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Il. The company will present an Innovation Brief, a panel discussion led by Plex Online users, and Plex Systems representatives will be on hand on the show floor at the company's booth, #2516.
The Design & Manufacturing Midwest event convenes thousands of manufacturing professionals from a variety of industries -- including automotive, aerospace/defense, and medical devices -- and showcases the latest advances in technology that can be used to increase their business's performance.
A highlight of the event is the Quality Presentation entitled "Software as a Service (SaaS): A Manufacturing Quality and Traceability Solution" moderated by Plex Systems Executive Vice President Tom Mackey. Scheduled for Sept. 24, 2009 at 1 p.m. in Hall A of the Stephens Convention Center, the informative panel takes an in-depth look at the SaaS model and how it contributes to improved quality and traceability. The panel includes representatives from Eagle Picher Technologies, Jagemann Stamping, iGear/NHK Spring Precision, Phoenix Logistics, and Ralco Industries who will share real-life examples of how SaaS ERP helps streamline and improve quality and traceability functions.
Plex Systems Director of Business Development John Billings will lead an Innovation Brief Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 12:00 Noon, Hall A, giving attendees a further look at the production and operations efficiencies they can achieve with Plex Online.
About Plex Systems, Inc.
Plex Systems, Inc. is the developer of Plex Online, a software as a service (SaaS) solution for the manufacturing enterprise and the only solution to achieve the prestigious Champion ranking in Aberdeen Group's 2009 "ERP in Manufacturing" AXIS report. Plex Online offers industry-leading features for virtually every department within a manufacturer, including Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) for the shop floor, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for sales and marketing, Supply Chain Management (SCM) for procurement, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for finance and management. Plex Online's fully-integrated model delivers a "shop floor to top floor" view of a manufacturer's operations, enabling management to run their business at maximum efficiency. Founded in 1995, Plex Systems is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with customers around the globe. More information is online at
Plex Systems and Plex Online are trademarks of Plex Systems, Inc.

Peggy Fenwick
Plex Systems, Inc.

Patni Computer Systems Unveils Cloud Services Strategy

First Service Offering is a ‘Cloud Acceleration Program’ to Help Application Developers Transition to Public, Private or Hybrid Models
Patni Computer ~ September 17, 2009,
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Patni Computer Systems (BSE: PATNI COMPUT, NSE: PATNI, NYSE: PTI), a leading global IT and BPO services provider, today announced the first in a series of consulting and software services initiatives designed to help customers accelerate deployment to a cloud environment. The first offering, Patni’s Cloud Acceleration Program (CAP), gives independent service providers and application developers a structured, business-driven approach based on Patni’s proven process and methodologies that take the guesswork out of transitioning to cloud-based solutions.
Patni’s cloud initiatives aim to provide the needed guidance to customers facing challenges migrating to public, private or hybrid cloud-based models. Leveraging more than 30 years of IT experience, Patni is rolling out cloud services, starting with the CAP program. The initiative is designed to contain customers’ IT costs, protect critical assets, plan for disaster recovery, integrate global business processes, and advance business continuity and business agility.
“Companies are trying to determine both the technical and financial merits of pursuing a cloud-based approach for all aspects of their IT footprints,” said Satish Joshi, Executive Vice President and Global Technology Head, Patni Computer Systems. “Patni’s cloud services initiatives will help customers make informed choices about their IT environments to ensure a smooth, rapid transition to the cloud while minimizing risk and keeping operating expenses in check.”
Patni developed the CAP methodologies by tapping its experience working with hundreds of clients around the world on sophisticated IT implementations. Utilizing its knowledge of high-level processes, infrastructure components, applications and portfolio rationalization techniques, Patni can remove obstacles to reduce the risk and cut the cost of cloud deployments by more than 25 percent.
The comprehensive CAP program produces three major components: an applications architecture, an ROI analysis and an IT governance model which address two of the biggest concerns customers have about cloud implementations: ongoing control and security of their enterprise data. The program also features an ecosystem of providers that developers will be able to work with for transition.
The integrated approach is run by experts from both applications and infrastructure, allowing for business benefits to be realized at a faster pace. The program allows for a single contract with clearly defined areas of responsibility between Patni and the selected infrastructure providers.
Patni is currently running CAP pilots with a broad range of Global 2000 companies representing multiple industry segments including insurance, manufacturing, chemical processing and wholesale distribution.
About Patni Computer Systems
Patni Computer Systems Limited (BSE: PATNI COMPUT, NSE: PATNI, NYSE: PTI) is a global provider of IT Services and business solutions, servicing Global 2000 clients. Patni services its clients through its industry-focused practices, including banking, financial services (BFS) and insurance (I); manufacturing, retail and distribution (MRD); life sciences; communications, media and utilities (CMU), and its technology-focused practices.
With an employee strength of around 13,800; multiple global delivery centers spread across 12 cities worldwide; 27 international offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific; Patni has registered revenues of US$ 719 million for the year 2008.
Patni’s service offerings include application development and maintenance, enterprise application solutions, business and technology consulting, product engineering services, infrastructure management services, customer interaction services & business process outsourcing, quality assurance and engineering services.
Committed to quality, Patni adds value to its clients’ businesses through well-established and structured methodologies, tools and techniques. Patni is an ISO 9001: 2000 certified and SEI-CMMI Level 5 (V 1.2) organization, assessed enterprise wide at P-CMM Level 3. In keeping with its focus on continuous process improvements, Patni adopts Six Sigma practices as an integral part of its quality and process frameworks.
Patni leverages its vast experience spanning three decades; deep domain expertise; full-spectrum services; and suites of IP-led solutions, methodologies and frameworks; in being an effective business transformation partner to its clients.
For more information on Patni, visit
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NATO expects close work with U.S. on missiles

BRUSSELS, Sept 17 (Reuters) - NATO said on Thursday it expected closer cooperation with the United States on developing anti-missile systems, but did not comment on reports that Washington will shelve plans for a missile defence shield in eastern Europe.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he had spoken to U.S. officials on Thursday but did not react directly to the reports that Washington is backing away from its missile defence project involving sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, which has provoked Russian concerns.
"It is my clear impression that the American plans on missile defence will involve NATO as such to a higher degree in the future concerning the establishment of missile defence," he told reporters in Brussels.
"I highly appreciate that. I think it is in full accordance with the principle of solidarity within the alliance and the indivisibility of security in Europe."
He said closer integration on missile defence would be a positive step and in the interests of "our eastern allies within the NATO alliance."
Poland and the Czech Republic are among the countries from eastern and central Europe which joined NATO after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
NATO has been developing plans for defence against short- to medium-range missiles and has in the past cooperated with Russia to ensure such systems can work with each other.
Washington has said the plans for the Czech Republic and Poland were intended to defend against the possibility of a missile attack on Europe by a country such as Iran. NATO had been considering moves to complement the U.S. system to extend the area protected.
Dropping plans to station anti-missile systems in former Soviet bloc states would ease NATO's efforts to boost security ties with Russia, which Rasmussen again said was a priority for the alliance. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom)

Northrop Grumman Awarded Army Tactical Simulation Contract

Northrop Grumman Corp. ~ September 17, 2009,
HERNDON, Va., Sept. 17, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Army's Constructive Simulations Division has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC - News) a contract to provide program management, training, testing, information technology and field support to its Tactical Simulation (TACSIM) program. TACSIM is the prime intelligence simulation for the Army as well as the joint services.
Under the terms of the three-year, $9 million contract, Northrop Grumman is responsible for software development and information assurance for TACSIM in Orlando, Fla., as well as support for 10 TACSIM sites worldwide. Northrop Grumman developed TACSIM and has been supporting the program for more than 20 years.
"In today's environment intelligence simulation and training are key force multipliers for successful operations around the globe," said Dave Guerrero, Northrop Grumman Technical Services' TACSIM program manager. "We have many years of experience supporting high fidelity simulations and we continue to apply the latest technologies to intelligence training. We will continue to provide superior program performance to the Army and the joint community for many years to come."
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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Northrop Grumman Technical Services
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