General Dynamics Receives NSA Certification for Sectéra vIPer Phone Enabled With Public Switched Telephone Network Connectivity  
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The National Security Agency (NSA) has certified the Sectéra vIPer Universal Secure Phone enabled with Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) connectivity for voice communications classified at the Top Secret level and below. The Sectéra vIPer Phone with PSTN Connect allows U.S. military and government personnel to make both classified and unclassified calls using traditional telephone networks via one high-end office desktop phone. The Sectéra vIPer Phone is a secure communication product manufactured by General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. “The certification makes the vIPer Phone with PSTN Connect a cost-effective solution as users will no longer have support and maintenance of their legacy Secure Telephone Units or STU-IIIs,” said John Cole, vice president of Information Assurance for General Dynamics C4 Systems. “PSTN and VoIP network flexibility, combined with the vIPer Phone’s interoperability with the government’s Secure Terminal Equipment (STE), also enables customers to easily transition to the latest technology.”
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Oshkosh Defense Receives $290 Million Delivery Order for the U.S. Army Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles   dB Control Debuts Two High-Power, Ultra-Low Phase Noise Microwave Power Modules
OSHKOSH, Wis. - Oshkosh Corporation announced that it has reached a milestone production rate for the MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) of 1,000 vehicles per month on December 18. The production for December is the sixth consecutive month Oshkosh exceeded delivery requirements. Since being awarded the contract on June 30, 2009, Oshkosh has been steadily ramping up production, and will continue at this rate of 1,000 vehicles per month through May 2010 to deliver the 6,619 vehicles currently under contract. "Our employee gave a great effort to meet the aggressive production timeline for these urgently needed vehicles. These M-ATVs will help improve the safety and mobility of our soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan," said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer. "Staying on or ahead of our delivery schedule goes beyond the M-ATV program. It is a core value with every order we receive and every high-quality vehicle we produce here at Oshkosh."   Fremont, Calif. - dB Control, an established manufacturer of reliable, high-power microwave amplifiers, radar transmitters and power supplies, introduced two new microwave power modules (MPMs) at AOC’s 46th Annual International Symposium and Convention in Washington, D.C. The dB-4118 and dB-3758 MPMs are designed for manned and unmanned airborne applications, including EW threat simulation, electronic counter measures (ECM) and multi-mode synthetic aperture radars (SAR). The modules are the latest additions to dB Control’s family of MPMs designed to meet stringent military specifications and perform in harsh environments. The dB-4118 operates in the 6 GHz to 18 GHz frequency range and provides 100 Watts CW RF output power. The power conditioner uses low-noise power supply topology incorporating high-efficiency, solid state power conversion circuits. This compact, conduction-cooled MPM is designed to operate in high-altitude airborne environment and uses a high-speed modulator to obtain a pulse modulation of up to 250 KHz - a pulse repetition frequency (PRF) rate unmatched in the industry.
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SafeNet’s Luna PCI Achieves Common Criteria Certification - 10 Times More Secure Than Previously Available   Check Point Endpoint Security Adds Full Disk Encryption for Apple's Macintosh OS X Snow Leopard Platform
Baltimore, MD - SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in information security, now affiliated under common management with Aladdin Knowledge Systems, today announced that its Luna PCI for Luna SA 4.1 Hardware Security Module (HSM) has achieved Common Criteria EAL4+ certification. The Common Criteria Evaluation laboratory tested SafeNet’s PCI for Luna SA 4.1 and determined that this product’s security features are sufficient to protect against known and theoretical attacks. Under Common Criteria, a product is evaluated to one of seven specific Evaluation Assurance Levels (EALs). The evaluation tested a total of 70 features, 63 more than were tested in competitors’ HSMs; for example, Physical Protection, Authentication Tokens, HSM Firmware, Logical Protections, Host API, Tamper Response, and Flaw Reporting Procedures. “SafeNet designed the Luna SA 4.1 to unprecedented security standards and submitted it to an evaluation that was ten times more stringent than other HSM vendors on the market. The Luna SA had more features analyzed in this certification,” said Tsion Gonen, corporate vice president, SafeNet.   Redwood City, CA - Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, announced the release of Check Point Full Disk Encryption for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - an industry-leading full-disk encryption solution with pre-boot authentication to support Mac operating systems. Check Point Full Disk Encryption enhances data security and supports more end-user platforms than any other solution in the market, from Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and VMware based systems to Symbian, Windows Mobile, Palm based smartphones and PDAs. Check Point Full Disk Encryption simplifies the deployment and management of endpoint security by automatically encrypting all hard drive contents, including the operating system and existing, temporary and erased system files. This new level of protection secures enterprises from unauthorized access to corporate information or network attacks, even if the hard drive is physically transferred to another computer. Now with support for Snow Leopard, Check Point enables customers to secure diverse operating systems, significantly improving the implementation and use of full-disk encryption in mixed environments.
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Smiths Detection In Partnership For Next Generation Baggage Scanner   LaBarge Awarded $18.9 Million Contract from Sikorsky for Black Hawk Helicopter Program
London, UK - Smiths Detection announced an agreement with Analogic to develop the next generation of high-speed Explosives Detection Systems for screening checked airport baggage Under the agreement, both companies will utilise their complementary expertise in multi-energy x-ray technology and three-dimensional Computed Tomography (CT) to develop a detection system to be manufactured by Smiths Detection. Analogic will focus on the development of new high-precision CT components to be incorporated into this system. The development cost will be absorbed within Smiths Detection’s ongoing R&D spend over the next two to three years. The new scanner will maximize both detection and throughput capabilities to help meet increasingly stringent international security requirements and allow easy integration into advanced baggage-handling systems. Stephen Phipson, President of Smiths Detection, said: “This agreement with Analogic is designed to provide a major addition to our wide portfolio of advanced x-ray scanning and trace-detection systems. It reinforces our position as a world leader in supplying high-throughput, integrated security systems using the latest technology to optimize detection capability.”   ST. LOUIS, MO - LaBarge, Inc. has been awarded a multi-year contract valued at approximately $18.9 million from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to produce electronic assemblies for various models of UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopters through 2014. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.. LaBarge has manufactured cables and electronic assemblies for the BLACK HAWK program since 2005. The new contract expands LaBarge's manufacturing role to include additional types of electronic assemblies that support lighting and power systems in the helicopters. Production on the contract's initial release, which is valued at $3.5 million, began this month and is expected to continue through December 2010. LaBarge is performing the work at its Huntsville, Ark., facility. Designed and manufactured by Sikorsky, the BLACK HAWK helicopter is the U.S. Army's primary utility tactical transport helicopter, which is capable of a variety of missions from combat assault and peacekeeping to disaster relief and medical evacuation. The BLACK HAWK helicopter is equipped with advanced avionics and electronics systems and is part of the Army's long-term effort to modernize its medium-lift helicopter fleet.
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AAI Receives $39 Million Award for Additional Shadow Systems   Northrop Grumman, U.S. Coast Guard Complete Critical Design Review of Nationwide Automatic Identification System
HUNT VALLEY, Md. - AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced that it has received a $39 million production order for additional Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS). The order includes two additional units for the U.S. Army and one for the Marine Corps. Including this new order, a total of 116 Shadow TUAS have been ordered by the Army, Army National Guard, Army Special Forces and Marine Corps. To date, AAI has delivered 91 Shadow systems and deliveries now extend through March 2011. Each Shadow system includes four Shadow aircraft; two One System ground control stations and ground data terminals; four One System Remote Video Terminals, or OSRVTs; a One System portable ground control station; and associated components and support equipment. "With so many Shadow systems in the field and more than 460,000 flight hours amassed, we're witnessing an incredible evolution in mission capabilities," says AAI Vice President of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Steven Reid.   RESTON, Va. - The U.S. Coast Guard and Northrop Grumman Corporation have successfully completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) of the core data exchange capability that will serve as the foundation for Nationwide Automatic Identification System (Nationwide AIS). The CDR demonstrates that the maturity of the design is appropriate to proceed with full-scale fabrication, assembly, integration and test. The review determines the technical effort is on track to complete the development that will meet mission performance requirements within the identified cost and schedule constraints. "By collaborating closely with the Coast Guard, we were able to complete the Nationwide AIS program critical design review three weeks ahead of schedule -- and within budget," said Mike Twyman, vice president of Integrated Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Systems for Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. "We will continue our focus to bringing forward this key capability that ensures greater security and more efficiency for our nation's ports and waterways."
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BAE Systems Equips U.S. Army Helicopters with Infrared Countermeasures   AlarmPoint Systems Saves Global Professional Services Firm $2.2 Million
NASHUA, New Hampshire - BAE Systems has successfully installed the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system on U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook aircraft. The ATIRCM system is a laser-based, directable countermeasures system that protects helicopters against attack by missiles. The ATIRCM system and AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System greatly enhances overall aircraft survivability against current and evolving threats. Its installation follows a series of rigorous qualification, field, and flight tests. The first systems were installed ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline for the Army's ATIRCM quick-reaction capability program. "Our team delivered on its promises," said Jim Crouch, vice president and general manager of Survivability and Protection Solutions for BAE Systems. "This system will sense, process, and respond to the threats these crews face every day, and it will save lives."   PLEASANTON, CA - AlarmPoint Systems, provider of the leading Alert Management platform, announced one of the five largest global providers of employment and professional services reduced the cost of business impacting events by utilizing the AlarmPoint Enterprise product suite. The firm utilized AlarmPoint Enterprise to send role-specific, targeted alerts and automate escalation processes. This capability has eliminated dispatch time and reduced the time to respond by over 50%, delivering $2.2 million in savings to the Firm. The Firm's most critical IT business process involves its ability to process large, complex payroll functions for over two million people in office, industrial and professional positions across the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Of the hundreds of batch jobs that regularly run, they experienced over a dozen failures having a materially adverse effect on the business. The Firm identified the friction in their process and turned to AlarmPoint to provide an Alert Management best practices approach to accelerate targeted notifications and enable remote actions, ensuring critical IT processes finished on time.
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3Com Upgrades and Secures Port Authority of Thailand's Network   Mirion Technologies Provides Advanced Area Radiation Detection and Identification Monitors to the Italian Civil Defense Authority
BANGKOK - 3Com Corporation announced that the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) has chosen 3Com's high-performance H3C(R) enterprise networking and TippingPoint(R) security solutions to securely and reliably improve its logistics management and operations, taking it a step closer to becoming a global maritime logistics player. After a thorough evaluation of the features, functionality, service and support levels, as well as cost of comparable products from competitors, PAT decided that 3Com's H3C enterprise core and edge network infrastructure solutions as well as TippingPoint intrusion prevention systems (IPS) were proven, secure and provided the best value for performance. "The adoption of 3Com's sophisticated networking solutions has put us much closer to our goal of becoming the world's e-port of call. These solutions have streamlined our operations and reduced costs but more importantly, they have given us the ability to compete with and beat the world's best shipping centers," said Charin In-Muang, IT Director of Port Authority of Thailand.   San Francisco, CA - The Mirion Technologies Health Physics Division announced it has delivered SPIR Detect area radiation monitors to the Italian Civil Defense Authority. These highly sensitive monitors are easy to deploy and can be installed permanently in a location or used as portable radiological monitors. The SPIR Detect, from Mirion’s MGP Instruments product line, is a new concept for site or critical infrastructure protection against radiological threats. Mirion’s SPIR Detect is based on a network of sensitive gamma/neutron detectors that can be deployed in either a mobile or fixed environment. These monitors provide a discrete and centralized survey of access points, making them ideal for use in airports, railway stations, or special events. “We are honored to have been selected to provide the Italian Civil Defense Authority with these flexible area radiation monitors,” said Antony Besso, President of Mirion’s Health Physics Division. “We are committed to providing the civil defense industry with new solutions that assist with detection and identification of radioactive materials.”
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Revere Security Fast-tracks RFID Adoption with Small, Fast, Secure Hummingbird Cryptographic Algorithm   HID Global Converged Security Solutions Achieve Compatibility with McAfee Endpoint Encryption
DALLAS, TX - Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is poised to revolutionize the world’s way of thinking, doing and interacting with people and objects, but obstacles like size reduction, speed, limited or no security, power consumption and cost have hindered widespread RFID adoption and the realization of the technology’s true benefits. Industry analysts continue to raise concerns about the security and privacy of the data being transmitted by these tiny wireless systems as well as the amount of power needed to ensure the security of these devices. Revere Security ( cryptanalysts and RFID experts engineered their flagship Hummingbird algorithm to alleviate those concerns and become the right fit for RFID systems, providing high levels of security, including secure identification and mutual authentication, with minimal impact on tag performance. Revere Security’s Hummingbird is the only RFID-friendly algorithm that enables high-speed, 256-bit encryption in conjunction with message authentication to meet security and performance requirements.   IRVINE, CA - HID Global, e trusted source for solutions for the delivery of secure identity, announced that the company’s Crescendo smart cards and OMNIKEY brand readers have been successfully tested for compatibility with McAfee Endpoint Encryption. Through its inclusion in the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance (SIA), HID Global is recognized among leading security innovators, enabling McAfee users to leverage HID’s converged solutions for logical and physical access. With HID’s Crescendo smart cards and OMNIKEY brand readers, organizations can take advantage of a single card for two-factor authentication to secure data on IT networks and PCs, as well as secure physical access to facilities. Easily deployed out-of-the-box, HID’s Crescendo smart cards make it simple and convenient to implement pre-boot authentication and disk encryption, as offered by McAfee Endpoint Encryption for PCs, providing customers unparalleled cost savings and return on investment. When coupled with HID’s OMNIKEY brand readers, Crescendo enables two-factor authentication to desktop, mobile and laptop computer applications, reducing risk and unauthorized access to sensitive data, while combining logical and physical access control into a single card solution.
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Argon ST: Intelligence at Work  
Argon ST is a leading developer of command, control, communications, computers, combat, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems that support operational commanders by producing and delivering information in time to impact critical decisions. In today’s fast-paced and highly complex threat environments, Argon ST is driven by an overarching goal to help the warfighter make sense of the technology and threats facing our forces-and provide the capability to beat them. To help our customers make sense of it all, we deliver powerful sensors, innovative systems, integrated networks, and expert services that ensure mission success. At Argon ST, we’re known for more than great solutions: we’re also known for consistently exceeding our customers’ highest expectations. Argon ST’s C5ISR solutions are currently at work on land, at sea, and in the sky. We support a full range of military and strategic units, including surface, sub-surface, airborne, and land-based platforms that serve defense, homeland security, and international customer needs.
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