OEM Holds Multi-Agency Emergency Drill At Penn Station
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Kent, WA – NVision Solutions Inc., The Boeing Company, and NAVTEQ recently demonstrated a prototype emergency management “common operating picture” at the 2007 Pacific Northwest Asymmetric Warfare Initiative.
The federally-funded Center for Asymmetric Warfare (CAW) designed the annual regional emergency-management drill to increase protection against terrorism and provide shared working experience for thousands of first responders, military and other homeland defense professionals responding to a crisis.
On July 24th NVision, Boeing, and NAVTEQ streamed real-time emergency notifications from observers around the Port of Tacoma onto a high-resolution map depicting aerial photography as well as NAVTEQ® map data, enhanced GIS attributes, and NAVTEQ Parcel Boundaries™ in the Exercise Control Center. Boeing employees acting as mock first responders logged simulated terrorist attacks using wireless, GPS-enabled, handheld computers. Simulated terrorist attacks involved live actors, pyrotechnics, and boats.
"Working with Boeing and NVision to build and participate in CAW efforts to demonstrate multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional collaboration is another example of NAVTEQ's dedication in supporting Homeland Security initiatives," stated Roy Kolstad, Vice President and General Manager – Enterprise, NAVTEQ.“NVision is very excited this technology has matured to address critical issues such as counter-terrorism, emergency management and recovery, and homeland defense issues such as border security,” said NVision CIO Craig Harvey. “Portions of this technology have been under development with NASA’s Stennis Space Center for over three years.”
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NVision Solutions, Inc. is a small, disadvantaged, minority, woman-owned certified 8(a) firm specializing in advanced geospatial solutions. NVision, an active member of Mississippi's EIGS geospatial industry cluster, is headquartered at the NASA Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. For more information about NVision Solutions, Inc., visit http://www.nvisionsolutions.com/
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32.4 billion business with 72,000 employees worldwide.
NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions. Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has over 3,000 employees located in 168 offices in 30 countries
France's Sarkozy raises prospect of Iran airstrikes http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3442638,00.html
In his first major foreign policy speech, French president says diplomatic push by world's powers to rein in Tehran's nuclear program is only alternative to 'Iranian bomb or bombing of Iran' French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday a diplomatic push by the world's powers to rein in Tehran's nuclear program was the only alternative to "an Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran." In his first major foreign policy speech, Sarkozy emphasized his existing foreign policy priorities, such as opposing Turkish membership of the European Union and pushing for a new Mediterranean He also presented some new ideas, such as possibly renewing high-level dialogue with 1. Syria and expanding the Group of Eight industrialized nations to include the biggest developing states.Sarkozy said a nuclear-armed Iran would be unacceptable and that major powers should continue their policy of incrementally increasing sanctions against Tehran while being open to talks if Iran suspended nuclear activities."This initiative is the only one that can enable us to escape an alternative that I say is catastrophic: the Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran," he said, adding that it was the worst crisis currently facing the world.
Boeing signs R&D deal with USJFCOM
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Boeing has signed a three-year research agreement with the U.S. Joint Forces Command.
The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement will "analyze current, emerging and future joint war fighting concepts and capabilities in concert with USJFCOM's Suffolk, Va.-based Joint Innovation and Experimentation Directorate," Boeing said in a statement Monday.
"Using constructive modeling, simulation and analysis, Boeing and USJFCOM will augment virtual and live experiments to examine the U.S. Department of Defense's family of joint concepts and their enabling capabilities," the company said.
"CRADAs are agreements between a federal government entity and industry to partner on specific research and development activities. Participants share resources to accomplish common objectives. This CRADA is expected to result in new and improved concepts, processes, organizational designs and system capabilities," it said.
"JFCOM looks forward to this collaboration of expertise with Boeing. This CRADA will enable us to further the development of our modeling and simulation tools to conduct capabilities based assessments," said Lt. Gen. Robert Wood, deputy commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command.
"In today's highly dynamic world, the opportunity to collaborate with our nations' defense forces is exceptionally important," said Guy Higgins, vice president, Analysis, Modeling, Simulation and Experimentation for Boeing Advanced Systems. "We look forward to working with JFCOM to identify solutions to challenging problems."
Boeing said the agreement came within the parameters of USJFCOM's research and development mission and transformation objectives.
"Boeing has a long history of performing analytical studies using a variety of constructive warfare simulations and operates an extensive network of experimentation facilities that can link to other real and virtual assets to optimize experiment effectiveness. Boeing Advanced Systems' AMSE division will lead the company's efforts under the CRADA," the company said.
"USJFCOM's Joint Innovation and Experimentation Directorate coordinates Department of Defense concept development and experimentation efforts and leads the development, exploration and assessment of new joint concepts, organizational structures and emerging technologies," the statement said
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$56.5M to Upgrade Fox NBC-Recon Vehicles
General Dynamics Land Systems Inc. in Sterling Heights, MI received a $56.5 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract to upgrade 18 1. Fox Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance System (NBC-RS) Vehicles from M93 (14) and M93A1 (4) Configurations to M93A1P1. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, MI; Anniston, AL; Lima, OH; and Germany and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2009. This was a sole source contract initiated on April 24, 2007 by the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (DAAM01-96-C-0028). General Dynamics release.
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