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14 Feb 07. Representatives from Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) today presented testimony on the Integrated Deepwater System program before the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. Mr. Philip Teel, president of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, and Dr. Leo Mackay, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Coast Guard Systems, highlighted ICGS’
commitment to the Coast Guard and its continued support of the service’s evolving post-9/11 mission requirements. “We are making good progress and are delivering significant new and upgraded capabilities in the face of a new mission needs statement and re- baselined program,” said Mackay.The industry partners noted the many milestones the program continues to achieve including: Completion of a two-phased command, control and communications (C4ISR) upgrade to all 39 medium and high endurance cutters; Arrival in December 2006 of the Coast Guard’s first new HC-144A maritime patrol aircraft which is currently undergoing installation of mission pallets in Elizabeth City, N.C.; the second aircraft was accepted by the Coast Guard in January and a third is currently in flight testing; Near completion of the HH-65C helicopter re-engine project with 68 of 95 helicopters delivered to date nationwide that can fly faster, twice as far and with twice the payload; Renewal of the service contract for the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) based in Jacksonville, Fla., for a fifth year. These eight MH-68A helicopters are equipped with airborne use of force and have had a significant impact on illicit drug interdictions. The squadron celebrated its 100th interdiction last May; Christening of the first National Security Cutter, USCGC Bertholf, in November 2006 and keel laying of the second, USCGC Waesche, in September 2006, with a long lead materials contract in place for the third cutter. Each of these milestones has had significant government oversight by the Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and the Government Accountability Office. (Source: Shephard)

13 Feb 07. DOD anti-terrorism deal goes to ManTech. A seven-year, $89.9m contract to support anti-terrorism missions at the Defense Department has been awarded to ManTech International Corp. ManTech of Fairfax, Va., will work to identify requirements and develop solutions for current and future counter-terrorism needs of more than 50 government agencies. The company’s team includes Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego and Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus, Ohio. (Source: GCN)

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