24 May 06. Northrop Grumman Corporation has named its team of partner companies for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secure Border Initiative Net (SBInet) competition. SBInet is a six-year, $2bn program that will provide the DHS’s Customs and Border Protection directorate with a comprehensive border-protection solution comprised of integrated technologies, infrastructure, rapid-response capability and personnel. Northrop Grumman is leading a team comprised of seven large partners, solutions providers, and a host of small businesses as well as partners providing community outreach. Northrop Grumman’s seven large partners include: Anteon International Corporation and SRA International, Fairfax, Va.; BearingPoint, Inc., McLean, Va.; L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Ebensburg, Pa.; HNTB Corp., Kansas City, Mo.; L-3 Communications Titan Group, San Diego, Calif.; and General Dynamics, Falls Church, Va. Northrop Grumman’s solutions providers include: EMC Corporation, Hopkinton, Mass.; ESRI, Redlands, Calif.; Hughes Network Systems, LLC, Germantown, Md.; Motorola, Inc., Schaumberg, Ill.; Sprint/Nextel, Reston, Va.; Oracle Corporation, Redwood Shores, Calif.; Identix, Minnetonka, Minn.; and Nortel, Brampton, Ontario, Canada. The Department of Homeland Security is scheduled to award the SBInet contract in September 2006.
25 May 06. Lockheed Martin and EADS Astrium announced today that they have signed a teaming agreement to ensure interoperability of the Global Positioning System (GPS) III and the European Galileo Satellite Navigation programs — the world’s two most important upcoming satellite navigation systems. As two of the world’s leading space system suppliers, the companies will perform systems engineering and technical assistance tasks for each other in the areas of interoperability, integrity and optimisation of joint constellation performance. Additionally, the companies will offer reciprocal bids on operational hardware and software within the policy and export constraints of both programs.