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Alion Awarded $4.4M Contract to Perform RF Engineering Services for NOAA to Ensure Environmental Data Is Accessible — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
August 17, 2009

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Alion Awarded $4.4M Contract to Perform RF Engineering Services for NOAA to Ensure Environmental Data Is Accessible

Technology Solutions Company to Provide Spectrum Expertise in Support of Agency’s Geostationary and Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites and Ground Systems

McLean, VA – August 17, 2009 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) collection, analysis and dissemination of ecosystem information on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and seas, and land-masses is critical to public safety, protection of property, and the economic health and development of communities in the United States and globally. Under a contract valued at $4.4 million, employee-owned technology solutions provider Alion Science and Technology will perform a wide range of radio frequency (RF) spectrum services for the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) Office of Radio Frequency Management (ORFM) that will help to ensure environmental data can be gathered and transmitted via satellite.

Under the contract, Alion will support the protection of RF spectrum access for NOAA’s network of geostationary and polar-orbiting environmental satellites and associated ground systems by analyzing RF interference between NOAA and other satellite networks and providing RF engineering and project management expertise. Alion will work with national and international RF spectrum policy-setting and regulatory bodies to support NOAA’s spectrum interests. Additionally, Alion will perform RF modeling and analysis of environmental satellite Earth-to-space and space-to-Earth communications and develop processes and procedures to ensure availability of RF spectrum for NOAA.

“Alion’s work will enable access to RF spectrum and protection from RF interference for NOAA,” said Sue Archer, Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Operational Solutions Group. “This work will include innovative approaches, enhanced processes and procedures, and ultimately more timely and cost-effective solutions to protect RF spectrum access for environmental satellites and ground systems. This will help to ensure NOAA’s ability to detect, track and observe meteorological phenomena such as hurricanes and other events that directly affect public safety.”

The period of performance runs June 30, 2009 through June 29, 2014.

NESDIS provides timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, and enhance the nation’s economy, security, environment and quality of life. To do this, NESDIS acquires and manages the nation’s operational environmental satellites, provides data and information services, and conducts related research. NOAA/NESDIS currently operates 16 environmental satellites in three separate constellations as well as the National Data Centers for Climate, Geophysics, Oceans and Coasts.

About Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology (pronounced: ah-LYE-un) is an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers. Building on 70 years of R&D and engineering expertise, Alion brings innovation and insight to multiple business areas: naval architecture & marine engineering; defense operations; systems engineering; modeling & simulation; information management & technology; chemical, biological, nuclear & environmental sciences; wireless spectrum engineering; and industrial technology. Based in McLean, Virginia, Alion employee-owners are located at major offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide. For more information, call 877.771.6252 or visit Alion online at www.alionscience.com.

This press release contains information about management’s view of Alion’s future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors and uncertainties discussed in documents periodically filed by Alion with the SEC. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

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