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Marine Corps tests the UHAC – a new logistics amphibian

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Alion Awarded $2.8M DTRA Contract to Develop Improvements to Nuclear Detection Technology — Press Release

Technology Solutions Firm to Conduct R&D and Engineering on Next-Generation Methods to Pinpoint Explosive Substances

McLean, VA — May 29, 2014 — To counter the continuing threat of nuclear-fueled explosives, such as dirty bombs, sophisticated detection methods are required. Historically, the Department of Defense and other agencies used Helium-3 (He-3) to detect neutrons emanating from Special Nuclear Material (SNM). The supply of He-3, an extremely rare non-naturally occurring substance, is rapidly drying up. To address the critical need for a means to detect neutrons that does not rely on He-3, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) awarded a $2.8 million contract to Alion Science and Technology to develop enhancements to a replacement technology.

Alion, a global engineering, R&D, IT and operational solutions company, will support DTRA by developing new methods to use an advanced detection system that uses boron-coated “straws” – literally bundles of thin copper tubes with a coating of boron, an abundant element.

Current He-3 detectors are omnidirectional, so they can only alert users to the presence of neutrons. Under the contract, Alion will develop methods to make the boron-coated straw detector directional, so that a search team can pinpoint the location of the source of neutrons and thus react to threats more effectively.

Alion engineers also will research how to increase the detector’s efficiency by exploring new straw geometries and will focus on miniaturizing and speeding up the electronics. Additionally, Alion will review various manufacturing technologies to reduce the technology’s overall production costs.

“By researching the means to make the boron-coated straw detector more precise and more reasonable to produce, Alion can help DTRA employ improved technologies to mitigate threats effectively and keep warfighters and citizens safe,” said Terri Spoonhour, Alion Senior Vice President and Distributed Simulation Group Manager. “But, beyond providing a drop-in replacement for He-3 detector components, this engineering effort opens up a number of possibilities for new or enhanced portable systems that can be carried into questionable areas or permanently installed to protect ports and depots.”

Alion’s teaming partner is Proportional Technologies Inc. of Houston. The period of performance runs until March 1, 2017.

About Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology delivers advanced engineering, IT and operational solutions to strengthen national security and drive business results. For customers in defense, civilian government and commercial industries, Alion’s engineered solutions support smarter decision-making and enhanced readiness in rapidly changing environments. Building on over 75 years of innovation, Alion turns obstacles into opportunities to help customers achieve their missions. For more information, visit 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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BERRY AVIATION, INC. RECOGNIZED BY BECHTEL FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES PROJECTS — Press Release

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS, May 27, 2014 – Berry Aviation, Inc. (BAI) announced today that it has been recognized for exemplary work on projects by Bechtel’s government services business unit at the company’s annual Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure subcontractor and Supplier Recognition Awards. The event honors outstanding subcontractors and suppliers that supported
Bechtel’s government services business unit in work such as environmental clean-up, national security science, construction, facility start-up, and nuclear security and operations during 2013.

As one of the approximately 13,000 subcontractors and suppliers that Bechtel works with each year, Berry Aviation, Inc. was recognized along with 19 other companies and specifically received the Key Small Business Award for its work providing airlift services to the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll along the Pacific Rim. Working, as
a subcontractor to Bechtel, Berry Aviation transported in excess of 30,000 passengers and 650,000 pounds of cargo during over 2,900 fixed and rotor-wing flight operations around the Atoll in 2013.

“Our subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers help strengthen the critical work we do through performance, value, and innovation,” said Craig Albert, President of Bechtel’s government services business unit. “These awards recognize those who not only met our high standards for quality—they went above and beyond for mission delivery.”

Berry Aviation’s Kwajalein Team was also recognized previously in 2013 as a Team of the Quarter for outstanding support, professionalism, and personal sacrifice during NASA’s Equatorial Vortex and Metal Oxide Space Cloud Experiments.

“Presentation of this Key Small Business Award from Bechtel speaks volumes about the program and team that BAI has built since standing up operations at Kwajalein in 2003,” commented Sonny Berry, President and CEO of Berry Aviation, Inc. “Our folks at the atoll have continued to go above and beyond. They provide a quintessential example of our company’s expertise in providing OCONUS and remote site airlift support.”

Companies were evaluated on multiple factors. These include: overall performance; the ability to deliver quality services/supplies on time; the ability to work collaboratively to meet milestones; and meeting expectations in aspects of safety, construction performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. Nominations were reviewed and approved by Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure’s Acquisition Services Managers and Project Managers. Final recommendations were approved by senior leadership.

Berry Aviation, Inc. is a trusted leader in private aviation, with a portfolio of services that includes Government, Private Charter, both Scheduled and On-Demand Freight, Maintenance, and FBO operations. Since its founding in 1983, BAI has grown into a dynamic company with a focus on providing innovative solutions within the Aerospace industry that increase value for customers and end-users. Headquartered in San Marcos, Texas, the company has the knowledge, experience, and manpower necessary to operate on short notice with safe, reliable aviation services. More information on the company’s awards, services, certifications, history, and industry leadership can be found on the website at www.berryaviation.com.

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries. www.bechtel.com

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U.S. Office of Naval Research Continues Cargo UGV Project with Oshkosh Defense — Press Release

Counter-IED solutions apply industry-leading unmanned ground vehicle technology

OSHKOSH, Wis. (May 7, 2014) — The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) will continue the ground-breaking Cargo UGV project and has awarded a contract to Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), using Oshkosh TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology. The ONR is advancing the project originated by the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab.

The Cargo UGV project was initiated in 2010 to identify how UGV technology could be integrated into the Marine Corps’ tactical wheeled vehicle (TWV) fleet to reduce Marines’ exposure to threats and to streamline logistics convoy operations. Under the MCWL Cargo UGV effort, two Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements (MTVRs) were upgraded with TerraMax systems that enabled fully unmanned operation. Government evaluations revealed that the state-of-the-art autonomous capability offered practical utility in a variety of operational situations. Live force experiments in which combat-veteran Marines were trained to operate the UGVs in concert with manned vehicles furthered the development of concepts of operation for robotic systems in combat environments.

Oshkosh will be attending the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014, May 13-15 in Orlando, Fla., to demonstrate the benefits of TerraMax UGV technology and discuss the Cargo UGV project.

“The Cargo UGV project has pushed unmanned technology into the TWV realm like no other effort, and the results have proven how mature and ready TerraMax UGV technology is for use in the field,” said Chris Yakes, vice president of Advanced Products Engineering at Oshkosh Corporation. “We are eager to continue work with the ONR to further demonstrate the readiness level of UGVs and the interoperability of TerraMax technology with other mission systems.”

Under a contract through the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC), Oshkosh and the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) will work with the ONR and the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) to integrate ONR-specified counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) technologies onto the Cargo UGV MTVRs to demonstrate force protection advantages of semi-autonomous tactical wheeled vehicles for C-IED missions.

The TerraMax UGV system will be enhanced to intelligently incorporate C-IED payloads, such as ground-penetrating radar and mine roller systems, and the TerraMax OCU will provide over-the-horizon situational awareness to accompanying manned vehicles. The system is highly interoperable, using a widely adopted, non-proprietary open architecture messaging standard that enables modularity and easy integration of new subsystems.

The Cargo UGV project is being conducted as part of the ONR’s SIAFU program to demonstrate an integrated “system of systems” that provides on-the-move, autonomous and multi-platform explosive hazard defeat (EHD) capabilities. The current phase of work will culminate in a technology concept demonstration in 2015.

TerraMax UGV Technology

Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology is designed as a modular appliqué kit that can be tightly integrated into modern production vehicles or retrofitted onto legacy platforms. Vehicles equipped with the TerraMax UGV technology can seamlessly collaborate with manned vehicles to carry out missions at full operational tempo. TerraMax UGVs function autonomously across varying terrains and in all weather conditions, day or night – and original vehicle payload and performance are retained.

Developed to support rapid deployment, troops can be trained to oversee TerraMax-equipped vehicles in only a few days to take advantage of an unsurpassed standoff and advance situational awareness capability. The user-friendly operator interface meets the unique demands of troops in the field, enabling warfighters to focus on mission success without undue distraction, and empowering a single operator to supervise multiple autonomous vehicles. Oshkosh is teamed with the NREC of Carnegie Mellon University for perception system and autonomy software development.

Oshkosh also is transitioning technologies from the TerraMax UGV system to provide active-safety features for the manned operation of vehicle fleets, including electronic stability control, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and electric power-assist steering.

Oshkosh representatives will be available to discuss Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology and the company’s broad portfolio of vehicles, technologies and services at AUVSI booth #1022.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.

To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, please visit to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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Lockheed Martin testing facility paves the way for more radio connections to MUOS COMMUNICATIONS satellites — Press Releasee

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 30, 2014 – The number of end users connecting to the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) will grow as radio terminal providers begin using a testing facility that simulates the satellite network. A team from Harris recently used the lab to connect the AN/PRC-117G Falcon III radio to MUOS systems developed by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]. It’s one of several terminals that are well under way in testing their connections with the constellation.

Many terminals—from hand-held radios to satellite links on ships, planes and ground vehicles—can easily integrate this new type of signal, and Lockheed Martin’s facility helps developers test those connections. While some terminals are new products, the lab also helps existing terminals connect. Enabling access for radios in inventory means more users can use MUOS without the cost of all new gear.

“MUOS provides a leap in capability that can save lives and improve missions, so naturally we want as many users to connect as possible,” said Dave Helseth, Lockheed Martin director of Systems Engineering, Integration and Test for MUOS. “Over 55,000 currently fielded terminals could be upgraded for full MUOS capability as early as 2016. Our simulation lab helps providers quickly complete their integration work and move forward with government certification.”

According to Harris, the Department of Defense uses more than 30,000 AN/PRC-117G terminals. With a MUOS update, all could be ready for MUOS connections pending government certification. Additionally, the General Dynamics AN/PRC-155 manpack radio is the terminal program of record and offers more connections.

MUOS delivers secure, priority-based voice and high-speed data to mobile users using an advanced waveform similar to commercial cell phone technology. The radio testing facility incorporates a full ground station, satellite payload, radio instrumentation and simulators that emulate radio links in challenging conditions, such as rain, forest canopy and urban canyons.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., is the MUOS prime contractor and system integrator. The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems and its Communications Satellite Program Office, San Diego, Calif., are responsible for the MUOS program.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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LDRA Verifies the Little Bits of Safety-Critical and Security-Critical Applications — Press Release

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Screenshot 1: LDRA and MPLAB X with a PIC18F target, where the serial port is used to pull the data from the target Screenshot 2: C8051 microcontroller running on a Keil uVision simulator to produce the unit test coverage using LDRA

San Jose, CA. March 31, 2014―LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, has yet again taken a leadership role in providing verification for highly constrained applications. By optimizing its analysis and testing technology, LDRA has enhanced the ability of the LDRA tool suite to scale down to meet the increasing number of highly constrained, minimal-footprint architectures used in today’s safety-critical and security-critical applications. With many systems now being connected, companies must enforce high-quality code, fully test and verify systems, and proactively prevent application vulnerabilities.
Achieving indepth analysis on a highly constrained microcontroller is not easy. Verification tools often exceed the bandwidth and memory resources of such microcontrollers, causing the analysis to crash or overload the system such that the target no longer functions as intended and system data becomes unreliable.
In contrast, LDRA has fine-tuned its instrumentation and analysis to low-power, highly constrained architectures to ensure that development teams can fully analyze and verify such systems to even the most rigorous levels demanded for safety-critical and security-critical certification. Using optimized technology, LDRA captures data from highly constrained target systems and sends it back to the host to help companies achieve coding standards compliance, safety standards compliance, and security standards compliance. This level of granular analysis is available not only on LDRA’s stand-alone products, LDRAunit and LDRAcover, but also on the comprehensive LDRA tool suite, helping to ensure that companies gain complete traceability over the entire life cycle of their application from requirements through verification and deployment.
Safety-Critical Industries Have Adopted Connected, Low-Power Systems

Although Internet of Things (IoT) is capturing much of the media’s attention for its scaled-down, connected systems, other industries such as avionics, defense, industrial control, smart energy, medical, and automotive now also take advantage of new, highly functional, low-power controllers that have little tolerance for the overhead of most verification technologies and tools. LDRA recognizes that size, weight, and power are always a consideration and has developed different methods of connectivity between the host and the target to ensure that data can be pulled from even the smallest 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers provided by ARM, Freescale, Microchip, Renesas, Texas Instruments, among others. The LDRA tool suite is therefore capable of providing unprecedented end-to-end application and verification analysis on systems where granular expertise for microcontrollers is needed as well as robust, comprehensive analysis for multicore technologies.

“Microcontrollers now deliver far greater functionality at much lower power, thereby playing a much greater role in complex systems where safety and security are essential,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director of LDRA. “Whether the controller is used in an unmanned vehicle, infusion pump or engine control system, suppliers need to produce safe, high-quality, secure code. To realize this assurance, they must leverage static analysis for code clarity and consistency, dynamic analysis to ensure their application is adequately tested in accordance with the standards, and automated unit and system-level testing to help control costs. LDRA tools ensure that even the smallest targets can be integrated into a traceable development workflow so auditors can confirm all requirements have been met, fully tested, and verified.”
Superior Instrumentation Delivers Full Coverage Analysis
With more than 40 years of experience helping customers deliver certified systems in the embedded space, LDRA has extensive knowledge and experience with the many architectures and host-target connection strategies used in safety- and security-critical systems. LDRA’s optimized and unique instrumentation technology enables virtually all levels of testing and coverage analysis, from statement coverage all the way down through the Modified Condition/Decision Coverage (MC/DC) required by the most rigorous safety standards.
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About LDRA

For more than 40 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security- and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA is headquartered in the United Kingdom with subsidiaries in the United States and India coupled with an extensive distributor network. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit: www.ldra.com.

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User testing begins on Third AEHF satellite as ultra-secure communications payload activated for first time — Press Release

Flawless Journey to Orbit Used Industry’s Most Powerful Electric Propulsion System

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 26, 2014The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite has begun transmitting using its protected communications payload, joining two other satellites undergoing system test in orbit with a suite of user terminals. AEHF satellites are produced by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the U.S. Air Force.

Launched on Sept. 18, 2013, AEHF-3 arrived in its final orbit position and began transmissions in January. The first two satellites have been doing well in limited user testing, and other nations are now using the system. Canada and the Netherlands connected in 2013, and an announcement of a first connection by the United Kingdom is expected this year. Now the third satellite will increase capacity and coverage as the international partners grow their user testing community.

“First transmissions on AEHF-3 were exactly what we expected, and orbit-raising was a textbook example of how to deliver a satellite to geostationary orbit,” said Mark Calassa, vice president of Protected Communication Systems at Lockheed Martin. “The satellite’s journey after launch went precisely as planned. We took advantage of the industry’s highest thrust electric propulsion, which was used during 95 percent of the transfer orbit period.”

AEHF is a hybrid spacecraft that uses both chemical and Hall Current Thruster electric propulsion to arrive at its geostationary position. Lockheed Martin has continually evolved and improved its electric propulsion for 30 years on the company’s A2100 satellite buses. Using electric propulsion helps satellites efficiently and precisely arrive on station and maintain their orbit positions.

AEHF is the most secure communications satellite system used by the U.S government. Its jam-proof communications are resilient against enemy forces, including nuclear attack, and a single satellite provides greater capacity than the entire legacy five-satellite Milstar constellation. AEHF’s five-fold increase in data rates speed up secure, survivable tactical military communications, such as real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data, and improve links for national leaders and troops alike.

The four-nation AEHF program is led by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., with international partners Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver the Mission Control Segment and six AEHF satellites, which are assembled at the company’s Sunnyvale, Calif., facility.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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Airbus Defense and Space adds military leases to its Inmarsat Global Xpress ® strategic agreement — Press Release

13 March 2014

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has signed a further agreement with Airbus Defense and Space, appointing the international defence systems integrator as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress (GX) military lease services, serving the Government market in Europe.

The announcement builds upon the strategic GX distribution partnership agreement concluded between the two companies
in December 2013. This new government agreement sets out leasing capacity on military Ka-band spot beams, in addition to subscription services already covered by the original agreement.

Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government, said : “Adding military lease services to Airbus Defense and Space’s GX Value Added Reseller appointment was a natural progression. It positions Inmarsat’s unique global military Ka-band capability ideally to enable Airbus Defense and Space to augment MILSATCOM and support the concentrated, very high bandwidth operational needs of defence forces, for example airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.” Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence & Security at Airbus Defense and Space, said: “As the number one military satcom operator in the world, having GX military and commercial Ka band as part of our new Aurora Global offering is a huge asset. This extension
of our GX strategic agreement with Inmarsat further strengthens a long-standing partnership harnessing Inmarsat’s next generation satellites.”

Global Xpress is the first globally available Ka-band broadband satellite network providing very high bandwidth services to a range of land, maritime and aero terminals, delivered through a resilient, secure waveform which is optimised for mobility. Integrated seamlessly with Inmarsat’s current L-band network, Global Xpress will ensure reliable communications in support of mission critical operations in the most challenging environments.

The first of three Global Xpress satellites is set to enter commercial service by mid-year 2014 with the full constellation
scheduled for deployment by the close of the year.

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations
around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.

About Airbus Defence & Space

Airbus Defense and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defense enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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Pasternack Launches Redesigned RF and Microwave Website — Press Release

New Pasternack Website Marries Powerful Search Capabilities with Sleek, Simplified Design

Irvine, CA – Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and global supplier of RF and microwave products, recently launched its new website which boasts best-in-class site search functionality, one-page checkout and an updated user friendly interface.

The new 2014 Pasternack website is the first major redesign since the Company’s previous 2012 website overhaul. Most noticeable to the average user is the sites simplified, stripped down look and feel of the new homepage. Pasternack’s main objective with the new site was to provide engineers and buyers the easiest, most intuitive process for searching and finding any of the company’s +40,000 RF components and cable assemblies with as few clicks as possible. The left-hand navigation menu allows the user to drill down into their desired product categories with a single click. Once inside a particular product family, the parametric search parameters allow you to reduce the total number of products displayed in the results with each successive filter applied.

Additional notable features of the new Pasternack website include a new robust site search engine using the search bar on the top of the page. A one-page checkout screen was also developed to smooth out the checkout process, which previously involved numerous pages. Pasternack also instituted a “live chat” feature which allows site users to immediately reach the company’s sales and tech services departments to “chat” in real time about any questions concerning products, applications, pricing and availability.

“We’re really pleased with the recent enhancements to our website as we believe we have created the most searchable, user-friendly website in our industry,” says John Farley, Director of Marketing at Pasternack. “With over 40,000 products in-stock, it was our mission to develop a site that allowed users to easily locate, research and order any of those products in the most efficient way possible.”

The new Pasternack website is live now. You can view the new site by visiting http://www.pasternack.com directly. Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

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About Pasternack

A leader in RF cable assemblies, adapters and connectors since 1972, Pasternack is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier that offers the industry’s largest selection of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products available for same-day shipping.

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Forensics Europe Expo 2014 offers unique opportunity for both buyers and providers across the forensics sector — Press Release

29-30 April, Olympia, London

Press Release – 04th February 2014

Taking place on the 29th and 30th April at Olympia, London, Forensics Europe Expo 2014 is set to be this year’s premier international forum dedicated to the entire forensics sector and its supply chain. Last year, the event introduced over 3000 buyers and specifiers to the latest forensic products, equipment and services as well as providing a definitive source of education and best practice together with unparalleled access to training and networking opportunities.

Organised by Clarion Events, Forensics Europe Expo will once again be co-located with Counter Terror Expo 2014, ensuring maximum marketing exposure before, during and after the event and creating an invaluable cross-flow of information. Supporting the exhibition, Forensics Europe will also feature a high level conference programme designed to attract hard-to-reach decision makers and thought leaders from both the public and private forensic arena, making the event an ideal platform for the launch of new products and cutting edge technologies.

President of The Forensic Science Society, Dr Ann Priston, commented: “As the largest professional body of forensic practitioners in the UK, it is fitting that we should be represented at Forensic Europe Expo which will not only offer valuable insights into the latest developments in forensic science but also provide an important networking opportunity for those working in areas where forensic science is having a real impact.

“Our role at this year’s event is particularly significant as we have just been granted a Royal Charter and we will be exhibiting under our new name, The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and we have chosen to launch at the Expo because it is such a high profile industry event.

“The Workshop programme is certain to feature some fascinating insights into new areas where the expertise of scientists is driving standards in investigation and furthering knowledge. In particular, digital forensics is likely to be widely covered at this year’s exhibition. This is a fascinating and fast-moving field, involving the fight against cyber crime and other challenges that our virtual world is now presenting to law enforcers.”

Another key supporter of Forensics Europe Expo is The Forensic and Policing Services Association (FAPSA). Allan Scott, MD of The Evidence Partnership, one of the founding members of FAPSA, said:

“Clarion Events have been supportive of our aims of giving SMEs a voice in the forensic and policing market whilst also ensuring that quality is maintained. We’re confident that the event will enable us to explain our ethos and our full range of services to prospective members and show how smaller organisations can make a significant contribution in the criminal justice arena.”

Philip Hunter, Event Director, Clarion Defence & Security added: “Forensics Europe Expo has already established its place as the leading event for the entire forensics sector. With an exciting new programme of content, this year’s show promises to offer the best opportunities yet for important new collaborations and business relationships to be established.”

For more information or to book your stand, please contact a member of the Forensics Europe Expo team:
T: +44 (0) 20 7384 7797 or email for[email protected]

Visitor registration is now open. Please register for your free exhibition only pass or conference delegate pass at www.forensicseuropeexpo.com/register

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Convoys of Driverless Trucks to Push Supplies to the Combat Zone

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U.S. Marine Corps Begins Testing Oshkosh Defense P-19R — Press Release

oshkosh p19rOshkosh exhibiting Marine Corps’ new firefighting vehicle this week at Marine West

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Jan. 29, 2014) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), has delivered three Oshkosh P-19 Replacement Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle prototypes to the U.S. Marine Corps to undergo testing. The Marine Corps selected the Oshkosh P-19R in May 2013 to serve as the Marines’ off-road firefighting vehicle of the future. Oshkosh will display the P-19R at Marine West, Jan. 29-30, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

“We delivered three P-19R prototypes in December and will support them as they undergo rigorous government testing through this summer,” said John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh P-19R will replace the fleet of Oshkosh P-19A ARFF vehicles, which were first fielded with the Marine Corps in 1984 and are reaching the end of their service lives. With this vehicle, we’ve rolled into one platform our decades of experience producing military and ARFF vehicles to give Marines more advanced firefighting capabilities.”

The next-generation Oshkosh P-19R is based on the proven Oshkosh Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) platform. It incorporates the latest tactical wheeled vehicle technologies to support fire emergency missions at military bases and expeditionary airfields.

The Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system – today’s gold standard for heavy, medium and light tactical wheeled vehicles that are required to operate off-road – gives Marines greater all-terrain performance for off-runway emergencies. The Oshkosh Command Zone™ integrated diagnostics and automation system helps crews carry out firefighting missions with increased situational awareness.

Oshkosh Defense leveraged the expertise of the Oshkosh Airport Products Group, the industry-leading ARFF vehicle producer, to equip the Oshkosh P-19R with the advanced Striker® firefighting systems. The P-19R also meets the modern requirements of the NFPA 414 standard, which sets the design, performance and acceptance criteria for ARFF vehicles.

Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available to discuss the P-19R and the company’s broad portfolio of vehicles, technologies and services at Marine West at booth #8.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax™ unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.

To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, please visit to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

Photo courtesy of Oshkosh Corporation

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AAR Awarded New Airlift Services Contract to Support NATO Allies — Press Release

AAR Airlift Group to Support NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan

WOOD DALE, Ill., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Joint Theatre Support Contracting Command has awarded its Airlift division a contract to provide fixed- and rotary-wing support for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) under the NATO Training Mission — Afghanistan (NTM-A) and Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A).

The contract is an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) with a total ceiling value of approximately $134 million. AAR Airlift will support the NTM-A and CSTC-A with light fixed-wing, medium fixed-wing, and medium rotary-wing aircraft, personnel, and logistics support.

The NATO Training Mission — Afghanistan, in coordination with NATO nations and partners, supports the government of Afghanistan in generating and sustaining the ANSF to provide accountable, Afghan-led security. Under the agreement, AAR will perform passenger and cargo transport services from 21 locations in Afghanistan. The Company has been performing in-theatre support to the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan since 2004, and is the DOD’s largest commercial provider of lift services in-country.

“AAR is proud to continue supporting our national interests in Afghanistan under this new agreement,” said Randy J. Martinez, President and CEO, AAR Airlift Group. “The issuance of this contract to AAR reaffirms that we are the premier provider of airlift services in Afghanistan; no other carrier has more experience operating in this region than we do.”

AAR provides expeditionary airlift services in support of contingency operations worldwide. The Company currently operates a fleet of more than 40 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft to transport personnel, supplies, and mail for the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan and the Western Pacific.

About AAR
AAR is a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR’s services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR’s products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

This press release contains certain statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on beliefs of Company management, as well as assumptions and estimates based on information currently available to the Company, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated, including those factors discussed under Item 1A, entitled “Risk Factors”, included in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2013. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize adversely, or should underlying assumptions or estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described. These events and uncertainties are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many are beyond the Company’s control. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. For additional information, see the comments included in AAR’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Inmarsat expand s Global Xpress r elationship with Boeing — Press Release

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Formalised distribution agreement cements Boeing as first and largest GX reseller to US Government market

22 November 2013

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services,

and Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, a unit of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems, today announced the formalisation of their partnership on Global Xpress (GX), Inmarsat’s next generation connectivity service and the world’s first globally available high-speed broadband network.

Through a series of all-inclusive agreements, Boeing is extending its relationship with Inmarsat to become, officially, the first Value Added Reseller (VAR) for GX with a specific focus on military-Ka band services for customers within the United States Government.  Boeing , which through its existing agreements with Inmarsat has already listed a number of GX Services on the relevant US Government procurement schedules, will now significantly extend this process, offering GX-based services to the broadest range of government customers.

“Since the very start of the Global Xpress programme, Boeing has been a critical and committed partner in developing service offerings, technical interfaces and a host of GX applications to address unique government requirements,” said Peter Hadinger, President of Inmarsat’s US Government Business Unit. “With this VAR agreement in place, the Boeing team can move quickly to meet the communications needs of the US government, leveraging what will be the most advanced and reliable globally available commercial satellite service in the world.”

Since the Global Xpress programme was announced in 2010, Boeing and Inmarsat have worked in close partnership on the development of the original fleet of three GX satellites with an order for a fourth satellite made just last month (October 2013).

With today’s announcement, Boeing is committing to GX as a cornerstone of its satellite services business. “Global Xpress will enable us to offer US government users a range of powerful new applications and globally available, secure connectivity services backed by the renowned reliability and heritage of Inmars at,” said Jim Mitchell, Vice President of Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, “We have already received strong support from our government clients for the mission-enabling features GX will offer.”

Rupert Pearce, Chief Executive Officer of Inmarsat, said: “Global Xpress meets the strategic satellite communications needs of a key customer, the US Government, in a unique, powerful and highly efficient way and we are thrilled that, with the first Inmarsat-5 satellite in Baikonour awaiting launch in early December, the Global Xpress era is just ahead of us. We value highly our commercial partnership with Boeing and we are delighted to announce this significant development of their VAR status, positioning Boeing in the vanguard of our commercialisation of Global Xpress to the US Government.”

Craig Cooning, Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Satellite Systems International, said: “As the US Government seeks improved resiliency, affordability , and availability of capacity to meet its growing wide-band communications requirements partnerships between commercial satellite operators and service providers will emerge as a proven solution to ensuring that the needs of US Government and its allies continue to be met. This VAR agreement underscores the commitments of Inmarsat and Boeing to continue efforts to help to meet this demand.”

About Inmarsat
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979,Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high
-speeddata communications to governments,enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in
the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with apresence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on theLondon Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visitwww.inmarsat.com
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The Finnish Defence Forces place a 1,3 M€ order with Kenno Tech for additional Balpro® Protector systems and Balpro® Containers — Press Release

DSC00490 - raj - lKenno Tech received a new order of close to 1,3 M€ for Balpro® Protector systems and Balpro® Containers from the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). The FDF exercised some of the purchase options, which are included in its February 2012 purchase decision for
these products. The deliveries will start this year and continue into 2014.

The Balpro® Protector system is a fast-to-build modular fortification system designed for expeditionary forces. The system may be used for many applications including:

• Camp walls/perimeter walls: one Balpro® Protector system set provides 42 metres of 2,44 metre high defence wall for perimeter security.
Elements equipped with doors may be included.
• Protected shelters or bunkers: a fully enclosed shelter with internal measurements of 5 x 6 metres and a height of 2,44 metres can be
assembled from one Balpro® Protector system set.
• Observation points with watch towers.
• Garage/storage facilities, bays, revetments etc.
• Safe corridors for e.g. VIPs.
• The elements may also be used as flood barriers.

For transport a Balpro® Protector system set of 7 laser-welded sandwich steel elements forms a 20 ft sea container equivalent unit. The newest functionality in the system is a watch tower (see pictures in our website photo gallery http://www.kennoshield.
com/sirpalesuoja/index.php?k=15218) and currently a drive-through gate is being developed. For more about the Balpro® Protector system also see

http://www.kenno-shield.com/sirpalesuoja/index.php?k=15240.

The Balpro® Container is a ballistically protected container designed to keep personnel or equipment safe from small calibre threats.
The Balpro® products’ innovative solutions ensure uniform protection capabilities throughout the surface area of the product elements.

Kenno Tech specializes in the design and manufacture of laser welded steel sandwich elements. The company’s production facilities are at Riihimäki, Finland.

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Global Aviation Holdings Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization — Press Release

Company Continuing to Take Steps to Align Cost Structure with Market Demand

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., the largest commercial provider of charter air services to the US Military and a major provider of worldwide commercial global passenger and cargo air transportation services, today announced that the Company and its subsidiaries, including its two operating airlines World Airways and North American Airlines, have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Company has taken this action to strengthen its balance sheet and gain financial flexibility as it continues to realign its operations. The Company intends to continue to operate during the reorganization process.

As part of the reorganization, the Company is taking steps to align its cost structure with the realities of market demand. The Company expects to reduce its workforce accordingly by approximately 16% of the employees over the next 90 days.

“We intend to use the reorganization process to help implement our plan to lower costs, stabilize our businesses, grow revenue and diversify our product lines,” said John Graber, Chief Executive Officer. “We have taken a number of steps to improve our operations over the past few months and we were making great progress; however, the continued worldwide downturn in commercial freight markets coupled with the military’s decision to immediately curtail its cargo expansion flying has made it necessary for us to undertake this court-supervised reorganization. We believe that this reorganization will enable us to reduce our debt and implement operational changes, while maintaining our commitment to safety, compliance and reliable customer service.”

He continued, “We appreciate the ongoing dedication of our employees, whose hard work is critical to our success and the future of our company. Regrettably, as a result of a necessary reduced fleet size and as a part of this reorganization, jobs will be impacted. We are committed to treating those who are affected with the respect and dignity they deserve. We will support them as best we can in their transition.”

In conjunction with its reorganization, the Company has obtained debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from its first lien lenders. On Court approval, the new financing and cash generated from the Company’s ongoing operations will be used to support the business during the reorganization process.

The Company has filed various motions with the Court in support of its reorganization, including requesting authorization to continue paying employee wages and providing health care and other benefits. The Company has also asked for authority to continue existing customer programs and intends to pay vendors for goods and services provided after the filing date of November 12, 2013.

The Company has established a toll-free Restructuring Information Hotline for interested parties, at (877) 726-6511 in North America or internationally at (424) 236-7251. Additional information is available on the Company’s website at www.glah.com. Court filings and other documents related to the reorganization proceedings are available on a separate website administered by the Company’s claims agent, KCC, at www.kccllc.net/GLAH.

About Global Aviation Holdings

Global Aviation Holdings Inc. is the parent company of North American Airlines and World Airways. North American Airlines, founded in 1989, operates passenger charter flights using B767-300ER aircraft. World Airways, founded in 1948, operates cargo and passenger charter flights using B747-400 and MD-11 aircraft. For more information, visit http://www.glah.com, http://www.flynaa.com, and http://www.woa.com.

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ATK Receives Orders for Small-Caliber Ammunition Under New Production Contract at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant — Press Release

Orders Total Approximately $387 Million

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 11 , 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received orders for approximately $387 million for small-caliber rifle ammunition to be produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. The orders fall under the plant’s new production contract, which began Oct. 1, 2013, and include a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50-caliber high-quality military ammunition.

In 2012, the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island (ACC-RI) selected ATK to continue production of small-caliber ammunition and operation and maintenance of the Independence, Mo., plant under new contracts. The contracts initially cover the next seven years through FY19, with a potential award term for a total contract term of up to 10 years.

“Our vision for Lake City is a highly-efficient production facility that is lean, scalable and sustainable for the next generation of the nation’s warfighters,” said Kent Holiday, vice president and general manager of ATK’s Small Caliber Systems division.

“ATK is giving greater value to our government customer through the new operations contract at Lake City,” said Mike Kahn, president of ATK’s Defense Group. “Our ammunition has no equal in its quality and reliability, which is the standard we set for our support of the warfighter. Our ATK-wide focus on efficiency, quality and affordability allows us to deliver an excellent value to our military customers.”

ATK Defense Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable ammunition, precision and strike weapons, electronic warfare systems, and missile components across air-, sea-, and land-based systems.

ATK is an aerospace, defense and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atk or on Twitter @ATK.

Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company’s competitive environment; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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IHS To Offer Authorized 3D CAD Models of Critical National Aerospace Standards Under Partnerships With Aerospace Industries Association and CADENAS PARTsolutions — Press Release

Innovative tool lets engineers quickly configure and download 3D native CAD models of NAS- and NASM- fastener components

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (November 5, 2013) — IHS (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of information and analytics, today announced exclusive partnerships to offer authorized 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models of components based on critical National Aerospace Standards, providing a valuable new tool for engineers across the aerospace industry to accelerate innovation, shorten design cycles and reduce costs.

IHS has partnered with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the premier trade association representing the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers, and CADENAS PARTsolutions®, a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) technologies and services for 3D product catalogs and parts management solutions, to offer 3D models of NAS & NASM mechanical parts standards.

Under the partnership, the advanced PARTsolutions eCATALOGsolutions™ tools will be integrated with IHS Standards Expert® and IHS Standards Expert® with Goldfire®, the market-leading engineering knowledge management solutions from IHS. Engineers will be able to quickly locate the appropriate NAS and NASM standard and use the integrated PARTsolutions configuration tool to define, visualize and refine the required part before generating a 3D model. The model can be saved into more than 150 native and neutral CAD and graphic formats, versions and revisions, and then inserted into a computer design to be tested for form, fit and function, as well as included in a bill of materials within the CAD software.

Key benefits of this solution include:

· Reduced modeling and design cycle times;

· Improved engineering productivity;

· Elimination of duplicated effort and rework;

· Assurance of quality through the use of authorized CAD models;

· Increased consistency in parts used on projects; and

· Greater accuracy in bills of materials.

“Customers look to IHS as a trusted source for all their engineering and technical reference information, including critical industry standards,” said Chad Hawkinson, vice president, product design solutions at IHS. “The 3D AIA NAS solution will allow engineers to more easily and accurately implement the standards’ requirements and complete their projects, reducing design times while improving quality and generating savings for our customers.”

“AIA has a long and proud history serving the needs of the aerospace and defense industry through our National Aerospace Standards program,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “The AIA NAS 3D catalog allows us to provide solutions that will help the industry design and manufacture products faster and at a lower cost.”

“CADENAS PARTsolutions is thrilled to partner with industry leaders IHS and AIA to deliver a revolutionary new product to the aerospace and defense industry,” said Rob Zesch, president & chief operating officer at CADENAS PARTsolutions. “The NAS 3D catalog is the first aerospace standard in the history of aviation to be 3D-enabled by its owner, and we are honored to have our technology chosen for this endeavor.”

The 3D NAS standards capabilities announced today will be available in IHS Standards Expert and IHS Standards Expert with Goldfire in early 2014. The NAS 3D catalog will be available as a catalog within the PARTsolutions parts management solutions, with available integrations to all major CAD & PLM applications.

About IHS (www.ihs.com)

IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs approximately 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.

About Aerospace Industries Association (www.aia-aerospace.org)

The Aerospace Industries Association is the premier trade association representing the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers. Today, more than 300 major aerospace and defense companies and their suppliers are members of the association, embodying every high-technology manufacturing segment of the U.S. aerospace and defense industry from commercial aviation and avionics, to manned and unmanned defense systems, to space technologies and satellite communications. The association concentrates on issues covering civil aviation, space, national security, international and procurement & finance.

About CADENAS PARTsolutions (www.partsolutions.com)

CADENAS PARTsolutions is a leading provider of next generation 3D part catalog management and sales configuration solutions. For large manufacturers and OEMs, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides centralized 3D standard part catalogs making it easy for global design teams to find, reuse, and control standard and proprietary parts. For component manufacturers, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides 3D product catalogs with CAD download technology to increase sales lead generation and to ensure that components get “designed in” to OEM products.

IHS is a registered trademark of IHS Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2013 IHS Inc. All rights reserved.

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Leidos Awarded Contract By Defense Health Agency — Press Release

Health, National Security, and Engineering Solutions Company to Provide Support for the Military Health System Nurse Advice Line

RESTON, Va., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a health, national security, and engineering solutions company, was awarded a prime contract by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to provide consultative, analytical, decision making, managerial, and implementation support services for a Nurse Advice Line (NAL) that will support the Military Health System (MHS). The single-award firm fixed-price contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total contract value of approximately $178 million if all options are exercised.

The NAL program is designed to advance the DHA’s goals of improving the availability and quality of care for its beneficiaries while reducing the overall cost of care. NAL beneficiaries will receive around-the-clock access to nurse advice line services where customer calls will be triaged using patented nurse triage algorithms to determine the most appropriate and effective level of care.

Under the contract, Leidos will provide NAL services to more than nine million eligible TRICARE beneficiaries in all 50 states, making it one of the largest and most complex programs of its kind. The scope of work includes call center services, nurse triage services, medical appointing services and administrative support delivered by an expert team of customer service representatives, registered telehealth nurses, and appointment clerks. This team of professionals will provide TRICARE beneficiaries clinical advice and urgent care support based on nationally recognized algorithms, protocols, and guidelines; and enable eligible military enrollees to schedule, cancel, and reschedule appointments through the MHS Composite Health Care System and the Coast Guard’s Epic electronic health record system.

“We are proud to have been selected to work with DHA to provide nurse advice line services to millions of military beneficiaries across the United States. Improving the availability, quality, and cost effectiveness of healthcare for our military service members and their families are national priorities, and we are honored to support these important goals,” said Steve Comber, group president, Leidos Health.

The company, formerly named Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), changed its name to Leidos, Inc. on September 27, 2013 [in connection with the spin-off of its former technical, engineering and enterprise information technology business, which has assumed the company's former name]. Leidos has submitted a change-of-name agreement to the U.S. government to recognize the name change, which is currently under review by the responsible Defense Contract Management Agency contracting officer.

About Leidos

Leidos is a science and technology solutions leader working to address some of the world’s toughest challenges in national security, health, and engineering. The Company’s 23,000 employees support vital missions for our government and the commercial sector, develop innovative solutions to drive better outcomes, and defend our Nation’s digital and physical infrastructure from ‘new world’ threats. Leidos is headquartered in Reston, Va. and had approximately $6 billion in revenues for fiscal year 2013, on a pro forma basis, following the spin-off of the company’s technical, engineering and enterprise IT business on Sept. 27, 2013. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.

Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in Leidos’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended January 31, 2013, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. 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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STATE-OF-THE-ART STUDIES — Press Release

digitable02TRAINING, simulation and consultancy specialist NSC and the UK’s largest design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins have been contracted by the British Army to help devise a cutting-edge curriculum for its officers.

Working in partnership with military directing staff, NSC and Atkins’ training and analysis experts will develop and support a range of innovative computer-based instruction methods with the aim of sharpening the skills of students on the Service’s Captains’ Warfare Course.

The course is underpinned by a range of documentation and materials designed in conjunction with directing staff by Atkins’ training consultants.
Future graduates of the eight-week programme, which is delivered at the Land Warfare School (LWS) in Wiltshire, will be exposed to a state-of-the-art syllabus boasting a mix of simulation-based exercises, e-learning software and digital doctrine and drills videos provided by the Surrey-based company.

Simulated feeds from remotely-piloted air systems and computer-generated videos demonstrating an array of battlegroup tactics will be among the tools deployed to teach Army 2020 doctrine, exploit lessons learnt from previous operations and prepare personnel for future missions.

Those on the course will also benefit from NSC’s CONTACT – a real-time constructive simulation system that confronts commanders with the complexities of conflict. Already used to support the training of operations-bound command and staff officers, the simulation allows individuals or small groups of users to trial courses of action in a fully-customisable environment.

CONTACT’s simulated exercises and assessments provide instructors with the ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward the action to deliver instant feedback or encourage syndicate discussion.

Traditional decision-making exercises will be further complemented by professionally-scripted and presented television news reports, which will serve to recap key briefing information and chronicle unfolding events.

Furthermore, a NSC-designed virtual learning environment and inclusion of computer-based training modules on the new-look course will mean students can review material at their own pace and revisit subjects as many times as they wish.

The course began on September 30th and runs to November 22nd 2013, and will be validated and, where necessary, amended by Atkins consultants and LWS staff.

ABOUT NSC

NSC is a world-class provider of cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training. Since its formation in 1991, the company has forged a reputation for developing and delivering innovative solutions for military and civilian customers around the globe. From operational-level education for senior commanders to individual and collective training for the most junior recruits, Camberley-based NSC’s software and training solutions are used worldwide.

ABOUT ATKINS

Atkins is the UK’s largest design, engineering and project management consultancy with experience of delivering complex and time sensitive projects of national significance in the UK and worldwide, including the London 2012 Games, Crossrail, major rail signalling upgrades and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). Atkins provides independent engineering, technical and project support services as well as human factors and training solutions to the MOD and Sea, Land, Air and Joint Commands to help them buy, deploy and maintain equipment, infrastructure and systems. Atkins was appointed the Official Systems Engineering Partner of the UK MOD in 2012.

Photo courtesy of NSC

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Lockheed Martin Establishes Continuous Monitoring Lab and Workshops to Support Department of Homeland Security — Press Release

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is inviting government organizations interested in learning how to strengthen their network security to its new continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) lab and associated workshops.

Established to support the Department of Homeland Security’s CDM program that is designed to defend government networks from threats, the lab demonstrates commercial cyber security products and Lockheed Martin integration services. The lab, located in Lockheed Martin’s NexGen Cyber Innovation & Technology Center, was created to allow customers to experience CDM offerings and envision how products and services can be implemented to mature their network resiliency.

“Lockheed Martin’s CDM lab makes tangible the many benefits of Lockheed Martin’s cyber defense tools and will increase the speed and efficiency of government cyber security implementation,” said Greg Boison, director of homeland and cyber security for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business. “By using the Lockheed Martin Cyber Kill Chain® with an intelligence driven defense approach, our methodology provides unique benefits and assurance to customers proven in defense of our own enterprise systems.”

Lockheed Martin CDM workshops are scheduled for Nov. 14 and 20 and are available to government attendees ranging from chief information security officers to security operations center managers and cyber analysts. During the three-hour workshop sessions, customers will learn how to integrate continuous asset cyber situational awareness, improve decision support, increase speed in remediation of policy issues and vulnerabilities, and realize affordability. Workshops are limited to government attendees. To register, click here.

Under CDM, advanced cyber security tools and services will ensure that unclassified government networks will be constantly scanned for threats, defended from attacks and audited for performance. Federal, state and local agencies as well as tribal and territorial governments can implement CDM. Lockheed Martin was one of 17 contractors awarded a role on the program, which has a potential ceiling value of $6 billion and can be procured under the General Service Administration Federal Systems Integration and Management Center IT Schedule 70. The blanket purchase agreement with Lockheed Martin has a one-year base period with four, one-year options.

As a leading provider of cyber security solutions, Lockheed Martin takes an intelligence driven defense approach to protecting our nation’s most critical assets. The company has invested in continuous monitoring technology and partnerships with members of the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance. Beginning in 2009, Lockheed Martin leveraged advances within its NexGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Center and the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance to implement a comprehensive continuous monitoring solution.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

For additional information, visit our website:

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/cyber

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