Air Force signs contract with General Dynamics to provide top brass with secure smart phones

Spectra Edge handheld phones feature encryption approved by the National Security Agency.

Microsoft's bid to buy Skype approved

The Federal Trade Commission approved Microsoft's bid to buy Skype for an estimated $8.5 billion.

Raytheon assesses, repairs Navy jam-proof communications system

Raytheon Co. will provide the Navy with communications logistics support for its Extremely High Frequency Satellite Program under a $51.6 million contract.

General Dynamics acquires wireless networking equipment maker

General Dynamics Corp. is acquiring Fortress Technologies Inc., a provider of secure wireless networking equipment for the U.S. military and other government customers. The value of the cash deal was not announced.

NCI wins Netcom planning and engineering work award

NCI Inc. will provide mission planning and engineering to the Army's network command under a three-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract worth approximately $58 million.

Raytheon gets Air Force order for secure communications units

Raytheon Co. will supply the Air Force with almost 2,000 additional encrypted communications systems that will cost the military branch $20.7 million.

Northrop agrees on $5M tab for computer outage

Company's payment includes corrective actions it owes Virginia after Northrop's equipment failed, crippling several state agencies last year.

General Dynamics in hiring mode to meet DOD contract requirements

General Dynamics Corp. has received a five-year Defense Department contract for IT enterprise network services that could be worth as much as $125 million.

Cisco launches reorg

Networking company makes changes to fix poor performance.

CenturyLink pays $2.5B for Savvis

CenturyLink is buying Savvis in a cash and stock purchase agreement approved by both boards of directors, worth $2.5 billion.

XO chief resigns; search committee will find successor

Carl Grivner has resigned as chief executive officer, president and director of XO Holdings Inc., effective April 8.

Level 3 pays $3B to acquire Global Crossing

Level 3 Communications Inc. is acquiring Global Crossing Ltd. in a tax-free, stock-for-stock transaction for approximately $3 billion, including the assumption of approximately $1.1 billion of debt.

Harris finally wraps up Global Connectivity acquisition

After first announcing the planned acquisition in November 2010, Harris Corp. has wrapped up its purchase of Global Connectivity Services from Schlumberger Information Solutions for $397.5 million in cash.

Northrop team builds $1.1B DHS classified communications system

Northrop Grumman Corp. is leading a team that captured a seven-year task order for a classified DHS network.

Krumbholz writes Networx blog

GSA's Karl Krumbholz joins the ranks of federal bloggers with a blog dedicated to news about network services.

General Dynamics provides help desk support for DIA

General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a five-year, $40 million task order under the Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise contract to support the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Harris buys government network telecom provider

Harris Corp. has acquired key infrastructure assets of Core180 Inc., a government telecom network integrator in Fairfax, Va. Financial terms were not reported.

Booz Allen gets smart with $114M intelligent transportation contract

Booz Allen Hamilton will help the Federal Highway Administration enhance intelligent transportation systems under a five-year, $114 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.

SAIC team wins $2.5B contract for State's network infrastructure

Science Applications International Corp. captures huge contract to build a secure IT network infrastructure for the State Department. Who made their team?

ICF International aids VA public contact programs

ICF International will provide a variety of consumer-related services to the Veterans Affairs Department under a new five-year, $10 million contract through High Performance Technologies Inc.