• Exelis Awarded $10.3 Million Contract for Technology System Insertion

    Fort Wayne, Ind. — Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a $10.3 million sole source U.S. Air Force contract to insert a modern data storage and retrieval technology into the Strategic Automated Command Control System (SACCS). The SACCS provides orders and pass codes authentication for Air Force nuclear weapons platforms, bombers, and support units. Inserting a modern data storage system into this legacy command and control system will dramatically improve retrieval and verification of critical data for decision-makers. The upgrade by Exelis, a leading provider of critical network solutions, will also allow the existing system to continue with uninterrupted service through 2030. The replacement of the current data archival system with modern data storage will ensure operational performance of the system and reduce the potential for human error factors in the future. “We understand the importance of this system to the Air Force, the Department of Defense, and our nation’s security,” said Jennifer Schoonover, the vice president and general manager of the Exelis communications solutions business area. “We were the original integrators of this system 30 years ago and have worked to maintain a strong relationship with our Air Force customer since then. We will continue to deliver this technically sound and affordable technology for this critical Air Force network.” Exelis will deliver data drives of different types, support equipment, training and documentation under this contract. Work will begin immediately and take place at the Exelis facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    About Exelis

    Exelis is a diversified, global aerospace, defense and information solutions company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and information systems, and focused on strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare and composite aerostructures. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Exelis employs approximately 10,000 people and generated 2013 sales of $4.8 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Source: Exelis

  • Welcome our newest members for November 2014

    We would like to welcome the newest NIDIA members for the month of November.  Please take a moment to have a look at their businesses and make new connections if you aren’t already familiar with them! GCG Industries, Inc. 4636 Newaygo Rd. Fort Wayne IN 46845 260-482-7454 View Member Profile Triton Metal Products 7790 South Homestead Drive Hamilton, IN 46742 260-488-1800 View Member Profile

  • NIDIA Welcomes Col. David Augustine (ret) as Chairman

    Retired Col. David Augustine

    Retired Col. David Augustine

    Please welcome NIDIA’s new Chairman, Col. David Augustine

    Effective October 20, 2014, Retired Col. David Augustine will act as the new Chairmain for the Northeastern Indiana Defense Industry Association. At the combined Northeast Indiana Industry Association (NIDIA) and Fort Wayne Base Community Council (BCC) luncheon, Mr. Scott Maddox, the Treasurer for NIDIA announced that the Executive Board, under the leadership of Mr. Jeff Uhey, has selected Col. David Augustine (ret) as the new Chairman effective Oct 20th, 2014. Jeff Uhey quoted “Col Augustine is the right leader, at the right time and the right place to take NIDIA to new levels. His passion for the military and defense industries in Northeast Indiana is unprecedented.” In addition to NIDIA, Augustine will also begin his new position as the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Stryke Industries on Oct 20th. Stryke Industries is a defense firm committed to growing companies that are devoted in making quality products for the warfighter. Augustine quoted, “Stryke Industries is a perfect addition to NIDIA. My goal is to bring significant growth to Northeast Indiana defense firms and the tools that Stryke brings to the table are unprecedented.” Col. Augustine is excited to also garner increased involvement from local colleges and universities to ensure we are producing Hoosiers with the skills necessary to capitalize on significant defense opportunities. In addition, Augustine is interested in significantly expanding research and development within academia. To learn more about Augustine and the NIDIA Board, please visit the NIDIA Board of Directors Page.

  • 2014 Aerospace Resource Guide from Department of Commerce/International Trade

    Mark Cooper, Director, U.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration presented at the NIDIA Steering Committee meeting, held at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center on June 19th, 2014.  Please find useful resources in the links below:

    Aerospace Team’s Website

    Aerospace Resource Guide

  • AM General is Seeking Diversity-Owned Businesses

    AM General is seeking diversity-owned businesses to support the next phase of the U.S. Army JLTV program. If you are a diversity-owned business with capabilities in these areas:

    • Electrical (wire harness and/or cables)
    • Stampings/Metal Fabrication
    • Castings
    • Springs
    • Armor
    • Paint/Coatings/Finishing

    and are interested in pursuing business with AM General, please contact: Rich Murphy Program Manager, Conexus Indiana Supplier INsight 111 Monument Circle, Suite 1800 Indianapolis, IN 46204 Office 317.532.4779 Cell 317.796.4390 www.conexusindiana.com