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Training contract. The Army has awarded a $74.1 million contract to AT&T Government Solutions of Vienna, Va., to develop simulated battlefield training systems under its One Tactical Engagement Simulation System program.

AT&T and a team of contractors will develop the next-generation 'force-on-force' and 'force-on-target' war game system. OneTESS will replace the Army's current laser-based systems.

The Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation awarded the contract.

AT&T also recently received a communications infrastructure subcontract to Lockheed Martin Corp. under the National Training Center Objective Instrumentation System contract. This award is valued at $60 million.

AT&T will design, develop and implement a networking infrastructure for the Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. The network will support voice, data and video communications.

Software buy. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations recently purchased a tool developed by MetaCarta Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., that organizes and presents geographic information on suspected and potential terrorists.

The office plans to integrate MetaCarta's Geographic Text Search tool with its Threat and Local Observation Notice system to develop a geospatial picture for analysts of potential or suspected terrorist activities. TALON is a program that encourages Air Force officials and citizens to report possible terrorist planning activities they observe.

GTS uses natural-language processing to find references to geographic locations.

The system 'marks documents with appropriate latitude and longitude coordinates, and then enables a search for market documents through a graphical user interface,' MetaCarta said. Users search for documents using geographic locations and keywords. Links to the full documents appear as icons.

Using the $500,000 GTS tool eliminates the need for field agents to determine and document specific latitude and longitude coordinates.

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