The Army has awarded General Atomics an extended contract for operation and sustainment of Highlighter, an imagery system for aircraft and UAVs that alerts analysts to changes in terrain–changes that might indicate the planting of an IED. From the DOD release:
General Atomics Technologies Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded on Feb. 13, 2009, a $30,156,316 cost plus fixed fee contract for 25 months of operation and sustainment support of the Highlighter change detection system in Operation Iraqi Freedom locations. Work is to be performed in Iraq, (97 percent), at San Diego, Calif., (2 percent), and at Arlington, Va., (1 percent), with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2011. Bids were solicited by sole source and one bid was received. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-09-D-T202).