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Monday December 31, 2001

PC News
Playnet Files For Chapter 11
Irontic.com is reporting that Playnet has filed Chapter 11. No word on how this will affect Cornerd Rat Software, developers of World War II Online, or Dogfighter.com. It is presumed they are going to be shutting down as well.

New The War Engine Patch
Shrapnel Games announced that the newest "The War Engine" patch is available from their website. This patch, v1.02, adds features and enhancements and fixes bugs. In addition to fixing several user reported bugs, this patch corrects the unit selection mechanism to prevent unwanted unit turning, includes a new weapon firing option, tweaks the Customizer interface, defines a new AI Mission, adds new rules for weapons and transports and, best of all, allows computer vs. computer play.

Military News
Titan Wins Navy Wargaming Contract
The Titan Corporation announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Titan System Corporation has been awarded a contract to design and execute complex, computer simulated wargames for advanced tactical training of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet. With an initial base year award and four one-year options, if exercised, the contract has a potential value of over $18 million.

"Titan has been providing this computer simulation expertise to the Navy for the past 13 years," said Gene Ray, Titan's president, chairman, and CEO. "The work plays a vital role in preparing and training our forces for the wide variety of scenarios and uncertainties that they may have to face in today's war time environment."

Under this contract, Titan will execute over 150 wargames each year to support a training curricula and pre-deployment work-up training for the ships, submarines, squadrons and Marine units of the Fleet. Titan will create, build, test, execute and analyze very complex and realistic scenarios that include all aspects of modern maritime operations including expeditionary warfare, anti-terror warfare, force protection, information warfare, and the traditional elements of modern fleet and joint operations across the globe. Players in these wargames are senior officers of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, other Services and our Allies in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Titan will use the Navy's Enhanced Naval Warfare Gaming System and the Marine Corps' Marine Air-Ground Task Force Tactical Warfare Simulation to provide a realistic simulation of the wargame's battle space.

U.S. Navy Awards Northrop Grumman Contract For DDG 102
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a $369.8 million contract to build an additional DDG 51 Class Aegis guided missile destroyer for the United States Navy. The work will be performed at the company's Ingalls Operations here.

The contract awarded today represents funding for the 2002 fiscal year ship, DDG 102, included in a multi-year contract awarded to Ingalls in March 1998. With today's announcement, Ingalls has been awarded contracts to build 25 Aegis destroyers, with 15 ships having been delivered. A 16th destroyer, SHOUP (DDG 86), completed her initial sea trials earlier this month and will be commissioned in the spring.

"Our company's involvement with the Aegis program has been a key to our business success for 20 years," said Philip A. Dur, president of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. "The partnerships established nationwide in this program continue to benefit all Aegis team members across the defense industry. Delivery dates on DDG 51 destroyers at Ingalls extend into 2006 and will keep our experienced, seasoned workforce of destroyer builders engaged well into the 21st century."

The U.S. Navy's Aegis program is one of the most important shipbuilding programs in America today. Aegis ships are designed to provide primary protection for the Navy's battle forces, but are also the most balanced surface warships ever built, equipped with the weapons, electronics, helicopter support facilities, and propulsion, auxiliary and survivability systems to carry out the Navy's missions.

Aegis destroyers are equipped to conduct a variety of missions, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. The ships operate with battle groups in high-threat environments and also provide essential escort capabilities to Navy and Marine Corps amphibious forces, combat logistics ships and convoys. As the U.S. Navy's first Aegis shipbuilder, Ingalls also delivered 19 ships in the 27-ship TICONDEROGA (CG 47) Class of guided missile cruisers.

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