In this month's Incoming column, Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.) poses questions about the nature of CIO positions-their lack of a typical specific qualification list or consistent job description, the trend in CIOs working on management degrees, their lack of strategic decision-making authority.
General Dynamics Information Technology has received a $32 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Afghanistan Engineer District (AED) to provide information technology management services in Afghanistan to support USACE-AED reconstruction and infrastructure development programs. The contract has a potential value of $32 million over five years if all options are exercised.
CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a five-year, $150 million task order by the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command to modernize maintenance applications used at shipyards and maintenance centers through information technology upgrades and software development.
TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received an additional $7 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for 43 wireless point-to-point link (WPPL) systems for deployed troops overseas. The TCS WPPL systems provide deployed Marines with point-to-point and point-to-multipoint secure transmission of voice, video and data communications over terrestrial microwave radio links. WPPL allows end users flexibility when determining the scope of local area network (LAN) communications.
TYBRIN Corporation and the U.S. Air Force are exercising an option for $52.8 million. The Air Force is exercising option year six for software engineering support of guided weapons systems evaluations, simulations and other services supporting research and development for the principals and customers of the Air Armament Center. Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Air Force is exercising an option with Computer Sciences Raytheon for $78.1 million. The Eastern Range Technical Services will provide operations, maintenance and sustainment of critical range and launch processing systems that support the launch processing mission of the 45th Space Wing and its launch customers at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida. Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $41 million contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps System Command for the production of nine capability set II combat operations centers and 18 common modules. Each operations center comprises a network of workstations and servers supporting standard tactical data systems and other mission-critical software, voice, data and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) communications.
Kalman & Company Incorporated is receiving $14.1 million for a task order to provide business and analytical support to the Joint Program Executive Office for chemical and biological defense systems. Objectives include risk analyses supporting enterprise-wide efforts and current programs of record, leading to concise business case analyses that identify cost and performance projections, schedule impacts and sustainment/life cycle considerations.
Direct Hit Quotes for September:
"The whole point of being joint is joining things that are different, not similar." - Maj. Gen. David A. Fastabend, USA, director of strategy, plans and policy, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, in Leaders Call for Balance in the Force.
The Southwest Research Institute has received a $25.7 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide specialized technical and engineering support services for the U.S. Navy's identity management development and operations capability and other anti-terrorism/force protection programs. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
iRobot Corporation has been awarded a $200 million ceiling-priced, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation on behalf of the Robotic Systems Joint Project Office in Warren, Michigan. iRobot will provide military robots, spare parts, training and repair services.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation is receiving a $125.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for the full rate production of nine AN/ALQ-218 tactical jamming system receivers (TJSR), a component of the EA-6B airborne electronic attack aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Data Link Solutions LLC has received a $32 million, firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement contract to provide multi-functional information distribution system (MIDS) on ship (MOS) and associated Link 16 systems. The MOS provides high power Link 16 shipboard systems by integrating the MIDS low volume terminal into the shipboard tactical data link environment.
Wyle Information Systems is being awarded an $18.5 million contract to provide operational, maintenance and support services to the Space Innovation and Development Center (SIDC) at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The SIDC is also the Air Staff executive agent for the U.S. Air Force's Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities program.
The Utah State University Research Foundation's Space Dynamics Laboratory has received a $10 million contract for the development and demonstration of new and innovative technologies that provide tactical assets for the battlefield using affordable plug-and-play components. The assets will be designed to provide key actionable intelligence and battlefield situational awareness using information collected from ground, air and space systems.
Science Applications International Corporation has received a $9.5 million contract to advance the technology and/or increase the knowledge and understanding of chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) threats to personnel, equipment and operations based on environmental factors. The contract will also provide for the development of capabilities to effectively communicate CBR impacts and issues. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Cubic Applications Incorporated, a defense services subsidiary of Cubic Corporation, has been awarded a contract with a potential value of $16.3 million to explore emerging technologies and to develop prototype solutions to strengthen the military's training in nuclear, biological and chemical response. This effort is part of the training transformation initiative in support of the U.S. Joint Forces Command.