Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is Off to a Good Start

April 27, 2015
By M. Thomas Davis

The U.S. Defense Department now has a leader who fully grasps how technology can strengthen the defense base. Yet, bringing the military and the high-technology private sector together is not as easy as it used to be, given cultural differences.

United Launch to Support Reconnaissance Satellite Liftoff

April 22, 2015

United Launch Services LLC, Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $138,041,011 firm-fixed-price modification (P00086) to previously awarded contract FA8811-13-C-0003 for launch vehicle production services (LVPS) under the terms of the requirements contract. Contractor will execute a requirement for fiscal 2015 LVPS in support of the launch vehicle configuration of one National Reconnaissance Office Atlas V 541. This modification also procures backlog transportation for the GPS IIF-10 and GPS IIF-11 missions as well as mission specific commodities for the MUOS-4 mission. Work will be performed at Centennial, Colorado; Decatur, Alabama; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and is expected to be complete by July 29, 2017. Fiscal 2015 Air Force missile procurement and Navy weapons procurement funds in the amount of $138,041,011 are being obligated at the time of award. Launch Systems Directorate, Space and Missiles Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.


Kitware to Research and Develop Computational Model Builder

April 22, 2015

Kitware Inc., Clifton Park, New York, was awarded a $9,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract for research and development to the Defense Department Computational Model Builder. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of April 19, 2020. One bid was solicited with one received. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity (W912HZ-15-D-0003).


SAIC to Support Systems in Multiple Countries

April 22, 2015

SAIC, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $16,691,136 modification (003768) to foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-05-A-0031(Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, and Germany) for systems and computer resources support for the Aviation and Missile, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), Software Engineering Directorate (SED), Army Research, Development and Engineering Command with an estimated completion date of Feb. 20, 2017. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and research development, testing, and evaluation funds in the amount of $16,691,136 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.


General Dynamics Receives WIN-T Support Contract

April 22, 2015

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Taunton, Massachusetts, was awarded a $36,445,076 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract to produce and repair all of the products required in support of the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 1. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of April 20, 2018. Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W15P7T-15-D-0014).


Kollsman to Upgrade Night Targeting Systems

April 22, 2015

Kollsman Inc., Merrimack, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $43,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of Night Targeting Systems Upgrade (NTSU) and associated support for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). The NTSU system is an airborne, electro-optic, forward-looking infra-red, turreted sensor package that provides long-range surveillance, high-altitude target acquisition, tracking, range-finding, and laser designation for the USMC. Work will be performed in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and is expected to be completed by April 2020. Fiscal 2013 National Guard and Reserve equipment appropriation funding in the amount of $13,500,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was negotiated on a sole source basis in accordance with the statutory authority 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1) as implemented by FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-15-D-JQ30).


Intelligence and the Iranian Framework

April 21, 2015
By Bill Nolte

Guest blogger Bill Nolte discusses how attention will shift to verification when and if the Iranian nuclear framework becomes an agreement, marking a major challenge for U.S. intelligence.

The President's Next Cellphone

April 21, 2015
By Justin Marston

Guest blogger Justin Marston tackles the reality that is the current state of classified mobility across the U.S. government—voice and basic email. It’s not what senior leaders want, he writes. They want apps, just like everyone else, but their (justified) level of paranoia has neutered most mobile devices.