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NSA Procures KNOX Smartphones

October 24, 2014

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, recently received the Defense Mobile Classified Capability (DMCC) contract from the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the contract, General Dynamics will deliver up to 1,000 Samsung KNOX-enabled Galaxy S4 smartphones provisioned with added GD Protected software for the U.S. government. With these new smartphones, authorized government personnel will be able to make secure phone calls and access classified email. With GD Protected software, the phone operates using only authorized software and applications from a trusted source. The company will provide system updates and upgrades over the air. The GD Protected Samsung KNOX Galaxy S4 smartphones will also include government-approved mobile device management from Mobile Iron and secure voice from CellCrypt.

Mind Over Machines Awarded NIH Contract

October 24, 2014

The Center for Information Technology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $15 million, prime contract to Mind Over Machines Inc., Baltimore, for information systems development, application maintenance and production support of systems that serve tens of thousands of users across all scientific and administrative functional areas of the NIH. 


Cobham Awarded Australian Maritime Safety Contract

October 24, 2014

Cobham, Wimborne, United Kingdom, recently announced it has secured the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contract to provide an airborne search and rescue capability in Australia for 12 years from 2016, with aircraft modification and mobilization activity to commence later this year. AMSA utilizes aircraft based in strategic locations across Australia to perform search and rescue tasks such as searching for missing people, locating activated distress beacons, providing communications support at an incident and dropping survival equipment to people in distress.

The contract, secured through open industry competition, has a value including estimated flying charges of AUD $640 million ($563,283,200 U.S.) over 12 years.  If three additional optional years are exercised by AMSA, the full value would exceed AUD $700 million ($616, 091, 000 U.S.).

Cobham will acquire, modify, commission and then operate and maintain four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 special mission jet aircraft to provide a search and rescue capability over land and at sea. The aircraft will be specially modified to Australian requirements and fitted with new generation sensors, high-vision windows and air operable doors for aerial delivery of life saving equipment. Much of the modification work will be undertaken at Cobham’s facilities in Adelaide, South Australia. The aircraft will be based in Cairns, Melbourne and Perth.

Booz Allen Hamilton Supports Cybersecurity

October 24, 2014

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $6,643,293 task order (P00003) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0034-14-A-0023) to provide technical support services for the Department of Defense's Chief Information Officer Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Support program. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia, with an expected completion date of Oct. 16, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,643,293 are being obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with two proposals received. Washington Headquarters Services, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

Airbus to Provide Radio-Equipped Lakota Helicopters

October 24, 2014

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $82,917,199 modification (P00852) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire 17 72A Lakota helicopters with airborne radio communications 231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $82,917,199 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this modification, the total cumulative contract value will be $2,660,632,872. Estimated completion date is Jan. 31, 2016. Work will be performed at Columbia, Mississippi. Ten bids were solicited, with five offers received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman to Upgrade MV-22 Technology Suite

October 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded a $7,926,639 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition undefinitized contract action (N00019-10-G-0004). This modification is for task order 0506 to procure non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic warfare controller and the MV-22 mission computer. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and is expected to be completed in April 2016. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,926,639 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Marine Corps Procures Four G/ATORs

October 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is being awarded a $207,291,682 modification to a previously awarded contract (M67854-07-C-2072) for procurement of four Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) low-rate initial production systems, including operating spares, contractor engineering services and support, developmental and operational test support, and transition to production. G/ATOR is an expeditionary, three-dimensional, short-to-medium-range multi-role radar system designed to detect low-observable, low-radar cross section targets such as rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles, and unmanned aircraft systems. G/ATOR is being developed and fielded in three blocks and will be employed by the Marine Air Ground Task Force across the range of military operations.

Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Maryland (55 percent); East Syracuse, New York (24 percent); Stafford Springs, Connecticut (5 percent); San Diego, California (5 percent); Big Lake, Minnesota (3 percent); Londonderry, New Hampshire (2 percent); High Point, North Carolina (2 percent); Wallingford Center, Connecticut (2 percent); Camarillo, California (1 percent); and Woodbridge, Illinois (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2017. Fiscal 2013 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $81,934,362; fiscal 2014 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $80,869,885; and fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $12,735,865, will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds in the amount of $94,670,227 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

NIST Releases Final Cloud Road Map Documents

October 22, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the "U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II," which focuses on strategic and tactical objectives to support the federal government’s accelerated adoption of cloud computing.

DHS Science and Technology Directorate Unveils Goals

October 22, 2014

Reginald Brothers, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undersecretary for science and technology, today announced the new visionary goals for the department’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate.

Air Force Awards Collision Warning Contract

October 22, 2014

Defense Research Associates Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $23,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity for the Collision Warning Using Existing Sensors (CUES) program. Contractor will commercialize the technology matured under previous efforts by incorporating collision warning capability into fielded aircraft sensor suites without sustaining aircraft modifications. Based on the progress of previous efforts, this effort will continue to implement and integrate the methodologies, technologies and tools to assist the Air Force and other Defense Department entities in design, development, acquisition and sustainment of trustworthy systems. Initial work will continue the technology maturation of the Electro-Optical Small Sense and Avoid System, as part of a multi-spectral sensor suite, in order to address various performance and operational needs.

Work will be performed at Dayton, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 24, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive Small Business Innovation Research acquisition with one offer received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1 million are being obligated for task order 0001 at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-15-D-1797).


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