Carnegie Mellon Awarded Nearly $732 Million for Software Engineering Institute

July 29, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $731,987,632 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the operation of the Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research and development center. Work will be performed in Pittsburgh and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $500,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8702-15-D-0002)

NCI Awarded IT Service Task Orders

July 29, 2015

NCI Inc., Reston, Va., recently announced it was awarded two task orders aggregating $6 million under the Total Engineering and Information Systems (TEIS) III contract for information technology (IT) services in support of the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command, Fort Huachuca Engineering Directorate and Fort Detrick Engineering Directorate. These task orders represent both new and follow-on work for NCI. The Fort Huachuca task order spans a base period of 13.5 months. The Fort Detrick task order consists of a 12-month base period. For the Fort Huachuca Engineering Directorate, NCI will provide information systems engineering, furnishing, installation, testing, securing, commissioning and training for the new XVIIIth Airborne Corps Mission Command Facility C4I/IT Visual Information Systems at Fort Bragg.

NCI will continue to provide the Fort Detrick Engineering Directorate with flexible quality control for a wide variety of IT and auxiliary support systems at U.S. Army locations worldwide. These include copper and fiber optic cable infrastructure, manhole and duct systems, and hardware for data and voice networks for core backbone networks. Support also will include user building premise distribution systems, local area network switches, wireless local area network devices, synchronous optical networks, voice systems and integrated services digital networks.

The TEIS III contract is a multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract awarded in March 2011.

Trident Systems to Research Airborne Data Link Communications

July 29, 2015

Trident Systems Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $24,389,616 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for basic and applied research of persistent airborne data link communications components and systems. This effort will increase the effectiveness of small airborne systems by providing actionable real-time situational awareness information to the warfighter. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Virginia (71 percent); and Raleigh, North Carolina (29 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2020. Fiscal 2015 research development test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,273,280 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via broad agency announcement. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-15-C-0087).

New Mexico State University to Assess Information Operations Vulnerability

July 29, 2015

New Mexico State University was awarded a $75 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity cost contract to support the Information Operations Vulnerability/Survivability Assessment program, with an estimated completion date of July 26, 2020. One offer was solicited with one received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. The Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QX-15-D-0022)

BAE to Provide Software Engineering Services

July 29, 2015

BAE Systems Information Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $16,900,000 modification (P00007) cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Systems Engineering and Evaluations, Systems analysis Worldwide 6. Contractor will provide in-scope activities for utilizing the software engineering lifecycle process to implement and integrate a cohesive approach for program requirement development and maintenance. The work includes any or all lifecycle phases, including but not limited to, analytical studies, system feasibility studies, technical support to system design, engineering efforts, system trade-off studies, design efforts for experimental demonstration efforts, software specification efforts, limited software development efforts to maintain existing systems, system simulations, component and systems integration, test and evaluation analysis, prototyping, functional evaluation of installed systems and system analysis. Work will be performed at McLean, Virginia; and Rome, New York, and is expected to be complete by April 3, 2017. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-12-D-0001).

Honeywell to Provide Signal Data Processors

July 29, 2015

Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, has been awarded a maximum $7,212,498 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for signal data processors. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification Federal Acquisition Regulation part 6.302-1, 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1). This is a five-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Arizona, with a July 28, 2020, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 through fiscal 2020 replenishment Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (SPRRA1-15-D-0030).

Three Companies to Support Air Traffic Control

July 29, 2015

Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services LLC, Linthicum, Maryland (N65236-15-D-4804); CSSI Inc., Washington, District of Columbia (N65236-15-D-4805); and SERCO Inc., Reston, Virginia (N65236-15-D-4806), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for firm-fixed-price task orders, performance-based multiple award contract.

The cumulative, estimated ceiling value of the base year is $38,028,800. The contracts are for the procurement of air traffic control (ATC) engineering and technical support services including specialized ATC engineering, specialized ATC technical and integration support, configuration data management and systems maintenance for a broad range of complex ATC, meteorology and oceanography and aviation command, control, communications, computers, combat, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

These contracts include options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative ceiling value of these contracts to an estimated $199,901,400. Work will be performed at multiple locations in the continental U.S., Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. Work is expected to be completed by July 2016. If all options are exercised, work could continue until July 2020. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Systems Center Atlantic Navy working capital funds in the amount of $25,000 will be obligated at the time of award as the minimum guarantee and will be split among the three awardees; these funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Military Networks Embracing SDN to Gain Visibility and Control

July 29, 2015
By Bob Kimball

The Department of Defense plans to leverage open source solutions and services to meet mission requirements, no matter where the tactical edge lies. Guest blogger Bob Kimball highlights how providing connectivity that enables high-performance, assured networking is not only critical, but the reason why defense and civilian agencies are closely examining software-defined networking as a solution. 

Insitu Awarded Blackjack UAS Low-Rate Production Contract

July 27, 2015

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a $78,000,001 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-15-C-0033) for the procurement of six low-rate initial production Lot IV RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems. This award provides for the procurement of the air vehicles, ground control stations, launch and recovery equipment, spares and system engineering and program management. Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (70 percent); and Hood River, Oregon (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2016. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) and fiscal 2013, 2014 and 2015 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $78,000,001 will be obligated at the time of award, $1,099,999 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.