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Connectivity Crucial for Women in the Workplace

October 29, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Understanding how to communicate your story effectively is just one important skill for women, and really anyone regardless of gender, hoping to take risks and achieve results in the workplace, explained Shelley Smith, founder and president of Premier Rapport, during the inaugural Women in AFCEA fall event. Ask yourself, “Is the risk greater if I do or is the risk greater if I don’t?”

Rockwell Collins to Provide Electronic Protection Radio

October 29, 2014

Rockwell Collins Incorporated Government Systems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $101,069,955 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of AN/ARC-210 electronic protection radio equipment in support of domestic and foreign military sales (FMS) aircraft. This contract consists of a maximum of 1,160 radios inclusive of potential FMS sales: 920 associated ancillary equipment; five training sessions; 15 FMS Have Quick software media downloads; 140 associated FMS license and royalty fees; 500 FMS standard commercial warranties; 250 receiver-transmitter conversions; 10 failure analyses; and one lot for data. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed in September 2015. Contract funds will not be obligated at the time of award. This contract was not was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-D-5501).

Credence to Support Air Force C2ISR Division

October 29, 2014

Credence Management Solutions LLC, Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $29,852,448 cost-reimbursable contract for advisory and assistance services (A&AS) for the Battle Management Directorate–Distributed Common Ground System. Contractor will provide A&AS support for all the weapon systems, platforms, cells and capabilities managed by the C21SR Division in support of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Battle Management. Work will be performed predominantly at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and will have some additional performance at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, and Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by December 5, 2019. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition solicited as a Fair Opportunities Notice to Pool 3 awardees of the General Services Administration One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Small Business indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, with 14 offers received. Fiscal year 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $50,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8622-15-F-8100).

Boeing to Upgrade Japan Airborne Warning and Control System

October 29, 2014

Boeing Company, Defense Space and Security division, Kent, Washington, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $25,640,000 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee for the Japan Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) mission control unit design and production program to upgrade four E-767 aircraft and three ground support facilities. Contractor will provide procurement of mission computing, electronic support measures, traffic alert and collision avoidance system, interrogator friend or foe transponder, next generation IFF, automatic identification system and data link upgrades. Work will be performed at Kent, Washington, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2015. The contract is 100 percent foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-15-C-0003).

Stellar Science to Develop Laser Simulation Capability

October 29, 2014

Stellar Science Ltd., Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been awarded a $7,429,454 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for research and development on the Directed Energy High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute. Contractor will develop a capability to perform end-to-end simulations of all directed energy weapon (DEW) systems by integrating laser source, target effects, ancillary system components and propagation simulations along with directed energy (DE) platform system, engagement and mission level models. In addition, the work to be performed will include basic research and development of underlying DE technologies and integration of simulations for improving DEW system component performance. Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 24, 2018. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition, with two offers received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,958,828 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (FA9451-15-C-0028).

AAI Supports Shadow in Afghanistan and Iraq

October 29, 2014

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded an $82,215,853 modification (P00020) to foreign military sales, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract W58RGZ-14-C-0001 to acquire Shadow unmanned aircraft systems performance-based logistics and sustainment/operations. Fiscal year 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and other procurement funds in the amount of $15,599,124 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this modification, the total cumulative contract value will be $215,842,143. Estimated completion date is Oct. 31, 2015. Work will be performed at Hunt Valley, Maryland (50 percent); Afghanistan (30 percent); Australia (5 percent); and Iraq 15 percent). The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

 

Kratos to Provide Aerial Drone Target Systems

October 29, 2014

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Incorporated, San Diego, recently announced that its Defense & Rocket Support Services Division’s Madison Research Corporation (MRC) business unit has been awarded multiple task orders with a combined value of more than $6.5 million under its aerial target support prime contract. The MRC will provide specialized aerial target hardware and support services to the U.S. Army Targets Management Office located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Additionally, Kratos’ Unmanned Systems Division will provide high-speed aerial target systems and services under one of the task orders.

TSA's Halloween Travel Tip: Don't Pack Replica Explosives. Really.

October 27, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

You would think it would go without saying, but apparently not. So a U.S. Transportation Security Administration representative wrote a brief blog on a few Halloween travel tips if travelers are taking flight with costumes in tow.

New Smaller Multi-Spectral Imaging System to Give Jitter-Free Images From Smaller Platforms

October 27, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Engineers are packing more powerful sensors into smaller and smaller forms for use on lighter aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, giving the U.S. military unprecedented high-end multi-spectral capability from greater distances.

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.

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