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Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium Workshop Synopses

August 5, 2014

Read a full recap of each workshop held during day one of the AFCEA Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium August 5-6 in Washington, D.C.

True Incentives May Be Key to Improving Defense Acquisition

August 5, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

More specific requirements and better incentives could produce better products at reduced costs, said a leading U.S. Defense Department official. Frank Kendall III, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, explained that adjusting the contracting process could produce at least some desired results in acquisition.

DARPA's Plan to Speed Up New Material Development Could Shave Years Off Process

August 4, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Pentagon’s research agency kicked off a new program to improve the time it takes to develop military platforms, with an aim of shortening the process by 75 percent.

Exelis to Provide Cross-Domain Transfer Solutions

August 4, 2014

Exelis Inc., Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded an estimated $49,900,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for new and enhanced software. The contractor will research, develop, enhance, deploy and support the next-generation Cross-Domain Transfer Solutions. This will be accomplished by the following: researching new cross domain transfer solution technologies to improve performance, enhance security, increase autonomy and reduce life-cycle costs; enhance current solutions utilizing technologies from varying technology readiness levels; providing authorized users the ability to securely transfer data between interconnected security domains while protecting against unauthorized access or malicious attack; and by deploying and supporting these solutions to meet the current and rapidly evolving intelligence needs. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-14-D-0001).

Special Operations Command Awards $190 Million Countermeasures Contract

August 4, 2014

Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $190 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasure components and related services for the Technology Applications program office and CV-22 program offices. This contract has a five-year base period and a three-year incentive award period. Individual task orders will be funded with operations and maintenance or procurement appropriations under the appropriate fiscal year. U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity (H92241-14-D-0006).

Army Modifies Training Model Support Contract

August 4, 2014

Technical and Project Engineering, Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $12,084,389 modification (P00002 ) to contract W91CRB-13-C-0036 for professional software development and support, testing, training, and software and database maintenance services to support Army training models. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Northrop to Continue Missile Defense Research and Development

August 4, 2014

Northrop Grumman, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $31 million modification (P00108) to contract W31P4Q-08-C-0418 to add fiscal 2014 funding for continued research and development of the integrated air and missile defense hardware and software systems. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Broadband Discovery to Provide Explosive Detection System

August 4, 2014

Broadband Discovery Systems, Scotts Valley, California, was awarded a $9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to build, test and assess multi-sensor stand-off person-borne improvised explosive device detection systems with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2019. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-14-D-0025).

U.S. Navy Modifies Sonar Contract

August 4, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $10,944,817 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-6294) for fiscal 2014 Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Insertion (ARCI) Systems Production. A-RCI is a sonar system that integrates and improves towed array, hull array, sphere array, and other ship sensor processing, through rapid insertion of COTS based hardware and software. The contract provides funding for the development and production of the A-RCI and common acoustics processing for Technology Insertion 12 through Technology Insertion 14 for the U.S. submarine fleet. This modification will purchase TI-14 Spares for 12 ships and one installation and check out kit for the Virginia Class. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Supports Common Sensor Payload

August 4, 2014

Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas, is being awarded an $18,207,740 job order, which is a combination of cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price to previously awarded contract N00164-12-G-JQ66 for Common Sensor Payload (CSP) AN/AAS-53 repairs and sustainment support. CSP AN/AAS-53 repairs and sustainment support, which includes depot repair, spare analysis, program management, configuration management, software maintenance, field support repair, field support engineering support in the continental United States, engineering support, reliability and logistical support, and software support. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas (97.8 percent) and El Mirage, California (1.2 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2015. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Army) and fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) contract funds in the amount of $9,574,221 will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.

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