U.S. Air Force Modifies Infrared Countermeasures Contract

April 17, 2015

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded a $105,291,836 modification (P00169) to the previously awarded contract FA8625-12-C-6598. Contractor will provide Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) equipment and support in the calendar year 2015 base hardware buy. Work will be performed at Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and is expected to be complete by April 29, 2017. The majority of the acquisition supports Air Force aircraft needs; however, this contract also acquires some foreign military sales LAIRCM acquisitions. Fiscal 2013, 2014 and 2015 aircraft procurement, National Guard, Navy and overseas contingency operations funds in the amount of $105,291,836 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.

3E Technologies Awarded Critical Infrastructure Contract

April 17, 2015

3E Technologies International Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded a $9,995,697 modification to previously awarded contract (N00174-10-D-0021) for work on Navy-wide Critical Infrastructure Control and Monitoring System (CICMS) interface to Navy Virtual Perimeter Monitoring System for a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III project. This increase provides for the implementation of the CICMS at Navy facilities beyond the originally identified Naval District Washington's boundaries. This increase supports the Navy Region Southeast and Navy Region Hawaii for integration on shore-based facilities. This contract modification is being issued under 10 U.S.C. 2304(b)(2), as implemented by FAR 6.302-5 Authorized or Required by Statute. The statutory authority for this SBIR Phase III increase in ceiling is 15 U.S.C. 638(r). Work will be performed in Hawaii (50 percent); Dahlgren, Virginia (8.34 percent); San Diego (8.34 percent); Indian Head, Maryland (8.33 percent); Annapolis, Maryland (8.33 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (8.33 percent); and Washington, D.C. (8.33 percent). The work is expected to be completed by September 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy) and fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $2,900,746 will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds in the amount of $2,774,670 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Three Firms Awarded Software and Systems Contracts

April 17, 2015

Cognetic Technologies Inc., Vista, California, is being awarded a $10,754,055 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract (N66001-15-D-0141) for software and systems engineering, development and support services to assist in the delivery and maintenance of business applications, systems, and enabling technologies. This three-year contract includes one two-year option period, which if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $18,657,820. Geocent LLC, Metairie, Louisiana, is being awarded $10,131,795 (N66001-15-D-0142) with a potential value of $17,377,458 if options are exercised. VSolvit LLC, Ventura, California, is being awarded $7,421,128 (N66001-15-D-0143), $12,682,856 if all options are exercised. Each awardee will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. Task orders will be obligated using research, development, test and evaluation; operations & management (Navy, Navy Reserve, and Air Force); other procurement (Navy); procurement (defense agency); and working capital fund (Navy) funds. This contract was competitively procured via 100 percent Small Business Set-Aside solicitation via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website, with five proposals received and three selected for award. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, is the contracting activity.

ViaSat to Repair Information Distribution Systems

April 17, 2015

ViaSat Inc., Carlsbad, California, is being awarded a $12,300,000 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for the repair of the Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems used on various aircraft platforms. Work will be performed in Carlsbad, California, and is expected to be completed by April 2018. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Navy working capital funds will be provided as individual delivery orders are issued. Funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1), with one offer received in response to this solicitation. The Naval Supply Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, is the contracting activity (N00383-15-D-064G).

Catapult Health Technology to Support Army Research Lab

April 17, 2015

Catapult Health Technology Group, Bethesda, Maryland, was awarded a $25,853,497 firm-fixed-price contract for information technology services and support for the Army Research Laboratory and the Adelphi Laboratory Center. Work will be performed in Adelphi, Maryland; Aberdeen, Maryland; White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; and Raleigh, North Carolina, with an estimated completion date of April 27, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $876,365 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Adelphi Division, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QX-15-0014).

Protection of PII Starts With the Person in the Mirror

April 16, 2015
By Glenn Kesselman

Do you have unique personal identification numbers (PINs) for all of your passwords? If you answered no, create a priority “to do” and investigate password vaults, accessible from your mobile devices and web browser.

A Three-Pronged Attack Against Cybersecurity Threats

April 15, 2015
By Ed Bender

Welcome to the security world, where agencies worry about cyber attacks from the outside as much as from the inside. Guest blogger Ed Bender highlights some surprising results from a recent survey in which respondents lament the insider threat; both from those who intend harm and those who inadvertently invite it.

Artificial Intelligence Is a Technology That Divides

April 15, 2015
By David E. Meadows

In December 2014, Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, warned the world that true artificial intelligence (AI) could mean the death of mankind. Well, that got my attention.