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.

Small Businesses Awarded $850 Million Network Center Communications Contract

April 15, 2015

Glacier Technologies LLC, El Paso, Texas (W91RUS-15-D-0002); Abacus Technology Corp., Chevy Chase, Maryland (W91RUS-15-D-0003); A & T Systems Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland (W91RUS-15-D-0004); CORDEV Inc., Falls Church, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0005); Global Management Systems Inc., Washington, District of Columbia (W91RUS-15-D-0006); Smartronix Inc., Hollywood, Maryland(W91RUS-15-D-0007); Strategic Resources Inc., McLean, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0008); GStek Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia(W91RUS-15-D-0009); Trowbridge & Trowbridge, Vienna, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0010); Leader Communications Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (W91RUS-15-D-0011); GC&E Systems Group, Norcross, Georgia (W91RUS-15-D-0012); Bowhead Professional Solutions LLC, Alexandria, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0013); Telos Corp., Ashburn, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0014); By Light Professional IT Services, Arlington, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0015); and COMINT Systems Corp., Springfield, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0016), were awarded an $850,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract with options for administrative telephone services, information technology services, and land mobile radio network management services to operate and maintain continental U.S. network enterprise center classified and unclassified communication systems.

Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2025. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 40 received. Army Contracting Command, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity.

Multiple Companies to Support ISR Research and Development

April 15, 2015

Alion Science and Technology, Rome, New York (N00164-15-D-JT04); BAE Systems Inc., Rockville, Maryland (N00164-15-D-JT05); Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts (N00164-15-D-JT06); DigitalGlobe Inc., Herndon, Virginia (N00164-15-D-JT03); Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey (N00164-15-D-JT01); G3 Technologies, Columbia, Maryland (N00164-15-D-JT02); Herrick Technology Laboratory, Germantown, Maryland (N00164-15-D-JT97); The HumanGeo Group LLC, Arlington, Virginia (N00164-15-D-JT95); LEIDOS, Reston, Virginia (N00164-15-D-JT94); NAL Research Corp., Manassas, Virginia (N00164-15-D-JT96); Northrop Grumman Xetron, Cincinnati, Ohio (N00164-15-D-JT81); Scientific Research Corp., North Charleston, South Carolina (N00164-15-D-JT99); and Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas (N00164-15-D-JT98), are each being awarded a combined aggregate not-to-exceed $49,000,000 fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract to support research and development of special intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance components and systems.

Each of the 13 contractors will have the opportunity to bid on individual delivery orders as they are issued. Work will be performed in Rome, New York; Rockville, Maryland; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Herndon, Virginia; Clifton, New Jersey; Columbia, Maryland; Germantown, Maryland; Arlington, Virginia; Reston, Virginia; Manassas, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; North Charleston, South Carolina; and San Antonio, Texas. Work is expected to be completed April 2020. Working capital funds in the amount of $1,300 will be obligated at the time of award, with each contractor receiving $100 at time of award. Contract funding will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with 15 offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.

Koam Engineering to Support Tactical Data Links

April 15, 2015

Koam Engineering Services Inc., San Diego,is being awarded a $15,812,226 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide in-service engineering agent support for tactical data links and related systems in support of Navy and Foreign Military Sales commands. The support includes technical expertise, fleet in-service engineering, maintenance, in-service risk management, integrated logistics support, technical oversight of commercial and non-governmental in-service engineering activities, configuration management, and readiness and life cycle analysis. This two-year contract includes one three-year option period, which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $36,419,923.

Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed April 13, 2017. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 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 three proposals received and one selected for award. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, is the contracting activity (N66001-15-D-0042).

Association Launches Website for Careers in Security

April 14, 2015

The Electronic Security Association, a professional trade association that represents the electronic life safety and security industry, launched a website geared at connecting people interested in careers in the security with companies that are hiring.

BCF Solutions Wins $486 Million Worldwide Force Protection Contract

April 14, 2015

BCF Solutions Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a $486,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for force protection site security systems. Contractor will provide for worldwide acquisition, upgrade and sustainment of a family of integrated base defense security systems including: fixed-site intrusion detection systems, tactical automated security systems and delay/denial systems. Work performance location will be determined for each delivery order, and is expected to be complete by April 12, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition via the Federal Business Opportunities website with 12 offers received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-15-D-0004).