The U.S. Commerce Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture have been named co-chairs of the Broadband Opportunity Council, a new federal government initiative aimed at increasing broadband investment and reducing barriers to broadband deployment and adoption.
A team of students from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, will use this year's Undersea Defence Technology exhibition to present a revolutionary man-powered submarine. The group, known as WASUB, designed the craft to break the world speed record for a single-person propeller driven submarine.
Guest blogger Bill Nolte discusses the need for a strategic review of America's intelligence.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $1,734,516,083 modification (P00538) for the operation of the Lincoln Laboratory. This modification prevents a break in service for all research and development projects under the subject contract. Work will be performed at Lexington, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2018. This contract is incrementally funded; additional funds are not being obligated at time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8721-05-C-0002).
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, will provide strategic support for the design and development of a "Cloud-of-Clouds" information technology (IT) transformation initiative at Sandia National Laboratories, a federally funded research and development center for the National Nuclear Security Administration. General Dynamics will assist in modernizing Sandia’s IT environment by developing the foundation for sustainable, cost-effective cloud computing capabilities for the lab. The company also will develop the business framework, processes, service models, technical architecture and implementation plans that will guide Sandia’s staff as it deploys the new IT model. The task order has a potential value of $1.3 million over three years. The work for the contract will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California.
System High Corporation, Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a ceiling $19,490,440 modification (P00029) exercising the third option period on a previously awarded contract (HR0011-12-C-0024) for contractor support services for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Security and Intelligence Directorate. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $76,475,347 from $56,984,908. Work will be performed at DARPA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, with an expected completion date of March 31, 2016. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $7,113,736, and fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $6,816,557, are being obligated at time of award. DARPA is the contracting activity.
Physical Optics Corporation, Torrance, California, is being awarded a $7,117,251 firm-fixed-price contract for the production and delivery of 116 digital data set kits for use on existing T-45 aircraft. This contract also provides for the production and delivery of 240 mission data transfer units in support of the T-45C aircraft. Work will be performed in Torrance (77.5 percent), and San José, California (22.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2017. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,117,251 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-0039).