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Red Cross App Promotes Earthquake Preparedness

March 18, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

The earthquake that hit Los Angeles this week gave many on the West Coast a rude awakening. The free Earthquake app by the American Red Cross provides step-by-step instructions for what to do before, during and after an earthquake, even if the power is out or you don't have data connectivity.

Exelis to Equip Turkish F-16s with Electronic Warfare Pods

March 17, 2014

Exelis Inc., Clifton, N.J., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $75,281,878 firm-fixed-price, time and material, undefinitized contract award for ALQ-211(V)-9 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System (AIDEWS) pod acquisition. The contractor will provide 21 ALQ-211(V)-9 AIDEWS pods, associated support services, support equipment, countermeasures dispensing system integration and spares in support of the Turkish Air Force F-16D Block 50 program. This award is the result of a source-directed, sole-source acquisition and is 100 percent foreign military sales for Turkey. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8540-14-C-0007).

Leidos to Provide IT Support Services

March 17, 2014

Leidos Inc., Reston, Va., was awarded a $9,791,760 modification (P00003) to cost-plus-fixed-fee, sole-source contract W91CRB-13-C-0016 for information technology support services for the maintenance of existing Army Enterprise Equipping System systems. U.S. Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Div D, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity.

CSI to Provide Rail Station Surveillance

March 17, 2014

Critical Solutions International (CSI), Carrollton, Texas, announced today that the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has selected its Intelligent Video Surveillance Solution to provide advanced video security at selected rail stations within the state’s rapid transit network. The Intelligent Video Surveillance Solution will provide enhanced security and safety for thousands of commuters, as well as first responders, while saving time and taxpayer money, the announcement says. The system notifies safety and security personnel of unusual events such as the intrusion of unauthorized areas, unattended luggage, or loitering. In addition the system stores digital video data that can be rapidly analyzed through customized searches.

Lockheed Martin Supports Korea’s Krypton Reconnaissance Aircraft

March 17, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed Martin a $9 million foreign military sales contract to support the Republic of Korea’s Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system. The Peace Krypton system is used for tactical intelligence and is comprised of militarized business jets and ground stations that process data from the aircraft. Lockheed Martin’s sustainment work scope involves maintenance of the aircraft fleet, which includes spare and repair parts, as well as providing support and test equipment for both the aircraft and its fixed and mobile ground stations. Lockheed Martin will also provide software development and software upgrades as needed to modernize the reconnaissance system.

Missile Defense Agency Awards $750 Million Modification

March 14, 2014

Northrop Grumman Space and Missions Systems, Colorado Springs, Colo. is being awarded A $750 million in-scope contract modification (P00023) to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to increase the estimated contract maximum from $2.5 billion to $3.25 billion. The contract remains a ten (10) year contract with an ordering period from Nov. 21, 2005 through Nov. 21, 2015. The contract is a hybrid omnibus contract performing predominantly research, development, test and evaluation services for the development of the Ballistic Missile Defense System’s Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications; the support infrastructure including all information technology; facilities; ground and flight test; warfighter wargames and exercises; modeling and simulation; several operational cells including the Ballistic Missile Defense Network Operations and Security Center, the Joint Functional Command Component for Integrated Missile Defense, and the 100th Missile Defense Brigade. Places of performance under the contract are worldwide but mainly support the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. Also supported are the Missile Defense Agency sites in Huntsville, Ala., the National Capital Region, and Dahlgren, Va. The Missile Defense Agency, Colorado Springs, Colo. is the contracting activity (#H95001-10-D-0001).

DRS Awarded Satellite Communications Contract in Afghanistan

March 14, 2014

DRS Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $30,271,266 hybrid firm-fixed price, cost-plus fixed-fee and cost reimbursable multi-year contract to operate control and maintain satellite communications between the continental United States and worldwide locations. It will also provide help desk and field operations support. Work will be performed in Rock Island, Ill., Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Germany. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-C-0026).

Interstate Electronics Awarded Doppler Radar Option

March 14, 2014

Interstate Electronics Corp., Anaheim, Calif., is being awarded an $8,911,790 modification under previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00030-14-C-0006) to exercise option line items for a new technology refresh of the C-Band Pulse Doppler Radar (RADAR-C) Transmitter and replacement of the Navy Mobile Instrumentation Ship Communication System in support of Trident II flight tests. These option line items provide for, but are not limited to, engineering services (system engineering, design and development), system testing, verification and validation, logistics and full system documentation in order to achieve Flight Test Instrumentation Steady State for Strategic Systems Programs flight test mission support. The maximum dollar value of the option line items is $8,911,790. The Department of the Navy, Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

DARPA Awards Shadow UAV Mobile Hotspots Contract

March 14, 2014

L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $16,458,470 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The work will support the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Mobile Hotspots program for phases 2 and 3 (if option is exercised). If successful, the phase 2 effort is expected to deliver a solution consisting of radio and router pods for mounting on Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, with all mobile hotspots subsystems wholly contained within the pods. The contracting activity is DARPA, Arlington, Va., (HR0011-14-C-0047).

The Internet Is Shrinking While Giving Birth

March 17, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The bottom line is that the Internet today is more like the Wild West than the researchers who gave birth to it envisioned, but its inherent dangers have inspired techno-creativity to an extent that they also could not have anticipated. That’s probably something the bad guys also never predicted.

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