Argon ST to Provide Countermeasure Decoy System

January 7, 2015

Argon ST Incorporated, Smithfield, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $6,532,838 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-D-6216) for the procurement of five AN/SLQ-25A/C countermeasure decoy systems and spares that provide improved naval defense for current threat torpedoes in support of the Undersea Defensive Warfare Programs. The AN/SLQ-25A/C is a digitally controlled, modular design, electro-acoustic softkill countermeasure decoy system. It employs an underwater towed body acoustic projector, which is deployed astern by a fiber optic tow cable including dual tow capability, enhanced torpedo countermeasures, and the littoral fiber optic tow cable. The system defends ships against wake homing, acoustic homing and wire guided torpedoes. Work will be performed in Smithfield, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be completed by September 2016. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $6,532,838 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Jordanian Armed Forces Procure Fiber Optic Cable

January 7, 2015

Technical Communications Solutions Corporation, Swampscott, Massachusetts, was awarded a $8,622,068 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Jordan) contract for the installation of fiber optic cable that will satisfy the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) fiber optic-last mile (FO-LM) and fiber optic-long haul (FO-LH) requirements, and shall include the installation, testing and sustainment activities required for the JAF FO-LM and the FO-LH cable links. Work will be performed in Jordan, with an estimated completion date of January 6, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $8,622,068 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Div D, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-15-C-5000).

Exelis Awarded Multiple Contract Modifications

January 7, 2015

Exelis Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded an $8,976,038 modification (P00577) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for Globus II sustainment support. The company also was awarded an $8,446,234 modification (P00580) to sustain the infrastructure of the C-6 radar at Eglin Air Force Base, Florid, to include the weapon system management and engineering; field service team; radome maintenance; and requirements definition, analysis and modeling. A third modification (P00576) for $8,090,014 will cover Distributed Space Command and Control-Dahlgren system sustainment. The company was awarded a fourth $7,369,637 modification (P00581) for system sustainment of the Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) weapons systems. Work for the fourth modification will be performed at Socorro, New Mexico; Diego Garcia; and Maui, Hawaii. The Space and Missile Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

General Atomics to Provide MQ-9 Reaper Retrofit Kits

January 7, 2015

General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, has been awarded a $43,291,564 firm-fixed-price contract for MQ-9 Reaper field retrofit. The contractor will provide retrofit kits for the MQ-9 Reaper Block 1 configuration aircraft with field retrofit capabilities. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be completed by July 5, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2013 funds in the amount of $27,047,122 and fiscal 2014 funds in the amount of $16,244,442 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 (FA8620-10-G-3038 0060).

Risch Assigned to U.S. Army

January 13, 2015

Brig. Gen. Stuart W. Risch, USA, has been assigned as assistant judge advocate general for military law and operations, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.

Guest Blog: Effectively Monitoring Video Traffic

January 5, 2015
By Ed Bender

Outside the world of government, video traffic is mostly about watching clips on YouTube and streaming a favorite Netflix series. Within the government, particularly the Defense Department, video traffic—more specifically videoconference calling—often is far more mission critical.

Adm. Winter Takes Helm of U.S. Naval Research Efforts

January 5, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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Rear Adm. Mathias W. Winter, USN, has taken the helm of the Office of Naval Research, where he will oversee the nearly $2 billion Navy Department budget for science and technology programs and serve as the director of Innovation Technology Requirements and Test and Evaluation.