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Boeing to Support International Multiplex Systems Program

March 25, 2015

The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach, California, is being awarded a $12,878,533 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide design agent and technical engineering services in support of the AN/USQ-82(V) Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex Systems (GEDMS) program. GEDMS is a third-generation shipboard network used for DDG 51 class destroyers. The GEDMS transfers inputs and/or outputs for the machinery control systems, damage control system, steering control system, AEGIS combat system, navigation displays and interior communications alarms and indicators. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $39,991,521.This contract combines purchases for the Navy (91 percent) and the governments of Australia (3 percent), Korea (3 percent) and Japan (3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The work will be performed in Huntington Beach, (72 percent); Arlington, Virginia (11 percent); Bath, Maine (9 percent); Pascagoula, Mississippi (3 percent); Georgetown in Washington, D.C. (3 percent); Richardson, Texas (1 percent); and Fairfax, Virginia (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2016. Fiscal 2014 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $3,179,520 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with authority FAR 6.302-1(a)(2)(iii)–only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N00178-15-C-2016).

Northrop Grumman to Provide Inertial Navigation System

March 25, 2015

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Charlottesville, Virginia, is being awarded an $18,100,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-priced, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-type contract for the production of the WSN-7 navigation system and spares and technical support in association with production. The AN/WSN-7(V) ring laser gyro navigator system is a self-contained inertial navigator designed for Navy surface ships. Work will be performed in Charlottesville, and is expected to be completed by December 2021. Contract funds will not be obligated at time of award. Funding will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with authority 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)( 1)–only one responsible source. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-15-D-5208).

U.S. Army Modifies Manpack Radio Support Contract

March 25, 2015

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded a $49,107,571 modification (P00002) to contract W15P7T-15-C-0002 to support software, logistics documentation and hardware for the manpack radio. Fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $23,006,909 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is March 31, 2016. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

President Names Departments to Lead Broadband Initiatives

March 23, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor
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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. 

Man-powered Submarine Debuts in Netherlands

March 23, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor
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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. 

Disrupting Intelligence

March 20, 2015
By Bill Nolte



Guest blogger Bill Nolte discusses the need for a strategic review of America's intelligence.

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