Autodesk Awarded 3-D Printing CRADA

August 19, 2015

Under an 18-month Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories will use state-of-the-art software for generative design from San Rafael-based Autodesk Inc. as it studies how new material microstructures, arranged in complex configurations and printed with additive manufacturing techniques, will produce objects with physical properties that were never before possible. LLNL researchers will bring to bear several key technologies, such as additive manufacturing, material modeling and architected design (arranging materials at the micro and nanoscale through computational design). LLNL and Autodesk have selected next-generation protective helmets as a test case for their technology collaboration, studying how to improve design performance.

Through the application of goal-oriented design software tools, LLNL and Autodesk expect to generate and analyze the performance of very large sets—thousands to tens of thousands—of different structural configurations of material microarchitectures.


Sikorsky Awarded ALIAS Funds

August 19, 2015

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $9,787,539 agreement modification (P00002) to exercise the phase II option of previously awarded other transaction HR0011-15-9-0004 for the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Phase II will involve ALIAS requirements update and concept evolution, ALIAS ACES V2.0 technology development and verification, ALIAS system integration, and Phase II capability demonstrations. During Phase II, Sikorsky will conduct UH-60L based flight demonstration of the Autonomous Crew Enhancement System (ACES) cargo-resupply mission and full demonstration of ACES system on a representative fixed-wing aircraft. The primary objectives of the Phase II option effort are to enhance and mature the Phase I system to support flight tests, enhance the usability and robustness of the human interface, and demonstrate system portability on the ground, including demonstration of the knowledge acquisition approach. The addition of the ALIAS Phase II program brings the total cumulative face value of the agreement from $8,066,058 to $22,746,633. Total Sikorsky cost share is $7,581,453 and the total estimated government funding of the agreement is $15,165,180. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $9,787,539 are being obligated at time of award. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut (61 percent); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (10 percent); East Hartford, Connecticut (18 percent); and Alpharetta, Georgia (11 percent), with an estimated completion date of January 2017. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.


Thales-Raytheon to Sustain Battle Control System

August 19, 2015

Thales-Raytheon Systems Co. LLC, Fullerton, California, has been awarded a $12,481,823 modification (P00031) to the previous award (FA8722-10-C-0001) for Battle Control System sustainment. Contractor will provide for the replacement and integration of the technical data link interface device within the Battle Control System. Work will be performed at Fullerton, California, and is expected to be complete by May 17, 2018. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 Air Force "other" procurement funds in the amount of $12,481,823 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.


Northrop to Support Army Regional Cyber Center-Europe

August 19, 2015

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $13,586,965 modification (0002) to contract W91RUS-14-D-0002 for non-personal information technology for the Army Regional Cyber Center-Europe, 5th Signal Command (Theater), with an estimated completion date of July 18, 2016.  Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $6,508,863 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity.


DARPA Awards Data Privacy Contract

August 19, 2015

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, is being awarded an $8,520,257 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide research and development services for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Support includes innovative research proposals in the areas of data privacy and privacy science to provide tools to capture, test and evaluate technologies. Work will be performed in Menlo Park, California, and is expected to be completed Feb. 16, 2020. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $959,000 will be obligated at the time of award.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with 89 proposals received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-15-C-4071).


Inmarsat to Launch Third Global Xpress Satellite Aug. 28

August 17, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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Inmarsat Incorporated plans to launch the anticipated third satellite of its Global Xpress network August 28 from Kazakhstan, a re-do launch after a previous attempt this summer was delayed. The third satellite is needed for complete coverage of the international company’s program to heighten global communication capabilities on land, at sea and in the air.

Air Force Research Lab Awards Cognitive ISR Systems Contract

August 17, 2015

Wright State Applied Research Corp., Beavercreek, Ohio, has been awarded a $42,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for human-machine teaming for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) analysis. Contractor will provide research in three areas: (1) ISR knowledge elicitation; (2) ISR concept design and development; and (3) ISR performance assessment. These advancements will further enable research encompassing the science and technology development, experimentation and demonstration in the area of improving intelligence operators’ perception, understanding and analysis through the application of a cognitive systems engineering design cycle that ensures technology solutions accommodate work. Work will be performed at Dayton, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by Feb. 7, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with three offers received. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation in the amount of $1,180,828 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-15-D-6583).


CSC Receives Counter-WMD Contract

August 17, 2015

Computer Sciences Corp., Alexandria, Virginia, is being awarded an $10,258,894 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide technical expertise, policy knowledge, operational proficiency, a collective training capability, deployed assistance teams, and advocacy for process creation or improvement for countering weapons of mass destruction, addressing challenges from conventional proliferation threats, and enhancing national preparedness to manage the consequences of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) events. Work will be performed in Virginia with an estimated completion date of August 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,157,000 and fiscal 2015 cooperative threat reduction funds in the amount of $1,500,000 are being obligated at award. The contracting activity is Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia (HDTRA1-15-C-0061).