Northrop Awarded Joint Tactical Ground Station Funds

July 24, 2015

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Boulder, Colorado, was awarded a $15 million modification (P00023) to contract W9113M-12-C-0055 for block 2 pre-planned product improvements of the Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) system. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with an estimated completion date of March 22, 2017. Fiscal 2014 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $7,300,000 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Space and Missile Command, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting authority.

Lockheed Martin’s Cheyenne Mountain Contract Modified

July 24, 2015

Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $20,753,021 modification (P00329) to previously awarded F19628-00-C-0019 contract. Contractor will provide critical mission operations for the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment office in support of air, missile and space defense for the National Command Authority. Work will be performed at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and is expected to be complete by December 31, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $20,603,021 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (F19628-00-C-0019).

General Dynamics Modernizes Submarine Tactical Weapons Systems

July 24, 2015

General Dynamics received a $20 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue modernizing the AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System (WCS) technology insertion and advanced processing build software for U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines. The AN/BYG-1 software analyzes and tracks submarine and surface-ship contact information, providing tactical, situational awareness for submarine crews including the capability to target and employ torpedoes and missiles. Work will take place at the General Dynamics facility in Pittsfield, Massacusetts.

DHS S&T Awards Contract for Mobile App Security Research

July 24, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced a $2.9 million cybersecurity mobile app security research and development award that will help identify mobile app vulnerabilities. The Northern Virginia-based small business, Kryptowire, was awarded a 30-month contract through the S&T’s Long Range Broad Agency Announcement.

The project aims to establish continuous automated assurance of mobile apps for the federal government. By combining mobile app archiving and app vetting technologies as well as incorporating government and industry security standards, the project will capture app changes made over the app’s lifespan and will test against known vulnerabilities and emerging threats. The results captured will be put into a report that is continuously maintained and will follow the Federal Chief Information Officer Council’s Mobile Technology Tiger Team initiative for app reciprocity reporting that would be shareable to other federal departments and agencies.

S&T’s Cyber Security Division and First Responders Group are leading this effort with partnerships from the Department’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Computer Emergency Readiness Team, as well as the Department of Justice, U.S. General Services Administration and other federal agencies.

Focusing on Acquisition Reform

July 24, 2015
By M. Thomas Davis

Acquisition reform remains a long-sought goal of defense procurement experts, but their efforts have a greater urgency as the existing system threatens the very existence of the defense industrial base.