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Obsolete Acquisition Policies Threaten U.S. Technological Superiority

August 6, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Major changes in defense acquisition no longer are desirable—they are essential if the United States is to maintain an effective military in a time of increasing threats and decreasing resources. Already the United States is trailing several allies technologically, and potential adversaries are hard at work developing technologies that threaten U.S. force superiority.

BAE to Support Phased Array Radar Systems

August 5, 2014

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Service, Rockville Maryland, has been awarded a $44,283,973 fixed-price-incentive modification (P00428) on FA2517-06-C-8001 to exercise option year eight to manage, operate, maintain and logistically support solid state phased array radar systems. Work will be performed at Beale Air Force Base, California; Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; Thule Air Base, Greenland, and Royal Air Force Fylingdales, United Kingdom, and is expected to be completed Aug. 31, 2015. The 21st Contracting Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

DRS to Provide Intelligence Broadcast Receivers

August 5, 2014

DRS ICAS LLC, Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $85,200,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to build and deliver up to 600 Air Force Tactical Receive System-Ruggedized Concord Intelligence Broadcast Receivers. The Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Newport News, Virginia, is the contracting activity (FA8750-14-D-0001).

Northrop Grumman to Provide ICBM Guidance Systems

August 6, 2014

Northrop Grumman Technical Services Incorporated, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has been awarded an $89,951,041 cost-plus-award-fee modification (P04011) to F42610-98-C-0001 for the ICBM Propulsion/Ground/Guidance programs. The contract modification provides for the exercise of option CLINs 8200, 8201 and 8203 for the sustainment of the Propulsion/Ground/Guidance systems of the ICBM weapon system under the ICBM partial bridge contract. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2015. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Replace AIM-9X Control Actuation System for Eight Countries

August 6, 2014

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $43,991,627 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-2002) for the design, development and engineering analysis of the AIM-9X Block II Missile System for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the governments of Turkey, Oman, Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia and Morocco. This modification includes the necessary replacements for the AIM-9X Control Actuation System, inertial measurement unit, electronics unit processor and improvements in insensitive munitions performance in the hardware development and Operational Flight Software versions 9.4X, 9.15X and 10.X. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force ($23,620,000; 53.7 percent); U.S. Navy ($8,155,233; 18.5 percent); and the governments of Turkey ($4,095,000; 9.3 percent); Oman ($2,590,000; 5.9 percent); Belgium ($2,100,000; 4.8 percent); Netherlands ($1,680,000; 3.8 percent); Singapore ($980,000; 2.2 percent); Malaysia ($701,394; 1.6 percent); and Morocco ($70,000; 0.2 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Act. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium Workshop Synopses

August 5, 2014

Read a full recap of each workshop held during day one of the AFCEA Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium August 5-6 in Washington, D.C.

True Incentives May Be Key to Improving Defense Acquisition

August 5, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

More specific requirements and better incentives could produce better products at reduced costs, said a leading U.S. Defense Department official. Frank Kendall III, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, explained that adjusting the contracting process could produce at least some desired results in acquisition.

DARPA's Plan to Speed Up New Material Development Could Shave Years Off Process

August 4, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Pentagon’s research agency kicked off a new program to improve the time it takes to develop military platforms, with an aim of shortening the process by 75 percent.

Exelis to Provide Cross-Domain Transfer Solutions

August 4, 2014

Exelis Inc., Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded an estimated $49,900,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for new and enhanced software. The contractor will research, develop, enhance, deploy and support the next-generation Cross-Domain Transfer Solutions. This will be accomplished by the following: researching new cross domain transfer solution technologies to improve performance, enhance security, increase autonomy and reduce life-cycle costs; enhance current solutions utilizing technologies from varying technology readiness levels; providing authorized users the ability to securely transfer data between interconnected security domains while protecting against unauthorized access or malicious attack; and by deploying and supporting these solutions to meet the current and rapidly evolving intelligence needs. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-14-D-0001).

Special Operations Command Awards $190 Million Countermeasures Contract

August 4, 2014

Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $190 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasure components and related services for the Technology Applications program office and CV-22 program offices. This contract has a five-year base period and a three-year incentive award period. Individual task orders will be funded with operations and maintenance or procurement appropriations under the appropriate fiscal year. U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity (H92241-14-D-0006).

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