Raytheon Receives Scout Surveillance System Contract

May 8, 2015

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $26,990,015 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to update and configure Block 0 Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3) sight sensors to the Block 1 Netted LRAS3 sight sensor, configuration of up to 100 LRAS3 units. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of May 4, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Virginia, is the contracting activity (W909MY-15-D-0006.


U.S. Army Modifies Gray Eagle Contract

May 8, 2015

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded an $84,838,567 modification (P00100) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0075 for Gray Eagle performance-based logistics product support for Block 1 program of record and quick reaction capability. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 23, 2015. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and other procurement funds in the amount of $84,838,567 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.


Insitu to Support ISR and Force Protection for Iraq Government

May 8, 2015

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded $10,919,060 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0008 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-11-G-0009). This effort is for the procurement of site activation services, and field service representative personnel to perform site lead, pilot/operator, and maintenance personnel duties to support intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services program and force protection services for the government of Iraq. It will also procure one Mark 4 Launcher, two Full Mission Training Devices and spares kits. Work will be performed in Taji, Iraq (86.5 percent); and Bingen, Washington (13.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2016. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $10,919,060 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.


Northrop to Test Nuclear Missile Software

May 8, 2015

Northrop Grumman, Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $99,120,000 requirements type contract for nuclear safety cross check analysis, performance analysis and technical evaluation and independent validation and verification. Contractor will provide independent testing and evaluation of developer's software and hardware for impacts on Minuteman III nuclear safety. Tests and evaluations are conducted to ensure that software meets approved specifications and nuclear safety requirements. It also ensures that software does not contain errors or deficiencies that could lead to violations of the Department of Defense nuclear weapon system safety standards. Work will be performed at El Segundo, California, and Layton, Utah, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with one offer received. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8204-15-D-0001).

U.S. Army Awards Multiple ISR Research Contracts

May 8, 2015

Applied Research Associates Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-15-D-0004); Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia (W911QX-15-D-0005); Calnet Inc., Reston, Virginia (W911QX-15-D-0006); EOIR Technologies Inc., Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (W911QX-15-D-0007); Imperatis Corp., Arlington, Virginia (W911QX-15-D-0008); Integration Innovation Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (W911QX-15-D-0009; and Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia (W911QX-15-D-0010), were awarded a $49,937,742 multi-year order dependent contract for persistent surveillance—intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance concepts research and development with a five year ordering period. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of May 4, 2020. Bids were solicited via the Internet with eight received. Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity.


U.S. Air Force Accelerates GPS User Equipment Contract

May 8, 2015

L-3 Communications IEC, Anaheim, California, has been awarded an $18,207,336 modification (P00029) to previously awarded contract FA8807-12-C-0011 for military Global Positioning System (GPS) user equipment (MGUE). Contractor will accelerate the MGUE program through the addition of pre-prototype receiver card deliveries and test support activities to enable faster fielding of M-Code capable GPS receivers to the warfighter. Work will be performed at Anaheim, California, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $8,266,297 are being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.


When Contract Protests Emerge, Whose Fault Are They?

May 8, 2015
By Al Krachman

Contract protests can be the fault of government, contractors or the process itself. For government, it may be something as simple as lack of understanding on the part of contracting authorities.

AI or Not AI?

May 6, 2015
By Lewis Shepherd

Does artificial intelligence (AI) pose a threat to the human race, as many notable technologists recently have suggested? And what should be its role in the intelligence community?

The Rise of the PIIPs

May 5, 2015
By Glenn Kesselman

Personal identifiable information (PII) constantly is under threat of being compromised. One solution may be to create vaults that grant access to authorized organizations. But will it work, or even be embraced by the public?