Welcome to the security world, where agencies worry about cyber attacks from the outside as much as from the inside. Guest blogger Ed Bender highlights some surprising results from a recent survey in which respondents lament the insider threat; both from those who intend harm and those who inadvertently invite it.
In December 2014, Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, warned the world that true artificial intelligence (AI) could mean the death of mankind. Well, that got my attention.
Glacier Technologies LLC, El Paso, Texas (W91RUS-15-D-0002); Abacus Technology Corp., Chevy Chase, Maryland (W91RUS-15-D-0003); A & T Systems Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland (W91RUS-15-D-0004); CORDEV Inc., Falls Church, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0005); Global Management Systems Inc., Washington, District of Columbia (W91RUS-15-D-0006); Smartronix Inc., Hollywood, Maryland(W91RUS-15-D-0007); Strategic Resources Inc., McLean, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0008); GStek Inc., Chesapeake, Virginia(W91RUS-15-D-0009); Trowbridge & Trowbridge, Vienna, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0010); Leader Communications Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (W91RUS-15-D-0011); GC&E Systems Group, Norcross, Georgia (W91RUS-15-D-0012); Bowhead Professional Solutions LLC, Alexandria, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0013); Telos Corp., Ashburn, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0014); By Light Professional IT Services, Arlington, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0015); and COMINT Systems Corp., Springfield, Virginia (W91RUS-15-D-0016), were awarded an $850,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract with options for administrative telephone services, information technology services, and land mobile radio network management services to operate and maintain continental U.S. network enterprise center classified and unclassified communication systems.
Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2025. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 40 received. Army Contracting Command, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity.
Alion Science and Technology, Rome, New York (N00164-15-D-JT04); BAE Systems Inc., Rockville, Maryland (N00164-15-D-JT05); Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts (N00164-15-D-JT06); DigitalGlobe Inc., Herndon, Virginia (N00164-15-D-JT03); Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey (N00164-15-D-JT01); G3 Technologies, Columbia, Maryland (N00164-15-D-JT02); Herrick Technology Laboratory, Germantown, Maryland (N00164-15-D-JT97); The HumanGeo Group LLC, Arlington, Virginia (N00164-15-D-JT95); LEIDOS, Reston, Virginia (N00164-15-D-JT94); NAL Research Corp., Manassas, Virginia (N00164-15-D-JT96); Northrop Grumman Xetron, Cincinnati, Ohio (N00164-15-D-JT81); Scientific Research Corp., North Charleston, South Carolina (N00164-15-D-JT99); and Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas (N00164-15-D-JT98), are each being awarded a combined aggregate not-to-exceed $49,000,000 fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract to support research and development of special intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance components and systems.
Each of the 13 contractors will have the opportunity to bid on individual delivery orders as they are issued. Work will be performed in Rome, New York; Rockville, Maryland; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Herndon, Virginia; Clifton, New Jersey; Columbia, Maryland; Germantown, Maryland; Arlington, Virginia; Reston, Virginia; Manassas, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; North Charleston, South Carolina; and San Antonio, Texas. Work is expected to be completed April 2020. Working capital funds in the amount of $1,300 will be obligated at the time of award, with each contractor receiving $100 at time of award. Contract funding will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with 15 offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.
Koam Engineering Services Inc., San Diego,is being awarded a $15,812,226 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide in-service engineering agent support for tactical data links and related systems in support of Navy and Foreign Military Sales commands. The support includes technical expertise, fleet in-service engineering, maintenance, in-service risk management, integrated logistics support, technical oversight of commercial and non-governmental in-service engineering activities, configuration management, and readiness and life cycle analysis. This two-year contract includes one three-year option period, which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $36,419,923.
Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed April 13, 2017. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via 100 percent Small Business Set-Aside solicitation via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website, with three proposals received and one selected for award. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, is the contracting activity (N66001-15-D-0042).
The Electronic Security Association, a professional trade association that represents the electronic life safety and security industry, launched a website geared at connecting people interested in careers in the security with companies that are hiring.
BCF Solutions Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a $486,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for force protection site security systems. Contractor will provide for worldwide acquisition, upgrade and sustainment of a family of integrated base defense security systems including: fixed-site intrusion detection systems, tactical automated security systems and delay/denial systems. Work performance location will be determined for each delivery order, and is expected to be complete by April 12, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition via the Federal Business Opportunities website with 12 offers received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-15-D-0004).
BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, New York, is being awarded a $26,073,900 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-14-D-0025) to exercise an option for the procurement of up to 250 Mode 5 combined interrogator transponder kits for the Navy and the governments of Finland and Switzerland under the Foreign Military Sales program. This option provides for the procurement of up to 90 APX-111 Identification Friend or Foe, 50 each processors, interrogators, transponders, main chassis, power supplies and receiver transmitters. In addition, this option provides for the procurement of up to 10 APX-111 repairs and 35 kit installations. Work will be performed in Greenlawn, New York, and is expected to be completed in July 2017. No funds are being obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Gleason Research Associates Inc., Columbia, Maryland, was awarded a $10,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for modeling and simulation of vehicle protection systems. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of April 12, 2020. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. The Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QX-15-D-0012).
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced two new high performance computing (HPC) awards that continue to advance U.S. leadership in developing exascale computing. Under the joint Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore initiative, the DOE announced a $200 million investment to deliver a next-generation supercomputer, known as Aurora, to the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. When commissioned in 2018, this supercomputer will be open to all scientific users. Aurora, will use Intel’s HPC scalable system framework to provide a peak performance of 180 PetaFLOP/s. Argonne and Intel also will provide an interim system, called Theta, to be delivered in 2016.
Intel will work with Cray Inc. as the system integrator sub-contracted to provide its industry-leading scalable system expertise together with its proven supercomputing technology and HPC software stack. Aurora will be based on a next-generation Cray supercomputer, code-named Shasta, a follow-on to the Cray XC series.
Additionally, DOE announced $10 million for a high-performance computing research and development program, DesignForward, led by DOE’s Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration. The program recently awarded $10 million in contracts to AMD, Cray, IBM and Intel Federal, complementing the $25.4 million already invested in the first round of DesignForward. Under this public-private partnership, the four technology firms will work with DOE researchers to study and develop software and hardware technologies aimed at maintaining our nation’s lead in scientific computing.