This month, Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.) likens the state of government technology to that of an 8-track tape player--"now DIACAP-certified, ruggedized, encrypted and able to be thrown out of the car window at 60 miles per hour unharmed"--in an iPod world, thanks to a bloated procurement process.
A U.S. soldier used his own savings to develop an iPhone app that can help troops track the Taliban.
Pragmatics recently announced the award by the U.S. Army of a task order potentially valued at approximately $100 million. The award was made under the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Services (ITES-2S) contract for technology insertion in the Training and Doctrine Command Enterprise Classroom Program. Pragmatics will provide modernized instructional technology to support digital training in Army proponent classrooms for warfighters and Defense Department civilians. The Pragmatics team will survey, engineer, design, integrate systems, procure, stage, install, and test technology at classroom sites on Army installations across the country.
Integral Systems Incorporated, Colorado Spings, Colorado, was recently awarded by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center a more than $13 million contract modification to its Command and Control System-Consolidated contract. Under the terms of the contract modification, Integral Systems will continue to provide its EPOCH Integrated Product Suite to simplify operations by consolidating satellite ground systems. The contract, first awarded in early 2002, enables a unified command and control capability for the 50th Space Wing's complete family of military communications satellite programs.
Advanced Testing Technologies Incorporated of Hauppauge, New York, was awarded a more than $8 million contract modification, which will provide engineering services to develop test program sets and supplement technical order change pages for the AN/URC-107 Joint Tactical Information Distribution System. The U.S. Air Force 638 Supply Chain management Group, Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity.
Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a more than $7 million contract modification to exercise an option for technical and engineering services in support of the Special Communication Requirements Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in support of Defense Department, joint service and other federal agencies communication- electronics advanced technology. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Maritime Systems and Sensors, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded an $11 million option exercise modification for the manufacture of hardware for the Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Insertion (ARCI) System Improvement and Integration Program for SSGN 726 and 729, and SSN 781 submarines. ARCI is a sonar system that integrates and improves towed array, hull array, sphere array, and other ship sensor processing, through rapid insertion of commercial-off-the-shelf based hardware and software. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.