In this month's SIGNAL Magazine, Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.), makes some interesting points about the new Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) that will be replacing the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) once the contract for the latter expires. Grace wonders if this is the best approach, noting the general success of the NMCI after the early years of growing pains. His notion is that we will have to endure another long round of troubleshooting with the NGEN, and he wonders whether this is the best use of resources (not to mention taxpayer money) given that the NMCI has resolved most of its early problems, at least as far as it could have "within the constraints of policy, procedure and security-three very difficult masters," according to Grace.
Harris Corporation has received a $7.6 million order from the U.S. Defense Department for its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio systems. The Defense Department is acquiring the radios to provide deployed forces with expanded wireless tactical communications capabilities such as video, e-mail and collaborative chat.
SRA International Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia, has won a blanket purchase agreement from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering. The multi-award contract has an estimated value of $100 million over five years, if all options are exercised. As one of five awardees, SRA will provide subject matter expertise in engineering, Defense Department acquisition and program management.
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Charlotte, North Carolina, has been awarded two contracts with a combined value of $12.9 million to produce 22 Gatling gun systems for the U.S. Navy. The company also will supply various Gatling gun spare items to the U.S. Army. Under the first award, worth $7.8 million, General Dynamics will deliver 22 M61A2 20-millimeter Gatling gun systems to the Navy for use on F/A-18E/F aircraft.
The Field Services Business Unit of Fidelity Technologies Corporation, Reading, Pennsylvania, is one of eight companies to bid on individual task orders under the Fielded Training Systems Support III multiple award contract. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has an ordering period of five years, plus three one-year options if exercised, with a ceiling estimate of $900 million. The company has provided contractor services to the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division under two predecessor contracts.