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The Fiscal Cliff is Here Again Along with Cyber Insecurity

February 2013
Joe Mazzafro

Greetings Fiscal Cliff Dwellers!  By the time you read this there will be less than two weeks before automatic sequestration cuts take effect - - - a week of which the Congress will be in recess!  What was meant to be a “poison pill” to force the legislative and executive branches to compromise on rational budgets so the government could reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years now appears inevitable.  Since January we have been fed a steady stream of increasingly dire consequences from Navy aircraft carriers not deploying, to Army readiness declining, to Air Force airplanes not being maintained, to civilian workers being furloughed, and to contracts being canceled unless there is some relief from the automatic 9.4% sequestration of funds scheduled for March 1st.   Yet none of this doom and gloom was in evidence as late as Thanksgiving of 2012 when the reflexive answer from DoD consistently was “the Congress won’t allow sequestration to happen!”
 

Boeing Announces Potential $100 Million Compact Laser Contract

February 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Boeing Defense, Space and Security, Orlando, Fla., will provide the U.S. Air Force with a lightweight, compact laser targeting system designed to improve the effectiveness of battlefield airmen on Close Air Support missions. The $3 million contract award includes design, development, delivery, training and sustainment for the Line of Sight – Short (LOS-S) integrated targeting system, as well as priced options for production systems. With all options exercised, the contract has a potential total value of more than $100 million. 

Two Firms Awarded Research Laboratory Contracts

February 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $32,661,700 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for delivery of data, reports, software and hardware related to Diverse Accessible Heterogeneous Integration Research and Development. HRL Laboratories L.L.C., Malibu, Calif., is being awarded a $6,504,988 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for delivery of data, reports, software and hardware related to Diverse Accessible Heterogeneous Integration Research and Development. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

Two Firms to Provide Radiology Systems

February 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Hitachi Aloka Medical Ltd., Wallingford, Conn., was issued a modification exercising the fourth contract option year. The modification is a fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity-contract with a maximum $14,508,160 for radiology systems, subsystems, accessories, services, manual, and repair parts. Omega Medical Imaging Inc., Sanford, Fla., was issued a modification exercising the fourth contract option year. The modification is a fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract with a maximum $14,014,205 for radiology systems, subsystems, and components. Using military services are the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

VSolvit to Support Naval Facilities IT Center

February 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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VSolvit L.L.C., Fillmore, Calif., is being awarded a $10,527,041 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price task orders for information technology enterprise business systems support at Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Information Technology Center, Naval Base Ventura County. The contract also contains four unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $53,121,508.  No task orders are being awarded at this time. The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity.
 

TCOM to Support Persistent Surveillance

February 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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TCOM Limited Partnership (TCOM L.P.), Columbia, Md., is being awarded a $10,701,961 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for 22M and 28M aerostat parts and spares in support of the Army's Persistent Ground Surveillance System (PGSS) Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

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