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Frontier to Provide Shipboard Sensor and Data Distribution Systems

December 21, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Frontier Electronic Systems Corp., Stillwater, Okla., is being awarded a $49,567,126 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract using firm-fixed price and cost-plus-fixed-fee orders for AN/SPQ-14(V) Advanced Sensor Distribution System, AN/SPQ-15(V) Data Distribution System equipment and engineering support services in support of the systems procured for shipboard systems. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Navy Awards More Than $899 Million in C5ISR Funds

December 21, 2012
George I. Seffers
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AMSEC LLC, Virginia Beach, Va.; BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md.; Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va.; L-3 Services Inc. (Engility), Mount Laurel, N.J.; Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va.; Serco, Reston, Va.; and Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with fixed-price incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price provisions, multiple-award contract for the procurement of production, installation and in-service support services. The services required include support of design, acquisition, production, integration, testing, installation, and configuration management of certified C5ISR capabilities, with a specific focus on submarine and surface new construction, modernization, systems production/integration, installation and life cycle support of systems and subsystems integrated within or in support of the subsurface and surface platforms, both afloat and shore based. The cumulative estimated value of the base year is $179,908,687. These contracts include options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these contracts to a combined estimated $899,543,000. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

The Information Age is Changing the Metaphysics of Intelligence

12/18/2012
Joe Mazzafro

Given the unknowns about whether the world will end on 21 December as foretold by the Mayan Calendar or if the US government will find itself mired at the bottom of “Fiscal Cliff Washington” come New Year’s Day, any discussion about what will hold the Intelligence Community’s (IC) attention in 2013 seems premature. However, despite the notoriety of both of these “black swans,” I remain unabashedly optimistic the Mayan Astrologers have miscalculated and that the IC can muddle through 2013 on $65 billion even if most of it is borrowed money.
Before we get into any soothsaying for 2013 we probably should check my homework on this subject for 2012 when I fearlessly predicted six things that I thought would demand the IC’s attention.

Thirteen Firms to Compete for C5ISR Task Orders

November 17, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Altron Inc., Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; American Electronics Inc., California, Md.; Command Decisions Systems and Solutions, Stafford, Va.; Centuria Corp., Reston, Va.; Del Rey Systems and Technology Inc., San Diego, Calif.; ISHPI Information Technologies Inc., Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; K3 Enterprises Inc., Fayetteville, N.C.; MANDEX Inc., Fairfax, Va.; Sentek Global, San Diego, Calif.; SPARC LLC., Charleston, S.C.; The Cameron Bell Corp., doing business as Gov. Solutions Group, Daniel Island, S.C.; The Cybrix Group*, Tampa, Fla.; and Ursa Navigation Solutions Inc., Chesapeake, Va., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based, multiple award contract, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive and firm-fixed-price orders, to provide command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C5ISR) electronics and communications services and solutions in support of mission capabilities within the decision superiority portfolio to improve customers’ ability to enable utilization of information and decision aids to support decision making in support of the warfighter's mission. These contracts include options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these multiple award contracts to an estimated $98,764,531. These 13 contractors may compete for the task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts. The contracting activity is the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C.

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