General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, has recently been awarded a $122 million task order under the Alliant contract to provide information technology support to U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) headquarters, Heidelberg, Germany, and its associated staff elements and organizations as part of the USAREUR Theater Warfighter Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence program. The majority of work will be performed at the USAREUR headquarters, at other sites within Germany and at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. The company will provide systems engineering, network integration and configuration, Battle Command Systems support, information technology knowledge management, Microsoft SharePoint support, video teleconferencing and web development. The company will also perform logistics, training, planning and exercises support.
Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Virginia was recently awarded a more than $4 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to evaluate a revolutionary technology that will enable troops deployed around the world to improve how they record and analyze information obtained while on patrol. Alion will provide performance evaluations on the Graph Understanding and Analysis for Rapid Detection-Deployed On the Ground (GUARD DOG) program, which is designed to assist patrollers as they conduct counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism and counter-drug missions. The work includes experimental designs, test plans, data collection instruments and software, virtual simulations, training scenarios, evaluation results and analysis briefings for major test events.
DCS Corporation, Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $191 million contract to provide for technical engineering services, including post-production software support, lifecycle software engineering to program managers in the acquisition and development of main weapon systems platforms, and systems engineering on project within Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
Mission 1st Group Incorporated, Shrewsbury, New Jersey, was awarded a $3 million contract to provide for engineering, logistics and oversight of information technology projects in Southwest Asia and within the United States. Work will be performed in Afghanistan; Kuwait; Iraq; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. The U.S. Army Rock Island Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $10 million contract to provide airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.
FLIR Systems Incorporated, Wilsonville, Oregon, was awarded a nearly $16 million contract to provide 36 SAFIRE II night vision and infrared camera systems, and 10 operator classes and 10 maintenance classes. The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
DRS C3 7 Aviation Company, Horsham, Pennsylvania, was awarded a more than $19 million contract for ground surveillance hardware and services for the government of Egypt. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Contracting Center, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
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