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SAIC to Support Sensors in Afghanistan

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., was awarded a $56,275,374 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the services in support of sensor technologies to the Army’s current force architecture. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 25, 2014.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity. 

Lockheed Martin Supports Deployed Cargo Unmanned Aircraft

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded an $8,907,747 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the operational services in support of two cargo unmanned aircraft systems deployed in support of the Marine Corps. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

STARA to Provide Surveillance Technologies in Afghanistan

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers
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STARA Technologies Inc., Gilbert, Ariz., is being awarded an $11,267,011 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovative Research contract under topic A07-046 “Precision Guided Aerial Delivery of Intelligent Ground Based Munitions and Sensors”. This effort is for persistent ground surveillance towers, common ground control stations, surveillance tower integration kit systems, integration support and field service representatives for the Persistent Ground Surveillance System forward operating bases throughout Afghanistan for the Army. Work will be performed in Gilbert, Ariz., and Afghanistan and is expected to be completed in September 2013. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity. 
 

Boeing to Research Counter-Rocket Laser Technology

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers
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The Boeing Co., Albuquerque, N.M., was awarded a $16,182,854 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the research and development efforts for test and integration of a beam control system with a high power solid state laser along with sustainment of support equipment/vehicles in a counter rocket, artillery and mortar scenario. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

Intel Community Campus to Receive $499 Million Renovation

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers
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The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Baltimore, Md., was awarded a $499 million firm-fixed-price contract for the renovation of the Intelligence Community Campus at Bethesda, Md. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Participants Wanted for 2013 PlugFests

September 28, 2012
Rita Boland
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For the September issue of SIGNAL, I wrote an article about a new effort at AFCEA designed to spur innovation and rapid acquisition in defense technology. Dubbed PlugFests, the events are managed by the Rapid Integration Innovation Process (RI2P) special interest group, which is dedicated to showing the value of such events to government and industry.

During 2012, PlugFests took place at AFCEA's TechNet Land Forces conferences as RI2P group members worked to get out the word about their program and demonstrate the importance of the concept. Now, they are seeking new partners to participate in 2013. Personnel are drafting next year’s PlugFests with plans to conduct six to eight of them focused on a variety of themes. Group members are planning to introduce science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities into their future efforts as well. Already they are in discussions with San Diego points of contact to include STEM features at the PlugFest Booth at the AFCEA West show next January.

The group is looking for volunteers to serve as subject matter experts to develop use cases; as technology providers to offer software-based services and hardware solutions to continue to expand the reusable technology stack; and as developer challengers to bridge the gap between subject matter experts and the technology stack in the form of rapid prototype applications.

Raytheon Awarded Nearly $130 Million for Missile Defense Support

September 26, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Raytheon Co., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $129,852,079 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the services in support of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Component Plug and Fight A-Kit Implementation. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics to Support U.S. Marine Corps C4ISR

September 26, 2012
George I. Seffers
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General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va., has been awarded a 42-month, $94.4 million task order to support the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command Total Integrated Ground Equipment Readiness Contractor Logistics Support (TIGER CLS) contract. General Dynamics will deliver cost-effective, innovative technology, logistics and program management support for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. These systems provide Marine Corps intelligence units with critical information and communications links to numerous stakeholders worldwide. Work will be performed in Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan; Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Okinawa, Japan; Dam Neck, Va.; Tampa, Fla.; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Stafford, Va.; and Bahrain.

L-3 to Support Phoenix Satellite Terminal

September 26, 2012
George I. Seffers
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L-3 Communications Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded a $49 million firm-fixed-price contract for AN/TSC-156 Phoenix Terminal support services. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity.

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