DARPA's Video Countdown of Top Technologies of 2014

December 31, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
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So the countdown is on … the countdown for a new year, new challenges and new triumphs. During 2015, the nation’s top weather experts are slated to get a new weather satellite. The Pentagon will get a new chief. The Army will get at least four new uniforms. But before we look into the future, we highlight DARPA's video countdown that sums up 2014.

Navmar to Enhance TigerShark Sensors in Afghanistan

December 29, 2014

Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded an $11,831,173 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N68335-14-C-0131) to extend a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort in support of the Copperhead Unmanned Air Systems, specifically TigerShark unmanned aerial vehicle. This effort includes the improvement of sensor and platform capabilities, sustainment and reset of current detachments in theater for the TigerShark UAV. Work will be performed in Afghanistan (50 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (25 percent); and Yuma, Arizona (25 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2015.  Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $2,766,000 are being obligated on this award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.


En Pointe to Provide Software Assurance

December 29, 2014

En Pointe Gov Inc., Gardena, California, has been awarded a maximum $11,207,546 modification (P00003) exercising the first option year to a one-year base contract (SP4701-14-F-0035) with two one-year option periods for Microsoft software assurance, maintenance, and support. This is a firm-fixed-price contract. Location of performance is California with a Dec. 25, 2015 performance completion date. Using service is federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Contract Services Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Three Small Businesses to Support Meteorological and Oceanographic Systems

December 29, 2014

Assured Space Access Technologies Inc., Gilbert, Arizona, is being awarded a $19,943,982 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide in-service engineering agent functions for meteorological and oceanographic systems, foreign military sales systems, and expeditionary and joint systems, projects and tasking engaged in worldwide operations, ashore and afloat. Forward Slope Inc., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $19,090,075 contract with one two-year option period, which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $32,581,738. Del Rey Systems and Technology Inc., San Diego, California, is being awarded an $18,075,584 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with one two-year option period, which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $30,230,554. Each awardee will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This three-year contract includes one two-year option period, which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $34,151,407.

No funding will be obligated at the time of contract award.  Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued.  This contract was competitively procured via 100 percent small business set-aside solicitation via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website, with four proposals received and three selected for award.  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-15-D-0069).

Northrop Grumman to Provide Airborne Laser Detection Systems

December 29, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Melbourne, Florida is being awarded a $35,514,955 firm-fixed price contract for the fabrication, integration, test and production of airborne laser mine detection systems (ALMDS) and delivery of peculiar support equipment and engineering services to support those systems. This contract is in support of the Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). ALMDS is a laser-based system, which uses streak tube imaging light detection and ranging to detect, classify, and localize surface and near-surface moored sea mines. The system is mounted on the MH-60S helicopter and will be deployed from the LCS. ALMDS provides a revolutionary, high area coverage rate capability that is organic to the Expeditionary and Carrier Strike Groups. 

This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $163,572,967. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Florida (41 percent); Tucson, Arizona (31 percent); St. Charles, Missouri (11 percent); Irvine, California (7 percent); Santa Clarita, California (6 percent); and Brentwood, New York (4 percent), and is expected to be completed by February 2021. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $$33,822,775 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with one proposal and one offer received via Federal Business Opportunities. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-15-C-6318).