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Student CyberPatriot Competition Wraps Up

April 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

High school students from six schools across the nation will split $50,000 in scholarships after competing in the CyberPatriot VI competition, a culminating tournament in which participants tested strategies to defend computers and networks against cyber attacks. CyberPatriot kicked off in November with roughly 1,600 students from all 50 states and wrapped up March 29, 2014.

Computer Security Problems at VA Doubled in Six Years

April 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) remains plagued by decades-old problems of unreliable and vulnerable networks and computer systems, putting the veterans they serve at risk, according to a recent government report. Despite years of documented weaknesses, the VA still has failed to shore up vulnerabilities, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

Matrix Research to Develop Low Observable Technologies

April 1, 2014

Matrix Research Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $45,085,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for development and demonstration of supportable and manufacturable low observable (LO) technologies. This program will develop, demonstrate, and transition supportable and manufacturable technologies that will reduce the production and life cycle sustainment burden of LO treatments, materials, repairs, and processes. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-14-D-5400).

Insitu Supports RQ-21A Overseas Contingency Operations

April 1, 2014

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded $8,355,422 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0025 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0008) for the hardware and services required to operate, maintain, and support previously procured RQ-21A EOC unmanned aircraft systems in support of overseas contingency operations. Hardware and services to be provided include spare and consumable parts and in-theatre field service representatives to supplement Marine Corps operators and maintainers. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Three Firms Awarded Force Protection Contracts

April 1, 2014

SERCO, Reston, Va., is being awarded a potential $46,041,918 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide life cycle sustainment, integration, acquisition and technical support for anti-terrorism/force protection Naval Electronic Surveillance Systems to Department of Defense agencies and other government activities as required. This is one of three contracts awarded: each awardee (CACI, N66001-14-D-0052, $42,382,869; Honeywell, N66001-14-D-0053, $43,196,813) will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This three-year contract includes two, one-year option periods which, if exercised, would bring the potential ceiling value of this award to an estimated $77,641,933. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N66001-13-D-0054).

NetCentrics Supports Pentagon Offices

April 1, 2014

NetCentrics Corp., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $33,042,835 modification to firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0034-11-D-0002) for information technology operations front office support for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), WHS-supported organizations, Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, the Defense Legal Services Agency and the Central Adjudication facility, and the Office of Military Commissions. WHS, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Supports Combat Theater Signal Brigade

April 1, 2014

General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va., has been awarded a $12,414,345 modification (P00010) to exercise option year two on cost-plus-fixed-fee contract W91RUS-12-C-0011 to provide the 160th Signal Brigade and subordinate units staff support in the areas of administrative support, operations support and logistics support within the Central Command area of responsibility. Work will be performed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Qatar with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2015. Army Contracting Command–Netcom Branch, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Modification for Two GPS Space Vehicles

April 1, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Newton, Pa., has been awarded a $245,778,905 modification (P00286) to cost-plus-incentive-fee contract FA8807-08-C-0010 to exercise the option for additional Global Positioning System III Space Vehicles 07 and 08. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Defense Secretary Hagel Launches High-Level Review of Military Medals Process

March 31, 2014
Sandra Jontz

The practice of awarding bronze stars to mid-level officers who never set foot outside the wire might see a demise similar to that of the controversial Distinguished Warfare Medal of a year ago, if a new department directive bears fruit. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week directed each of the service leaders and combatant commanders to conduct a high-level, comprehensive review of military decorations and the awards program.

Veterans Unemployment Rate Dropped in 2013

March 21, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The unemployment rate for veterans of recent conflicts—that is, those who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts—dropped a bit last year, according to Labor Department statistics.

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