The U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded S4 Inc. an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity Global Battlestaff and Program Support contract. S4 will function as a subcontractor to prime contractor SRA International, Incorporated. With all options exercised, the multi-award contract has an estimated value of $1.5 billion over five years, with S4 providing global special operations-unique services and expertise.
An $8.5 million firm-fixed-price contract has been awarded to Textron Systems Corporation for eight command and control armored security vehicles; 72 extended personnel carriers; three years of spares support for all 80 vehicles; 80 English/Arabic operator manuals; five English/Arabic maintenance and parts manuals; one English/Arabic CD of manuals; and two field service representatives for logistics, maintenance and training support for 24 months. The U.S. Army Contracting Center awarded the contract.
FN Manufacturing LLC has received an $11.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for the MK-48 Mod-1 lightweight machine gun (LMG) to support the Navy Small Arms program. The contract, let by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, calls for the company to manufacture MK-48 LMGs, compact, manportable, belt-fed, air-cooled weapon systems capable of engaging targets out to 1,000 meters.
Battelle is one of nine companies chosen to bid on computer software, network, information, modeling and simulation programs for the federal government. Under the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity agreement, awarded by the Defense Technical Information Center, Battelle can bid on up to $2 billion worth of contracts over the next five years covering cybersecurity, networks, software design and other information-related programs for the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and other government agencies.
Brig. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, USA, has been named director of force management, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Washington, D.C., has chosen Henry Sienkiewicz as chief information officer and Paige Atkins as director of DISA's Strategic Planning and Information Directorate.
Capt. Gretchen S. Herbert, USN, has been nominated for promotion to rear admiral and assigned as assistant chief of naval operations for the Next Generation Enterprise Network System Program, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
Paul Strassmann offers his insights on network virtualization as an answer to cyber security concerns about the proliferation of things contributing to the "attack surface," such as networks, circuits and computers.