The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded R.W. Beck, a subsidiary of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) a $21 million contract to support the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Biomass Program. As part of the program, the DOE announced that it will partially fund via grants the design, construction and operation of 18 integrated ethanol biorefinery pilot and demonstration projects, helping to promote the development and commercialization of cellulosic and algae derived biofuel and biochemical production. Under the contract, R.W. Beck will serve as the DOE's independent engineer on these projects, providing services including assistance in program management, technical and financial due diligence, construction and operations monitoring, and Recovery Act compliance.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $223.6 million contract for two E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) propulsion pod system shipsets and Federal Aviation Administration certification. Each shipset contains four Pratt and Whitney JT8D-219 engines, pylon assemblies and assorted aircraft system interconnections.
Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) has been awarded a $5 million contract with the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Policy Integration to provide project management, analysis, and technical and documentation services. Under the agreement, DRC will provide mission and capabilities analysis and mission essential task list development to support the Coast Guard's Readiness, Requirement and Resource programs.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a U.S. Navy contract to provide command and control (C2) software development and modification and enhancement of existing C2 and tactical data link systems. Northrop Grumman is one of five firms receiving awards under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract from the Space and Naval Warfare System Command, San Diego. Under the agreement, which has a potential value of more than $600 million, the companies will provide software design, development and modification; software integration and related test evaluation; software systems engineering support; and support functions such as integrated logistics and configuration and program management.
The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $17 million contract to provide engineering design services for the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) on the U.S. Navy's Ticonderoga class cruisers and Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers. The cost-plus-fixed fee contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and eight other allied navies under the Foreign Military Sales program. Included in the work is missile integration, software development, integration of the VLS into new ships, technical refresh, systems engineering and life cycle support for the MK 41 VLS.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $625 million dollars by the U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) of Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) to develop command and control (C2) software and modifications and enhancements to existing C2 systems. The multiple award, indefinite-deliver/indefinite-quantity contract has a three-year base period of performance, and two one-year options. The company will perform most of the work at PEO C4I's headquarters in San Diego, California.
In "New Document Provides Framework for Interagency Data Sharing," Henry Kenyon describes a newly released document that sets common standards for data security and risk management: the NIST Special Publication 800-37, Revision 1, Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: A Security Life Cycle Approach (NIST SP-800-37).
(ISC)2, Palm Harbor, Florida, has named Marc H. Noble director of government affairs.
Brig. Gen. John F. Thompson, USAF, has been named program executive officer, strategic systems, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
"NATO SATCOM will certainly be handicapped if interoperability with national systems is not key to the design of how we go forward."--Malcolm Green, chief of CAT 9 NII Communication Infrastructure Services, NC3A