Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a $21,048,058 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems. These services will provide electro-optical/infrared and mid-wave infrared imagery in support of U.S. Marine Corps operations in Operation Enduring Freedom to provide real-time imagery and data. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
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Cost versus risk is a balancing act with no metrics for quantifying effectiveness.
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