CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a prime contract to support the multiple-award U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Systems and Mission Support II (USAMS II) program. The USAMS II program has a total estimated ceiling value of $900 million.
The U.S. Air Force is awarding a contract to BAE Systems for a maximum of $50 million. This action will provide systems engineering and evaluation and systems analysis for Worldwide 5. This work will provide life-cycle software development engineering to the U.S. Defense Department Intelligence Information System and the U.S. Intelligence Community worldwide.
Ion Tiger, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research program at the Naval Research Laboratory, is merging UAV technology and fuel cell systems that are more efficient and reduce noise. An Office of Naval Research-sponsored program, the Ion Tiger UAV tests a hydrogen-powered fuel cell design that has more endurance in flight distance and payload weight than battery-powered designs. The UAV also features a low heat signature and no emissions. Still in the testing phases, the aircraft's flight trial this spring is expected to deliver results that exceed the duration of previous flights sevenfold: 24 hours with a five-pound payload.
The U.S. Air Force is redoubling its efforts to reach out to small businesses. David Van Buren, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, and Ronald Poussard, director of the service's small business programs, explain that this effort seeks to remove the "check-the-box" mentality often associated with small business outreach. Innovation, agility, responsiveness and efficiency are some of the attributes small companies offer, but Van Buren also says, "We don't have enough competition now. Growing these innovative small businesses will help us rectify that by increasing the industrial base." The service plans to enhance its relationship with small businesses by helping them move into the more mature states of development and production.
Northrop Grumman Corporation Integrated Systems Western Region is being awarded an $8.7 million modification to a previously awarded contract to provide additional operations and maintenance support for the Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD), including operation and sustainment, logistics support and sustaining engineering throughout the demonstration.