CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a three-year, $19.5 million Business Enterprise Integration Services task order contract to provide technical and management support to the U.S. Defense Department Business Transformation Agency (BTA). CACI will provide systems maintenance and development for many major Defense Department business systems currently being enhanced by BTA. The scope also includes defense finance and accounting service projects.
TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received an additional $9.7 million of funding from the U.S. Army to provide additional secure Internet protocol router and non-secure Internet protocol router access point (SNAP) very small aperture terminal satellite systems. This is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command order that was announced in August, with a potential value of $246 million.
Verizon Business has received a 10-year, $21 million contract under the U.S. General Service Administration's Networx Universal contract to provide call center routing and support for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Verizon Business will provide toll-free services, hosted interactive voice response and secure database applications for Veterans Affairs call centers nationwide.
Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corporation and the U.S. Air Force are modifying a cost-plus-award-fee contract by exercising an option for an estimated cost of $7.6 million. This action will provide the U.S. Strategic Command with intelligence enterprise support. The contract is for operations, maintenance and management of the intelligence information technology networks and intelligence applications through system administration, database management, software maintenance and enhancements, and communications security.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is being awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for a maximum of $30 million for Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE). The VAATE Phase II and III programs develop revolutionary and innovative technology by the 2017 time frame that will provide a 10X increase in turbo-propulsion affordable capability when carped to a year 2000 state-of-the-art baseline engine. To achieve this goal, the Air Force Research Laboratory's Propulsion Directorate has committed resources to the development of an advanced technology base for aero-thermodynamics and innovative structures, the development of advanced components and the assessment and verification of these components in TRL-6 demonstrator engines.
The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force have signed a memorandum of agreement that will leverage development, production, sustainment and upgrade efforts for the RQ-4-based programs under each of the services. The agreement enables the services to continue to pursue common objectives across the RQ-4 enterprise while retaining each service's specific mission and operational requirements. Military officials believe the agreement will promote cost savings and eliminate redundancies. The new memorandum will allow the Navy and Air Force to share data that will help ensure program effectiveness and help contractors increase quality and improve on-time delivery, they say.
The Malicious Code Research Center, Finjan Incorporated, has discovered examples of obfuscated code embedded not only in hypertext markup language Web pages on legitimate Web sites but also in rich-content files. According to a recently released Finjan report, popularity is increasing for online advertisements as well as user-generated content on Web 2.0 Web sites in directing users to malware-infected content files. Code obfuscation remains the preferred cybercriminal technique for their attacks, the report states.
The U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems' (FCS's) Active Protection System (APS) has successfully passed stationary and moving target tests. The APS is designed to protect the FCS family of future manned vehicles from a variety of anti-tank and artillery projectiles. The APS is a vehicle-mounted system that defeats incoming threats such as rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank guided missiles by physically destroying or deflecting them in flight. The APS launches vertically and then maneuvers to defeat single or multiple projectiles coming in from any direction.
QinetiQ North America's security and intelligence services business unit has been awarded a five-year time and materials contract with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide security management and support services to the Bureau's Engineering Research Facility at Quantico, Virginia. The contract has a maximum value of $3.7 million.
The U.S. Army has begun its first large-scale deployment of a warfighter-wearable gunshot and sniper detection solution. The Army's Rapid Equipping Force will begin distributingSoldier-Wearable Acoustic Targeting Systems (SWATS) to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq later this year; the distribution is expected to be complete by early next year. Part of the Ears Gunshot Localization System family of products, SWATS includes next-generation sensors and is ruggedized so that it can be used in current operations.