Acquisition and Contracting

The U.S. Army’s newly created cyber school is prepared to accept its first class of second lieutenants this summer followed by enlisted personnel and warrant officers.

New methods of teaching cybersecurity might be the best hope for providing the necessary security experts to turn the tide against malicious cybercriminals who have launched constant battles against vital networks.

Researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom aim to identify inconsistencies between the data provided by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies and the understanding of that data by combat soldiers or other emergency personnel.

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence is matching the technology needs of the intelligence community to the capabilities of the private sector with the goal of speeding innovation to the user community as well as introducing community specialists to new technologies.

The agency tasked with generating geospatial intelligence will be relying significantly on new commercial satellites that will increase the richness of the intelligence it provides its customers.

The organization tasked with deploying and maintaining orbital reconnaissance assets is working on improving its ground architecture to keep those space-based capabilities relevant amid a changing threat picture.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $485,000,000 firm fixed price with minimal cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Contractor will provide multiple Sniper advanced targeting pods including initial spares, 1K forward-looking infrareds, and two-way data links. It also includes other items as specified in the contract. Work will be performed at Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be complete by March 26, 2018. This contract involves foreign military sales.

On behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency and the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence Equipment and Support organisation, the Organization for Joint Armaments Cooperation (OCCAr) has awarded the Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) contract to Thales, in collaboration with BAE Systems and their partners in France and the United Kingdom.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded an $8,906,093 undefinitized contract action. Contractor will provide the Royal Jordanian Air Force, through a third party transfer, 10 United Kingdom Sniper advanced targeting pods with compact multiband datalink, digital data recorder with associated global scope software and data logger modules. Sniper advanced targeting pod system is integrated with F-16 aircraft to provide electro-optical and infrared imagery.

Lockheed Martin Corp., Gaithersburg, Maryland, was awarded a $35,572,000 order dependent contract with options for information management and information technology services supporting the Army Corps of Engineers Information Technology to include headquarters, divisions, districts, centers and field operating activities. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2015. One bid was solicited with one received.