Acquisition and Contracting

A deadly combination of turbulence, waves and wind is causing aircraft crossing the equator to crash with increasing frequency because of higher ocean temperatures.

Defense Department information technology systems are economically unsustainable, but the department only now is catching the revolutionary spirit of the cloud, and adoption is slow and not in line with advances in the commercial sector.

The U.S. Transportation Command, in charge of providing land, sea and air mobility to U.S. forces worldwide, now finds itself tasked with its own form of conflict in the cyber domain.

The cyber attacks that threaten the United States are just as intense and worrisome for NATO, which comes under persistent strikes by nation-states, terrorist groups and criminal organizations all assailing with denial-of-service malware, organized criminal incursions, cyber espionage and website defacements.

The U.S. Army has awarded contracts to two vendors—Harris Corporation and Thales Defense and Security Incorporated—for its Handheld, Manpack and Small-form Fit Rifleman Radio. The contract is structured as a five-year base ordering period, plus a five-year optional ordering period multiple award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity.

A relatively small team within the U.S. Defense Department works long hours to accomplish something big—establishing a single network for all defense missions.

The Defense Department, facing an increase in defensive cyber operations, now has the command and control it needs to wage those actions on its information network. The Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network consolidates efforts that previously were dispersed among the services and organizations.

Proposed cybersecurity legislation is a good start, but much remains to be done to secure the nation from cyberthreats—starting with trust and cooperation among diverse organizations.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $3,061,852,854 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the operation of the Lincoln Laboratory Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Contractor will apply advanced technology to problems of national security. Research and development activities focus on long-term technology development as well as rapid system prototyping and demonstration. Work will be performed in Lexington, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2020.

Hewlett-Packard Co., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a ceiling $469,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for global content delivery services (GCDS). GCDS will provide flexibility and scope of services sufficient to meet current and future content delivery environment workload, security, availability, scalability, and modernization requirements, while maintaining uninterrupted continuous access and problem escalation/resolution support.

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