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Northrop to Support Fire Scout in Afghanistan

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $15,010,161 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for operations and maintenance services in support of the MQ-8B Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in November 2013. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

BACN Brings Home Funding for Northrop Grumman

November 12, 2012
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $48,176,543 firm-fixed-price contract for E-11A platform maintenance for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node Program. The location of the performance is Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

SAIC to Support Sensors in Afghanistan

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., was awarded a $56,275,374 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the services in support of sensor technologies to the Army’s current force architecture. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 25, 2014.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity. 

STARA to Provide Surveillance Technologies in Afghanistan

September 28, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
STARA Technologies Inc., Gilbert, Ariz., is being awarded an $11,267,011 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovative Research contract under topic A07-046 “Precision Guided Aerial Delivery of Intelligent Ground Based Munitions and Sensors”. This effort is for persistent ground surveillance towers, common ground control stations, surveillance tower integration kit systems, integration support and field service representatives for the Persistent Ground Surveillance System forward operating bases throughout Afghanistan for the Army. Work will be performed in Gilbert, Ariz., and Afghanistan and is expected to be completed in September 2013. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity. 
 

General Dynamics to Support U.S. Marine Corps C4ISR

September 26, 2012
George I. Seffers

General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va., has been awarded a 42-month, $94.4 million task order to support the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command Total Integrated Ground Equipment Readiness Contractor Logistics Support (TIGER CLS) contract. General Dynamics will deliver cost-effective, innovative technology, logistics and program management support for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. These systems provide Marine Corps intelligence units with critical information and communications links to numerous stakeholders worldwide. Work will be performed in Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan; Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Okinawa, Japan; Dam Neck, Va.; Tampa, Fla.; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Stafford, Va.; and Bahrain.

Lockheed to Support Optic Sensors in Afghanistan

September 26, 2012
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems L.L.C., Sarasota, Fla., was awarded an $11,036,550 firm-fixed-price contract for vehicle optics sensor systems and support services. Work will be performed in Sarasota; Afghanistan; and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity.

Logos to Provide Video Image Storage in Afghanistan

September 17, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Logos Technologies Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded a $21,011,727 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project, “Wide Area Video Image Storage Techniques.” This order provides three Kestrel Systems and integration support as well as field service representatives, operators, analysts, and trainers to support the Persistent Threat Detection System outside the continental United States deployed systems. The work will be performed in Afghanistan, Fairfax, Virginia, and Raleigh, North Carolina, and is expected to be completed in October 2013. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity. 

Neany to Support Persistent Surveillance in Afghanistan

September 17, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Neany Incorporated, Hollywood, Maryland, is being awarded a $13,331,687 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide continuing operator support services to Persistent Ground Surveillance System operators, field service representatives and technicians for the U.S. Army. Work will be performed in various forward operating bases located in Afghanistan, Hollywood, Maryland, and Yuma, Arizona, and is expected to be completed in February 2013. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity. 

Advancing 
Afghanistan's
 Cybersecurity

September 1, 2012
By Rita Boland
An instructor from Georgia teaches a class to a group of Afghan cyberprofessionals.  
An instructor from Georgia teaches a class to a group of Afghan cyberprofessionals. The Afghans traveled to Turkey as part of a NATO program to improve cyberdefense in their home country.  

Sixteen Afghan cyberprofessionals set out along the fabled Silk Road earlier this year, but unlike those who traversed the routes during times past, they peddled no wares nor carried any desires to conquer. Rather, they journeyed to Turkey in search of skills that will help them turn a developing nation dealing with a vast array of cyberthreats into a place of stability with the technology capabilities necessary in the modern world.

NATO spearheaded this SILK-Afghanistan education effort that allowed Afghan representatives to attend a two-week course at Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (METU). That school was chosen both for its expertise and for the relative ease of logistics in hosting the event in Turkey. The Afghan students work in various institutions in their native nation, including universities in the city of Kabul and in other provinces, the country’s Ministry of Higher Education and the Afghan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Students also were chosen because of their roles in setting up the Afghan national database and because of a desire to enhance cooperation between two ministries in the government.

Insitu Supports ScanEagle Operations in Afganistan

August 22, 2012
By George Seffers

Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a $23,401,476 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for additional 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 land-based 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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