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Airtec to Support Southern Command Airborne Sensors

September 30, 2014

Airtec Incorporated, California, Maryland, is being awarded a $12,485,799 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to provide operations, maintenance and developmental test and evaluation services on a contractor-owned/contractor-operated Bombardier DHC-8/200 multi-sensor aircraft in support of the U.S. Army Southern Command's flight missions. Work will be performed in Bogota, Columbia, and is expected to be completed in June 2015. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-14-D-0030).

Boeing Receives P-8A Funds

September 30, 2014

The Boeing Company, Seattle, is being awarded a $43,283,263 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for integrated logistics and contractor services in support of the P-8A Poseidon Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft. The company also has been awarded an $11,757,200 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for training specific data storage architecture updates and upgrades in support of the P-8A Poseidon Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft, to include hardware, software, and integration. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

DRS Awarded Navy Technology Insertion Contract for U.S. and Australia

September 30, 2014

DRS Laurel Technologies, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $171,065,633 fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the development, integration and production of technology insertion hardware (TIH). TIH is the latest generation of display, processor, and network requirements for combat control and sonar systems for U.S. Navy submarines. Equipment will provide modernization and upgrade of systems currently installed on SSN 688i, SSBN, SSGN, Seawolf, Virginia class, and Ohio Replacement submarines, as well as installation of initial systems for new construction Virginia class submarines. This contract includes an option, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $384,340,759. The option combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (94.2 percent), and the government of Australia (5.8 percent), under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport, Keyport, Washington, is the contracting activity (N00253-14-D-0004).

High-Tech Toys for Expeditionary Forces Showcased at Modern Day Marine Expo

September 25, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Massive tents housed booths with roughly 400 companies pitching the up-and-coming technology to approximately 8,000 attendees at the 2014 Modern Day Marine event held at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. Much of the technology focused on equipping expeditionary forces.

Defense Department to Study Viability of BYOD

September 25, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Department is planning a pilot study to determine the feasibility of a bring-your-own-device program within the department, says Terry Halvorsen, acting chief information officer.

DARPA Launches Project to Develop Prosthetic Limbs That Actually Feel

September 24, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

DARPA, the U.S. Defense Departments' primary research branch, is putting together teams of experts to embark on remarkable technology to make advanced arm prosthetics even more lifelike for amputees—technology that experts hope will send signals to the brain to indicate what the limb is actually feeling.

Rescinding DISA's Cloud Broker Role To Speed Up Process

September 23, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Having a single agency act as the cloud broker for the whole of the U.S. Defense Department's migration to commercial cloud services slowed the process too much, prompting a policy change to divvy up the duties among the services, says the department's acting chief information officer.

Cyber Has a New Look in the U.S. Army

September 23, 2014
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Army officially activated its Cyber Protection Brigade earlier this month, marking the first time the service has had such a unit. As the defensive operations enabled by the brigade ramp up, the Army now also has a cyber branch operating provisionally, which will change the way soldiers are assigned to cyber career fields.

General Dynamics to Support Signal Brigade in Korea

September 23, 2014

General Dynamics Information Technology, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $20,155,487 modification (F40540), exercising option year three, to firm-fixed-price contract (W91QUZ-06-D-0012) for all necessary personnel, equipment, supplies, transportation, tools, materials, supervision and other items, and non-personal services necessary, for command, control, communications and computer information systems operations and maintenance for the 1st Signal Brigade throughout the Republic of Korea. The Army Contracting Command, Yongsan Garrison, Korea, is the contracting activity.

DARPA Modifies Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node Contract

September 23, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $19,267,875 modification (P00002) adding Phase II base period within the general scope of the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-13-C-0096) for the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program. The addition of the TERN Phase II program brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $22,124,645 from $2,856,770. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

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