Raytheon Company Integrated Defense Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $26,050,551 cost-plus-fixed fee contract for life cycle engineering and support services for LPD-17 class integrated shipboard electronic systems. This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $132,122,998. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (90 percent); Norfolk, Virginia (4 percent); Pascagoula, Mississippi (2 percent); Mayport, Florida (2 Percent); and Japan (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2019.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, has been awarded a $657,400,000 hybrid contract including firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized contract action for aircraft for the Republic of Korea. Contractor will provide four RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles, two spare engines and the applicable Ground Control Environment elements. Each will contain an Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite. Work will be performed at San Diego, and is expected to be complete by June 28, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
Harris Corporation, Palm Bay, Florida, was awarded a $9,946,851 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research of distributed embedded satellite communications on-the-move terminals. Work will be performed in Palm Bay, Florida (50 percent); Boulder, Colorado (25.20 percent); Torrance, California (23.40 percent); and Aberdeen, Maryland (1.40 percent), with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with two received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $6,700,000, and fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $912,021, are being obligated at the time of the award.
The Boeing Co., Seattle, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $171,169,232 undefinitized modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for the procurement of a P-8A training system in support of the P-8A training requirements for the government of Australia. In addition, this modification will include two operational flight trainers, two weapons tactics trainers, one part task trainer, one training system support center and program/training support. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri (90 percent), and Tampa, Florida (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018.
CACI-Athena Inc., Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded a $38,408,431 firm-fixed-price contract for joint geospatial analytical support services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. The work will be conducted in multiple locations in the United States and overseas and is expected to be complete December 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $500,000 are being obligated at the time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition, with five proposals received. U.S. Special Operations Command is the contracting activity (H92222-15-C-0012).
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $308,263,249 firm fixed price modification (P00005) to previously awarded contract FA8615-12-C-6016 to provide the government of Taiwan with 144 Active Electronically Scanned Array radars. Contractor will provide installation on F-16 aircraft and one year of supplier support in Taiwan. Work will be performed in Taiwan and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2021. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
General Atomics Aeronautical, Poway, California, was awarded an $114,598,215 modification (P00006) to contract W58RGZ-14-C-0008 to continue contractor logistics for the Warrior unmanned aircraft system. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $17,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Dec. 16, 2015. Work will be performed in Poway, California, and in Afghanistan. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $7,536,967 modification (P00081) to foreign military sales (Qatar) contract W56HZV-12-G-0010 to procure two Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor system spares in support of the Qatar Armed Forces. Fiscal 2010 other procurement funds in the amount of $7,536,967 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Jan. 31, 2018. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Industry and academia are gearing up to showcase some of the most advanced robotics and research work at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, a competition of robotic systems and software teams developing robots with a goal of helping humans respond to natural and man-made disasters.
Participating teams are developing hardware, software, sensors and human-machine interfaces to enable robots to complete a series of challenges that mirror disaster responses. Competing robots will face degraded physical environments that simulate disaster conditions.
Data Link Solutions LLC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $32,606,821 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Multi-Functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) on Ship (MOS) Lot Four follow-on production (N00039-15-D-0022). The contract covers the fabrication, integration, testing and delivery of up to 12 MOS Lot Four production units for shipboard application. The contract also includes spares related to the aforementioned production.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has released a draft of suggestions and recommended revisions to its cloud computing security requirements guide (SRG), which documents the agency’s cloud security requirements for the Defense Department. When accepted, the new SRG would supersede and rescind the previously published cloud security model.
Infoscitex Corp., Waltham, Massachusetts, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $98,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aerospace systems technologies and simulation-based research and development capabilities. Contractor will provide aerospace systems technology development focused on technology research areas, which include but are not limited to flight-control laws, automation, autonomy, cooperative control and vehicle integrity management.
Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,638,109 cost-plus-fixed-fee option to previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-6294) for the procurement of engineering and technical services associated with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Topic Number N96-278–Technology Infusion Methodology for Commercial Off-the-Shelf-Based Systems and Topic N98-115–Commercial Off-the-Shelf Approach to Information Security. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (40 percent) and the government of the United Kingdom (60 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia, and is expected to complete by December 2018.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $21,619,028 modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-6311) to provide two mission modules and support containers for mission packages that will deploy from and integrate with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The Navy’s plan is to use continuous evaluation of system maturity through a disciplined system engineering framework to improve mission capability in identified mission areas. LCS mission packages will be optimized for flexibility in the littorals.
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a $67,812,302 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-04-C-3146) for integration of capabilities and training system upgrades for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. These include high-altitude, anti-submarine warfare weapon capability, high-altitude, anti-submarine warfare sensor capability and Link-16 network-enabled weapon capability. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington (64 percent); St. Louis (23 percent); and Patuxent River, Maryland (13 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017.
Raytheon IDS, Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $30,192,917 modification (P00006) to a Foreign Military Sales contract (W31P4Q-14-C-0093) to procure engineering services for calendar year 2014 for the Phased Array Tracking Radar Intercept on Target (PATRIOT) system. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,394,897; fiscal 2014 “other” funds in the amount of $10,411,874; fiscal 2014 “other” funds in the amount of $15,878,825; fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,098,815; and fiscal 2015 “other” funds in the amount of $1,408,506, were obligated at the time of the award.
IBM Corp., Bethesda, Maryland, was awarded a $60,424,975 modification (CC0169) to contract (W91QUZ-06-D-0010) to increase the not-to-exceed labor hours and dollars and contract ceiling for information technology services for the Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions contract, which is the Army preferred website and source for the procurement of information technology services and products. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of $370,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is November 30, 2015. Work will be performed at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
The growing technology gap between U.S. forces and their allies and partners could be addressed in part by having allies help establish standards for new systems. The gap, caused by advancing technology progress in U.S. forces, threatens coalition operations by leaving less advanced nations unable to interoperate with their U.S. counterparts.
The economic and military superiority brought about by technological innovation may be disappearing sooner than most people expect. Other countries are educating their students in the very fields the United States used to dominate, and potential rivals are focusing on eliminating the U.S. military’s technological edge.
Adm. Harry B. Harris, USN, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, warned of this process on the final day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu. He described how limitations and distractions have inhibited progress that might have kept the U.S. technology lead secure.
The United States will find it harder to maintain its technological edge in times of fiscal uncertainty and severe budget constraints, said a leading military figure. So, it will need to be innovative about continuing to generate innovation for the foreseeable future.
Speaking on the final day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu, Adm. Harry B. Harris, USN, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, emphasized the importance of innovation in maintaining U.S. military superiority.