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Cyber, Security Focuses for Marine Forces Pacific

June 12, 2013
By Rita Boland

Cyberwarfare is a primary concern for the U.S. Marine Corps as it continues its rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region. With the growing involvement of cyber in every operation along with specific concerns of virtual attacks from large nations in the region, emphasis on the new domain is becoming increasingly important.

Northrop Grumman to Deliver Radar Technology to Five Countries

June 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Electronic Business Segment, Linthicum Heights, Md., has been awarded a maximum $115 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide 16 AN/APG-68 (V)9 radar systems for the Royal Thai Air Force and 22 AN/APG-68 (V)9 radar systems for the Republic of Iraq for a total of 38 radar systems. This foreign military sale also includes spares for the Egyptian Air Force, Royal Moroccan Air Force and Pakistan Air Force. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Rockwell Collins to Support French Air Traffic Control Upgrade

June 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $44,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract to install the KC-135 Global Air Traffic Management Block 40 Upgrade into three KC-135R French Air Force aircraft. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Special Operations Procures Satellite Communications Antennas

June 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

Trivec-Avant Corp., Huntington Beach, Calif., and Antenna Research Associates Inc., Beltsville, Md., were awarded a maximum $10 million, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for nine types of ultrahigh frequency satellite communications antennas to be used in various configurations by special operations forces. The U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. 

Raydon to Deliver Driver Trainer Systems

June 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raydon Corporation, Port Orange, Fla., announced today it was awarded a multi-year contract with a value in excess of $40 million from the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation to design, develop and deliver common driver trainer systems for a variety of tactical vehicles. The Common Driver Trainer system consists of virtual trainers, which will be used to train members of the armed forces in the operation of the combat vehicles being fielded to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and to bases in both Korea and Japan, as well as technical refresh to existing common driver trainer systems fielded through the United States.

White House Flips the Switch on Electric Grid Modernization

June 11, 2013

As part of his effort to build a 21st century infrastructure, U.S. President Barack Obama on June 10 signed a presidential memorandum designed to speed the modernization of the nation’s electric grid. The initiative will help make electricity more reliable, save consumers money on their energy bills and support homegrown American clean energy jobs and industries by making renewable energy easier to access across the country, say White House officials.

The memorandum directs federal agencies to create an integrated pre-application process across the federal government to help identify and address issues before the formal permit application process begins. It also calls for streamlined coordination of permitting processes across the federal, state and tribal governments. In addition, it directs agencies to identify and improve the use of energy corridors on federal lands that are most suitable for electric transmission projects sites, which will help expedite permits while improving environmental and community outcomes. Furthermore, it prioritizes engagement with stakeholders and the public to arrive at the best quality projects with the least conflicts and most support.

U.S. Army Announces Multiple Award Contract Valued at $7 Billion

June 10, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Nexagen Networks Inc., Marlboro, N.J.; Adams Communication and Engineering Technology Inc., Waldorf, Md.; AASKI Technology Inc., Asbury Park, N.J.; Banc 3 Inc., Princeton, N.J.; Data Tactics Corp., McLean, Va.; Rivera Consulting Group Inc., Sellersburg, Ind.; Bowhead Systems Management Inc., Alexandria, Va.; and Blue Canopy Group LLC, Reston, Va.; were awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, multiple-award contract with a maximum value of $7 billion to procure software and systems engineering services in support of the Army's Software Engineering Center. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Longbow to Support Saudi Arabia

June 10, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
 
Longbow LLC, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $39,026,852 modification, to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, foreign-military-sales contract, for the procurement of mast mounted assemblies; fire controls radars; and peculiar ground support equipment. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $333,348,252. This contract is in support of Saudi Arabia. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

Zeta Associates to Upgrade Guardian Eagle X-Midas Systems

June 10, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Zeta Associates Inc., Fairfax, Va., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee with a maximum value of $28,500,000 for the upgrade and production of Guardian Eagle X-Midas V3 systems and related services. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Orders Helmet Sensors

June 10, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Charles F. Day and Associates LLC, Stafford, Va., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum value of $8,023,728 for the field technician services in support of the Generation II Helmet Sensors. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity. 

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