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GAO Calls for Army to Tweak NIE

August 28, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Army’s Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) is a good idea that is not achieving its potential, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Special Ops Hunts for Psyops Tool

August 26, 2013

The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is seeking radio broadcast systems that can search for and acquire every AM and FM radio station in a region and then broadcast a message across the specific area. This capability would be used to share information simultaneously with residents in locations where unrest or natural or manmade disasters make it difficult to communicate. The synchronous over-broadcast system must be lightweight, able to operate on multiple frequencies and demonstrated at a technology readiness level 8 or higher.

To propose their secure communications system, companies must submit a summary outline not to exceed five pages that describes the performance specifications. Submissions must include name, address, phone and fax numbers, and email address for all points of contact.

This is a sources sought announcement only. If SOCOM decides to acquire one of the proposed systems, a pre-award synopsis will be posted on to pursue procurement.

Calling All Radio Suppliers

August 21, 2013


The U.S. Army is conducting a full and open competition to acquire more quantities of the Rifleman Radio and also will soon open competition for purchasing additional Manpack radios. The draft request for proposals (RFP) seeking solutions from all industry partners for the Rifleman is now available, and an informational industry day will be followed by the release of the formal RFP.

The goal of the new competitions is to decrease costs, increase overall system functionality and reduce the size, weight and power requirements of the radios. One key component is to enable soldiers to communicate from the small unit level to the individual dismounted warfighter. The full and open competition includes technical and field tests of the solutions that current and new industry partners propose.

An indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a five-year ordering period is expected to be awarded to a single vendor for the Rifleman Radio, Army officials say. The service plans to conduct a follow-on competition within the next three to five years for the next generation of the radio, they add.

Contract awards for both radios are scheduled for fiscal year 2014.

General Atomics Awarded Gray Eagle Funds

August 19, 2013
George I. Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, option-eligible, non-multi-year, contract modification (P00094) of $11,423,474.37 with a cumulative maximum value of $156,370,264 in exercise of its option for additional engineering services for the MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems program. The US Army Contracting Command—Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-09-C-0136).

McKesson Technologies Receives Digital Imaging Contract Modification

August 19, 2013
George I. Seffers

McKesson Technologies Inc., Alpharetta, Ga., has been awarded a maximum $29,903,345 modification (P00007) exercising the first option-year period of a two-year base contract (SPM2D1-11-D-8385) with one two-year option and one one-year option periods for digital imaging network-picture archive communication system. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

DeVries: A New Definition for Enterprise Services

August 16, 2013
By Max Cacas

Now that the Joint Information Environment  (JIE) has become one of the top priorities for the Department of Defense information technology officials (see Gaining Consensus on the JIE, June 2013), it is more important than ever to make sure that this new paradigm of extending voice, data and multimedia to the warfighter integrate well with existing enterprise services within the military.  That’s according to David DeVries, the deputy chief information officer for information enterprise with the Defense Department, speaking on a recent edition of the AFCEA Answers  radio program.

“The Joint Information Environment is about moving to more enterprise level things.  But just because I start to consolidate, and I reduce the number of my data centers, and I may reduce the number of my databases, I’m gong to rely more and more on the technology technology innovation to help me to achieve the economies of scale and size,” he says.  In one example, he explains that the challenge is to take existing databases used to support military mission requirements, adapt them to operate in a cloud computing environment, which in turn would allow the database to be used for other, related purposes.

Four Firms Awarded UCLASS Contracts

August 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., El Segundo, Calif., (N00019-13-C-0140), Lockheed Martin Corp., Palmdale, Calif., (N00019-13-C-0141), The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., (N00019-13-C-0142), and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., (N00019-13-C-0143) are each being awarded a $15 million firm-fixed-price contract for a preliminary design review assessment for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Air Vehicle. The objective of the UCLASS system is to enhance aircraft carrier/air wing operations by providing a responsive, world-wide presence via an organic, sea-based Unmanned Aerial System, with persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting, and strike capabilities. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority 

DARPA Awards High-Performance Circuitry Contract

August 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $10,118,368 modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-09-C-0062). Under the Terahertz Electronics (THz) program, the performer shall develop critical device and integration technologies necessary to realize compact, high-performance electronic circuits that operate at a center frequency of 1.03 THz. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity.

Kongsberg Receives Remotely Operated Weapon Contract Modification

August 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, Kongsberg, Norway was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year, contract award modification of $14,786,467 with a cumulative maximum value of $51,094,647 for the M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station system and system spares. This is an award contract modification to exercise options CLIN. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, Picatinny, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-12-C-0103).

AFRL Awards Multiple Target Recognition Contracts

August 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

KEYW Corp., Severn, Md., (FA8650-13-D-1551); Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), McLean, Va., (FA8650-13-D-1552); Raytheon Co., Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, Calif. (FA8650-13-D-1553); and BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Burlington, Mass., (FA8650-13-D-1628), have been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract in the amount of $24,375,000 (shared ceiling for five contracts) for research and development for the Compact Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) and Sustainable Environment (CASE) program. Research is focused on reducing template/database dimensionality and cost for single and multi-phenomenology ATR, while maintaining target identification performance. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is the contracting activity.


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