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Lockheed Martin Awarded C-5 Software Sustainment Contract

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Ga., has been awarded a $27,922,289 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with provision to issue cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement-no-fee contract for the sustainment of C-5 software and the software integration laboratory, engineering support, and to provide an emergency operational flight plan. The cumulative total face value for this acquisition is $27,922,289. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/C-5 Galaxy Center, Robins Air force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity. 

FLIR Wins Hand-Held Imager Contract

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
FLIR Systems Inc., Billerica, Mass., is being awarded a $42,657,995 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Hand Held Imager-Miniaturized Long Range systems and associated support. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity. 

Raytheon Receives PATRIOT Missile Contract Modification

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Andover, Mass., was awarded a $10,393,270 modification, to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Radar Digital Processor Upgrade Kits for the PATRIOT missile system. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

STG Awarded Information Technology Contract Modification

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
STG Inc., Reston, Va., was awarded a $16,600,208 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for information technology services and support. The cumulative total value of this contract is $32,980,349. The Army Contracting Command, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is the contracting activity. 

Exelis Receives Research and Development Contract Modification

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Exelis Inc., Clifton, N.J., has been awarded a $16 million modification that increases the current indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract ceiling to $40,900,000 for research and development under the Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Research program to continue crucial threat assessments, technology evaluations and threat/technology model developments that support critical warfighter needs. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. 

Data Link Solutions to Support Maintenance Wing

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Data Link Solutions LLC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $38,235,386 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract for repair for Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) sustainment and establishment of in-plant MIDS support capability for non-warranty hardware to provide intermediate, depot, and second level repair capability with the 402nd Maintenance Wing (MXW) at Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center. The contracting activity is Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. 

Mercom Awarded Kiowa Tactical Computer Contract

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Mercom Inc., Pawleys Island, S.C., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $7,278,762 for the procurement of DuraCOR 810 tactical computers that will be integrated into the OH-58D Kiowa. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

InSap to Support Red River Army Depot

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
InSap Services Inc., Marlton, N.J., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract with a maximum value of $7,358,188 for the procurement of information technology services in support of the Red River Army Depot Logistic Modernization Program. The Army Contracting Command, Texarkana, Texas, is the contracting activity. 

Holloman Air Force Base to Build Reaper Hangar

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
HEW-Phelps, Austin, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $20,620,000 for the construction of an MQ-9 Maintenance Hangar on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque, N.M., is the contracting activity. 

Streamlining Coalition Mission Network Participation

June 17, 2013
By George I. Seffers

NATO and eight coalition nations participating in the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation and eXamination, eXercise (CWIX) are working to reduce the amount of time it takes to join coalition networks in the future. On average, it took a year or more for a nation to join the Afghan Mission Network, but officials hope to trim that down to a matter of weeks, says Lt. Col, Jenniffer Romero, USAF, the CWIX Future Mission Network focus area lead.

“On average, it was taking a year, maybe 18 months, for a nation to join the Afghan Mission Network, and usually we don’t have that much time,” says Col. Romero, who also serves as the chief, cyber assessments for the U.S. Joint Staff J6 Command, Control, Communications and Computers Assessments Division.

The network for future operations will be a federated network modeled after the Afghan Mission Network, for which NATO offered the core infrastructure that participating nations could connect with using their own networks. Col. Romero explains that the goal is to have core services up and running on “day zero,” which she defines as the day pre-deployment orders drop. “Our goal is for the lead nation or lead organization to have the core up and running on that day and for people to be able to join within weeks as opposed to months and months,” she says.

To streamline the process, officials are creating templates of instructions for joining future coalition networks, which NATO officials refer to as the Future Mission Network and U.S. officials dub the Mission Partner Environment. For the CWIX exercise, which runs from June 3-20, they have built a mission network that includes core services such as voice, chat, email and document handling. “We’re assessing those core enterprise services on a future mission network that was built for CWIX 13 specifically for that purpose,” the colonel states.

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