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Aero Thermo Technology Awarded TRIDENT II Guidance System Contract

March 8, 2013
George I. Seffers

Aero Thermo Technology Inc., Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded a potential $20,741,835 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide guidance systems, technical, analytical and program services to support the TRIDENT II Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile guidance systems requirements for strategic systems programs. They will support key guidance system technology development and coordination between the U.S. Navy and the Air Force for current and next generation strategic systems. The Navy and Air Force will conduct closely coordinated strategic ballistic missile technology development and application programs based on recommendations of the U.S. Strategic Command, Defense Planning Guidance, and Nuclear Posture Reviews. Both services invest in research, development, test and evaluation projects to ensure unique, critical design, and development skills relevant to strategic systems remain viable to support current and future ballistic missile requirements. The Navy's Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Draper Labs to Provide Trident Guidance System Electronics

March 8, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Charles Stark Draper Laboratories Inc., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded $257,839,173 to provide Trident II (D5) Guidance System Strategic Program Alteration (SPALT) materials including: labor and consumable material to meet requirements for the guidance system on-going SPALT of MK6 MOD 1; test and procure data package assemblies; and circuit card assembly materials with electronic components. The Navy's Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

Fort Meade to Build New High-performance Computing Center

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Hensel Phelps Kiewit Joint Venture, Chantilly, Va., was awarded a $564,689,000 firm-fixed-price, incrementally-funded contract. This increment is worth $56 million. The award will provide for the design and construction of a high- performance computing center on Fort Meade, Md. Work will be performed in Fort Meade, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2015. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity.

SAIC to Support Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Program Systems

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a potential $74,398,851firm-fixed-price contract for global sustainment of Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Program Systems and associated equipment and software at 66 military installations worldwide. The work to be performed provides for preventive and corrective maintenance to sustain all Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Systems, associated equipment and software. This includes providing centralized comprehensive life cycle sustainment support for all of the hardware, software/firmware and cabling or other signal/data transmission sub-systems necessary for the systems to function as intended. Service call management is also included as part of this requirement. The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman to Sustain Biometrics Database

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Information Systems, McLean, Va., was awarded a $9,784,125 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to exercise the option for systems sustainment in support of the biometrics database. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman to Integrate Radar Warning Receiver Software

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Electronic Systems Sector, Land and Self Protection Systems Division, Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded an $11,665,702 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for software and the integration of that software into the hardware design of the AN/APR-39D(V)2 processor and appropriate antennas and receiver resources in support of various naval aviation platforms. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Provide Digital Signature Capability

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems, Aurora, Colo., is being awarded a $12,099,527 contract modification to provide allowance of digital signatures of critical information exchanges and proof of message origin. The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

U.S. Defense Science Board Calls for Segmented Force Cyber Defense

March 5, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United States quickly must adopt a segmented approach to its military forces to ensure that key elements can survive a comprehensive cyber attack, according to a recently released Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force on Resilient Military Systems. This approach entails a risk reduction strategy that combines deterrence, refocused intelligence capabilities and improved cyber defense. The effort must constitute “a broad systems approach … grounded in its technical and economic feasibility” to face a cyber threat that has “potential consequences similar in some ways to the nuclear threat of the Cold War,” the DSB report says.

The report declares that the United States cannot be confident that its critical information technology systems will work under attack from sophisticated adversaries combining cyber capabilities with conventional military and intelligence assets. In particular, the Defense Department’s dependence on vulnerable information technology “is a magnet” to U.S. opponents. U.S. networks are built on “inherently insecure architectures with increasing use of foreign-built components.” The report states that the department and its contractor base already have sustained “staggering losses” of system design information representing decades of combat knowledge and experience.

No silver bullet exists to eliminate cyberthreats, the report allows. Instead, it recommends an approach analogous to that employed against U-boats in World War II. Risks are not reduced to zero, but the challenge can be contained and managed through broad systems engineering of a spectrum of techniques.

DARPA Awards Structural Logic Contract

March 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
HRL Laboratories L.L.C., Malibu, Calif., is being awarded a $10,150,974 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract under the Structural Logic program, which seeks revolutionary structural designs that make up the basis for modern military platforms and systems by passively adapting to varying loads and simultaneously exhibiting high stiffness and high damping over a wide dynamic range. The goal of the Structural Logic Phase II is to demonstrate that this radically new approach to structural design can be applied to relevant and real world tactical systems. During Phase I of the program a wide range of relevant tactical applications were evaluated for the Structural Logic concepts and technologies including: space, armor, aerodynamic, hydrodynamic and civil engineering structural systems. The government has selected a hydrodynamic application, in particular a high-speed boat for the Phase II demonstration. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity. 

Contractor to Conduct UAV Risk Reduction Flights for Six Countries

March 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Canadian Commercial Corp., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, is being awarded a $9,839,099 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for services and supplies for land and sea-based modeling, testing and risk reduction flights for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia, Spain, Japan, South Korea and Norway. In support of these efforts, the contractor will utilize a Vindicator II System comprised of contractor-owned unmanned air vehicles and high-speed maneuvering unmanned surface vehicles, as well as a contractor-owned helicopter radar signature simulator. The Naval Air Systems Command, Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity.

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