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Chesapeake Technology Researches Aircraft Flight Planning Algorithms

June 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Chesapeake Technology International Corp., California, Md., is being awarded a $9,849,647 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity small business innovation research phase III contract under Topic N101-019, entitled “Algorithms for Dynamic 4D (3D space with time) Volumetric Calculations and Analysis.” The objective of this SBIR effort is to develop innovative software capabilities that can correctly and efficiently calculate the optimal flight path given the terrain data, aircraft position, flight characteristics, and positions of known threat emitters. This effort is in support of EA-6B Improved Capability III and EA-18G training and simulation products. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Navy Awards Battlespace Awareness and Information Operations Contracts

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Global Infotek Inc., Reston, Va.; Grove Resource Solutions Inc., Frederick, Md.; MANDEX Inc., Fairfax, Va.; and Vickers and Nolan Enterprises, Stafford, Va., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price task orders, performance-based multiple award contract. The contracts are for the procurement of battle-space awareness services including the integration and test of systems focused on the delivery of battlespace awareness, and intelligence capabilities as well as the integrated employment of information operations (IO) capabilities; the development, integration, and test of intelligence, battlespace awareness, and IO applications and dedicated hardware. The cumulative, estimated value (ceiling) of the base year is $19,752,900. These contracts include options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these multiple award contracts to an estimated $98,764,500. Work will be performed worldwide and should be completed by June 2014. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity. 

Boeing Supports Space Based Surveillance System

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
The Boeing Co., Seal Beach, Calif., has been awarded a $10,892,553 cost-plus-award-fee contract modification for contractor logistic support, analysis, and Type III anomaly support for the Space Based Space Surveillance Block 10 System. This modification provides for the exercise of an option for these services, which are provided under the basic contract. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center/Space Superiority Directorate, Los Angeles, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Intific Receives Research and Development Contract

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Intific Inc., Peckville, Pa., has been awarded a $24,960,275 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Plan X intuitive interfaces (PXII) software/hardware. The objective of the PXII effort is to design the overall Plan X visualizations and user experience, including workflows, intuitive views, motion studies, and integrated visual applications. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity. 

Lockheed Martin to Support United Kingdom Tomahawk Systems

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services, King of Prussia, Pa., is being awarded a $7,167,332 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option for software development in support of the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System, including system engineering, software, hardware deployment and support, and management efforts required to field the system. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the United Kingdom under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. 

L-3 to Design Undersea Warfare Training Range

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
L-3 Communications MariPro Inc., Goleta, Calif., is being awarded a $10,195,466 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise two options for design and installation services for an undersea warfare training range (USWTR) off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla., training and support services following delivery of the USWTR, and spares. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla. is the contracting activity.  

Intevac Photonics to Provide Electronic Image Intensifier

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Intevac Photonics Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $27,035,593 for the procurement of electronic image intensifier ship sets and related services. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

iRobot to Provide Robotic Systems and Parts

June 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
iRobot Corp., Bedford, Mass., was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $30 million for the procurement of robotic systems and spare parts. The Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity.

Research Paves Possible Path to Better Batteries

June 13, 2013

Research at the Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, has revealed part of the mechanism by which particles of lithium ions move in and out of lithium iron phosphate (LFP). The findings could lead to improved performance in lithium ion batteries used in aircraft, electric vehicles and electronic equipment.

LFP is the newest, most recent material being used for lithium ion batteries and is considered safer and longer lasting than previously used materials such as lithium cobalt oxide. Until now, scientists did not understand how lithium ions move in and out of LFP while storing and releasing electrical energy. But now, X-ray microcoscopy has revealed that the lithium ions in LFP behave much like popcorn, in that they absorb the lithium one particle at a time as they are discharged. Researchers believe that this observed and recorded behavior explains, in part, the improved performance of LFP. The finding is important to a better understanding of how to construct improved lithium ion batteries using LFP. The research was funded internally by the U.S. Department of Energy and is reported in the journal Nano Letters.
 

 

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.

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