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Two Firms to Support Ocean Testing with Remotely Operated Vehicles

April 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Eclipse Group Inc., Annapolis, Md., is being awarded a $22,879,990 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract for operational and logistics support for ocean testing and related at sea projects. Seaward Services Inc., New Albany, Ind., is being awarded a $21,849,824. The contractors will be required to provide operational support personnel and specialized equipment such as remotely operated vehicles, diving services, aircraft support, specialized mobilization equipment and vessels with crews and provisioning in support of open ocean sea tests. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, R.I., is the contracting activity. 

Computing Infrastructure Support Contracts Valued at Potential $249 Million

April 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Atlas Technologies Inc., North Charleston, S.C.; Ausgar Technologies Inc., San Diego, Calif.; By Light Professional IT Services Inc., Arlington, Va.; Cambridge International Systems Inc., Arlington, Va.; Case, LLC., Alexandria, Va.; DKW Communications Inc., Washington, D.C.; Dynamic Network Enterprises, Stafford, Va.; KinetX Inc., Tempe, Ariz.; Professional Software Engineering Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.; and Trace Systems Inc., McLean, Va., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus fixed-fee, performance-based contract with provisions for fixed-price-incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price task orders. The contracts are for the procurement of transport and computing infrastructure support services including the entire spectrum of non-inherently governmental services and solutions (equipment and services) associated with the full system lifecycle support including research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable, and interoperable command, control, communication, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, information operations, enterprise information services and space capabilities. The cumulative, estimated value (ceiling) of the base year is $49,918,000. These contracts include options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value (ceiling) of these contracts to an estimated $249,590,000. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

Guest Blog: Lowering Walls and Blurring Lines

April 12, 2013
By Dr. Louis S. Metzger

The latest Incoming column from Lt. Ben Kohlmann, USN, titled “Link Warfighters to Technologists at the Lowest Possible Level” (SIGNAL Magazine, April 2013), resonated with observations I’ve made and conclusions I’ve reached over the years. I’ve been involved with the research and development and acquisition communities for a long time, including serving as the Air Force chief scientist from 1999 to 2001. Perhaps my adding to Lt. Kohlmann’s advice will help it gain additional traction, and stimulate further discussion and activity.

Leveraging technology to provide our military with improved capability requires diverse insights, multiple skills and varied roles. The insights cover current understanding of user needs, the operational environment, and the potential of existing and emerging technology. The skills span science and engineering, contracting, testing and training. And the roles include requirements developer, laboratory investigator, acquirer and support provider. The realities of specialization demand that multiple communities come together to provide all these ingredients. Unfortunately, interpretation of rules, processes and culture have built walls, and suspicion between different communities to the extent that the teamwork and collaboration needed to expeditiously develop and field new capabilities often islacking.

MILCOM Call for Papers Deadline Extended

April 15, 2013

The deadline for submitting technical papers drafts, tutorial proposals and panel proposals for MILCOM ’13 is now April 30, 2013, and the requirement for submitting abstracts has been eliminated.

Lockheed Martin to Enhance MH-60R Data Link Software

April 10, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $13,516,318 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order #4083 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the implementation, integration and testing of MH-60R data link/data fusion enhancements to existing MH-60R capabilities as a software modification. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

Northrop to Research Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solutions

April 10, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $40,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research, development, enhancement, integration, deployment and sustainment the secure access baseline for the EnterpRise multi-level access solutions for the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Intelligence Agency, and other intelligence community and Defense Department customers. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.

Dell to Supply Laptops and Tablets

April 10, 2013
George I. Seffers

Dell, Round Rock, Texas, was awarded a $9,604,789 firm-fixed-price contract for desktop computers and tablets. The Army Contracting Command, Tobyhanna, Pa., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Modifies Mortar Command and Control System Contract

April 10, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Carson, Calif., was awarded a $12,443,001 modification, to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract , for a four-month extension of services in support of Counter Rocket Artillery Mortar Command and Control System. The cumulative total face value of this contract is now $156,052,528. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy Announces 2014 Laser Deployment Plans

April 8, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Citing a series of technological breakthroughs, Navy leaders announced plans April 8 to deploy for the first time a solid-state laser aboard a ship in fiscal year 2014. The Office of Naval Research released a video of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command. LaWS uses commercial fiber solid state lasers and can be directed onto targets from the radar track obtained from a MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon system or other targeting source. Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research, described directed energy initiatives, especially the solid-state laser as “among our highest priority science and technology programs,” adding that the solid-state laser program is "central to our commitment to quickly deliver advanced capabilities to forward-deployed forces.” 

FujiFilm Awarded Digital Imaging Funds

April 8, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
FujiFilm Medical Systems USA Inc., Stamford, Conn., has been awarded a maximum $98,024,868 modification exercising the first option year on a two year base contract with one two-year option and one, one-year option for digital imaging network-picture archive communication system. The modification is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

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