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Southeast Aerospace to Provide T-44 Avionics Upgrade Kits

January 28, 2013
George I. Seffers

Southeast Aerospace Inc., Melbourne, Fla., is being awarded a $9,108,235 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, requirements contract for the purchase of part kits for Avionics System Upgrade (ASU) for the T-44 aircraft. This contract contains two option years, which if exercised, would bring the contract value to $18,275,151. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be provided under individual delivery order. The Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

Alion to Study Radio Frequency Spectrum Reallocation

January 28, 2013
George I. Seffers

Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Va., was awarded a $1.5 million contract by the Spectrum Policy and Programs office, within the Defense Department’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, to study the impact of potentially reallocating or sharing the radio frequency bands between the military and commercial sector. Alion will assist in developing a long-term spectrum strategy that will anticipate, guide and respond to changes in technology, policy and regulation and ensure spectrum access for all current and future military systems. Alion will perform analyses of the potential impacts to defense systems currently using the targeted bands and provide recommendations to Defense Department stakeholders. The task order was awarded through the Weapons Systems Technology Information Analysis Center (WSTIAC) with the period of performance through July 1, 2015. WSTIAC, operated by Alion, is one of nine Defense Technical Information Center Information Analysis Centers.

Lockheed Martin to Produce Ship Multi-Mission Signal Processor Equipment

January 28, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $43,867,055 modification to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract for the production of fiscal 2013 Multi-Mission Signal Processor equipment, Ballistic Missile Defense equipment and associated spares and engineering services for USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51); USS Mitscher (DDG 57), and USS Milius (DDG 69). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity.

SIX3 Awarded Cyber Fast Track Funding

January 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

SIX3 Advanced Systems Inc., Dulles, Va., is being awarded a $7,035,000 contract modification for establishment of program requirements and milestones for Cyber Fast Track Commercial Agreements. The location of the performance is Dulles, Va. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 18, 2014. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.

Argon ST Provides Countermeasure Decoy Technology

January 24, 2012
George I. Seffers

Argon ST Inc., Smithfield, Pa., is being awarded an $8,563,195 firm-fixed-price delivery order modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of eight AN/SLQ-25A/C systems and spares. The AN/SLQ-25A/C is a countermeasure decoy system that provides improved naval defense for current threat torpedoes in support of undersea defensive warfare programs. This contract modification includes purchases for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Exercises Option

January 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) reissued contract HM0176-11-C-0002, for administrative reasons, and exercised option year 2011 simultaneously under reissued contract HM0176-13-C-N002 to NJVC LLC, Chantilly, Va. The Information Technology/Information Services (IT/IS) contract provides the NGA IT Enterprise Operations and Sustainment (O&S) support to NGA IT systems at approximately 170 sites (90 manned/80 unmanned) around the world. The award consists of cost-plus-award-fee (CPAF) and firm-fixed-price (FFP) support. The total CPAF value is $379,945,641; the FFP value is $11,632,110. The period of performance for option year 2011 is Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013. NGA, Springfield, Va, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Supports Hunter Unmanned Aircraft in Afghanistan

January 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Sierra Vista, Ariz., was awarded a $37,275,169 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification of an existing contract to supply logistics and engineering support for the Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System. Work will be performed in Sierra Vista and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 14, 2014. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Combines Key Acquisition Directorates

January 23, 2013
By George I. Seffers

Over the past month, the U.S. Army has consolidated two directorates in an effort to continue improving agile acquisition. Combining the offices is designed to allow more efficient and effective cooperation, enhance long-term planning capabilities and boost the service’s ability to acquire an overall system of systems.

The two directorates—System of Systems Engineering and System of Systems Integration—within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology [ASA(ALT)] have been combined into the Systems of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate. Heidi Shyu, the ASA(ALT), was briefed on the changes earlier this month.

Terry Edwards, who leads the new directorate, explains that under the previous organizational structure, no one was seeing the forest for the trees. “Unfortunately, these two processes weren’t connected optimally. The benefit first, for the Army, is the ability to look at a system of systems across the Army and to bring engineering and integration together,” Edwards says. “Nobody was looking at the system of systems.”

Additionally, he says, the former structure was too focused on the near-term. “The second benefit was to look at not just the near-term focused view of what we do for the Army, but also to look out at how we shape the Army’s architecture to be more capable but also more efficient in how we deliver that capability,” he says.

The ASA(ALT) officials have been developing long-term roadmaps toward the service’s future. “One thing Ms. Shyu has been doing is trying to establish this 30 year roadmap across all of our portfolios. One of the functions of our office will be to look across those portfolios and analyze how they align,” Edwards reveals.

Middle East and African Governments Order Z Backscatter Vans

January 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
American Science and Engineering Inc., Billerica, Mass., recently announced the receipt of orders for five of the company’s top-selling Z Backscatter Vans (ZBV) for Middle East and African government agencies. The ZBV cargo and vehicle screening systems will be used for counterterrorism missions. 

AECOM to Provide Geo-Spatial Services

January 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
AECOM Technical Services Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., is being awarded a $15 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract for plans, studies, project planning documents, geo-spatial information and services, Global Positioning System services and other services at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest area of responsibility. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

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