Defense Operations

July 30, 2014

SAIC, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $21,593,120 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Department of Navy, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, for highly specialized, comprehensive, analytical training and technical services in direct support of their Fleet Deployment Training Program. Under this effort, the contractor will provide live, virtual and constructive training program support; fleet training academics and instruction support; and training exercise and event support.

July 30, 2014

Remotec, Clinton, Tennessee, is being awarded an $8,801,324 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot level repairs to the MK3 Series Remote Ordnance Neutralization Systems (RONS), and the upgrade and repair of the MK3 Mod 0 to the MK3 Mod 1 System. The MK3 Mod 1 upgrade will improve the serviceability of the robots, increase the availability of the spare parts and increase the capabilities of the robots.

July 30, 2014

L-3 Communications, San Carlos, California, has been awarded a $6,816,326 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery contract for the remanufacture of F-16 Traveling Wave Tubes. Work will be performed at San Carlos, California, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 29, 2016. The Air Force Sustainment Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8251-14-D-0007).

July 30, 2014

SAIC, McLean, Virginia, was awarded an $89,526,485 cost-plus-incentive fee, incrementally funded contract with options, for management and technical support for high-performance computing services, capabilities, infrastructure, and technologies. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Stennis Space Center, Mississippi; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Kihei, Hawaii; Lorton, Virginia; and McLean, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of July 28, 2019. The U.S.

July 30, 2014

Northrop Grumman, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $11,410,533 modification (P00022) to contract W91WAW-12-C-0047 for the oversight of all information technology requirements for developing, administering, maintaining and enhancing automated data and information systems. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $11,410,328 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is July 28, 2015. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C.

July 30, 2014

FLIR Systems Incorporated, Wilsonville, Oregon, was awarded a $7,171,955 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Austria) contract for seven Star Safire 380-High Definition Thermal Imaging Systems, with accessories, training and extended warranty. Work will be performed in Wilsonville, Oregon, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $7,151,174 are being obligated at the time of the award.

July 30, 2014

SAIC, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $10,437,025 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00033-10-D-6506) with firm-fixed-price and/or firm, fixed-price, level-of-effort task orders for information technology ashore operations support services in support of the Military Sealift Command's Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems directorate. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C.

July 28, 2014

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $40,662,000 not-to-exceed contract for the production of one multi-mission signal processor equipment set, ballistic missile defense 4.0.2 equipment and Aegis Weapon System upgraded equipment to support fielding Aegis modernization capabilities to the fleet. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-14-C-5106).

July 28, 2014

Benchmark Contracting Incorporated (dba Cobblestone Construction), Las Vegas, was awarded a $10,643,419 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a remote piloted aircraft mission complex physical protection system, Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada. The Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, is the contracting activity (W912PL-14-C-0012).

July 28, 2014

Archer Western Federal JV, Chicago, was awarded a $30,197,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of an unmanned aerial vehicle launch and recovery complex within restricted airspace. Work will be performed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 21, 2015. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-14-C-0039).

July 28, 2014

Persistent Systems LLC, New York, was awarded a $49 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, incrementally funded contract for the Program Manager for Special Programs office for analysis and support, research and development, procurement and production, sustainment and training. The Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-14-D-0016).

July 23, 2014
By George I. Seffers

DARPA director describes a global shift in the technology environment that poses a national threat.

July 18, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Navy's pet project for a carrier-launched unmanned aerial vehicle came under fire by experts this week, who told a congressional subcommittee that the sea service’s proposal is redundant, already obsolete and will leave naval forces with a vulnerable platform.

July 18, 2014
By George I. Seffers

It’s traditional for journalists to end an interview with some version of the question, “What would you like to add?” On the surface, it is the softest of softball questions, but for one interview, it led to headline news.

July 17, 2014
By George I. Seffers

U.S. representatives from both parties have introduced the Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014, a companion bill to the Senate’s America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973). The bills would bring the U.S. national lab system into the 21st century.

July 17, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General launched Thursday a social media and poster campaign to spread the word of whistleblower protections afforded to defense contractors and subcontractors.

July 16, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab wraps up experiments testing multiple systems, including robots, radios and ship-to-shore transporters in Hawaii.

July 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory join Bechtel BNI to train a new class of cyberdefense professionals. The program is designed to allow the national labs to recruit and rapidly develop cybersecurity specialists who can guide research at their respective institutions and create solutions that meet the cyberdefense needs of private industry.

July 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) primary external advisory board today announced a report calling for the agency to increase its staff of cryptography experts and to implement more explicit processes for ensuring openness and transparency to strengthen its cryptography efforts. In making its recommendations, the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) specifically addressed NIST’s interactions with the National Security Agency (NSA).

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