The U.S. Army is standing up a cyber brigade and considering a cyber branch, which has some questioning the future of the service's Signal Corps, but the Signal Corps will survive, Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, USA, the service’s chief information officer, said during a luncheon keynote speech at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2014 conference, Augusta, Georgia. “The Signal Corps will be enduring. It will not be going away,” Gen. Ferrell said. “You’re still going to be required to build, operate and defend the network.
The U.S. Army is building a Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and it will not come cheap, warned Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, the center’s new commanding general.
The U.S. Army may at some point need to allow soldiers to conduct offensive cyberwarfare at the brigade combat team level, according to a panel of chief warrant officers speaking at AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2014, Augusta, Georgia.
U.S. Army officials struggled during AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2014 in Augusta, Georgia, to discuss the future of cyber operations when much of that future is currently unknowable, in large part because no one knows the full effects or challenges of emerging technologies.
U.S. Army officials are laboring to define what the force will look like in 2025. But technologically speaking, it is hard to define anything beyond the next two or three years, said Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, during AFCEA TechNet Augusta held Sept. 9-11, Augusta, Georgia.
All too often, the topic of cyber presents a negative view of vulnerabilities and attacks, but cyber has a positive role to play in national defense, said Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command.
Leidos Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, is being awarded a $6,547,341 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for innovative research and development in the area of Heterogeneous Networking and Advanced Communication Technologies Development and Demonstration. This award is the result of a competitive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency broad agency announcement, with 28 offers received. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity (N65236-14-C-2821).
Harris IT Services Corporation, Dulles, Virginia, has been awarded an $8,207,316 modification (MG0620) to previously awarded contract FA8771-04-D-0003 for network support services. The Space and Missile Systems Center Contracting Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.
L3 Global Communications Solutions Incorporated, Victor, New York, was awarded an $8,402,031 undefinitized contract action for sustainment of the Army's existing combat services support, for very small aperture terminal transmission systems and satellite communications terminals. The Army Contract Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-C-0057).
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $8,879,035 for delivery order 4001 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring efforts for software modifications required for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS II) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast enhancements, including integration of the TAWS II software into the 2018 product line. These services are in support of the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia and Denmark. Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is expected to be completed in October 2017.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $10,482,257 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-13-C-9999) for product support and engineering investigations in support of the full rate production Lot 2 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Incorporated, Rockville, Maryland, has been awarded a $7,530,004 modification (P00365) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and fixed-price-incentive-fee contract FA2521-07-C-0009. Contractor will augment the maintenance capabilities for the Instrumentation Radar Support Program with one-of-a-kind parts and supplies, on-site overhauls and emergency technical support. This contract involves foreign military sales. The 45th Contracting Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
SBD Alliant LLC, Vienna, Virginia, is being awarded a $10,205,502 order (HQ0034-14-F-0182) under General Services Administration's Alliant small business government-wide acquisition hybrid firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials contract GS-06F-0656Z to provide information technology services for the Defense Acquisition University. Washington Headquarters Services, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
LinQuest Corporation, Los Angeles, has announced that the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in El Segundo, California, awarded a $29 million, cost-plus-incentive fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to its existing contract. With this option, the total value of LinQuest's Military Satellite Communications Analysis, Systems Integration, and Engineering Services (MASIES) contract for system engineering and integration support services increases to $154.8 million. Simultaneously, the SMC decided to exercise the MASIES contract’s first option that goes through June 30, 2015.
Science Application International Corporation, McLean, Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0001); Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio (W91CRB-11-D-0002); Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean,Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0003); Exelis Incorporated, Alexandria, Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0004); Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Herndon, Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0005); Wintec Arrowmaker Incorporated, Washington, Maryland (W91CRB-11-D-0006); and Technical and P
Watts Constructors LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded a $38,914,500 firm-fixed-price contract for a satellite communications earth terminal station facility. Work will be performed in San Miguel, California, with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, California, is the contracting activity (W9128-14-C-0040).
A-T Solutions Incorporated, Fredericksburg, Virginia, was awarded a $9,016,253 modification (P00005) to contract W911QX-12-C-0174 for freedom of maneuver for the Afghan national security forces programs. These programs will develop and assess a spiral development and prototyping approach to expedite integration of technical and operational information. These programs will also integrate tactical training and technologies for host nation forces that support counter-improvised explosive devices operations in Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Afghanistan ($7,573,652; 84 percent) and Fredericksburg, Virginia ($1,442,600; 16 percent), with an estimated completion date of March 29, 2015.
The Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, California, was awarded a $6,589,859 modification (P00012) to cost-plus-fixed-fee contract FA8802-14-C-0001, for general life cycle systems engineering and integration for the National Security Space Community. The contractor will provide planning, systems definition and technical specification support. They will also analyze user needs, design and design alternatives, interoperability, manufacturing and quality control. They will assist with test and evaluation, launch support, flight tests, orbital operations and integration of space systems into effective systems of systems.
Cassidian SAS, Elancourt, France, has been awarded a maximum $98 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, with firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursement contract line item numbers for support and sustainment of the Eagle Vision Data Acquisition Segment (DAS). The sustainment effort includes systems support, telephone support, software/hardware maintenance, onsite/emergency support, security accreditation, configuration management, sustaining engineering, spare management, sustainment training and overall program management. The support effort includes sustaining engineering, technical refresh, and the procurement of additional DAS systems.