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Games OK for Some Military Forces

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

"Call of Duty" may be a sleeper introductory tool for future military personnel, according to a Marine Corps general.

Marines Aim to Pack Light, Travel Right

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

As the U.S Marine Corps returns to its roots as a rapidly deployable amphibious force, it needs better communications and networking gear that is small and lightweight for the amphibious mission.

Australia Critical to U.S. Pivot to Pacific

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Being longtime allies does not give U.S. forces carte blanche in Australia. The Southern Hemisphere ally is hosting a U.S. Marine Corps detachment, but U.S. forces are treading carefully so as not to upset relations as a new relationship is built.

Corps of Engineers Awards Supercomputer Funds

December 11, 2014

Silicon Graphics Federal Inc., Annapolis Junction, Maryland, was awarded a $30,750,000 modification (P0002) to firm-fixed-price contract W912DY-13-G-0025 to acquire commercially available high-performance computing systems for the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program to conduct complex calculations at the Air Force Research Laboratory Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is July 3, 2019. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

U.S. Army Modifies Apache Night Vision Contract

December 11, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $82,821,104 modification (P00023) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-12-C-0009 to exercise option year three performance based logistics program support for Apache Attack Helicopter modernized target designation sight/pilot night vision sensor equipment. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $82,821,104 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is December 31, 2015. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
 

Lockheed Martin Receives Funds for Advanced Extremely High Frequency System

December 11, 2014

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $12,463,696 modification (P00649) to previously awarded contract F04701-02-C-0002 for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency system. Contractor will provide protected key management architecture (KMA) for installation, integration and factory test of the replacement KMA system with the existing AEHF control and space segments. Work will be performed at Sunnyvale, California; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,979,384 are being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

 

BAE to Provide Identification Friend or Foe Technology to Multiple Countries

December 11, 2014

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, New York, is being awarded a $34,290,601 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 53 AN/APX-117A(V) identification friend or foe (IFF) transponders and 10 AN/APX-118A(V) IFF transponders for the U.S. Navy as well as 661 AN/APX-123A(V) IFF transponders for the U.S. Navy (500), U.S. Army (100), U.S. National Guard (four) and the governments of Qatar (24), Australia (13), Korea (seven), Turkey (seven) and Denmark (six). In addition, this contract provides for procurement of 217 mode 5 change kits and 67 integrations of mode 5 change kits for the U.S. Navy; three mode 4 remote control units for the U.S. Navy (one) and the U.S. National Guard (two); 111 mode 5 RCUs for the U.S. Navy (109) and U.S. National Guard (two). This contract also provides for procurement of 121 IFF mounting, six receiver/transmitters, two single board computers, 20 power supplies, six signal processors, four mode 4 chassis, four mode 5 chassis, seven mode 4/5 with crypto shop replaceable assemblies, one mode 4 with crypto SRA and five dummy receiver transmitter chassis for the U.S. Navy. This award will also procure repairs for 10 AN/APX-117A(V) IFF transponders, 30 AN/APX-118A(V) IFF transponders, 30 AN/APX-123A(V) IFF transponders and five RCUs for the U.S.

Raytheon Awarded F/A-18 FLIR Repair Funds

December 11, 2014

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $64,066,288 for ceiling priced delivery order 7000 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00383-15-G-005D for the repair of 25 weapon repairable assemblies and 35 shop replaceable assemblies of the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system used in the support of the F/A-18 aircraft. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas (77.2 percent); Jacksonville, Florida (19.9 percent); and El Segundo, California (2.9 percent); and work is expected to be completed by December 2016. Fiscal 2015 Navy working capital funds in the amount of $48,049,716 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole-source requirement in accordance with 10 USC 2304 (c)(1) with one offer received in response to the solicitation. NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, is the contracting activity.

 

U.S. Army Pacific Improves via Industry Innovation

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Army Pacific has a plan—coordinated with an overall Army modernization effort—to incorporate commercial innovation into its force to overcome many of the challenges it faces in the vast Asia-Pacific region.

Achieving Mission Partner Environment Poses Complex Challenges

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Creating an effective mission partner environment (MPE) is a daunting task entwined with that of the Joint Information Environment.

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