InfoReliance Corporation, Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a time-and-materials and firm- fixed-price contract (HDTRA1-14-F-0017) with an estimated maximum amount of $8,932,350 for Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) in support of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Directorate of Information Operations (J-6). The contract award was made off the General Services Administration schedule. There are only six vendors who are licensed to provide MCS; Defense Threat Reduction Agency solicited all six vendors, and received two quotes and one no bid.
The 2013 U.S. Defense Department’s budget woes have been called “the perfect storm,” but it’s time to come out of the storm cellar.
Recent reverses in Iraq and Afghanistan have led some experts, both appointed and self-designated, to complain that the facts on the ground may be bad enough—and they are—but far worse is the ignorance of the U.S. citizenry on what supposedly is really at stake in sand-blasted Mesopotamia or on the stony heights of the Hindu Kush.
The U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center has created a system to streamline testing, rid unneeded and redundant analysis and even eliminate duplicative spending. The new system addresses the challenge of how technological advances to some Army tactical equipment have outpaced improvements program managers can use to test changes to equipment before fielding.
Virtual training for U.S. Army soldiers advanced in both capability and fidelity recently with the release of Virtual Battle Space 3. Designed for units at the company level or below, its flexibility makes it applicable to the range of Army missions, reducing costs and logistics needs for users.
U.S. Army officials envision a future in which ground and air platforms share data and where soldiers at a remote forward-operating base easily can access information from any sensor in the area, including national satellites or reconnaissance aircraft flying overhead.
The U.S. Army’s current tactical network delivers a wide range of capabilities for warfighters, including unprecedented communications on the move. But the complexity can overwhelm commanders who have countless critical tasks to complete and soldiers’ lives in their hands. Future tactical networks will automate many processes and may be smart enough to advise commanders, similar to JARVIS, Iron Man’s computerized assistant.
The United States had a pressing need for a new defense capability. That was what many thought, but as is often the case in a democracy, not all agreed. The debate went on for some time, but it finally was settled, and Congress approved a large sum of money to design and field the new system.
Future wars will be fought not over territory, not over ideals nor even over prestige. Future wars will be based on what creates wealth, according to a former Defense Department official who helped usher the department into the information age.
A U.S. Army team is modernizing legacy cryptographic equipment at bases around the world to safeguard military information shared on already overhauled tactical networks.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mission Systems and Training, Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $11,645,964 undefinitized, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursement contract. This contract provides contractor logistic support for the Iraqi Integrated Air Defense System.
Thales Defense & Security Incorporated, Clarksburg, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $13,437,584 firm-fixed-price contract for purchase of sonar transducers. This is a three-year base contract with no option periods. Using military service is Navy. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia (SPRPA1-14-C-Y048).
The Boeing Company, St. Louis, is being awarded $20,753,552 for delivery order 0201 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for non-recurring engineering and associated program management, logistics and spares for the AEA-18G aircraft in support of the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Spin Systems Incorporated, Sterling, Virginia, is being awarded a $8,447,038 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00039-14-D-0009) for the technical refresh and deployment, and operations and sustainment of the Department of Defense Information Technology Portfolio Repository and the Department of the Navy Application and Database Management System information technology platform.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $52,444,840 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for material and services to perform an equivalent flight hours fatigue test to substantiate the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft service life. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0036).
Compliance with Defense Information Systems Agency rules are a must. Break the rules, and companies can lose their applications or have systems removed from the network.
Cyber attacks are high on the Department of Homeland Security’s radar, but increasing reliance on network technology might be making the country more vulnerable to cyberthreats rather than less.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Aerospace Systems, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $3,643,333,802 modification to definitize the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye advanced acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-9999) to a multi-year, fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract. In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of 25 full rate production E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Millennium Engineering and Integration Company, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,528,016 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide mission planning, test execution and operations, data analysis and reporting, software and hardware maintenance/upgrades, and communications and facilities engineering in support of Missile Defense Communications and Operations Node systems in support of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program.
Welkin Sciences, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $9,909,482 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for small business innovative research, phase III contract, for advanced communication technologies. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Division B, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W56KGU-14-C-0008).