Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $75,980,553 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0004) for the procurement of 252 helmet mounted display systems in support of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and the governments of Japan and Israel. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($33,541,274; 44 percent); the U.S.
Significant changes to the federal acquisition process can come when better attention is paid to the people who make up the work force—or so was the dominate theme expressed by a panel of defense acquisition experts who testified before the House Armed Services Committee.
A new research protocol developed at Stanford University and sponsored by DARPA improves on a previous technological breakthrough, reducing the imaging process that lets neuroscientists visualize a brain across multiple scales from 80 years to 220 days.
BAE Systems Incorporated of Nashua, New Hampshire, was awarded a $9,404,964 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for 512×512 two-color high speed Digital Focal Plane Arrays (DFPAs).
The Boeing Company Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded an $80 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb Increment 1 (SDB 1) technical support. The contractor will provide SDB 1 weapon integration support, including technical support to the designated aircraft system program offices testing, upgrades, program management support, and software updates to the SDB 1 system required to integrate the SBD 1 weapon system with other weapons systems.
STG Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $27,229,337 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with options for information technology support for the 2nd Signal Center Theater Network Operations and Security Center, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, with a completion date of June 30, 2017. The Army Contracting Command, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity (W91RUS-14-C-0015).
Tetrad Digital Integrity, Washington, D.C., is being awarded a $7,801,515 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery contract (N00033-12-D-6505) to exercise a one-year option for information technology services related to information assurance, mobile communication assets, shipboard electronic support and communication security support.
The Defense Department unveiled a first-of-its-kind program that acquisition leaders say will promote better competition, help control program costs and achieve affordable programs; and could lead to an overhaul of the government's Better Buying Power acquisition process.
You don’t hear much old-school military radio traffic anymore. Except for a few front-line radio nets, most radio chatter has been replaced by the endless, silent interplay of text messages, emails and Web postings. With that shift, we have lost an entire dialect of martial radio-speak.
The Defense Department is putting crucial emphasis on fresh ideas from private industry as it shapes the task of better managing the electromagnetic spectrum needed to assemble mission-tailored capabilities to meet military leaders’ needs—all the while coming under federal pressure to possibly renounce valuable wireless frequencies for commercial use.
U.S. Defense Department officials intend to complete a departmentwide spectrum strategy road map this month, which will make more frequencies available to warfighters, provide greater flexibility—especially for international operations—and ultimately allow warfighters to conduct their missions more effectively. At the same time, however, some are suggesting a nationwide strategy to allow for more innovative and effective spectrum management and sharing across government and industry.
The next big breakthrough to affect the U.S. military might come from a different country or industry altogether, and discovering it in emerging stages could provide advantages. Developers with the Defense Department have launched a pilot system that aims to find these potential game changers before they become full-blown trends. Along the way, the research will explore what criteria are necessary to perform such a task.
The U.S. Navy submarine force is moving to use a commercial geospatial information product to provide an integrated data picture to its crew members. The undersea fleet is striving to implement Google Earth as a common geospatial foundation across all systems aboard its submarines.
With the war in Afghanistan winding down, the U.S. Defense Department’s rapid deployment office, which specializes in identifying, developing and quickly fielding game-changing technologies, now will take a more long-term approach. Slightly stretching out the process will offer more flexibility to procure the best possible systems, will present more opportunities for interagency and international cooperation and may cut costs.
The complexities of the U.S. Army’s networks and spectrum allocation processes interfere with the need to reassign units to different tasks, creating major delays and presenting serious challenges.
U.S. Army engineers and scientists are working to eventually equip dismounted soldiers with wearable computers such as Google Glass. The up-and-coming wearables technology is being touted by officials as one of the next game-changers for warriors.
Exelis Incorporated Radar, Reconnaissance and Acoustic Systems, Van Nuys, California, has been awarded a $9,647,241 firm-fixed- price contract for a Ground Control Approach System (GCA). This effort is a new program in support of a foreign military sales case for the Saudi Arabian National Guard. This action will provide a GCA for installation at a Khasham Al An Airbase.
Goodrich Corporation, Westford, Massachusetts, has been awarded an $11 million firm-fixed-price contract for Pakistan DB-110 sustainment effort that includes upgrade capabilities, spare and support equipment. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition, and is 100 percent foreign military sales for Pakistan. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-14-C-4017).
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded a $10,457,663 modification (P00003) exercising the first option period on a seven-month base contract (HR0011-14-C-0014), with one 16-month option period. The contractor shall provide the personnel, equipment, materials, tools, facilities and program management and technical effort to design, develop, integrate, test and deliver the contractual requirements of the program for building two X-Plane aircraft.
Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $7,958,350 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-12-C-0353) to exercise an option for the procurement of logistic services and mission travel in support of the TigerShark persistent surveillance unmanned aerial system. Work will be performed in Afghanistan (92 percent), and Warminster (8 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2015.