Defense Operations

May 30, 2014

AAI Corp, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $75,010,510 cost-plus-fixed fee contract to support the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, Software Engineering Directorate's Joint System Integration Laboratory for technology integration into the contractor's fleet of unmanned aircraft systems, including the Shadow, and associated ground support equipment to allow the demonstration of enhanced or improved UAS platform, payload, and ground systems performance.

May 30, 2014

Force 3 Inc., Crofton, Maryland, is being awarded a $10,518,147 five-year, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the upgrade and maintenance support of Marine Corps outer routers. This contract contains four one-year options, which if exercised, would being the maximum dollar value to $13,760,881. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-14-D-4400).

May 30, 2014

BAE Systems, Nashua, New Hampshire, was awarded a $447,051,113 modification (P00004) to contract W58RGZ-13-D-0245 to increase the ceiling by the announcement amount for the acquisition of Common Missile Warning Syste

May 29, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
Improvements to the Army's high resolution, 3-D terrain mapping system help troops access the most up-to-date imagery.

U.S. Army researchers improved on the service’s 3-D terrain mapping system by reducing the system’s weight by 250 pounds and making the BuckEye operational from drones. Now they are developing a capability allowing the system to collect data from higher altitudes, covering a larger swath of land and considerably improving the technology’s efficacy, Michael A. Harper, director of the Warfighter Support Directorate at the U.S. Army Geospatial Center, says.

May 28, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Cyber warfare garnered attention and funding earmarks in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal 2015 Defense Department spending bill as lawmakers want to see federal civilian jobs pay more competitive salaries to keep up with the industry work force.

May 27, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $14,220,326 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to operate and sustain the National Cyber Range capability which is designed to allow potentially virulent code to be introduced and studied on the range without compromising the range itself. U.S. Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-14-C-0020).

May 27, 2014

Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Bethesda, Maryland, is being awarded a $23,649,192 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-6272) for systems engineering and integration in support of Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical Systems. These services include requirements synthesis, technical performance parameter derivation, test and validation, and configuration management and control of the submarine fleet electronic interface database.

May 27, 2014

ThalesRaytheonSystems has signed a memorandum of understanding to supply 20 Ground Master 400 (GM400) long-range air defense radars to the Kazakh air force. The agreement provides for the development of GM400 radars for the Kazakh air force by Granit Thales Electronics, a joint venture formed by Thales and SKTB Granit in 2012 under a defense-industry partnership. This radar is designed for both fixed-site operation under a radome and for operations in the field, where it can be deployed in under two hours.

May 27, 2014
By Anthony Robbins

Ongoing budget cuts place the Defense Department in a challenging situation, tasked with continually supporting warfighters on an increasingly tight budget. The most direct route for the department to accomplish mission goals and support warfighters is through information technology innovation.

May 23, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has unveiled a drone and a mini bomb-detecting bot that operate on secure software that officials say make them hack-proof.

May 23, 2014

Engineering Services Network Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia, (ESN) recently announced it was awarded a contract worth up to $24.5 million from the U.S. Navy to support the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Integrated Voice Networks Branch and provide telephony network support. The award is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. If exercised, option periods would bring the potential ceiling value to an estimated $41.2 million.

May 23, 2014

BAE Systems, Nashua, New Hampshire, was awarded a $7,145,241 modification (P00015) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (W58RGZ-13-C-0049) for logistics in support of the Common Missile Warning System.

May 23, 2014

United States Technologies Incorporated, Fair Lawn, New Jersey, is being awarded a $19,122,236 ceiling-priced indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of hardware and modification services for the development, integration and operational support of countermeasure and emitter threat simulator systems for the Airborne Threat Simulation Organization. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity (N68936-14-D-0020).

May 23, 2014

American Systems Corporation, Chantilly, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4986); Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, McLean, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4987); Honeywell Technology Solutions Incoorporated, Columbia, Maryland (N65236-14-D-4988); Ideal Innovations Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia (N65236-14-D-4989); Science Applications I

May 23, 2014

Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace AS, Kongsberg, Norway, was awarded a $49,683,100 modification (P00099) to W15QKN-12-C-0103 to exercise contract line item number 0001 for an additional quantity of M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations (CROWS). The company also was awarded a $37 million modification (P00086) to contract W15QKN-12-C-0103 to exercise the option regarding depot support for the common remotely operated weapons station. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey is the contracting activity.

May 23, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Carson, California, was awarded a $15,890,745 modification (P00088) to contract W31P4Q-07-C-0335 extending the contract period through Nov. 3, 2014 to provide continued supplies, services and maintenance for the counter-rocket artillery mortar command and control system. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

May 23, 2014

ViaSat Incorporated, Carlsbad, California, was awarded a $30,641,786 firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract for Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem (EBEM) production and support to include: (1) fabrication and production delivery of: a. MD-1366(U) Strategic EBEM; b. MD-1366A(U), tactical EBEM; c. ethernet service expansion module; (2) post production software support; (3) hardware maintenance repair; (4) potential capabilities enhancement(s) via engineering change proposals.

May 23, 2014

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $20 million modification (P00004) to FA8810-13-C-00001 for acceleration effort in support of the production of Space-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) 5&6 satellites. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $346,849,435. The contract modification is for planning and production parts including hinges, valves, structures and special test equipment to support the SBIRS GEO 5/6 satellite production.

May 23, 2014

The Boeing Company, St. Louis, has been awarded a $27,685,574 modification (P00058) to FA8678-10-C-0100 for QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) Lot 2. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $158,649,517. The contract modification is for the exercise of the Lot 2 production option under the basic contract. This option is for the purchase of 23 QF-16 FSATs and 23 four-year warranties of the QF-16 Drone-Peculiar Equipment (DPE). The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

May 22, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

It took four decades for Fred Downs to be able to pinch himself with his left hand. Or open a jar. Or turn a key in the front door of his Virginia home. Downs now sports a new prosthetic arm funded by DARPA, and which only last week received Food and Drug Agency approval for commercial use.

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