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3-D Printing in Space Becomes Reality

December 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The 3-D printer recently installed on the International Space Station has printed a replacement part for itself, proving the process works in space and potentially paving the way for long-term space expeditions.

Alion Awarded RDT&E Contract

December 8, 2014

Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $4.5 million contract to research, develop, test and evaluate (RDT&E) leading-edge technologies for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) that will bring enhanced command and control battle management to warfighters. Under the three-year Holistic Waveform Development Kit (HAWK) contract, Alion will design, develop, test and integrate services for the HAWK Advanced Waveform Development Environment Ecosystem, enabling rapid development of software-defined radio (SDR) waveforms. Alion’s work will support more flexibility for SDR systems, so that disparate radio networks can interoperate. Alion also will provide RDT&E and experimentation to improve the FLEX Data Link, an architecture that simultaneously supports multiple high-speed data transmissions from radar and electronic warfare to signals intelligence. The contract runs until September 28, 2017.


Raytheon Awarded JLENS Support Contract

December 8, 2014

Raytheon Integrated Systems Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $12,001,675 firm-fixed-price contract for field and sustainment-level maintenance aiding one Joint Land Elevated Netted System (JLENS) orbit in support of an operational exercise. Work will be performed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, with an estimated completion date of June 4, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with one received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) funds in the amount of $9,001,256 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W9113M-15-C-0001).


DARPA Modifies Security and Intelligence Directorate Support Contract

December 8, 2014

Koniag Information Security Services LLC, Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a ceiling $6,767,577 modification (P00005) exercising the first option period on a one-year base contract (HR0011-14-C-0048), with four one-year option periods for contractor support services for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Security and Intelligence Directorate (SID). The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $13,481,154 from $6,713,577. Work will be performed at DARPA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2015. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,327,343 are being obligated at time of award. DARPA, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.


U.S. Air Force Modifies Space-Based Surveillance Contract

December 8, 2014

The Boeing Co., Seal Beach, California, has been awarded a $12,941,460 modification (P00078) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8819-08-C-0006 to continue logistics support, special studies and local area network sustainment. Contractor will conduct maintenance and operations services for the development and delivery of the logistics infrastructure for the Space-Based Space Surveillance Block 10 System. Work will be performed at Seal Beach, California, and is expected to be completed by June 20, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,322,548 are being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.


Sonatech to Provide Sonar Transducer for United States and Japan

December 8, 2014

Sonatech Inc., doing business as Channel Technologies Group, Santa Barbara, California, is being awarded a $34,384,013 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of TR-343 sonar transducer ship sets. The TR-343 transducer is part of the AN/SQS-53 hull-mounted sonar array assembly, which is a component of the AN/SQQ-89(V) acoustic sonar weapons system. The AN/SQQ-89(V) is a fully integrated surface ship undersea warfare combat system with the capability to search, detect, classify, localize and attack submarine targets. The contract will provide fabrication, assembly, inspection, test and delivery of TR-343 sonar transducer ship sets. The contract will support the new construction of DDG Arleigh Burke-class Navy destroyer ships. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (85 percent) and the government of Japan (15 percent). Work will be performed in Santa Barbara, California, and is expected to be completed by December 2019. Fiscal 2014 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $2,122,489 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-15-D-GP71).


Defense Department's Massive JRSS Effort on Track to Deliver, Halvorsen Says

December 5, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The first wave of testing of the U.S. Defense Department’s joint regional security stacks now underway at military bases in Texas and Europe shows the hardware and software tasked with improved protection of the department’s network, expected to deliver unprecedented cyber situational awareness, is on track to deliver as anticipated, according to the department's acting chief information officer.

Communications Technology Company Expands Production to European, Middle East Markets

November 21, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A mobile operations fusion kit that provides easy, rapid and on-the-go interoperability for mobile field operations and communications will be developed in European and Middle Eastern military markets as well as in the United States.

U.S. Commerce Department Releases Web Tool to Foster Export Law Compliance

November 20, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., today announced the consolidated screening list (CSL), a streamlined collection of nine different screening lists from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury that contains names of individuals and companies with whom a U.S. company may not be allowed to do business due to U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other restrictions.

Disposable Cyber Systems to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

November 19, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman officials say they are developing a new kind of cyber system—a disposable system tailored for a single mission. The concept, they say, will make it more difficult for adversaries to penetrate or maneuver inside user networks.


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