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DISA Rolls Out Version One of Unclassified Mobility Capability

February 7, 2014
By Henry S. Kenyon

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has deployed the initial version of its unclassified mobility capability, which will provide military and civilian Defense Department personnel with access to a wide selection of mobile devices, applications and services.

Lockheed Awarded GPS III Modification

February 5, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Newtown, Pa., has been awarded a $14,430,612 fixed-price-incentive-firm modification (P00006) for an existing contract (FA8807-13-C-0002) for GPS III long lead material for space vehicles 07 and 08. The contract modification provides for the acquisition of long lead material under the basic contract. The Space and Missile Systems Center Global Positioning Systems Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Cray Awarded Two Super Computer Modifications

February 5, 2014

Cray Inc., Seattle, Wash., was recently awarded two $21,800,000 modification (P0001 and P0002) to contract W912DY-13-G-0022 to acquire balanced, commercially available, production-grade high-performance computing systems to conduct complex, large-scale scientific calculations at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory DoD Supercomputing Resource Center and the Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin to Provide Missile Defense Planner

February 5, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth approximately $8 million to provide an air and missile defense planner that will be integrated into the U.S. Air Force Air Operations Center (AOC), the company recently announced. Lockheed Martin’s planner will link dissimilar weapon and sensor data with map-based planning tools and decision aids that will allow AOC operators to collaboratively plan missions with greater speed and higher confidence. By integrating the missile defense data sources on to a common visualization platform, operators can easily generate and publish planning tactical operations documents to support creation of an area air defense plan. In addition, the planner incorporates an open, non-proprietary software infrastructure that will allow the Air Force to rapidly introduce new capabilities. This open architecture also facilities integration with legacy systems and ultimately helps lower total ownership costs.

Lockheed Martin Modernizes Radar Systems

February 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missions Systems and Training, Liverpool, N.Y., has been awarded an $8,534,310 modification (P00017) on an existing firm-fixed-price contract (FA8217-11-C-0005) for the modernization of AN/FPS-117 Long Range Radars via the Essential Parts Replacement Program. This contract modification provides for the exercise of unpriced options for a quantity of 13 field maintenance equipment kits to provide spare single point failure items in support of the radar site modernizations in Canada, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Awarded REMIS Modification

February 3, 2014

Northrop Grumman Information Technology Inc, Defense Group (formerly Defense Enterprise Solutions), McLean, Va., has been awarded a $26,110,000 modification (P00015) to an existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8770-10-D-0001) for reliability and maintainability information systems (REMIS) sustainment and development services. The contract modification is to increase the total not-to-exceed ceiling amount and add option period I to extend the ordering period for 24 months on the basic contract for legacy information technology services for REMIS. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Jacobs Technology Provides Information Assurance

February 3, 2014

Jacobs Technology, Inc., Lincoln, Mass., has been awarded a $10,657,764 modification (P00019) on an existing cost-plus-fixed -fee and cost-reimbursable contract (FA8721-13-C-0006) to continue providing engineering technical assistance support services, which consists of disciplined systems/specialty engineering and technical/information assurance services, support, and products using established government, contractor, and industry processes. The company also was awarded a $7,712,796 million modification (P00018) on an existing cost-plus-fixed -fee and cost-reimbursable contract (FA8721-13-C-0002). Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Continues Abrams Tank Upgrades

February 3, 2014

The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems $72.7 million under an existing contract to upgrade 12 M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 Systems Enhancement Package (SEP) V2 configuration. The M1A2 SEP V2 includes improved color displays, day and night thermal sights, commander remote operated weapon station (CROWS II), a Thermal Management System (TMS) and a tank-infantry phone. The original multi-year contract was awarded in February 2008, which authorized the upgrade of 435 M1A1 tanks that have been in the Army’s inventory for more than 20 years. General Dynamics is continuing the conversion of the tanks in the Army’s active component to the M1A2 SEP V2 configuration.

Researchers Develop One-of-a-Kind Nanocomputer

January 31, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Scientists and engineers from MITRE Corporation and Harvard University published a paper this week revealing the development of what they call the most dense nanoelectronic system ever built. The ultra-small, ultra-low-power processor could be used for tiny robotics, unmanned vehicles and a broad range of commercial applications, including medical sensors.

QinetiQ Awarded Naval Research Lab Contract

QinetiQ North America, Reston, Va., has announced that it was awarded a three-year, potential $12 million strategic contract for ocean modeling, remote sensing, and physical oceanography programs to support the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. One of the primary projects included in this contract is to continue developing the Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM). HYCOM is a new global, high-resolution ocean prediction system that improves situational awareness and the ability to predict future ocean environments. Another key project is the HYCOM 20-Year Reanalysis Project, which will generate full-resolution historical ocean records from 1992 to the present. Additional projects include predicting Arctic ice parameters, improving sea surface temperature measurements from space, running high-resolution models for expeditionary warfare exercises and satellite calibration.

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