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Northrop Grumman to Provide MRAP Networking Kits

May 2, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $27,345,564 firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract for point-of-presence A-Kits (maximum quantity 111) and soldier network extension A-Kits (maximum quantity 525). A-Kits are a critical component of the network vehicle integration upgrade for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) A-ATV. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-D-0065).

MQ-8 to Receive Electronic Warfare Pods

May 2, 2014

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, is being awarded a $10,833,670 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development and integration of a multi-capability pod (MCAP) onto the MQ-8C, including the purchase of two MCAPS and one MCAP Mass Model. The MCAP provides multiple electronic warfare sensors for employment in the littorals. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0011).

Boston Marathon Bombing Lessons Learned

April 30, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Intelligence agencies could have investigated more thoroughly and shared information more effectively, but even if they had performed perfectly, they may not have been able to prevent last year's Boston Marathon bombing, according to a report delivered before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Firms to Provide Technical Support in Multiple Countries

April 29, 2014

SOS International LLC, Reston, Va., (FA5641-14-D-0001); Mission Essential Personnel LLC, Columbus, Ohio, (FA5641-14-D-0002); Digital Management Incorporated, Bethesda, Md., (FA5641-14-D-0003); L-3 National Security Solutions, Reston, Va., (FA5641-14-D-0004); General Dynamics Information Technology, Herndon, Va., (FA5641-14-D-0005); and Decypher Technologies, San Antonio, Texas, (FA5641-14-D-0006), have been awarded a $33 million multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for advisory and assistance services. The contract shall serve as a vehicle to provide broad technical and analytical services to support and improve policy development, decision making and management and administration, as well as improve the operation of systems within the primary using activities' areas of responsibility. Outputs may take the form of information, advice, alternatives, analyses, evaluations, recommendations, training and the day-to-day aid of support personnel needed to complement the government's technical expertise. In addition, the contract serves as a vehicle for non-advisory and assistance service support that is incidental to the advisory and assistance services. Work will be performed in Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States and other in-scope locations, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2015. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency's 764th Specialized Contracting Squadron, Kaiserslautern, Germany, is the contracting activity.

Draper Labs to Support Trident Guidance Systems

April 29, 2014

Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc., Cambridge, Mass, is being awarded a maximum $283,126,264 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, and cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the ongoing acquisition of Trident (D5) MK 6 Guidance System Repair Program with failure verification, test, repair and recertification of inertial measurement units, electronic assemblies, and electronic modules. Fiscal 2014 weapons procurement, Navy contract funds in the amount of $243,150,264 and fiscal 2014 United Kingdom contract funds in the amount of $39,976,000 are being obligated at time of award. Strategic Systems Program, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00030-14-C-0001).

Pentagon's CIO to Resign

April 28, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Teri Takai, the U.S. Defense Department’s chief information officer (CIO), submitted her resignation on Monday, a surprise announcement for some in the Pentagon.

Takai tendered her resignation to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Her last day will be Friday, says Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, USAF, a Defense Department spokesman.

Takai sent a note to her staff Monday announcing her decision. She has been with the Pentagon since 2010, serving as the principal adviser to the defense secretary for information management/information technology and information assurance as well as non-intelligence space systems, critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs, spectrum and telecommunications.

“That is a long time to be serving in a position as demanding as hers,” Col. Pickart says. “It does offer many challenges and many sacrifices.”

He declined to provide additional details behind the surprise announcement but did say it was not the result of any wrongdoing.

If a replacement is not announced by Friday, her senior deputy, David DeVries, currently the deputy CIO for information enterprise, would become the acting Defense Department CIO, Col. Pickart says.

Before coming to the Pentagon, Takai served as CIO for California.

CDW to Provide Laptops for Technology Refresh

April 25, 2014

CDW Government, Vernon Hills, Ill., is being awarded $22,982,965 for delivery order 0024, under a previously awarded requirements contract (M67854-12-D-4153) for a quantity of 19,073 general purpose laptops to support the next-generation enterprise network computer refresh. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Two Firms to Support Air Traffic Control in Southwest Asia

April 25, 2014

Midwest Air Traffic Control Service Inc., Overland Park, Kan. (N65236-14-D-4984) and Readiness Management Support LC, Panama City, Fla. (N65236-14-D-4985), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for firm-fixed-price task orders, performance based contract. The contracts are for the procurement of air traffic management and electronic equipment maintenance services to support air traffic control operations, airfield management, air to ground communications operations and maintenance, surveillance and precision radar systems operations and maintenance, voice communications systems operations and maintenance, and aviation command and control operations and maintenance. The cumulative, estimated ceiling value of the base year is $109,874,600. These contracts include options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative ceiling value of these contracts to an estimated $330,295,200. Work will be performed in Southwest Asia. Work is expected to be completed by April 2015. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

Boeing to Update Poseidon Software

April 25, 2014

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded $8,747,003 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, delivery order 3008 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for software updates in support of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Receives Tactical Control System Contract

April 25, 2014

Raytheon Co., Intelligence, Information and Services, Dulles, Va., is being awarded a $15,844,476 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost contract for non-recurring research and development support for the Tactical Control System (TCS). This effort continues the transition from the TCS baseline into the Unmanned Aerial System Control Segment architecture, integrates modern intuitive controls as identified during testing with fleet operators, automates testing procedures in support of future integration and production, and it supports the software baseline operating in the field. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0049).

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