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Boeing Awarded Signals Intelligence Funds

May 2, 2014

Boeing has received its first production order for the Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment (SSEE) Modifications program from the U.S. Navy, as well as a fifth order for SSEE Increment F systems, six for the U.S. Navy and four that will support the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. The modifications will advance maritime forces’ ability to detect, geolocate and exploit signals sent by potential threats on selected SSEE Increment E and F systems. The fifth order for the current system will bring SSEE's real-time capabilities to a U.S. ally for the first time.  

DARPA Awards BLADE Phase 3 Contract

May 2, 2014

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technologies Lab, Cherry Hill, N.J., has been awarded a $13,362,252 modification (P00016) to previously awarded contract (HR0011-11-C-0033) to incorporate new add work, Phase 3, to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Behavioral Learning for Adaptive Electronic Warfare (BLADE) program. The modification brings the estimated face value of the contract to $29,367,326 from $16,005,074. The objectives of the Phase 3 BLADE program are to refine and technically mature algorithms and software developed during Phase 2 of the program and to apply them in tactically relevant environments and timeframes on tactical military electronic attack platforms. The program will culminate in over-the-air and on-the-move testing and valuation of the BLADE system in an operationally representative environment. The contracting activity is DARPA, Arlington, Virginia.

Northrop Grumman to Develop Global Hawk Radar

May 2, 2014

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, El Segundo, Calif., has been awarded a $6,567,841 modification (P00264) to F19628-00-C-0100 for radar system development and demonstration schedule extension. The contract modification is for Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) radar system development and demonstration alignment with the Global Hawk Block 40 program schedule. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massacusetts, is the contracting activity.

Logos to Support Kestrel Surveillance in Afghanistan

May 2, 2014

Logos Technologies Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $23,648,907 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for field service representatives, operators and analysts required to support Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems Kestrel systems deployed outside of the continental United States for the U.S. Army. Work will be performed in Fairfax; Afghanistan; and Raleigh, North Carolina, and is expected to be completed in December. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-14-C-0196).

U.S. Navy Procures Seasparrow Laser Range Finder

May 2, 2014

Ball Aerospace Technologies Incorporated, Boulder, Colorado, is being awarded a $23,933,170 firm-fixed-price contract for "Stalker" or long-range electro-optical/infrared/laser range finder (SLREOSS) production. SLREOSS is used with the NATO Seasparrow Missile System MK 57 on the MK 9 Tracker Illuminator System. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-14-C-5412).

Longbow to Provide Tactical Data Link Technology

May 2, 2014

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $25,197,219 modification (P00006) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0049 for the production of 17 radar electronics units and unmanned aerial system tactical common data link assemblies, a P4.00 software upgrade, and associated gold standard hardware for production testing. Army Contracting Command, Redstone, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Kongsberg Supports Remotely Operated Weapon Station

May 2, 2014

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Kongsberg, Norway, was awarded a $29,702,000 modification (P00079) to contract W15QKN-12-C-0103 for depot support for the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

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.

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