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Two Firms Awarded Second Generation Infrared Contracts

November 14, 2014

Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas (W909MY-15-D-0001) and DRS Network & Imaging System LLC, Melbourne, Florida (W909MY-15-D-0002), were each awarded a $28,000,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiyear contract for manufacturing, support services, program management, configuration management, quality assurance, test and logistics support of the Horizontal Technology Integration Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared program. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 11, 2016.  Bids were solicited via the Internet, with two received. The Army Contracting Command, Belvoir Div., Alexandria, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy Modifies Coast Reconnaissance Contract

November 14, 2014

Areté Associates, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $11,742,120 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61331-11-C-0007) for one AN/DVS-1 coastal battlefield reconnaissance and analysis (COBRA) Block I low-rate initial production system to support the littoral combat ship mine countermeasures mission. The primary mission of AN/DVS-1 COBRA is to conduct unmanned aerial tactical reconnaissance in littoral battlespace for detection and localization of mine fields and obstacles in the surf zone and beach zone prior to amphibious assault. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by February 2017. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $3,400,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Florida, is the contracting activity.

AMEWAS to Continue Supporting Battlespace Simulation

November 14, 2014

AMEWAS, California, Maryland, is being awarded a $22,500,000 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost plus fixed fee, firm-fixed-price, performance based contract (N00421-04-D-4011) to exercise an option for continuing engineering, manufacturing and technical support services in support of the Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test Department. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland, and is expected to be completed in May 2015. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $6,254,325 will be obligated at time of award, none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

The Bottom Line: Does Military Service Make a Difference?

November 13, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Time spent as a soldier, sailor, Marine, airman or Coast Guardsman—whether it’s four years or 40, on active duty or in the reserves—instills a sense of working toward a common goal that is often rare in the civilian world.

Meggitt Training Wins Marksmanship Simulator Contract

November 12, 2014

Meggitt Training Systems, Suwanee, Georgia, was awarded a $30,575,466 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 670 indoor simulated marksmanship trainers (ISMT), a three-dimensional, simulation-based system for indoor use capable of instructing in basic and advanced marksmanship, shoot/no-shoot judgment, combat marksmanship, supporting arms and weapons employment tactics. The ISMT system will consist of an instructor/operator station, audiovisual system, host computer, input/output network system and weapons. The ISMT systems will be used both within and outside the continental United States. The ISMT will be capable of being deployed on Navy ships and at U.S. embassies. This contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $32,732,081. Work will be performed in Suwanee, Georgia (90 percent) and at multiple Marine Corps Reserve sites (10 percent). Work is expected to be completed November 2019. No funding will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively solicited through the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. Marine Corps Systems Command Supporting Program Manager for Training Systems, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (M67854-15-D-7801). (Awarded Nov. 5, 2014)

 

U.S. Army Modifies Contract for Radio-Equipped Lakotas

November 12, 2014

Airbus Defense and Space Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $71,358,549 modification (P00857) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire UH-72A Lakota helicopters with ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $71,713,665 were obligated at the time of the award. The cumulative total for the contract, with this modification, is $2,734,932,786. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2016. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

DARPA Creates Easier Process to Vie for Biotech Funding

November 6, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Defense Department’s research agency has simplified the process for researchers trying to break into the federal marketplace and earmarked up to $700,000 in seedling funds for cutting-edge biotech ideas.

U.S. Army Ponders 3-D Printed Food For Troops

November 6, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Army has not begun using a 3-D printer for food—yet. But scientists at the Natick Research Center have the idea and the funding to research the potential capabilities of 3-D food printers.

Cyborg Cockroaches Step Up to the Microphone

November 6, 2014
George I. Seffers

NC State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster.

CERDEC Sets Priorities as It Prepares for New Environments

December 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

Article updated December 3, 2014.

With a number of uncertainties coloring their activities, officials at the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center are preparing their program objective memorandum, laying out several key projects and goals for the coming years. The leaders are calibrating efforts to align with expected congressional funding as well as with the capabilities soldiers require for mission success.

For fiscal year 2015, sequestration will not affect that budget timeline; however, fiscal year 2016 presents a different challenge, with possible large cuts to funding. The situation shadows the development of the program objective memorandum for fiscal years 2017 to 2021. Planning programs and budgets for the upcoming years involves making choices about what demands attention in an age of diminished resources and about where resources might remain viable. The autonomous systems command and control and sensing systems, or communications systems that might be on autonomous platforms, is one area of the portfolio undergoing adjustment. “That is something we’re going to have to go back and reinvestigate because there’s been an added incentive—though it’s not been finalized—through the various budgetary processes of re-emphasizing autonomous systems,” explains Robert Zanzalari, associate director, Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC). “That’s a business area that we think we’re going to have to try to go back into if there really is going to be a concerted effort to do more work at the platform level.”

CERDEC has nine strategic initiatives underway. They illustrate what the organization seeks to accomplish for warfighters from a science and technology perspective. They are not ranked in order of importance.

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