Defense Operations

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 am

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 evaluat

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

December 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers
The X-47B unmanned air vehicle takes off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. The U.S. Navy recently conducted the fifth series of at-sea tests, proving that a manned and unmanned aircraft can maintain a takeoff and landing pattern aboard an aircraft carrier.

U.S. Navy officials have, for the first time, proved that the unmanned X-47B aircraft and an F/A-18 Hornet can operate at the same time within the same aircraft carrier-controlled landing pattern. Manned and unmanned aircraft flying from the same flight deck may change the way warfighters operate in the decades to come.

 

December 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

A developmental U.S. Navy project aims to provide a creative solution to the challenge of how to move unmanned underwater vehicles to their proper point for submersion. The project is creating a bio-inspired seacraft that will use flight to reach its destinations.

December 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
CERDEC officials are investing in nine key initiatives they believe will enable U.S. forces to continue to dominate on the battlefield.

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.

November 3, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Navy’s Task Force Cyber Awakening, which was established in July, is expected to deliver its first report to the service’s leadership this month, task force officials say. The report will include recommendations for improving the service’s cyber posture, both ashore and afloat.

November 3, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Virginia, has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-15-C-0020) for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) research project with a Phase 1 total amount of $7,174,748. Phase 1 of the contract is the first of a three-phase program and has a period of performance of 10 months. Fiscal 2014 research and development funds in the amount of $4,618,063 have been applied to Phase 1 at the time of award. Work will be performed in Dulles, Virginia, with an expected completion date of Aug. 31, 2015.

November 3, 2014

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, was awarded a $35,545,211 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only contract for engineering and technical services to support the Navy in developing, assessing, upgrading and modernizing the Persistent Littoral Undersea Surveillance program, the Digital Acoustic Communications development program, the Remote Environmental Measuring Units (REMUS) Autonomous Undersea Vehicle program, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal "Fast Track" program, development and operation

October 31, 2014

NCI Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, recently announced it was awarded three firm-fixed price task orders and one cost-plus-fixed-fee task order aggregating $10.9 million under the Total Engineering and Information Systems III contract for information technology services in support of the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command. These task orders represent both new and follow-on work for NCI at U.S. Army locations worldwide, and each task order consists of a 12-month base period and one option year.

October 31, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, has been awarded a $16,064,628 modification to exercise an option on a delivery order (0113) for an existing basic ordering agreement (FA8620-10-G-3038) for France's MQ-9 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) Phase 2. Contractor will provide an additional period of CLS for the French Air Force. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and Niamey, Niger, and is expected to be completed by October 31, 2015. This modification is 100 percent foreign military sales for France.

October 29, 2014
George I. Seffers

The Defense Department is expected very soon to release a new policy revising the role DISA plays in brokering cloud services. The changes are designed to speed cloud service acquisitions. DISA no longer will be the sole acquisition agency, but it will continue to ensure network access to cloud service providers is secure and reliable, agency officials say.

October 29, 2014

Rockwell Collins Incorporated Government Systems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $101,069,955 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of AN/ARC-210 electronic protection radio equipment in support of domestic and foreign military sales (FMS) aircraft.

October 29, 2014

Credence Management Solutions LLC, Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $29,852,448 cost-reimbursable contract for advisory and assistance services (A&AS) for the Battle Management Directorate–Distributed Common Ground System. Contractor will provide A&AS support for all the weapon systems, platforms, cells and capabilities managed by the C21SR Division in support of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Battle Management.

October 29, 2014

Boeing Company, Defense Space and Security division, Kent, Washington, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $25,640,000 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee for the Japan Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) mission control unit design and production program to upgrade four E-767 aircraft and three ground support facilities.

October 29, 2014

Stellar Science Ltd., Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been awarded a $7,429,454 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for research and development on the Directed Energy High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute. Contractor will develop a capability to perform end-to-end simulations of all directed energy weapon (DEW) systems by integrating laser source, target effects, ancillary system components and propagation simulations along with directed energy (DE) platform system, engagement and mission level models.

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