Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $39,427,558 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide flight test, technical, management, and process support services necessary to update and maintain operational software, vendor software, maintenance-related software, and laboratory support software in support of the MH-60R/S and SH-60B aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-13-D-0011).
General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a $39,455,726 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the MQ-9 Technology Insertion Technical Solution. This contract action will modify MQ-9 Block 5, Ground Control Station (GCS) Block 30 and GCS Block 50 as required to enable integration and testing of the tech insertion capability. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (FA8620-10-G-3038 DO 0041)
Kollmorgen Corp., Northampton, Mass., is being awarded a $9,799,832 cost-plus-fixed-fee basic ordering agreement for engineering and logistics services, refurbishment, overhaul and upgrade in support of the MK 46 Optical Sight System and the MK 20 Electro-optical Sensor components and subcomponents. The Port Hueneme Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity (N00024-11-G-5449).
Advanced Systems Development Inc., Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $6,671,773 modification (P00037) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, option-filled contract (W9124Q-11-F-0020) for information systems operations support services. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $19,681,425. The Army Contracting Command, White Sands Missile Range, N.M., is the contracting activity.
Longbow LLC, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $6,778,000 modification (P00035) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (W58RGZ-10-C-0005) for services in support of the low-rate initial production of Radar Electronics Unit and Unmanned Aerial System Tactical Common Data Link Assembly. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Fairfax, Va., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $16,107,936 for the procurement of information technology and information management services. The Army Corps of Engineers, Winchester, Va., is the contracting activity (W91QUZ-06-D-0002).
Bruker Detection Corp., Billerica, Mass., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-filled contract with a maximum value of $37,940,000 for the procurement of Improved Chemical Point Detection Systems and on-board kits. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W911SR-13-D-0002).
My reflections on C4ISR are flavored by my recent reading of the book “From Pigeons to Tweets” (SIGNAL Magazine, April 2013, page 66) by Lt. Gen. Clarence “Mac” McKnight, USA (Ret.). In his book, Mac recounts the changes in every aspect of the U.S. Army Signal Corps and the defense environment over the course of his long and distinguished career. Most prominent among these changes were the evolution of technology and capability, and what this meant to command and control and intelligence over time. If you haven’t read Mac’s book, I recommend it.
With the nation facing a new atmosphere of austerity and mandated budget cuts, now would seem to be the absolute worst time to target the federal government for defense-related technology contracts. Yet, for one business, tight government funding is more of an opportunity than a challenge.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing new control software to reduce the vulnerability of unmanned systems to cyber attack. This effort is relying on new methods of software development that would eliminate many of the problems inherent in generating high-assurance software.
Scientists at the U.S. Defense Department’s top research and development agency are seeking the best new ideas to provide a larger-scale mobile network to support an increasing array of bandwidth-hungry mobile computing devices for warfighters.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for new technical approaches that would expand the number and capacity of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) nodes available in the field.
Researchers at one of the premier national laboratories in the United States are prepared to hand the Defense Department a prototype system that compresses imagery without losing the quality of vital data. The system reduces the volume of information; allows imagery to be transmitted long distances, even across faulty communications links; and allows the data to be analyzed more efficiently and effectively.
Researchers are developing new ways of enabling troops inside personnel carriers to see their outside environment without increasing their vulnerability to hostile fire. The goal is to provide enhanced 360-degree situational awareness from sensors installed on a vehicle as well as from other off-board cameras in the area.
U.S. Air Force officials are upgrading the battle command system used for managing all airborne platforms, including fighters, bombers, tankers, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters and cruise missiles. The modernized system will provide warfighters with faster access to real-time operations and intelligence information, better planning and collaboration tools and enhanced situational awareness while dramatically reducing sustainment costs.
The U.S. Navy’s Next-Generation Enterprise Network will introduce a host of new capabilities for users when it is implemented. These improvements will become apparent over time as the system’s flexibility allows for technology upgrades and operational innovation on the part of its users.
The steady march toward the U.S. Navy’s Next-Generation Enterprise Network underwent a leap ahead as the U.S. Marines undertook a full transition before the contract for the new system even was awarded. The multiyear effort saw the Corps methodically absorb functions of the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet predecessor so the service was positioned for a smooth adoption of the new network.