Defense Operations

May 31, 2013
By Rita Boland

Fort Bliss, Texas, has installed an unusual mircogrid to help power a dining facility on base, introducing a new approach to the U.S. Army’s efforts to find alternatives to traditional power. The technology is intelligent, optimizing energy usage.

May 24, 2013
By Max Cacas

A hand-picked group of Defense Department’s top information technology experts will work with a giant in the cloud computing industry to determine how security will play a part on the military’s migration to the cloud.

May 24, 2013
By Bev Cooper

The lowest price technically acceptable (LPTA) acquisition strategy, which focuses on price over value, has become the dominant approach that agencies are applying to federal contracting. The accelerated transition to this strategy has been fueled by sequestration and the growing need for government to do business at a reduced cost. Contractors are still learning how to operate in this new environment, but many fear that the emphasis on lower cost labor will reduce the expertise of the work force and result in lower levels of effort.

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army awarded a contract to General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Ariz., for 10 vehicle-mounted Tactical Ground Station Lot D systems with an option for 11 additional systems. The TGS system is part of the Distributed Common Ground System-Army, the Army’s primary deployed system for posting, processing and distributing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance  information in real time to intelligence analysts and commanders. The order is valued at $31.5 million with all options exercised.

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Metron Inc., Reston, Va.,is being awarded a $7,287,619 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development of a large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV) to include in-lab integration and testing of autonomy and mission planning software with bench test hardware selected for deployment on the LDUUV. This one-year contract includes two, one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the potential, cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $18,317,018. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is th

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

L-3 Global Communications Solutions, Victor, N.Y., is being awarded an $8,093,065 firm-fixed-price General Services Administration delivery order to acquire Hawkeye III Lite tri-band antennas and Hawkeye diplexer kits for the Deployable Joint Command and Control Rapid Response kits and Sensitive Compartmented Information kits for the expeditionary command and control suite. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $10,530,855. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama Cit

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

FLIR Systems Inc., Billerica, Mass., is being awarded a $10,090,426 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for SEE SPOT III+ Systems, test, teardown and evaluation, repairs, spares and data. The SEE SPOT III+ is a device that provides the user with the ability to view the Special Operations Force Laser Acquisition Markers invisible laser spot in the target scene field view. This contract supports a purchase for the government of Hungary under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Billerica, Mass., and is expected to be completed by May 20

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Columbia, Md., is being awarded a not to exceed $14,240,320 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price provisions for continuation of technical and analytical support services for the Office of Compliance and Assessment.

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $111,512,730 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-only, firm-fixed-price contract for the development, integration and production of AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship Undersea Warfare Systems. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is a Surface Ship Undersea Warfare combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts, and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects and torpedo threats. The contract is for development, integration and product

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded an $113,723,443 advance acquisition contract with fixed-price line items for long lead materials and related support for the full rate production of five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Lot 2 aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting. 

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum value of $8,168,508 for the procurement of affordable phased array sensor systems for air and ground based systems across multiple frequencies. Performance location and type of appropriation will be determined with each order. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $14,606,048 firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract for sensor-sight turrets. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa.

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

BAE Systems, Electronic Systems Division, Wayne, N.J., is being awarded a $7,383,414 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the acquisition of hardware, software, performance enhancements and mainten

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Integration Technologies Group Inc., Falls Church, Va., is being awarded a $20,279,774 firm-fixed-price delivery order under previously awarded contract to provide ONE-NET PC refresh hardware to various locations outside the continental U.S.

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corp., Palm Beach, Fla., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $52,947,551 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to perform maintenance, testing and integration of the Remote Minehunting System with Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission modules and LCS seaframe programs. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

May 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Alutiiq Pacific LLC, Anchorage, Alaska; Securityhunter Inc., Baltimore, Md.; and Split Pine Technologies LLC, Tallahassee, Fla., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for physical security access control at Navy shore installations throughout the world, including joint bases assigned to the Navy. The maximum dollar value including the base period and two option years for all three contracts combined

May 22, 2013
By Max Cacas

Within the next eight months, the U.S. Coast Guard is expected to move to the Defense Department’s enterprise email system, according to Rear Adm. Robert Day Jr., USCG, assistant commandant for command, control, communications, computers and information technology, and director, Coast Guard Cyber Command. The admiral gave the keynote address during the second day of the AFCEA SOLUTIONS Series – George Mason University Symposium, “Critical Issues in C4I.” Adm.

May 22, 2013
By Max Cacas

The term “big data” means different things to different people. To a bank, big data represents the ability to gain business intelligence from financial transactions. To the United States intelligence community, big data’s challenge comes in trying to sift through information from multiple environments in support of the warfighter.

May 21, 2013
By Max Cacas

Effectively dealing with data sets measured in terabytes and petabytes sometimes takes an ecosystem. And at times, that ecosystem is dependent on metadata, a sub-dataset that describes the dataset so that it can be analyzed quickly.

That’s according to Todd Myers, a big data specialist with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), who spoke at the AFCEA SOLUTIONS Series - George Mason University Symposium, "Critical Issues in C4I," on Tuesday.

May 21, 2013
By Max Cacas

When it comes to the U.S. Defense Department’s Joint Information Environment (JIE), it's best to toss out old thinking about information technology programs.

“The JIE is not a program,” David DeVries, deputy chief information officer for information enterprise, Defense Department, stressed. DeVries oversees the effort to tie together the vast information technology resources of the military, providing crucial information to warfighters “at the point where they need it.”

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