Defense Operations

October 27, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The future of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance is purple—or Pentagon parlance for the military services working together in a joint environment. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calls for improved development and the sharing of ISR data and technologies, not just among the U.S. military services, but also with industry and foreign militaries.

October 24, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Defense Department’s experimental “pathfinder” hosted payload satellite program might be the feasible short-term middle ground sought between commercial satellite providers and the federal government, which have haggled over high costs for commercial-based bandwidth services.

October 24, 2014

General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, recently received the Defense Mobile Classified Capability (DMCC) contract from the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the contract, General Dynamics will deliver up to 1,000 Samsung KNOX-enabled Galaxy S4 smartphones provisioned with added GD Protected software for the U.S. government. With these new smartphones, authorized government personnel will be able to make secure phone calls and access classified email.

October 24, 2014

Cobham, Wimborne, United Kingdom, recently announced it has secured the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contract to provide an airborne search and rescue capability in Australia for 12 years from 2016, with aircraft modification and mobilization activity to commence later this year.

October 24, 2014

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $6,643,293 task order (P00003) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0034-14-A-0023) to provide technical support services for the Department of Defense's Chief Information Officer Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Support program. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia, with an expected completion date of Oct. 16, 2015.

October 24, 2014

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $82,917,199 modification (P00852) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire 17 72A Lakota helicopters with airborne radio communications 231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $82,917,199 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this modification, the total cumulative contract value will be $2,660,632,872. Estimated completion date is Jan. 31, 2016. Work will be performed at Columbia, Mississippi.

October 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded a $7,926,639 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition undefinitized contract action (N00019-10-G-0004). This modification is for task order 0506 to procure non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic warfare controller and the MV-22 mission computer.

October 22, 2014

Defense Research Associates Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $23,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity for the Collision Warning Using Existing Sensors (CUES) program. Contractor will commercialize the technology matured under previous efforts by incorporating collision warning capability into fielded aircraft sensor suites without sustaining aircraft modifications.

October 22, 2014

Tapestry Solutions, a Boeing Co., San Diego, is being awarded a $14,074,384 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Navy Tactical Mobile (TacMobile) Systems engineering, test and integration.

October 22, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Information Systems Sector, Communications Division, San Diego, is being awarded a $36,992,663 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-15-D-0038) for Service Software Support Activity (SSA) engineering services for test systems software management, development, and software support; SSA engineering services for the Common Data Link Management System, Next Generation Command and Control Processor and related programs; and software engineering, development, tes

October 20, 2014
By Anthony Robbins

Network modernization is becoming a priority for defense agencies—and for good reason. Much of our defense network infrastructure was conceived 20 years ago and put into place almost a decade ago. While the networks remain the same, the technologies that depend on them have advanced, and innovation can no longer be supported by outdated and ineffective infrastructure.

October 20, 2014

NCI Inc., Reston, Va., has announced that it was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract valued at $125 million for cyber network operations and security support (CNOSS) services for the U.S. Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) G3/5/7. NCI has served NETCOM since 2007, with two predecessor contracts to CNOSS. The new contract has a 12-month base period with two one-year option periods and one six-month option period.

October 15, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
An unmanned boat from Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock operates autonomously during a demonstration of swarmboat technology being developed by the Office of Naval Research.

The U.S. Navy is capitalizing on a first-of-its-kind autonomous technology that can transform just about any surface vessel into an unmanned platform able to protect other ships or “swarm” hostile vessels.

October 15, 2014

L-3 Communications Integrated Systems LP, Waco, Texas, has been awarded an undefinitized contract action not to exceed $68,874,672 for standardization, removal of obsolescence and upgrade program for the Argentine Air Force. Contractor will modify five C-130s to upgrade and enhance their communication, navigation, airworthiness and air traffic management systems. Work will be performed at Waco, Texas, and Cordoba, Argentina, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales.

October 15, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, has been awarded a maximum $8,618,751 firm-fixed-price contract for transmitter receivers. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a three-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is New York, with a Jan. 22, 2017, performance completion date. Using service is Denmark. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 foreign military sales funding. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia (SPRWA1-13-D-2000-THBM). (Awarded Oct.

October 15, 2014

Atlas North America LLC, Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,022,044 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract for depot-level repair, maintenance, modifications, engineering services and spare parts for the AN/ASQ-232 Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) to support the Navy for the currently deployed Airborne Mine Countermeasures legacy systems.

October 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF), which quickly fields technologies to meet urgent warfighter needs, intends by the end of November to open an office in Kuwait that will serve warfighters in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

October 10, 2014

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., San Diego, has announced that it has received an option award valued at $2.2 million to supply AN/ARA-63 Tactical Instrument Landing Systems (TILS) for both the F/A-18E/F/G and E-2D Naval aircraft. The award is an extension to a two-year requirements contract issued by the U.S. Navy. The AN/ARA-63 TILS is a microwave landing system that provides precise elevation and azimuth guidance information necessary for critical aircraft carrier landings.

October 10, 2014

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $12,086,117 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N61340-12-G-0001) for the procurement of two EA-18G Tactical Operational Flight Trainers, one brief/debrief Station, two F/A-18 retrofit kits, spares and associated technical documentation for the government of Australia under the foreign military sales program. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, and is expected to be completed in November 2015.

October 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $37,129,230 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of training spares for Israel and Japan and two full mission simulators in support of Japan’s F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) Air System for pilot training.

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