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Wyle Labs to support DARPA Office

October 30, 2013
George I. Seffers

Wyle Laboratories Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $15,958,394 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide information technology services in support of DARPA's Support Services Office ITS support and services effort. The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va. (HR0011-14-C-0008).

Two Firms Awarded DARPA Endurance Contracts

October 30, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, Calif., has been awarded a $14,622,382 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-14-C-0017) for the Endurance program. Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Akron, Ohio, has been awarded an $11,386,743 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-14-C-0016). The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va.

Raytheon Receives Satellite Communications Contract

October 30, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon, Intelligence and Information Systems, Defense and Civil Missions Solutions, Sterling Va., was awarded an $11,971,245 firm-fixed-price contract for sustainment services supporting the Military Satellite Communications System (MILSATCOM) Global Broadcast System (GBS). This contract provides for operational capability and will sustain uninterrupted GBS to garrisoned and deployed warfighters in the form of mission-essential data and streaming products. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (F8823-14-C-0001).

Leiodos to Support U.S. Army ISR Programs

October 30, 2013
George I. Seffers

Leiodos Inc., McLean, Va., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum amount of $36,717,969 to provide maintenance and logistics services in support of intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance programs. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-14-C-C001).

Boeing Awarded P-8A Trainer Funds

October 30, 2013
George I. Seffers

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $99,606,355 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0022) to incorporate a Maintenance Training Device Suite (MTDS) and Ordnance Load Trainer into the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft Low Rate Initial Production II. The MTDS Suite will include six Virtual Maintenance Trainer Devices and 14 Hardware Type II devices. The Naval Air System Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

New Army Cyber Commander Confronts Personnel, Resource Issues

October 29, 2013
By Max Cacas

The new head of the U.S. Army Cyber Command cites the importance of looking carefully at what cyberwarriors do to determine how best to manage the men and women tasked with protecting the service’s information technology networks. This focus on personnel addresses challenges ranging from retaining talent to ensuring that cyber operations have the best resources—human and technological—for their mission.

Speaking in a media briefing in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, USA, addressed the issue raised by Gen. Keith Alexander USA, head of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, that the disciplines of the signal community, signals intelligence and the cyber community be combined into a “cyberteam community.”

“When you hear this, it’s usually in the context of how you manage a cyberforce, that’s the construct,” Gen. Cardon began. “There are several different ways you can do this in the Army. You can use a skills identifier, you can create a functional area or you can create a separate branch. We have not resolved how we’re going to do this yet.”

With just six weeks on the job under his belt, Gen. Cardon decried “micro-management” efforts by the Army to manage cybersecurity personnel and resources. “I do know that we need to have a way to manage the talent, because it takes a long time to train them. We can’t take the time to train them and then have them for a year and then put them in a regular unit,” he declared. “That would be fiscally irresponsible.” The general went on to say that he is working with Army staff to determine how best to manage the staff under his command.

Boeing to Upgrade P-8A Trainers

October 28, 2013
George I. Seffers

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $26,650,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0022) to incorporate the Test Release 21.1 block software upgrade on eight operational flight trainers, six weapons tactics trainers, three part task trainers, and 44 mission system desktop trainers in support of the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft low rate initial production II. The Naval Air System Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Navy Procures Submarine Imaging Systems

October 28, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Manassas, Va., is being awarded an $8,847,668 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00024-09-C-6247) to exercise an option to procure 20 AN/BVY-1 Integrated Submarine Imaging Systems (ISIS) and associated spares. The ISIS provides mission critical, all-weather, visual, and electronic search, digital image management, indication, warning, and platform architecture interface capabilities. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
 

Lockheed Martin to Support Global Transportation Network

October 28, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, Herndon, Va., has been awarded a minimum $8,340,165 modification (0265-01) on a base contract (SP4701-08-A-0008-0265) for support of fiscal year 2014 operational and sustainment services for the operational infrastructures, applications, and interfaces of the Integrated Data Environment Global Transportation Network Convergence (IGC) programs enterprise data warehouse. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Contracting Services Office, Philadelphia, Pa.

TASC to Research Laser Bioeffects

October 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

TASC Inc., Andover, Md., has been awarded a $35 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Optical Radiation Bioeffects and Safety (ORBS) program. The objective of the ORBS program is to conduct research on kinetic energy systems to assist in transitioning Defense Department technologies. Research efforts will include the following technical areas: novel laser bioeffects, laser eye protection and advanced technology demonstration, and applied high energy laser bioeffects. Basic and applied research will be conducted on optical radiation hazards expected in future combat scenarios with the view toward development of appropriate countermeasures. Contract deliverables include data, hardware and software. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-14-6519).  

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