The latest Incoming column from Lt. Ben Kohlmann, USN, titled “Link Warfighters to Technologists at the Lowest Possible Level” (SIGNAL Magazine, April 2013), resonated with observations I’ve made and conclusions I’ve reached over the years. I’ve been involved with the research and development and acquisition communities for a long time, including serving as the Air Force chief scientist from 1999 to 2001. Perhaps my adding to Lt.
The deadline for submitting technical papers drafts, tutorial proposals and panel proposals for MILCOM ’13 is now April 30, 2013, and the requirement for submitting abstracts has been eliminated.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $13,516,318 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order #4083 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the implementation, integration and testing of MH-60R data link/data fusion enhancements to existing MH-60R capabilities as a software modification. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $40,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research, development, enhancement, integration, deployment and sustainment the secure access baseline for the EnterpRise multi-level access solutions for the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Intelligence Agency, and other intelligence community and Defense Department customers.
Dell, Round Rock, Texas, was awarded a $9,604,789 firm-fixed-price contract for desktop computers and tablets. The Army Contracting Command, Tobyhanna, Pa., is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Carson, Calif., was awarded a $12,443,001 modification, to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract , for a four-month extension of services in support of Counter Rocket Artillery Mortar Command and Control System. The cumulative total face value of this contract is now $156,052,528. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
FujiFilm Medical Systems USA Inc., Stamford, Conn., has been awarded a maximum $98,024,868 modification exercising the first option year on a two year base contract with one two-year option and one, one-year option for digital imaging network-picture archive communication system. The modification is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Ga., is being awarded a $7,340,724 contract modification for incorporation of Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) NexGen Sensors onto HC/MC-130J aircraft. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
CACI-CMS Information Systems Inc., Chantilly, Va., was awarded a $9,705,666 modification, to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to provide program management and engineering services in support of Department of Defense biometric programs. The total cumulative face value of this contract is now $43,357,840. The Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity.
Hologic Inc., Bedford, Mass., has been awarded a maximum $94,182,807 modification exercising the fourth option year on a one-year base contract with seven one-year options for radiology systems, subsystems and components. The modification is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract. Using military services are the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
Future conflicts likely will be fought in degraded information technology environments, which will require the U.S. Navy to develop and exploit new capabilities to continue to operate in contested cyberspace. Technologies such as a flexible information grid, assured timing services and directed energy weapons must be part of the naval information system arsenal if the sea service is to maintain information dominance through the year 2028.
Raytheon, Intelligence and Information Systems, Defense and Civil Missions Solutions, Sterling, Va., is being awarded an $11,795,303 firm-fixed-price contract for sustainment services supporting the Military Satellite Communications System Global Broadcast System. The contracting activity is Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
Computer Sciences Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a potential $19,872,025.08 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide technical and engineering support to Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity Operating Forces Tactical Systems Support Center and the operating forces worldwide with continuous support of fielded tactical command and control, communications and computer (C4) programs.
NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $17,970,662 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for engineering, integration, system maintenance/repair services, and training for the continued development of advanced sensors and systems in support of naval aviation missions of the Special Operations Command. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.
As conflicts become more complex and uncertain in the 21st century, quick pivots to new technologies will become increasingly important. The starting point for this rapid fielding must begin with more frequent, and more relational, lower level warfighter-technologist interaction.