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BAE Awarded Smart Waveform Research and Development Contract

May 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems, Merrimack, N.H., was awarded a $11,943,869 modification to a previously awarded contract for smart waveforms using evasive and adaptive protocols (SWEAP) software/hardware/testbed to demonstrate CommEx's capabilities for recognition, optimization, and mitigation in software-only upgrades using the current processing resources, software upgrades on enhanced processing resources, hardware and antenna upgrades. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $18,245,337. Fiscal 2013 Research and Development funds provided by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the amount of $4,590,234 will be obligated at the time of award. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
 

BAE Supports U.S. Navy Air Warfare Center

May 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $37,760,767 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option for engineering and technical services and supplies for the design, development, integration, test and evaluation, maintenance and logistics support of communication-electronic platform, equipment, systems and subsystems in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Requirements Division. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Air Force Procures Fault Detection System

May 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Total Quality Systems, Roy, Utah, has been awarded a $7,055,753 firm-fixed-price contract for Small Business Innovative Research Phase III Intermittent Fault Detection and Isolation System, which will provide services in support of the development and delivery of an 8448-channel intermittent fault detection and isolation system and an F-16 AN/APG-68 radar system programmable signal processor test program set, including the required interface test adapter. The contracting activity is Air Force Sustainment Center, Hill AFB, Utah.  

Jacobs Technology to Support U.S. Air Force Bases

May 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Jacobs Technology Inc., Lincoln, Mass., was recently awarded two cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursable contract for interim support of services to provide engineering and technology acquisition support services. One contract is valued at  $8,527,294, the other at $14,448,258. The types of services include but are not limited to: engineering services, engineering support, technical support, provisioning and logistics, modeling and simulation, configuration and data management, architectural support, test and evaluation, security engineering and certification, capability based planning, commercial-off-the-shelf integration, integrated master plans and scheduling and technical reviews. Work will be performed at Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB), Mass., with primary geographically separated units at Peterson AFB, Colo.; Langley AFB, Va.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, with an expected completion date of Nov 15, 2013. Contract has a foreign military sales component as the contract requires company to travel overseas for host nation support. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting authority.

Austerity Breeds Innovation

May 16, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

East: Joint Warfighting 2013 Online Show Daily, Day 3
East: Joint Warfighting 2013 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia, wrapped up today with discussions about the challenges in counterinsurgency wars, rapid acquisition and fiscal crisis.
Lt. Col. John A. Nagl, USA (Ret.), author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam, said that U.S. leaders turned away from the lessons that were learned in Vietnam when they began fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was not until Gen. David Patraeus, USA (Ret.), former commander, U.S. Central Command, took over the mission that progress started to be seen in the region. “We can’t afford to get it so far wrong again,” Col. Nagl stated.
 
While some success has been seen in Iraq in terms of stability, the same cannot be said about Afghanistan, he added. Absent American support, the country could still be overtaken by insurgents, and it is yet to be determined if Afghanistan will end up like the Vietnam War or be an “untidy” success like Iraq. “The best we can hope for is an age of unsatisfying wars,” the colonel noted. “Counterinsurgency wars are long and messy, but they are the most likely type of wars we’ll fight in the future.”
 
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sorenson, USA (Ret.), former U.S. Army chief information officer (G-6), led the final panel of the conference. The topic was one that has been hot for some time and is now coming to a boil in light of tightening budgets: acquisition. However, members of the panel did not so much discuss less money as they did an aspect of the issue that has been the focus of numerous panels: how to speed delivery of solutions to warfighters.
 

New Funding Rules Call for New Thinking

May 16, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

Robert O. Work, former undersecretary of the Navy, and current chief executive officer, Center for a New American Security, spoke frankly about the state of the military’s financial circumstances and shared his opinion about the next steps. The final keynote speaker at East: Joint Warfighting 2013 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia, pointed out that this is not the first time the U.S. military has felt a budget crunch and the time for sounding the alarm has not yet arrived. Explaining that fiscal year 2013 is only the third year of a drawdown in funding, Work stated that the cuts have not yet bottomed out.

The most troubling issue may be that the bottom is not yet clearly apparent. However, Work predicted that tight budgets are likely to be around for the next four to nine years, unless something, such as another large national security threat, occurs to change it.

One difference between past and today’s budget cuts is the existence of the all-volunteer military. Personnel expenses are among the highest cost to the U.S. Defense Department. During the Vietnam era, troops were more than willing to leave the service when their military stint was up. However, today, the combination of more opportunities and the country’s economic crisis has resulted in service members who voluntarily joined the military staying in. To add to this conundrum, the department does not want to ask any of these talented, bright people to leave, so the cost of maintaining the military will remain high.

Attempting to balance the budget between what Congress is willing to approve and what the military needs to operate solely by implementing efficiencies “is a bunch of crap,” Work said. “It’s not as easy as people think.” Cutting procurement and research and development spending is the worst approach, he added, because these will only lead to larger expenditures in the future.

Transformation, Coalitions and Interoperability

May 15, 2013
By Maryann Lawlor

 

 

 

Northrop Grumman Awarded $555 Million to Modernize Global Hawk

May 15, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a maximum ceiling $555,600,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Global Hawk modernization. The tasks on each delivery or task order will fall into, but are not limited to, the following categories:  management, including program, business and technical areas; engineering efforts, including configuration management, data management, reliability, availability& maintainability, and related areas of concern such as technical refresh, diminishing manufacturing sources, etc.; studies and analyses; design, development, integration, test and evaluation; retrofit requirements; and integrated logistics support. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

Rockwell Collins to Provide Electronic Radios for Aircraft

May 15, 2013
George I. Seffers

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $9,175,668 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-priced contract to exercise an option for the procurement of AN/ARC-210(V) electronic radios and ancillary equipment for a variety of aircraft. Equipment being procured includes 40 C-12561A/ARC control radio sets; 80 MT-6567/ARC mounting bases; 40 MT-7006 ARC amplifier mounts; 40 AM-7526/ARC high power amplifiers; 40 MX-11745/ARC low noise amplifier (LNA) diplexers with high power radio frequency switches; 4 C-12561A reprogramming kits with universal serial bus (USB) port connectors; and 80 RT-1990(C)/ARC receiver-transmitter. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. 

Three Firms to Support Shore Networks

May 15, 2013
George I. Seffers

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va., is being awarded a potential estimated $79,344,625 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract to support shore networks with sustainment services for the Base Level Information Infrastructure to include project management; engineering, technical and integrated logistics support; configuration management; certification and accreditation and enterprise applications. Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a potential estimated $73,228,573, and Engility Corp., Mt. Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a potential estimated $67,773,004. Fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance, Navy and Fiscal 2013 Other Procurement, Navy funds will be obligated against individual task orders as they are issued, and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

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