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Iris Technology to Provide Solar Power Adaptors

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers

Iris Technology Corp., Irvine, Calif., is being awarded a $6,622,350 firm-fixed price delivery order under previously awarded contract (M67854-12-D-5049) for the procurement of 1,325 solar power adaptors (SPA II) in support of the Product Manager Expeditionary Power Systems, Program Manager Combat Service Support. The SPA II is planned for use by the various Marine Corps communities in rugged and austere environments to power radios, computers, and charge multiple types of batteries. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Navy Modifies Portal Contract

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers

Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $10,989,287 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-6278) to exercise an option for Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III engineering and technical support services in support of SBIR Topic No.N03-049, “Automation and Work Flow Advances Using Technology Infusions for Manning Reduction.” The concept for this SBIR is for a Navy-wide implementation of portal technology for internal and external information sharing requirements. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Navy Purchases Harris Radios

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers

Harris Corp., RF Communications Division, Rochester, N.Y., is being awarded a $22,117,791 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Harris radios and associated components which will be utilized within the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosive Response enterprise that interfaces with first responders, National Guard teams, military tactical components, law enforcement, and other Department of Defense entities. This contract includes the first delivery order for the procurement of 30 Harris tactical radios and associated components. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-13-D-0019). 

Defense Media Activity Procures Satellite Decoders and Encryption Systems

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers

Bluewater Communications Group LLC, Hauppauge, N.Y., (HQ0516-12-D-0001); Globecomm Systems Inc., Hauppauge, N.Y., (HQ0516-12-D-0002); and TVC Communications LLC, Annville, Penn., (HQ0516-12-D-0003) have been awarded a maximum $45 million firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification exercising the first option year to provide Cisco satellite decoders and HD encryption systems for the Defense Media Activity. The Defense Media Activity, Fort George G. Meade, Md., is the contracting activity. 

BAE Awarded DARPA Contract

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Burlington, Mass., is being awarded a $29,023,781 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-13-C-0075). This award supports the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Insight Program, which is developing an adaptable, integrated human-machine exploitation and resource management system. The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va. 

Lockheed Martin to Deliver Spectral Beam Technology

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Aculight, Bothell, Wash., is being awarded an $11,796,483 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N68936-12-C-0212) to exercise an option under this Phase III Small Business Innovation Research contract to fabricate, test, and deliver a spectral beam combined fiber laser subsystem. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

Booz Allen Hamilton Supports C4 and Electronic Warfare for Saudi Arabia

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $21,743,595 modification (P00009) under previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00189-12-C-Z064) to provide support services in the areas of training and education; engineering; program and financial management; plans and programs; communications, command, control, computers and intelligence and electronic warfare; naval operation; manpower and personnel management; technical support; logistic and supply; English language training; special studies and management support services for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces associated with the Saudi Naval Support Program requirements in the United States and Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia, and McLean, Va. The Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk, Philadelphia Office, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. 

New Touch Technology Has Sensitive Skin

July 26, 2013

Engineers at UC Berkeley have created a system of sensors on flexible plastic that reacts to pressure by lighting up. The new "e-skin" recognizes the amount of pressure and responds with a brighter or dimmer light accordingly.

The technology can be used to give robots a more precise sense of touch and also might be used to create interactive wallpapers or automobile dashboards.

What differentiates the e-skin from other touch sensor networks is its flexibility and interactivity, says Chuan Wang, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University. Wang participated in the research as a post-doctoral student at UC Berkeley, as part of a research team led by Ali Javey. Because the e-skin is pliable, it can be applied as a laminate to other surfaces.



You can view the e-skin in action here:

 

Smartphone Increases Soldier Intelligence

July 26, 2013

10th Mountain Division U.S. Army Rangers and soldiers on the battlefield are now wearing commercial smartphones to communicate with each other and higher commands. Nett Warrior is a Samsung Galaxy Note II with its commercial memory wiped clean and Army-developed software loaded. It displays the locations of fellow soldiers, allows placement of location digital chem-light markers, and enables warfighters to communicate through texting. This information is then relayed to commanders over encrypted tactical radios.

“We are beholden to the commercial industry,” Jason Regnier, project manager, Nett Warrior, PEO Soldier, says. At approximately $700 per unit, buying the devices commercially costs substantially less than procuring similar devices from contractors, he explains.

In addition, the ability to buy newer versions of a device as technology matures means soldiers can transition to up-to-date capabilities as they develop. “So when the Note IIs are gone, they’re gone. Then we’ll have to be ready to buy Note IIIs or whatever it’s going to be,” Regnier relates.

Before the smartphones are integrated into a Net Warrior system, most of the communications capability is disabled, including the cellular antennas and the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. A USB connection with a soldier’s hip-mounted Rifleman Radio enables communication.

U.S. Army Awards $494 Million Information Technology Contract

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Dell Federal Systems LP, Round Rock, Texas, (W91QUZ-07-D-0006); International Business Machine Corp., Bethesda, Md., (W91QUZ-07-D-0007); Unicom Government Inc., Herndon, Va., (W91QUZ-07-D-0008); CDW Government LLC, Vernon Hills, Ill., (W91QUZ-07-D-0009); Iron Bow Technologies LLC, Chantilly, Va., (W91QUZ-07-D-0010); and World Wide Technology Inc., Maryland Heights, Mo., (W91QUZ-07-D-0011); were awarded a firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, task-order contract with a maximum value of $494 million for the hardware, software and related integration services in support of the Information Technology Enterprise Solution-2. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity. 

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