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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. 

Boeing to Provide Next Generation Jammer for EA-18G Growler

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $17,001,833 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (#2049) against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for phase I of the next generation jammer (NGJ) pod hardware integration in support of the EA-18G aircraft. The phase I hardware integration will ensure the development, preparation and delivery of the aircraft modification design is suitable for the technology development stage of the NGJ pod program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Multiple Firms Awarded Decision Nearly $99 Million C4ISR Contract

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BOSH Global Services, Newport News, Va. (N65236-13-D-5840); Imagine One StraCon Venture LLC, Fort Worth, Texas (N65236-13-D-5841); ISHPI Information Technologies Inc., Mount Pleasant, S.C. (N65236-13-D-5842); Sentek Global, San Diego, Calif. (N65236-13-D-5843); Skylla Engineering Ltd., Humble, Texas (N65236-13-D-5844); and Chugach Federal Solution Inc., Anchorage, Alaska (N65236-13-D-5858) are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price task orders, performance based multiple award contract. The contracts are for the procurement of decision superiority services including the entire spectrum of non-inherently governmental services and solutions (equipment and services) associated with the full system lifecycle support including research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable, and interoperable command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, information operations, enterprise information services and space capabilities. These contracts include options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these multiple award contracts to an estimated $98,764,531. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity. 

Raytheon to Support Saudi Arabia Missile Defense Radars

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Mass. is being awarded a sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee, and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to HQ0147-12-C-0005 under a foreign military sales (FMS) case to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide software updates, contractor logistic support, radar repair and return and technical services on the AN/TPY-2 radars being delivered as part of a whole FMS case as an element of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The value of this effort is $83,785,417. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (HQ0147). 

Lockheed Martin to Provide Nuclear Weapon Security Equipment

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $9,552,979 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide security hardware, associated software, equipment installation, system test, accreditation, certification and delivery of nuclear weapon security system equipment at U.S. Navy Installations. This contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $10,917,152. The Navy's Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00030-13-C-0043).  
 

Rite Solutions to Research Future Submarine Combat Systems

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Rite Solutions Inc., Pawcatuck, Conn., is being awarded a $14,589,640 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed fee contract (N00024-10-C-6258) for engineering services to apply unique human systems integration processes leading to command decision modules and supporting infrastructures, command and control center configurations, and other technical support work associated with Navy submarines, surface and air platforms. This effort is the result of Small Business Innovative Research Topic N05-149 - Combat Systems of the Future. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

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