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Ultra Electronics to Support Communications Interception in Afghanistan

August 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

Ultra Electronics—Special Operations Technology Inc., Annapolis Junction, Md., was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, option-filled contract with a maximum value of $22,790,011 for the installation, maintenance and operation services in support of communications intercept systems in Afghanistan. The Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W9113M-13-C-0039).

Sonalysts to Provide GPS Training System

August 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

Sonalysts, Waterford, Conn., has been being awarded a $17,149,698 modification (P00038) on a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8806-08-C-0001) for Standard Space Trainer (SST) Global Positioning System Next Generation Operation Control System Mission Specific Vendor Plug-In. The contract modification is for development of a training system to operate within the SST training environment. Space and Missile Systems Center Range and Network Division, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity.        

Progeny to Provide Combat Control System to Australia

August 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $7,050,538 cost-plus-fixed fee contract with firm-fixed-price line items for continued support of the multi-tube weapon simulator (MTWS) and common weapon launcher (CWL) products and services.This procurement will provide the necessary technical services and associated products to support technology improvements and enhanced capabilities for in-service CWL and MTWS systems in support of the AN/BYG-1 combat control system.This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $19,165,448.This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program.The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-13-C-6259).

Woolpert to Develop Camera Co-Collection System

August 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

Woolpert Inc., Dayton, Ohio, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract with a maximum value of $9,485,996 for the development of a camera co-collection system. Fiscal 2012 research, development, testing and engineering funds are being obligated on this award. The Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity (W5J9CQ-13-C-0010).

Rockwell Collins to Provide Advanced GPS Receiver to Saudi Arabia

August 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

Rockwell Collins Industries, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-filled, multi-year, foreign military sales contract with a maximum value of $29,601,551 for the testing and delivery of the Multi-Lingual Vehicular MicroDAGR systems and related services. This FMS contract is in support of Saudi Arabia. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-13-C-D018).

U.S. Army Modifies Counter-IED Contract

August 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

SRCTec Inc., Syracuse, N.Y., was awarded a $59,300,000 modification (P00025) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (W15P7T-09-D-M615) for the procurement of spare parts for the Duke System that counters radio control improvised explosive devices. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $788,903,561. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity.

Carter Calls for Cuts

August 6, 2013

 

At the direction of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Ashton Carter, deputy secretary of defense, has ordered a 20 percent reduction in headquarters management spending throughout the U.S. Defense Department. The cuts apply to all higher headquarters staff, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense Principal Staff Assistants (PSAs) and their defense agency staffs, the Joint Staff, and Service Secretary and Service Chief staffs.

The 20 percent decrease applies to civilian personnel working at headquarters and associated costs, including contract services, facilities and information technology. While military personnel are not part of headquarters budgets, organizations have been directed to strive for a goal of 20 percent decrease in military personnel billets on headquarters staffs. Carter encouraged senior managers to ensure that cuts are made “aggressively and as soon as possible” to eliminate uncertainty for employees and contractors. When possible, some reductions should be made in fiscal year 2014; however, the guideline is to make them proportionately beginning with a fifth of the cut occurring in fiscal year 2015.

Carter has asked that departments submit their reduction plans with their Program Objective Memorandum, which are due on September 23, 2013.

 

JIE Reaches Initial Operational Capability

August 6, 2013

 

The U.S. Defense Department’s Joint Information Environment (JIE) achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on July 31. The JIE is the largest restructuring of information technology management in the military’s history. At the end of the project, personnel will have access to a secure joint environment made up of a shared information technology infrastructure, a single security architecture and enterprise services.

The environment is now available across U.S. European and Africa commands and is managed by the first Enterprise Operations Center, Stuttgart, Germany. The IOC is a validation of the processes and relationships the department will use to support center operations as the environment matures.

 

Boeing Awarded $2 Billion for P-8A Poseidon Low-rate Production

August 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $2,042,060,385 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-12-C-0112) for the procurement of 13 P-8A multi-mission maritime low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot IV aircraft and 13 ancillary mission equipment kits in support of the LRIP Lot IV aircraft. In addition this modification includes procurement for one lot of diminishing manufacturing sources and long-lead parts associated with the manufacture of 16 P-8A full-rate production Lot I aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Lockheed Wins $223 Million Korea Night Vision Contract

August 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin–Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract with a maximum value of $223,310,000 for the procurement of Modernized-Target Acquisition Designations Sight pilot night vision sensors and related services in support of Korea. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-13-C-0104). 

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