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Northrop Supports E-2D Hawkeye

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded $11,655,626 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #0009 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-10-G-0021) for the design, development, first article, and production units for ten pieces of peculiar support equipment (PSE); and the procurement of 29 additional pieces of previously developed PSE for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Receives Airborne Sonar Funds

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, R.I., has been awarded a maximum $45,179,000 undefinitized contractual action (5026) against basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-09-G-001Y) for the manufacture and delivery of airborne low frequency sonar helicopter dipping sonar systems. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa.

BAE Continues to Support Perimeter Defense Radar

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Rockville, Md., has been awarded a $7,300,000 modification (P00106) to previously awarded contract (FA2517-09-C-8000) for the fifth option-year renewal. BAE shall provide non-personal services to operate, maintain, and support the perimeter acquisition radar attack characterization system and site. The 21st Contracting Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity.

NATO Forwards Biometrics

September 17, 2013
By Rita Boland

NATO is investing time, talent and treasure into advancing biometrics, Col. Bernard Wulfse, Dutch Army, commander, Joint Task Force Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED), explained at the Biometric Consortium Conference. The alliance has named biometrics a critical capability shortfall to address. Key to achieving goals for biometrics is bringing all the partner nations together—not only the few currently supporting the efforts. Methods that proved useful against IEDs have applications in the biometrics realm, and lessons can be applied from the former to the latter.

Current conflicts generate from within states, not between them, so identifying enemies is difficult. More investment in rooting out the bad guys is necessary, Col. Wulfse explained. This anonymity in the physical and cyber realms makes it impossible for traditional forces to deploy their best capabilities. “Asymmetric threats … have rendered our strengths ineffective,” Col. Wulfse said.

Identity management of friend and foe can help mitigate the threats of these types of adversaries and not only in the military context. Other applications include C-IED, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, access control and more. Unlike in times past, biometrics efforts now truly have support from the highest headquarters, the colonel stated.

Despite this support, the basic challenges remain the same. The potential of biometrics for military use is not fully understood. NATO lacks harmonization in guidance, procedures and standards. Capabilities among the various armed forces are unbalanced. There is a lack of knowledge and trust in the biometrics arena, and many of the troops collecting biometric information today will not see the benefits from their work because it often takes years for the data to become a usable resource.

General Atomics Receives Gray Eagle Funds

September 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded a $199,746,895 firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year contract to provide MQ-1C Gray Eagle fiscal year 2013 full rate production and fiscal 2012 hardware backfill requirements applicable to the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System. The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-13-C-0109).

BAE Systems Supports Phased Array Radar Systems

September 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Rockville, Md., has been awarded an estimated $48,631,973 modification (P00374) to contract FA2517-06-C-8001 to exercise option-year seven. The modification will provide for the management, operations, maintainance and logistical support for the solid-state phased array radar systems. The 21st Contracting Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Supports Phased Array Radar Systems

September 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Rockville, Md., has been awarded an estimated $48,631,973 modification (P00374) to contract FA2517-06-C-8001 to exercise option-year seven. The modification will provide for the management, operations, maintainance and logistical support for the solid-state phased array radar systems. The 21st Contracting Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Supports Phased Array Radar Systems

September 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Rockville, Md., has been awarded an estimated $48,631,973 modification (P00374) to contract FA2517-06-C-8001 to exercise option-year seven. The modification will provide for the management, operations, maintainance and logistical support for the solid-state phased array radar systems. The 21st Contracting Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity.

Harris to Continue Supporting Satellite Control Network

September 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Harris Information Technology Services Corp., Dulles Va., has been awarded a $65,083,169 modification (P00122) to previously awarded contract FA2550-08-C-8011. The contract modification exercises an additional one year of operations, maintenance and logistics support of the Air Force Satellite Control Network and maintenance and logistics support of Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna sites world-wide. It also supports various communications, operations, software and related support services for the 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., and the 50th Space Wing's geographically separated units in the United States and foreign locations. 

SAIC to Provide DDG-51 Digital Surveillance System

September 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Scientific Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $21,111,264 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of digital video surveillance system (DVSS) associated training sets, engineering services, support and spares. This proposed contract will provide various quantities of DDG-51 class DVSS, embedded software, technical data, and engineering and technical services in support of DDG-51 class modernization. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship System Engineering Station, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (N65540-13-D-0021). 

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