General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Poway, Calif., is being awarded a $7,034,404.00 cost-plus-fixed fee, research and development contract for the continuous look/attack management for the Predator software updates. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Pacific Defense Solutions LLC, Kihei, Hawaii is being awarded a $9,724,737 cost plus fixed fee contract for space situational awareness research and development. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded a $16,487,403 cost plus fixed fee contract for alert dissemination and event profiles from text as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Deep Exploration and Filtering of Text Program. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.
Management Services Group Inc. dba Global Technical Systems, Virginia Beach, Va.; Sentek Consulting Inc. dba Sentek Global, San Diego; Skylla Engineering Ltd., Humble, Texas; and UEC Electronics, Hanahan, S.C., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based, multiple award contracts, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive and firm-fixed-price orders, to provide battle space awareness services including the integration and test of systems of systems focused on the delivery of battlespace awareness, and intelligence capabilities and systems as well as the integrated employment of information operations (IO) capabilities, and also the development, integration, and test of intelligence, battlespace awareness, and information operations applications and dedicated hardware. The cumulative, estimated value of the base year is $19,750,000. Contract funds in the amount of $10,000 will be obligated on this award. These contracts include options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these multiple award contracts to an estimated $98,760,000. These four contractors may compete for the task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, Calif.,is being awarded a $6,999,999 cost plus fixed fee contract modification for the integration and fusion of data from the commercially hosted infrared payload, overhead persistent infrared wide field of view staring sensor at the Advanced Fusion Center and the Algorithm Development Laboratory. The contracting activity is Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
BAE Systems Information Solutions, McLean, Va.; Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio; Booz Allen & Hamilton, McLean, Va.; Cyberspace Solutions LLC Reston, Va; Intrepid Solutions Services Inc., Falls Church, Va.; Prescient Edge Corp., Falls Church, Va.; SAIC, McLean, Va.; Six 3 Intelligence Solutions, McLean, Va.; and SRA Fairfax, Va., were awarded on Oct. 26, 2012. The award is a multiple-award, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract with a combined maximum ceiling of $750 million over a five-year period ending Nov. 30, 2017.
General Dynamics C4 Systems Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., is being awarded a $15,480,494 firm fixed price contract for 24 end cryptographic units including two embeddable solutions, one special test equipment and accessory kit with 20 key fill adapters manuals, training and provisioning related to end cryptographic equipment. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
The Boeing Co., Colorado Springs, Colo., was awarded a $49,400,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Global Satellite Configuration control element sustainment support services. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded an $18,343,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the modification of an existing contract to procure modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
Stanley Associates Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $65 Million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the acquisition of system integration, development, support and maintenance of various information technology systems supporting the Navy Recruiting Command. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, is the contracting activity.
The Defense Business Board is the highest-level committee advising the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Its report on “Data Center Consolidation and Cloud Computing” offers advice on what directions the Defense Department should follow.
Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense,” the new strategic guidance for the Defense Department, begins with a letter dated January 3, 2012, by President Obama. In this letter, the president states, “Our nation is at a moment of transition…. As commander in chief, I am determined that we meet the challenges of this moment responsibly and that we emerge even stronger in a manner that preserves American global leadership….
Unmanned underwater vehicles mimic nature and collaborate on tasks.
Robotics experts are using the swarming behavior of insects and fish as a model for software that will operate the next generation of underwater robots. Fleets of robots not only will be able to navigate to a common goal, but they also will have the means to deal autonomously with unanticipated factors, much as insects and fish can change behaviors based on the circumstances.
Different command and control systems are closer to enjoying Web interoperability as a result of experiments performed in coalition exercises. Protocols and processes developed by defense information technology experts can enable data to be exchanged among the services as well as in coalition operations.
The next five years will be as exciting as the last decade--but in a different way.
Unmanned vehicles will undergo an array of changes in the coming years brought about by the war in Afghanistan winding down, budgets tightening and the national strategy shifting toward the Asia-Pacific region. Adjustments may include the retirement of some unmanned air systems, a stronger focus on refining existing unmanned planes rather than fielding new ones and increased research and development of land and maritime technologies.
Cybersecurity remains the foremost concern for the man tasked with overseeing U.S. military communications technology in the Asia-Pacific area as the national defense strategy shifts focus to that region of the globe. New opportunities for technologies and programs are opening, but cyber issues continue to hold top billings in importance, and moves to shore up operations predate the recent official guidance.
The new U.S. strategic thrust toward the Asia-Pacific region is boosting longtime efforts in both coalition building and force projection. Bilateral alliances are evolving into multinational operations, and U.S. forces are increasing their forward deployed presence in quantity and capability.
A new crash avoidance system will allow both manned and unmanned planes to operate in U.S. airspace.
The U.S. Army is developing a collision avoidance system that will allow unmanned and manned aircraft to fly in the same airspace more easily and safely. The first-of-its kind system will enable service operators returning from the war zone to fly drones in the same U.S. skies as civilian aircraft, keeping the warfighters proficient and ready for the next conflict.