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.
L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $11,315,945 firm fixed price and cost plus fixed fee contract for full-motion video receivers and interim contractor support. The contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.
SpectrumS4 LLC, a Burlington, Mass., joint venture of Spectrum Comm Inc. and S4 Inc., has been awarded a contract worth up to $851 million to provide Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services (ETASS II) to the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.
Integral Consulting Services Inc. recently announced that it has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity single award contract worth up to $49.7 million from the U.S. Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) for all-source intelligence analysis and support services. Integral will provide biometrics-enabled intelligence (BEI) and all-source identity intelligence (I2) analytical support to NGIC, Defense Department customers from the tactical to national levels, and interagency partners.
Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Va., has been awarded a $63 million competitive award on the Software, Networks, Information, Modeling and Simulation (SNIM) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Electronic Systems Sector, Land and Self Protection Systems Division, Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded a $14,868,396 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option to procure 90 sensors and associated technical data in support of the Advanced Threat Missile Warning System, a subsystem of the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures System. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
AASKI Technology Inc., Ocean, N.J.; Advanced C4 Solutions Inc., Tampa, Fla.; By Light Professional IT Services Inc., Arlington, Va.; Cybrix Group Inc., Tampa, Fla.; GStek Inc., Chesapeake, Va; Juno Technologies Inc., Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Mercom Inc., Pawleys Island, S.C.; Mystikal Solutions LLC, North Charleston, S.C.; STARGATES Inc., Arlington, Va.; and Syneren Technologies Corp., Lanham, Md., 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
Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., was awarded a fixed price with economic price adjustment contract worth a maximum $63 million for radiology imaging systems, subsystems, and components. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.
The Titus unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) is smaller, lighter, faster and smarter than its predecessors in the Andros family of systems. Titus weighs 135 pounds and measures 27 inches long, 16 inches wide and 23 inches high. It retains the four-articulator design common to Andros vehicles and also features a unique operator control unit with a hybrid touch-screen and game system-style physical controls.
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded an $8,512,436 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order issued under basic ordering agreement to procure the update to the electronic support measures sensor digital measurement unit to overcome obsolescence issues in support of the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River Md., is the contracting activity.
Next Tier Concepts Inc., Vienna, Va., is being awarded an $8,980,601 firm-fixed-price contract for enterprise portal technical and strategic support services. The contract will provide strategic and technical support to mature the JIEDDO knowledge management governance model and architect; and build, operate and maintain the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) enterprise portal. The contracting activity is the JIEDDO Contract Operations, Arlington Va.
Northrop Grumman Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $88 million cost plus fixed fee contract for logistics support for the RQ-4 Global Hawk fielded Block 30 weapon system. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
Sequestration, the U.S. government's across-the-board deficit reduction mandate, is programmed to go into effect on January 2, 2013, despite universal warnings about the consequences of this action. Under this policy, fiscal year 2013 domestic discretionary spending will see an 8.4 percent cut in appropriated funds, and non-exempt defense spending will suffer a decrease of 9.2 percent. But, there are steps contractors can take to mitigate the impact of sequestration.
Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Albuquerque, New Mexico is being awarded a $9,493,351 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development for the Air Force Infrared Radiation Effects Laboratory. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
QinetiQ North America Incorporated, Waltham, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $6,802,527 firm-fixed-price contract for Talon Generation IV robot vehicles, spares and accessories, depot level repair parts, shipping and training. Work will be performed in Waltham and Poland and is expected to complete by March 2013. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
With the close of the fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Defense has officially shuttered the Joint Program Executive Office for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS). In its place, the Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC), which opened on October 1, will now oversee the development of the Software Defined Radio (SDR) program, including waveforms and network management.
Passion and childhood inspiration are driving the chief information officer of JIEDDO to alter acquisitions through his innovation engine.