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U.S. Navy Modifies Tactical Control System Contract

August 8, 2014

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $34,185,625 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-6250) to migrate the AN/BYG-1 Tactical Control System from a Technology Insertion (TI-12) baseline to a TI-14, integrate Advanced Processing Build (APB-13 and APB-15) and deliver this capability to multiple submarine platforms. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (91.22 percent) and Royal Australian Navy (8.78 percent). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia is the contracting activity.

Cubic Contracted to Operate Korea Battle Simulation Center

August 5, 2014

Cubic Applications Incorporated, San Diego, was awarded a $7,342,769 firm-fixed-price contract with options for operating the Korea Battle Simulation Center. Work will be performed in the Republic of Korea with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2019. The Army Contracting Command, Yongsan Garrison, Republic of Korea, is the contracting activity (W91QVN-14-C-0033).

BAE to Support Phased Array Radar Systems

August 5, 2014

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Service, Rockville Maryland, has been awarded a $44,283,973 fixed-price-incentive modification (P00428) on FA2517-06-C-8001 to exercise option year eight to manage, operate, maintain and logistically support solid state phased array radar systems. Work will be performed at Beale Air Force Base, California; Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; Thule Air Base, Greenland, and Royal Air Force Fylingdales, United Kingdom, and is expected to be completed Aug. 31, 2015. The 21st Contracting Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Replace AIM-9X Control Actuation System for Eight Countries

August 6, 2014

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $43,991,627 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-2002) for the design, development and engineering analysis of the AIM-9X Block II Missile System for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the governments of Turkey, Oman, Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia and Morocco. This modification includes the necessary replacements for the AIM-9X Control Actuation System, inertial measurement unit, electronics unit processor and improvements in insensitive munitions performance in the hardware development and Operational Flight Software versions 9.4X, 9.15X and 10.X. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force ($23,620,000; 53.7 percent); U.S. Navy ($8,155,233; 18.5 percent); and the governments of Turkey ($4,095,000; 9.3 percent); Oman ($2,590,000; 5.9 percent); Belgium ($2,100,000; 4.8 percent); Netherlands ($1,680,000; 3.8 percent); Singapore ($980,000; 2.2 percent); Malaysia ($701,394; 1.6 percent); and Morocco ($70,000; 0.2 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Act. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Cybersecurity Challenges Vex Planners, Responders

August 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The price of failure to provide adequate cybersecurity ultimately may be too high for any nation to tolerate. Yet, the cost of effective cybersecurity may be too much for a nation to afford.

Austria Procures Thermal Imaging Systems

July 30, 2014

FLIR Systems Incorporated, Wilsonville, Oregon, was awarded a $7,171,955 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Austria) contract for seven Star Safire 380-High Definition Thermal Imaging Systems, with accessories, training and extended warranty. Work will be performed in Wilsonville, Oregon, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $7,151,174 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W15P7T-14-C-D058).

Identifying Malaysian Airline Shootdown Source May Be Difficult

July 17, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The missile system claimed by a Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser to be responsible for the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine is manufactured in Ukraine and is in use by both Ukrainian and Russian military forces. If the missile system is confirmed as the cause of the crash, determining which side fired it could be difficult.

Northrop Grumman Supports Australia’s Electronic Attack Aircraft

July 14, 2014

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $198,901,412 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the design, development, and implementation of the Airborne Electronic Attack requirements for software configuration set upgrades to software and ancillary hardware in support of the EA-6B and EA-18G aircraft for the United States and the government of Australia. This contract combines purchases for the United States ($179,011,271; 90 percent) and the Government of Australia ($19,890,141; 10 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity (N68936-14-D-0018).

Data Restrictions Cause Europe to Lag in Research Efforts

August 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

Mining big data for salient information points presents a plethora of challenges, but in Europe a different issue with the action has emerged as a concern. Regulations prohibiting researchers and others from searching through the data in certain documents are putting countries on the continent at a competitive disadvantage in a number of fields, studies are revealing. With several economies there already in dire straits, the legal encumbrances could add to difficulties in improving financial situations.

The report, “Standardisation in the Area of Innovation and Technological Development, Notably in the Field of Text and Data Mining” lays out the problems of restricting mining in texts. It explains that because text- and data-mining technology is relatively affordable, it is available even to individual and small-organization researchers. The document was produced by an expert group appointed by the European Commission. That government body or its departments establish these groups to provide advice and expertise. They include at least six public- and/or private-sector members who meet more than once.

The personnel chosen for this particular task write in their report that “There is growing recognition that we are at the threshold of the mass automation of service industries (automation of thinking) comparable with the robotic automation of manufacturing production lines (automation of muscle) in an earlier era. [Text and data mining] will be widely used to provide insights in the redesign of this digital services economy. When it comes to the deployment of [text and data mining], there are worrying signs that European researchers may be falling behind, especially with regard to researchers in the United States.”

Lockheed Martin to Support Iraqi Air Defense System

July 8, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mission Systems and Training, Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $11,645,964 undefinitized, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursement contract. This contract provides contractor logistic support for the Iraqi Integrated Air Defense System. The scope of this effort includes engineering support services, on-site support, logistic management, technical support, preventative/corrective maintenance and engineering analysis and recommendations for logistical and lifecycle support for the IADS and equipment. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-14-C-0030).

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