International

December 30, 2013

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration (IESI) Inc., Greenlawn, N.Y., is being awarded a $16,472,873 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Common Identification Friend or Foe har

December 27, 2013

Sensor and Antenna Systems, Lansdale, Pa., is being awarded a $21,804,323 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0047) to exercise an option for the procurement of eight low-band transmitters (LBT), 11 vertically polarized (VPOL) antennas, and 17 high-band, horizontally polarized (HPOL) antennas for the AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system (TJS) for the U.S. Navy.

December 27, 2013

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $8,035,430 firm-fixed-price contract for support of naval aircraft advanced targeting system. This contract is a sole-source acquisition. Location of performance is Texas and Switzerland with a December 2014 performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPRPA1-09-G-001X-0112).

December 27, 2013

Lockheed Martin Corp., Manassas, Va., is being awarded an $11,912,771 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the Integrated Common Processor Program. The organization will provide software and hardware development, production, installation, training, maintenance and provisioned items under the Maritime Surveillance Systems Program Office, PMS-485, Program Executive Office Submarines, Naval Sea Systems Command.

December 27, 2013

Exelis, Van Nuys, Calif., has received a contract valued at more than $8 million to provide transportable, precision ground control approach capabilities to the Estonian armed forces, the company recently announced.

December 23, 2013

Lockheed Martin Corp., Manassas, Va., is being awarded an $11,912,771 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the Integrated Common Processor Program. The organization will provide software and hardware development, production, installation, training, maintenance and provisioned items under the Maritime Surveillance Systems Program Office, PMS-485, Program Executive Office Submarines, Naval Sea Systems Command.

December 20, 2013

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, Kongsberg, Norway, was awarded a $37,872,000 modification (P00048) to contract W15QKN-12-C-0103 for maintenance of the M153 common remotely operated weapon station. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity.

December 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded an $8,808,979 (not-to-exceed) firm-fixed-price modification (P00004) on an existing contract (FA8540-12-C-0012) for sniper advanced targeting pods (ATP) for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The contractor will provide compact multiband data link software and firmware configuration support on the RSAF's F-15SA aircraft and provide resources required for the management, fabrication, repair, support, testing and shipping of its non-developmental item sniper ATP system.

December 20, 2013

Raytheon Network Centric Systems, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., has been awarded a $12,878,000, firm-fixed-price contract (FA8540-14-C-0002) for identification friend or foe (IFF) AN/APX-114 Interrogators. The contractor will provide 94 IFFs for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The company also was awarded an $11,662,862 firm-fixed-price contract (FA8540-14-003) for identification friend or foe AN/APX-119 transponders. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.  

December 20, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

When the U.S. Marines needed to set up an emergency communications system on site in the wake of the devastating typhoon that ravaged the Philippines in November, they used an existing rapid deployment networking suite, which allowed nearly instant links with the two governments and with nongovernmental organizations as well. And, it all began with equipment carried into theater as if it were checked baggage.

January 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
Heavy machinery from the 864th Engineer Battalion, U.S. Central Command Materiel Recovery Element, grade and pack the Afghan dirt as the engineer soldiers reconfigure an old retro sort yard into a material overflow yard.

The retrograde of equipment from Afghanistan requires a monumental effort after almost 13 years of war and an influx of billions of dollars’ worth of materiel to the country. To return the necessary pieces along with personnel from the landlocked location, logisticians around the military are developing creative solutions that offer redundancy. Plans are progressing more smoothly than in Iraq, as experts apply lessons learned and a hub-and-spoke model that allows for a controlled collapsing of installations.

January 1, 2014

AFCEA Europe’s TechNet International 2013, held at the Lisbon Congress Center, Portugal, on October 23 and 24, was organized under the patronage of the minister of national defense, Portugal, in cooperation with the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and with the support of the AFCEA Portugal Chapter. This event, which was run under the theme “Go Connected + Go Smart = Zero Distance,” brought together more than 300 experts from NATO, government, academia and industry.

December 16, 2013

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Sudbury, Mass., has been awarded a $6,896,385 modification (P0005) on an existing cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement contract (FA8730-13-C-0003) for the Taiwan Surveillance Radar program follow-on support string upgrade engineering change proposal. The contract modification provides a continental United States sustainment string upgrade that creates a controlled site-like testing environment for build deployment and system troubleshooting at the continental United States development facili

December 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., was awarded a $65,288,028 contract modification (P00037) to contract W15P7T-11-C-H267 for continued operations and sustainment of the vehicle and dismount exploitation radar (VADER) currently deployed in theater. Work will be performed at Linthicum Heights, Md., Hagerstown, Md., and Afghanistan. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Ala., is the contracting activity.

December 16, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical, Poway, Calif., was awarded an $110,453,269 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for continuing logistic services to the Warrior unmanned aircraft system. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $8,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Afghanistan and Poway, Calif.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-C-0008).

December 13, 2013

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with an estimated ceiling-price of $872,766,714 for system upgrades for F/A-18 A/B, C/D, E/F and EA-18G aircraft for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia, Finland, Switzerland, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Canada. This contract provides for deliverables and services based on system configuration set life cycle phases for the aircraft. This contract combines purchases for the U.S.

December 13, 2013

QinetiQ North America  has announced that its TALON military robots will provide explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) mission support to Pakistan’s military forces. The latest $7.8 million order was facilitated by the U.S. Navy and follows previous orders from Pakistan for EOD robots. 

December 5, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

With the new Joint Information Environment looming as the basis for networking across the force, planners must consider how to add coalition allies and nontraditional partners. Establishing communities of interest may be the answer.

December 5, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

Cyber has provided the means for rapidly assembling and operating military coalitions in the post-Cold-War era. Now, the very nature of the domain may require coalitions to save it from a growing menu of threats. These threats can range from annoying hackers to organized crime to malicious nation-states and even geopolitical movements to restrict the flow of ideas. While the panoply of perils is diverse, the actions to defend against them may have to spring from the well of government and organizational cooperation.

December 4, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

South Korea didn't merely react when it suffered two extensive cyber attacks earlier this year. It established a national cyber policy and formed a government/military/commercial partnership to protect against future intrusions.

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