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U.S. Army Awards $21 Billion for Alternative Energies

February 21, 2014

Ameresco Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0036), Framingham, Mass., and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0041), Hampden, N.H., were awarded a maximum $7,000,000,000 firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for biomass technology. In addition, Ameresco (W912DY-14-D-0031); M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. and Assoc., (W912DY-14-D-0032), Dallas, Texas; and Infigen Energy US Development LLC (W912DY-14-D-0033), Dallas, Texas were awarded a maximum $7,000,000,000 firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for wind technology. And Ameresco (W912DY-14-D-0016); Chevron Energy Solutions Co. (W912DY-14-D-0017), San Francisco, Calif.; Constellation NewEnergy Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0018), Baltimore, Md.; Distributed Sun LLC (W912DY-14-D-0019) Washington, D.C.; Energy Ventures LLC (W912DY-14-D-0020), Rockville, Md.; First Solar Development Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0021) San Francisco, Calif.; FLS Energy (W912DY-14-D-0022), Asheville, N.C.; Linc Government Services, LLC (W912DY-14-D-0023), Hopkinsville, Ky.; RE Independence Co. LLC (W912DY-14-D-0024) San Francisco, Calif.; Sun Edison Government Solutions LLC (W912DY-14-D-0025), Beltsville, Md.; Sun Edison LLC (W912DY-14-D-0026), Beltsville, Md.; SunWize Technologies Inc. (W912DY-14-D-0027), San Jose, Cal.; TransGen Energy Inc. W912DY-14-D-0028) Rockville, Md.; Victory Renewables LLC: W912DY-14-D-0029), Juno Beach, Fla.; and EDF Renewable Energy (W912DY-14-D-0030), San Diego, Calif., were awarded a maximum $7,000,000,000 firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for solar technology. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala. is the contracting activity on all awards. 

Navmar to Enhance Tigershark UAVs in Afghanistan

February 19, 2014

Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $44,695,815 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) effort in support of the Copperhead Unmanned Air Systems, specifically Tigershark Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This project is for the improvement of sensor and platform capabilities, expansion to additional detachments and sustainment of current detachments. This contract includes continued improvements of the Tigershark UAV airframe, incorporation of improved sensors, and integration of improved command and control systems to current and future Copperhead platforms. Work will be performed in Afghanistan; Patuxent River, Md.; and Yuma, Ariz., and is expected to be completed in December 2014. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-14-C-0131).

Plateau Software to Support Environmental Protection

February 19, 2014

Plateau Software Inc., Issaquah, Wash., has been awarded a $9,000,000 firm-fixed-price, sole-source, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for support and maintenance of existing information technology systems that support the Environmental Protection and Sustainment program. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Mobile District, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-14-D-0018).

U.S. Army Awards $497 Million in C4ISR Contracts

February 10, 2014

Aaski Technology Inc., Ocean, N.J. (W15P7T-14-D-A218); Nexagen Networks Inc., Marlboro, N.J. (W15P7T-14-D-A219J); Linquest Corp., Los Angeles, Calif. (W1PP7T-14-D-A220); Systems Technologies Inc., West Long Branch, N.J. (W15P7T-14-D-A221) were awarded a $497 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for technical administrative operations support services in the development and integration of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.

Doss Aviation Receives Flight Screening Program Award

September 23, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Doss Aviation, Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded an estimated $23 million modification (P00038) to previously awarded FA3002-06-D-0010 for an initial flight screening program. Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, is the contracting activity.

New World Solutions to Support Remote Sensing Science

September 23, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
New World Solutions Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $35,748,885 cost-plus-fixed-fee, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract to provide the National Guard Intelligence Center with applied remote sensing image science support. The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (Charlottesville), Charlottesville, Va., is the contracting activity (W911W5-13-D-0001).

Silvus Technologies to Research Beamforming Antenna Technology

September 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Silvus Technologies Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., has been awarded an small business incentive research Phase II contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to design and build a digital beamforming antenna array for airborne applications. This contract award is a result of a successful Phase I feasibility study that Silvus Technologies conducted under small business incentive research topic # AF131-038. The total dollar amount of the award including Phase I and Phase II is $900,000. Under this two-year contract, Silvus Technologies will build a digital beamforming antenna array for airborne and ground applications and demonstrate electronic tracking of multiple simultaneous transmit and receive beams to and from airborne assets and the ability to adaptively null out interferers. This program lays the foundation for a low size, weight, power and cooling directional antenna technology that can be mounted on small, unmanned aerial vehicles.

Navy Surfs the Crowd

August 20, 2013

 

The U.S. Navy is turning to crowdsourcing as a possible situational awareness aid during disasters and social unrest. Data from eyewitnesses or participants would be fused with information from other sources to provide timely understanding and appreciation of an environment or location to response teams.

During the first phase of the Crowdsourcing Situational Awareness (Crowd-SA) project, a technical approach is being developed and prototype software will be demonstrated using simulated data. The goal is to design text analysis tools that extract events and entities in context, using language and patterns typically found in social media settings. This data would then be adjusted to improve fusion with information from non-crowdsourcing resources by using distributed cloud-based computing methods for processing the disparate data simultaneously.

Modus Operandi is developing the phase one software under a Small Business Innovation Research contract.

Federal Budget Cuts
 Encourage a Niche Business

August 1, 2013
By Michael A. Robinson

With the nation facing a new atmosphere of austerity and mandated budget cuts, now would seem to be the absolute worst time to target the federal government for defense-related technology contracts. Yet, for one business, tight government funding is more of an opportunity than a challenge.

After all, the Pentagon faces two massive fiscal challenges. The first is the new lean approach to defense spending following the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Iraq and its preparation to draw down forces from Afghanistan. The second deals with today’s complex political realities. Unable to fashion a bipartisan spending plan, Congress has allowed the process known as “sequestration” to kick in. Those automatic budget cuts are expected to take more than $40 billion out of Defense Department spending this year alone for a reduction of more than 7 percent.

And yet, Timothy Coffin is all smiles as he prepares to pick up more federal information technology contracts. A former U.S. Air Force officer, Coffin serves as president of iGATE Government Solutions, a wholly owned unit of information technology provider iGATE Corporation. As Coffin sees it, the era of tight Pentagon budgets actually provides a great growth opportunity for a contractor that understands the overarching theme of today’s spending environment.

Facing both financial and political headwinds, federal agencies have to take a more creative approach to managing their programs and cash flows. That means they no longer can continue to rely on the same old approaches that have served them for decades.

“I am pretty excited about some of the opportunities I see,” Coffin says. “I’m not going after the $10 million opportunities; I’m going after the $100 million, $200 million opportunities, and we’re getting quite a bit of interest from the government in what we consider our value propositions.

Sandia Speeds Intellectual Property Sharing With Small Business

July 29, 2013

To facilitate innovation development, Sandia National Laboratories is building a portfolio of intellectual property (IP) that businesses can license in as little as an hour. The ready-to-sign licenses feature simplified language and pared-down terms, conditions and reporting requirements. Up-front fees are in the $3,000 range, and royalty percentages are low.

Sandia has approximately 1,300 patents available for licensing, and while large companies often take advantage of this IP, small firms often do not have the human or financial resources to seize the opportunity. The new license procedure enables entrepreneurs to click on one link and download all of the information they need. The licenses are nonexclusive, so any number of companies can make use of the technology.

“These are all technologies that no one has licensed in areas where small businesses might be able to get a foothold,” Bob Westervelt, business development specialist, Sandia, says. “A small company could take any of these licenses and run with it.” Currently, eight patents qualify for the program, but Sandia officials say the portfolio could reach up to 50. Additional information about Sandia technology transfer opportunities is available online.

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