The sequestration bill that has been the bane of military procurement may be on its last legs, although its reach still has some distance to go. That is the prediction of a Washington, D.C., attorney who specializes in defense procurement.
Acquisition and Contracting
Adopting commercial practices in military acquisition would help both the Defense Department and the companies that serve it. Both entities have slipped into risk-averse behavior that benefits neither and hurts the warfighting customer, said industry and former government experts.
Archaic acquisition regulations designed to reduce risk, teamed with commercial technology controls, are inhibiting efforts to procure information technology systems quickly and effectively, according to military and civilian experts.
General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $279,144,933 fixed-price-incentive-firm and firm-fixed-price contract for MQ-9 Reaper production under basic ordering agreement FA8620-10-G-3038.
Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded an $8,541,115 modification (P00068) directed change order to contract W58RGZ-05-C-0001 for the Improved Helmet and Display Sight System (IHADSS). Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $8,541,115 were obligated at the time of the award. The estimated completion date is March 31, 2015. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, was the contracting activity.
Sensor and Antenna Systems, Lansdale Inc., Lansdale, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $10,137,104 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for transmitter software and firmware engineering services in support of the AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System. The estimated level of effort for this contract is 43,200 man-hours.
Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Maryland, is being awarded a $16,552,553 delivery order to previously awarded contract (N61331-10-D-0009) for the procurement of field upgradeable kits and fleet support for conversion of the AN/AQS-24A mine detecting sensor systems to the AN/AQS-24B configuration in support of the Airborne Mine Countermeasure Systems Program. Work will be performed in Annapolis, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by July 2016.
L3 Communications Corp., Londonderry, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $49,500,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for binocular night vision devices. The binocular night vision devices will provide enhanced surveillance, identification, recognition and detection in all light and weather conditions, especially where vision is limited or restricted due to obscured and low/no light conditions. Work will be performed in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and is expected to be completed by January 2020.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $36,819,781 modification (P00082) to previously awarded contract FA8810-08-C-0002 for Space Based Infra-Red Systems (SBIRS) follow-on production. The contract is being modified to change the initial launch capability dates for SBIRS Geosynchronous Earth Orbit 3-4 space vehicles in order to support new launch manifest dates and also procure storage for the GEO-3 space vehicle.
Mission Essential Personnel LLC, Columbus, Ohio, was awarded a $9,952,731 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract with options for intelligence support to U.S. forces in Afghanistan. L-3 National Security Solutions Inc., Reston, Virginia was awarded a $7,076,616 firm-fixed-price contract. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of July 9, 2016. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W560MY-15-C-0002).
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $13,503,584 cost-plus-award-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2312) for DDG 51 class flight III upgrade design services. Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded a $13,027,540 cost-plus-award-fee/cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2313). The main goal of the flight III upgrade is to replace the SPY-1D(V) radar with the air and missile defense radar.
Imagine One Technology & Management Ltd., Colonial Beach, Virginia, is being awarded a $19,280,653 Small Business Innovation Research Phase III, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide an intelligent data-mining agent and smart decision support process for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program.
Government, academia and industry all are struggling to find, train and retain the best and the brightest of engineers, scientists and mathematicians, compounding an already difficult challenge, said Katrina McFarland, assistant defense secretary for acquisition.
The U.S. Army, which purchases vast numbers of tactical radios, will no longer do so through sole-source contracting, vows Maj. Gen. Daniel Hughes, USA, PEO-C3T. Competing every single contract is designed to create a radio marketplace that fosters innovation while saving time and money.
United Launch Services LLC, Littleton, Colorado has been awarded a $382,926,946 firm-fixed-price modification (P00061) to FA8811-13-C-0003 to order launch vehicle production services (LVPS) under the requirements contract terms of the basic contract. This modification executes a requirement for fiscal 2015 LVPS in support of the launch vehicle configuration of one Air Force Delta IV (5,4), one Navy Atlas V 551, and one National Reconnaissance Office Atlas V 401. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $4,077,326,882.
Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems Corp., Aurora, Colorado, has been awarded a $6,999,767 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for prototype software, demonstrations, hardware and reports. Contractor will develop value-added technologies that will leverage modern commercial products and practices to enable adaptive processing for pervasive ISR. Work will be performed at Aurora, Colorado, and Fairfax, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by Feb. 14, 2018.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $46,509,372 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Extended Area Protection and Survivability (EAPS) Integrated Demonstration (ID) Program to demonstrate the technology required to counter rocket, artillery and mortar threats and other selective targets. This will transition to the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept (IFPC2-I) Program. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Sept.
General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded a $13,331,955 cost-plus-fixed-fee incrementally funded contract to support the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) software load line (Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) with updated waveform, HMS MUOS Terminal (HMT) (hardware & software), on site field support representatives and personnel training. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2015. One bid was solicited with one received.
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $12,613,178 modification (P00008) to contract W15QKN-14-C-0032 for support services for the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems Integrated Personnel and Pay System Army (PD-IPPS-A). Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $12,613,178 were obligated at the time of the award. The estimated completion date is Jan. 31, 2016. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Boulder, Colorado, was awarded a $11,600,000 modification (P00016) to contract W9113M-12-C-0055 for the pre-planned product Improvement (P3I) of the Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) system. The P3I effort involves design, development, upgrade, testing, certification, production and fielding of JTAGS P3I units as well as associated exerciser and institutional training suites. Letter contract modification is for block 2 phase 1 production (CLIN 0200 series) only.