Acquisition and Contracting

June 12, 2015

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $16,172,045 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to modify current wideband remote monitoring sensor software to support wideband global satellite communication upgrades. Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of March 7, 2018. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $16,172,045 were obligated at the time of the award.

June 12, 2015

Blackbox Biometrics Inc., Rochester, New York, has been awarded a maximum $9,371,520 firm-fixed-price contract for concussive force monitoring devices. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification commercial Federal Acquisition Regulation part 12. Location of performance is New York, with a June 9, 2016, performance completion date. Using service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 through fiscal 2016 defense working capital funds.

June 16, 2015
By M. Thomas Davis

The U.S. defense industrial base seems to be going out with a whimper. Only four companies now crack the list of the top 100 U.S. firms based on revenue, and this unwelcome development has occurred against a backdrop of global instability and change.

June 8, 2014
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army has received permission to move the WIN-T Increment 2 into full-rate production and fielding.

Following a Defense Acquisition Board program review in May, the U.S. Army has received approval to proceed to full-rate production and fielding of its mobile tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2.

June 8, 2015
By Al Krachman, Esq.

With limited exceptions, all protests originate with disappointed bidders, so on the surface, all protests are the fault of contractors. But how did the contractor find itself with the need to protest?

June 5, 2015

Logos Technologies Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $32,840,745 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for basic and applied research of compact sensor systems that could be flown on platforms such as the RQ-21 Blackjack, Tigershark, and RQ-8 Firescout for the Air Force and Army. The research conducted will leverage previous quick reaction capability efforts in the domains of wide area airborne surveillance, hyperspectral imaging, high-resolution imaging, and light detection and ranging.

June 5, 2015

Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems, Andover, Maryland, was awarded a $16,999,000 modification (P00004) to contract (W9113M-15-C-0001) for a requirement to exercise option one for services to provide continued field and sustainment level maintenance supporting one Joint Land Elevated Netted System (JLENS) orbit deployed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Services provided are in support of satisfying the JLENS orbit employment in an operational exercise in support of homeland defense and as part of Operation Noble Eagle.

June 5, 2015

Lockheed Martin MS2, Owego, New York, has been awarded a maximum $9,933,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0001) against corporate contract SPRWA1-13-D-2000 for flight computers in support of the NAVAIR H-60 program. This was a sole source acquisition using justification 10 USC 2304 (c)(1). Location of performance is New York, with an Oct. 31, 2018, performance completion date. Using service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 through fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement Navy funds.

June 4, 2015

The Department of Defense has announced it will issue 22 awards totaling $149 million over the next five years to academic institutions to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program supports research by teams of investigators that intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline in order to accelerate research progress.

June 4, 2015

Mercury Defense Systems, Cypress, California, is being awarded $7,567,134 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-12-G-0059) for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topic N06-036, entitled "Advanced Techniques for Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM)." This order includes production of 14 Type II Advanced DRFM units. Work will be performed in Cypress, California, and is expected to be completed in December 2016.

June 4, 2015

Lockheed Martin Aerospace, Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $12,860,294 cost-plus-fixed-fee; firm-fixed-price; and cost-reimbursement-no-fee contract for C-5 computer software update 02. Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia; and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

June 4, 2015

Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp., Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $12,211,473 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-15-C-0097), for a research project under the Edge-Directed Cyber Technologies for Reliable Mission program. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,331,395 are being obligated at time of award.

June 4, 2015

TASC Inc., Andover, Massachusetts, has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee $6,966,555 modification (P00015) to previously awarded contract FA7037-11-D-0003. Contractor will provide management, engineering and technical support services required to support the establishment, maintenance and evolution of the 92nd Information Operations Squadron cyber assessment program. Work will be performed at San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2015. No funds are being obligated at the time of award.

June 4, 2015
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches for an operational test. Boeing has been awarded a $466,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for missile guidance repair.

The Boeing Co., Newark, Ohio, has been awarded a $466,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for missile guidance repair.

June 4, 2015
By Brian Fogg

Innovation and invention are not synonymous terms. In an ideal environment, invention could be the ultimate panacea for the challenges we currently face, especially in an era where we have gone from an "ideal” world to one that is “good enough."

June 1, 2015

Boeing Service Co., Richardson, Texas, was awarded a $15,008,500 sole-source, firm-fixed-price contract to provide airborne broadband satellite communications enterprise service for U.S. senior leaders conducting official travel on Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command aircraft fleets. Work will be performed primarily at Boeing and their subcontractor's facilities worldwide with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2015, with six one-year option periods. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funding is being obligated at award.

June 1, 2015

NetCentrics Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a $25,392,979 task order to firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0034-11-D-0002-0008) to obtain information technology operations services for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), WHS-supported organizations, and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. Additionally, similar support for the Office of General Counsel, the Defense Legal Services Agency, the Central Adjudication Facility, and the Office of Military Commissions may be obtained under this contract.

June 1, 2015

SRA International Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $10,267,333 firm-fixed-price contract with options for operations and security service management support for the Army National Guard G6 GuardNet XXI enterprise network. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2015. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $10,267,333 were obligated at the time of the award.

June 1, 2015

Cerner Corp., Kansas, City, Missouri, was awarded a $16,295,575 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract with options for software, CoPath Plus licenses, hardware and equipment, and services to replace the Military Health System's existing Anatomic Pathology Laboratory Information System. Work will be performed in Falls Church, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $16,295,575 were obligated at the time of the award.

June 1, 2015

L-3 Communications Corp., Northampton, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $14,032,315 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-5447) to exercise options for the production of MK 20 electro-optical sensor systems (EOSS), radar cross sections kits, support and engineering services. The MK 20 EOSS is employed as a check sight and targeting sensor for anti-surface and anti-air warfare and naval gun fire support missions. Work will be performed in Northampton, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by December 2017.

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