The U.S. Army has seized on the concept of complexity in warfighting as it faces a multitude of potential threats. Gone are the days when enemies were defined by clear lines, both substantively and operationally.
The U.S. Army is evolving and positioning its fleet of ground satellite communications terminals to ensure that units can successfully respond to multiple military or humanitarian contingencies anywhere in the world.
U.S. soldiers might not have super-X-ray and heat vision to see across the full electromagnetic spectrum—yet—but recent technological strides are enhancing sight on the battlefield by leaps and bounds.
The U.S. Army’s tactical radio programs will meet a series of major milestones in the coming months, moving systems toward deployment into the hands of warfighters. Once fielded, the systems and their associated software will extend transmission range, provide on-demand satellite communications at the lowest levels and allow an alternative when satellite signals are degraded or denied.
The U.S. Army is working to team with industry and the other services to update its information technologies amid a greater emphasis on cyber. A multiyear plan establishing short- and long-term goals serves as the campaign map, but obstacles remain if the Army is to achieve its aims.
Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $99 million firm-fixed-price contract for automated installation entry hardware and software for approximately 35 military installations to provide timely; effective and efficient threat detection necessary for installation commanders to assess and react in all threat environments; and to automate access control processes for authorized and registered personnel entering an installation. Funding and performance locations will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 13, 2019.
L-3 National Security Solutions Inc., Reston, Virginia was awarded a $7,705,643 modification (P00003) to contract W52P1J-15-C-0002 for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Work will be performed in Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of January 9, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,705,643 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois is the contracting activity.
Mission Essential Personnel, New Albany, Ohio, was awarded a $9,672,838 modification (P00005) to contract W560MY-15-C-0003 for intelligence support and ISR within Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of January 9, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $9,672,838 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois is the contracting activity.
Contract awarded to procure modernized target acquisition designation sights and post production support of the pilot night vision sensor for AH-64E helicopters.
Twisted Pair Solutions Inc., Seattle, was awarded a $13,750,000 modification (P00003) to contract W56HZV-14-C-0025 for voice interoperable software and maintenance and associated licenses. Work will be performed in Seattle, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2016. Fiscal 2014/2015 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $13,750,000 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas is being awarded a $42,190,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide lifecycle contractor support for the Multi-Mode Radar and Silent Knight Radar for the Technology Applications Program Office. The majority of the work will be performed in McKinney, Texas with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2020. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,435,577 are being awarded on the first task order.
General Dynamics C4S, Orlando, Florida was awarded an $8,730,370 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with options for the Intelligence & Electronic Warfare Tactical Proficiency Trainer. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and engineering funds in the amount of $4,668,383 were obligated at the time of the award.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland was awarded a $34,521,134 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for system support for the Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of June 28, 2018. One bid was solicited with one received. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland is the contracting activity (W56KGY-15-D-0004).
Universal Technical Resource Services Inc., Cherry Hill, New Jersey (W15QKN-15-D-0055); TRC Defense Systems LLC, Madison, Alabama (W15QKN-15-D-0056); Savit Corp., Rockaway, New Jersey (W15QKN-15-D-0057); Middle Bay Solutions LLC, Huntsville, Alabama (W15QKN-15-D-0058); and Subsystem Technologies Inc., Arlington, Virginia (W15QKN-15-D-0059), were awarded a $200 million multiple award task order, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity ord
DOK-ING, Zagreb, Croatia, was awarded an $8,670,000 firm-fixed-price contract with options for 45 Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) compatible radio retrofit kits. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Oct. 24, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. The Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-15-C-0057).
Intevac Photonics, Santa Clara, California, was awarded a $12,626,081 firm-fixed-price contract with options for Electronic Image Intensifier Ship-Set for Lot 4, Apache AH-64D/E Program.
Dell Federal Systems LP, Round Rock, Texas [W91QUZ-07-D-0006 (P0021)]; IBM Corp., Bethesda, Maryland [W91QUZ-07-D-0007 (P00019)]; Unicom Government Inc., Herndon, Virginia [W91QUZ-07-D-0008 (P00019)]; CDW Government LLC, Vernon Hills, Illinois [W91QUZ-07-D-0009 (P00025)]; Iron Bow Technologies LLC, Chantilly, Virginia [W91QUZ-07-D-0010 (P00027)]; and World Wide Technology Inc., Maryland Heights, Missouri [W91QUZ-07-D-0011 (P0021)], were awarded a $652 million modification for information technology enterprise solutions.
Canadian Commercial Corporation, Ottawa, Canada, was awarded a $70 million firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure interim contractor support and MX sensor sustainment.
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.
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.