Air Force

April 22, 2016

HP Enterprise Services, Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $443,220,679 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-reimbursement contract for U.S. Strategic Command Information Technology Capabilities Contract II. Contractor will provide performance-based information technology services, capabilities and functions to include IT infrastructure, mission critical systems and applications. Work will be performed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2026. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with five offers received.

April 22, 2016

Harris Corp., formerly Exelis Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $7,526,652 modification (P00651) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for sustainment of the Ground-based Electro Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) weapons system. Work will be performed at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; Maui, Hawaii; Diego Garcia; and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be complete by April 14, 2017. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,666,184 are being obligated at the time of award. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (F19628-02-C-0010).

 

April 20, 2016

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded an $83,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) modification, integration and support. This contract provides for modification, integration, and support of the CRIIS, including design, development and testing of system and block upgrades. The location of performance is Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The work is expected to be completed by April 18, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at the time of award.

April 18, 2016

Data Computer Corp. of America (DCCA), Ellicott City, Maryland, has been awarded a $79,910,000 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) contract order under the General Services Administration’s Alliant Small Business Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GS-06F-0651Z) for the Western Range Modernization Network program. The contractor will provide upgrades to the mission communications core at the Western Range from asynchronous transfer mode to Internet protocol v6 (IPv6).

April 18, 2016

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded an $87,151,644 modification (P00230) to previously awarded contract FA8625-12-C-6598 for the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures (LAIRCM) calendar year 2016 base hardware buy and needed LAIRCM support. Work will be performed at Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2018.

April 14, 2016

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $93,654,627 delivery order modification (0005-04) to previously awarded contract FA8625-15-D-6591. The contractor will provide the development effort for the incorporation of the MC-130J Common Terrain Following (MCTF) radar system. Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2021. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $31,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

April 8, 2016

Cyber Defense Information Assurance, Round Rock, Texas, has been awarded a $11,473,390 modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract FA8773-15-C-0045 for the Air Force Intranet Control weapon system and the Department of Defense Joint Regional Security Stacks. Contractor will provide Air Force enterprise-level network management, optimized communications and defensive measures at the Air Force Information Network gateways. Air Force Intranet Control operates the Common User virtual private network mesh tying the components of the Air Force’s intranet together and protecting Air Force network traffic through encryption as it traverses public infrastructure.

April 5, 2016

Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $9,202,986 modification (P00653) to previously awarded System Engineering and Sustainment Integrator (SENSOR) contract F19628-02-C-0010 for system sustainment of the FPS-85 Phased Array Eglin radar which provides space situational awareness data for tracking space objects. Contractor will provide weapon system management and engineering, field service team, radome maintenance, and requirements definition, analysis and modeling. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; and Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, and is expected to be complete by March 30, 2017.

March 23, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
U.S. Air Force leaders discuss the defense of key terrain in cyber operations during a panel at AFCEA's inaugural TechNet Air 2016 symposium in San Antonio.

When it comes to the Air Force's cyber protection teams, or CPTs as they are better known, officials are at the stage now where they’re building the aircraft while flying it. 

It is all part of a growing effort to mature defensive cyberspace operations, and CPT members still are writing the playbook on how they define, map, prioritize and help defend key terrain. 

March 22, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Deborah Lee James, secretary of the U.S. Air Force, addresses the inaugural AFCEA International’s three-day TechNet Air 2016 symposium in San Antonio.

AFCEA TechNet Air 2016

The SIGNAL Magazine Online Show Daily, Day 1

Quote of the Day:
"Our military's technological superiority is being challenged in ways that we've never experienced before, and we can't take these developments for granted. If we do, that could put American lives at risk in the not-too-distant future."—Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James

The secretary of the Air Force’s candid assessment of the U.S. military’s declining superiority was not anything that hasn’t been uttered before. And yet, her words rang eerily poignant and ominous, given today’s ever-increasing global instability.

March 23, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Rear Adm. Randy Mahr, USN, deputy program director at the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office speaks about the Defense Department's costliest program during AFCEA's TechNet Air 2016 symposium.

AFCEA TechNet Air 2016

The SIGNAL Magazine Online Show Daily, Day 2

Quote of the Day:
“With the F-35, we're making it as flexible as we can to give it a long life so when the threat changes, whether it's a high-intensity conflict or an overfly to collect [human intelligence] data, the platform is going to be able to survive.”—Rear Adm. Randy Mahr, USN, deputy program director at the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office

Perception isn’t always reality, but that doesn’t make for the most compelling headlines, said Rear Adm. Randy Mahr, USN, deputy program director at the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office.

March 28, 2016

United States Technologies Inc., Fair Lawn, New Jersey, is being awarded a $16,428,130 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure hardware and services in support of the Airborne Threat Simulation program for the Air Force. Hardware and services being procured include: one First Article Radio Frequency Module #1 MD-1360/ULQ-21(V); one First Article Radio Frequency Module #2 MD-1367/ULQ-21(V); 300 each Production Radio Frequency Module #1 MD-1360/ULQ-21(V); 180 each Radio Frequency Module #2 MD-1367/ULQ-21(V); teardown and evaluations; repairs; modifications; modification repair/materials; and technical data in support of test and evaluation and training missio

March 28, 2016

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, has been awarded a $30,257,077 modification (P00013) to previously awarded contract FA8620-13-C-3018 for Global Hawk Block Lot 11 production. Contractor will provide for the retrofit of eight Block 30I aircraft to Block 30M capable aircraft. Work will be performed at San Diego, California, and is expected to be complete by December 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $29,827,733 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Global Hawk Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

 

March 28, 2016

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Baltimore, Maryland, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $70,288,310 undefinitized contract action (FA8730-16-C-0016) for radar risk reduction efforts intended for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Recapitalization (JSTARS Recap) program. Raytheon - Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $60,000,000 contract action (FA8730-16-C-0015). Contractors will provide nonrecurring hardware and software engineering activities to ensure radars are scaled to meet JSTARS Recap Wide Area Surveillance requirements.

March 22, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Members of the Air Force's Task Force Cyber Secure talk about challenges to securing weapons systems during the TechNet Air symposium.

Cyber right now is the the cat’s meow—a notion sure to keep funding flowing for technological solutions, at least in the near term, to counter the emerging threats, according to Col. Gary Salmans, USAF, senior materiel leader of the Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division within the Air Force Materiel Command.

March 22, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Maj. Gen. Jerry Harris, USAF, vice commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia speaks at the inaugural TechNet Air 2016 symposium in San Antonio.

While technology helped propel the U.S. military to outshine just about every adversary, failing to safeguard key developments just might lead to its downfall, warned Maj. Gen. Jerry Harris, USAF, vice commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

At the vertex of much of technological advances has been emergence of cyberspace across warfighting domains.

March 1, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Air Force cyber transport systems technician works on an electronic equipment rack at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to traditional cyberthreats, the Air Force is seeing increased cyber activity aimed at bringing down its critical infrastructure at bases in the United States.

Tasked with expected challenges to its air and space networks and data traffic, the U.S. Air Force also is seeing an increasing amount of cyberthreats directed at its base infrastructure. The service projects power from its bases, and the cyber attacks it faces there are similar to those aimed at the U.S. critical infrastructure.

March 14, 2016

Cole Engineering Services Inc., Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $67,320,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Air Force Modeling and Simulation Training Toolkit program. Contractor will provide a set of software tools that provide a complete constructive simulated theater-level air warfare environment. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be complete by March 10, 2021. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with six offers received. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation; and operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,965,959 are being obligated for the first delivery order at the time of award.

March 7, 2016

The Raytheon Co., Space and Airborne Systems Division, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been awarded a $7,727,621 modification (P00038) to previously awarded contract FA8307-11-C-1000 for an engineering change on the VINSON/ANDVT Cryptographic Modernization (VACM) program. Contractor will implement hardware changes related to design issues and parts obsolescence, as well as software deficiencies identified during testing. Work will be performed at Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Largo, Florida, and is expected to be complete by March 7, 2017.

March 4, 2016

Pinnacle Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, has been awarded a $14,743,219 modification (P00001) to previously awarded contract FA8621-16-C-6281 for support of the KC-10 training system. Contractor will provide operations, maintenance and sustainment of 39 aircrew training devices and maintenance training devices. These training devices support maintenance and aircrew personnel continuous training at Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command and Air Education Training Command.

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