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Dunford Nominated to Lead Marine Corps

July 17, 2014

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., USMC, has been nominated for assignment as commandant of the Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.  

Force 3 to Provide Routers

May 30, 2014

Force 3 Inc., Crofton, Maryland, is being awarded a $10,518,147 five-year, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the upgrade and maintenance support of Marine Corps outer routers. This contract contains four one-year options, which if exercised, would being the maximum dollar value to $13,760,881. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-14-D-4400).

Self-Healing Paint Might Keep Tactical Vehicles on the Road Longer

April 29, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A new primer additive developed for military tactical vehicles lets paint “heal itself” and could revolutionize maintenance timelines while saving billions of dollars, defense experts say.

Polyfibroblast, developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in partnership with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), can be added to zinc-enriched paint primers used on tactical vehicles, which then can “heal like human skin,” says Capt. Frank Furman, USMC, who manages the logistics research programs for ONR’s Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department.

“Corrosion costs the Department of the Navy billions of dollars each year,” Capt. Furman says. “This technology could cut maintenance costs, and, more importantly, it could increase the time vehicles are out in the field with our Marines.”

The powder is made up of microscopic polymer spheres filled with an oily liquid. When the vehicle’s paint is scratched or marred, resin from the broken capsules form a waxy, water-repellant coating across exposed steel to protect against corrosion, he says. Corrosion costs the Navy an estimated $7 billion a year, roughly half of that from damaged Marine Corps vehicles.

The primer additive recently was tested on tactical ground vehicles at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. “It hasn’t been implemented on a wide scale, but we think we are at the point to do that,” Capt. Furman says.

PPG Industries, a coatings and specialty products company headquartered in Pennsylvania, has the contract to add the product to the zinc-rich primers for bulk distribution.

The Dog Ate My Interview!

April 29, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea, USMC, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, is a busy man. He travels a lot. He meets with a lot of high-ranking, important people. So what happened when the dog literally ate Technology Editor George I. Seffers' interview with the general?

CDW to Provide Laptops for Technology Refresh

April 25, 2014

CDW Government, Vernon Hills, Ill., is being awarded $22,982,965 for delivery order 0024, under a previously awarded requirements contract (M67854-12-D-4153) for a quantity of 19,073 general purpose laptops to support the next-generation enterprise network computer refresh. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Two Firms to Support Dismounted Counter-IED Systems

February 19, 2014

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev. (M67854-14-D-2521) and Northrop Grumman Corp., Herndon, Va. (M67854-14-D-2522) are each being awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for the counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) electronic warfare Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operation capable (CREW MEU (SOC), dismounted systems. The CREW MEU (SOC) program addresses an urgent and compelling need for a capability to counter the threat posed by IEDs. The maximum ceiling for both contracts is $90,000,000, with the two contractors having an opportunity to compete for individual orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts throughout the 60-month ordering period of the contracts. The contractors will deliver five initial production systems each for testing under the first delivery orders and the remaining 360 production systems and contract requirements will be competed for each subsequent delivery order. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Awarded G/ATOR Modification

December 27, 2013

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., is being awarded a $10,500,000 modification under a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (M67854-07-C-2072) for the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar engineering and manufacturing development phase for associated engineering support services and related program cost increases. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Awarded G/ATOR Modification

December 23, 2013

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., is being awarded a $10,500,000 modification under a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (M67854-07-C-2072) for the ground/air task-oriented radar engineering and manufacturing development phase for associated engineering support services and related program cost increases. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Cubic to Provide Urban Warfare Trainer

October 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $12,575,953 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of weapon instrumentation that will integrate into the Instrumented - Tactical Engagement Simulation System, Increment II (I-TESS II) baseline capabilities. The I-TESS II system is used in military operations in urban terrain facilities and non-live fire maneuver ranges located at various Marine Corps bases and installations. This effort will support the design, development, integration, ruggedized prototype, testing and effectiveness evaluation of squad immersive training environment specific capability enhancements to the I-TESS II training system. These enhancements address current training proficiency and readiness gaps at the squad-level and will be used to support both direct force-on-force and force-on-target tactical engagement training. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-13-C-7802).

Conscious Security Receives Software Licensing Contract

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Conscious Security Inc., Stafford, Va., is being awarded an $8,903,818 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity for the procurement of Axway brand name software licenses and maintenance through 2018. The licenses and maintenance must be compatible and interoperable with existing Department of Navy hardware and technology equipment. Work will be performed in Stafford, Va., and is expected to be completed by March 2018. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated against individual delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website with two offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-13-D-4045).

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