DRS Technical Services Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a potential $269 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for systems engineering, analysis, design development, acquisition, integration, installation, testing, maintenance, and integrated logistic support for satellite and communication systems to adequately support the requirements of the Department of Defense and other United States government sponsors for continued morale, welfare and recreation internet cafe support. Work will be performed in Iraq; Afghanistan; and Stuttgart, Ger
DRS Technical Services, Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $6,300,000 time-and-materials contract modification for the engineering and installation support to command and control information technology infrastructure capabilities. Work will be performed in Qatar, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Korea, Germany, Israel and various countries in South America, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 8, 2012. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
ITT Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $121,279,103 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the services in support of the wideband satellite communications missions identified in the Operational Management System. Work will be performed in various U.S. locations; Landstuhl, Germany; Okinawa, Japan; and Canberra, Australia. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Air Force-Europe (USAFE) has awarded ITT Systems, Colorado Springs, Colorado, the USAFE Communication Support Contract. The total potential value of the contract is almost $18 million over the course of six years. ITT will provide program management, communications equipment maintenance, logistics support, computers and computer peripherals and cellular instrument support for base communications throughout Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Turkey, as well as long-haul communications support across Europe.
Germany is building public-private partnerships and is utilizing nongovernmental organizations to establish good working relationships between industry and the military. Direct links between uniformed forces and the commercial sector are sharply restricted by statute, but all parties are working within the law to improve the quality of services and technologies the military receives from industry.
Germany’s defense electronics industry is in a state of flux. Consolidation and internationalization have changed the way companies conduct business with national and foreign customers. Local firms must band together to work with and compete against large multinational consortia for government contracts. Within this shifting landscape, the industry is poised to take advantage of these changes by expanding into new domestic and overseas markets.
Germany’s operations in the coalition supporting Afghanistan are helping reshape a force transformation that is well on the way to bringing the NATO nation military fully into the network-centric world. The harsh and complex environment of the Southwest Asian battleground has re-emphasized some traditional approaches and illuminated others that will require changing the country’s military procurement.