Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Systems Engineering Solutions, Boulder, Colorado, was awarded on May 11, 2015, a not-to-exceed $11,145,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for laser target interaction modeling and simulation. Contractor will conduct research leading to the development of advanced computational methods for predicting the physical phenomenology resulting from high energy laser interactions. Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by May 8, 2020.
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Gleason Research Associates Inc., Columbia, Maryland, was awarded a $10,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for modeling and simulation of vehicle protection systems. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of April 12, 2020. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. The Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QX-15-D-0012).
Infoscitex Corp., Waltham, Massachusetts, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $98,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aerospace systems technologies and simulation-based research and development capabilities. Contractor will provide aerospace systems technology development focused on technology research areas, which include but are not limited to flight-control laws, automation, autonomy, cooperative control and vehicle integrity management.
Emergency responders may be able to anticipate unfolding disasters before they have to respond, as a result of a new system that combines situational input with simulation. When floodwaters are rising or a fire is spewing toxic fumes, emergency personnel can simulate in real time how the threat might expand and evolve and plan their responses accordingly.
Virtual training for U.S. Army soldiers advanced in both capability and fidelity recently with the release of Virtual Battle Space 3. Designed for units at the company level or below, its flexibility makes it applicable to the range of Army missions, reducing costs and logistics needs for users.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration has issued a request for proposals to further develop “extreme scale” supercomputer technology under the FastForward program.
The U.S. Army is adjusting its Network Integration Evaluations to facilitate acquisitions more rapidly. Calls from industry and soldiers themselves have precipitated the moves. As companies face reduced funding streams, and technology advances in increasingly shorter intervals, implementing briefer time frames between testing and deployment is imperative to remaining viable on and off the field.
Rear Adm. Robert Day Jr., USCG, assistant U.S. Coast Guard commandant for command, control, communications and information technology, sees the Joint Information Environment as an opportunity to resolve some of the most pressing information technology problems in the years to come as he faces a future with more challenges and fewer resources. He says a military-wide common operating environment will establish “enterprisewide mandates that programs cannot ignore.”
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, has unveiled two new supercomputers that are among the fastest and most powerful devices of their kind. The devices are part of a recently opened supercomputing center that is the new locus of the service’s use of high-speed computing not only for basic scientific research and development, but also to solve basic warfighter needs using the latest available technologies.
Sandia National Laboratories has signed an umbrella Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Caterpillar Incorporated that covers multiple projects over the next three years. Though Caterpillar is best known for large construction and mining equipment, the CRADA authorizes work in computer and computational science, information and data analysis, mathematics, engineering science and high-performance computing.
As the U.S. government wrestles with its myriad budgetary woes, training, modeling and simulation can provide substantial savings in a variety of ways, according to officials speaking on the Training, Modeling and Simulation panel at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.
Emergency responders working under U.S. Air Forces Europe are preparing to receive an advanced simulation trainer that they expect will greatly improve the realism and efficacy of their training. Though procured mainly for firefighters, the system can be employed to exercise many types of crisis situations. Other organizations around the world already are using it for different purposes while benefitting from one another’s efforts. Anytime one user makes an improvement, that knowledge is shared with everyone, creating a constantly evolving capability.
Earthbound technologies and computer programming that make most popular video games possible are driving development of the remote-controlled robots now in use by NASA in the unmanned exploration of Mars and the solar system. Those improvements in both hardware and software also spur innovation in the next generation of robots envisioned for use by government and industry. That is important because NASA recently has proposed a new, multiyear program of sending robot explorers to Mars, culminating in the launch of another large scientific rover in the year 2020.
Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Va., has been awarded a $63 million competitive award on the Software, Networks, Information, Modeling and Simulation (SNIM) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.
Big data can mean big problems for the people trying to derive usable information from a large number of sources. Since coming into existence in March, the Scalable Data Management, Analysis and Visualization Institute has made strides to resolve this issue for programs running on supercomputers. The young organization’s efforts have applicability to a variety of scientific fields—including nuclear physics—and its tools are open source so others can take advantage of the findings.
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, was awarded a $135.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research services in advanced modeling and simulation, capitalizing on research and development in disciplines with the entertainment industry. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Durham, North Carolina, is the contracting activity.
Kratos Digital Fusion Solutions Incorporated, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded approximately $23 million for research, development, modeling, and simulation capabilities for innovative and comprehensive research and development efforts in the highly coupled areas and intersections of modeling and simulation, computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamic heating and advanced weapons concepts. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
ITT Corporation, Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a more than $9 million contract to provide for research and development efforts in the area of modeling, simulation, and analysis for chemical biological smoke and obscurants. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Chesapeake Technology International, California, Maryland, is being awarded a nearly $7 million contract modification to provide additional funding for system engineering services for test support, in-service engineering, fleet introduction, installation and checkout, and data requirements in support of the Improved Capability III EA-6B flight simulator and USQ-113 communication jamming and receiver simulation. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.