Acquisition and Contracting Blog

Collins is Supplying Equipment for Naval E-2D Hawkeye

September 22, 2020

Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is awarded a $10,729,836 contract modification (P00027) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract N61340-17-C-0014. This modification procures initial spare parts, aircraft common equipment and aerial refueling equipment in support of the E-2D Hawkeye Integrated Training System suite of flight and maintenance trainer devices. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia (95%); and Point Mugu, California (5%), and is expected to be completed in May 2022.

Lockheed is Providing Infrared Receivers and Processors for F/A-18 System

September 22, 2020

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $20,019,391 delivery order N00383-20-F-0QW0 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029 for the procurement of five infrared receivers and four control processors in support of the F/A-18 Infrared Search and Track System. All work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and work will be completed by December 2023. Aircraft procurement funds (Navy) in the full amount of $20,019,391 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

L3 Harris is Supporting Space Force Space Situational Awareness Effort

September 22, 2020

L3Harris Technologies Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $13,534,278, fixed-price incentive firm modification (P00008) to contract FA8823-20-C-0004 for system sustainment services Option Year 1.  This modification updates and revises the maintenance of space situational awareness integrated capabilities sustainment performance work statement requirements for the current option year. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Dahlgren, Virginia, and is expected to be completed January 31, 2021.

SMC Selects Northrop Grumman in $300 Million Strategic Satellite Effort

September 22, 2020

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $298,044,362 firm-fixed-price Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications contract.  This contract provides a payload to develop hardware and software. Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California, and is expected to be completed May 2025. This is a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $31,190,000 are being obligated at the time of award.

Technological Focuses of the Space Force

September 22, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
With industry partners, including the United Launch Alliance, or ULA, the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) launches the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite (AEHF-5) at Cape Canaveral on an Atlas-V rocket in August 2019. Going forward the SMC will evolve into the Space Systems Command and will be seeking more horizontally focused solutions that can "plug and play" into a whole range of capabilities. Credit: SMC Public Affairs, Walter Talens

The service is looking to expand situational awareness of mission areas, improve its range structures and pursue horizontally focused acquisition, among other efforts.

Negotiating Secure Work During the Pandemic

September 17, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Companies working for intelligence community agencies have had to redefine some processes and procedures to ensure mission-critical work could continue during the pandemic. Credit: Shutterstock/NicoElNino

Intelligence community contractors evolve to serve the national security mission during COVID-19.

Air Force Expands Its Pursuit of E-Systems

September 16, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, presents the idea of electronic-systems or e-systems, at the Air Force Association's virtual conference on September 15.

Acquisition leader defines the intent of the broader digital transformation.

MEP is Replacing Electrical Infrastructure at the Defense Microelectronics

September 11, 2020

MEP Infrastructure Solutions Inc., Chicago, Illinois, has been awarded a fixed-price with prospective price redetermination contract with a $12,817,992.00 ceiling for comprehensive replacement of the electrical infrastructure in Defense Microelectronics Activity’s Building 1. The location of performance is McClellan, California. Work is expected to be completed by September 20, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2020 research and development funds in the amount of $12,817,992 are being obligated at time of award.

Analog Photonics is Assisting DARPA's Modular Optical Aperture Building Blocks Researcg

September 11, 2020

Analog Photonics LLC,* Boston, Massachusetts, was awarded a $10,266,430 modification (P00011) to exercise the Phase 3 option to previously awarded HR0011-16-C-0108 for the Modular Optical Aperture Building Blocks (MOABB) research program. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $25,579,196. Work will be performed in Boston, Massachusetts, with an expected completion date of May 2022.  Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $10,266,430 are being obligated at time of award.

Applied Physical Sciences is Supporting DARPA's Sea Train Effort

September 10, 2020

Applied Physical Sciences Corp., Groton, Connecticut, has been awarded a $13,876,535 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support the Sea Train Phase 1 program, which will develop and demonstrate approaches to overcome the range limitations inherent in medium unmanned surface vessels by exploiting wave-making resistance reductions. Fiscal 2020 research and development funds in the amount of $1,317,264 are being obligated at the time of award. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Maryland (43%); Groton, Connecticut (26%); Hanover, Maryland (23%); Concord, Massachusetts (5%); Arlington, Virginia

Raytheon is Experimenting with Commercial Space Internet Communications

September 10, 2020

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, has been awarded a $13,081,138 contract for the defense experimentation using commercial space internet (DEUCSI) Call 002 Vendor Flexibility effort. This contract seeks to establish the ability to communicate with Air Force platforms via multiple commercial space internet constellations using common user terminal hardware elements. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is expected to be completed February 11, 2024. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition under the DEUCSI Advanced Research Announcement Call 002.

Johns Hopkins to Support Air Force Electromagnetic Spectrum Research

September 10, 2020

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, has been awarded a ceiling $90,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to obtain essential analysis documentation, to include work closely related to inherently governmental functions, in the domains of engineering, research, development, modeling and simulation and test and evaluation in the area of electromagnetic spectrum superiority in a capabilities-based system of systems context. Work will be performed in Laurel, Maryland, and is expected to be completed August 20, 2025.

Militaries Purchase Cubic Defense P5 Combat Training System

September 10, 2020

Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, California, has been awarded a $193,300,000 single-award, firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable-no-fee contract for the P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) contractor logistic support. This contract provides continuous depot-level contractor services by replacing the previous contract that expired on July 20, 2020. Work will be performed in San Diego, and is expected to be completed September 2027. This is a mix of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and non-FMS requirements.

Raytheon is Preparing Naval Air Systems Command Software

September 10, 2020

Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $52,203,703 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This contract provides new software development, software risk reduction, existing software support, software improvements and production integration planning. Specifically, this contract provides for the development of Operational Flight Software (OFS) 10.15, which is required for the AIM-9X Block II Missile production in support of Lot 23 as well as future lots for the Navy, Air Force and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (83%); Andover, Ma

The Call for Advanced Credentialling

September 10, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Experts speaking at the Federal Identity Virtual Collaboration Event on September 9 pointed out the U.S. federal government's use of the common access card can be improved with employment of a more holistic, enterprise system across all agencies. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrii Zastrozhnov

Identity management experts see an overdue need for innovation.

 

The Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman for Supply Chain Management of RF Countermeasure Systems

September 4, 2020

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Warner Robins, Georgia, has been awarded an estimated $66,851,248 requirements contract for the supply chain management of the AN/ALQ-155, AN/ALQ-161, AN/ALQ-184 and AN/APN-241 systems. This contract provides for repairs, spares and engineering services for the mentioned systems. Work will be performed at Warner Robins, Georgia, and is expected to be completed September 9, 2028. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 defense working capital funds are being used and no funds are being obligated at the time of the award.

Technical and Project Engineering to Providing Computer Programming Support to Army

September 4, 2020

Technical and Project Engineering LLC,* Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $9,221,888 firm-fixed-price contract to provide computer programming support services to Headquarters, Department of the Army; U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; U.S. Army Special Operations Command; the Office of the Chief of Army Reserve; Army National Guard; and TRADOC Centers of Excellence. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of September 6, 2024.

The Army Hires CMU to Conduct AI and Autonomous Research

September 4, 2020

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $70,000,000 cost-no-fee contract to research and develop a new translational research methodology that leverages autonomy and artificial intelligence to minimize time spent on low-impact, high-time activities. Bids were solicited via the internet with 999 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of September 3, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QX-20-D-0008).

Shipbuilders Conduct Studies for Construction of Large Unmanned Surface Naval Vessel

September 4, 2020

Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi (N00024-20-C-6319); Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Maryland (N00024-20-C-6320); Bollinger Shipyards Lockport LLC, Lockport, Louisiana (N00024-20-C-6316); Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, Wisconsin (N00024-20-C-6317); Gibbs & Cox Inc., Arlington, Virginia (N0002420C6318); and Austal USA LLC, Mobile, Alabama (N00024-20-C-6315), are each being awarded a firm-fixed price contract for studies of a Large Unmanned Surface Vessel with a combined value across all awards of $41,985,112.

Firms to Compete to Deliver Systems for Launch and Platforms for Naval Surface Warfare

September 4, 2020

Advex Corp., Hampton, Virginia (N00164-20-D-GW63); Chesapeake Machining and Fabrication, Baltimore, Maryland (N00164-20-D-GW06); Kodiak Manufacturing, Allison, Pennsylvania (N00164-20-D-GW07); and Merrill Technologies Group, Saginaw, Michigan (N00164-20-D-GW08), will compete for each order of the $50,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contracts for machining and fabrication requirements in support of the development, maintenance and sustainment of systems, sub-systems, equipment and components.

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