Acquisition and Contracting Blog

Space Force Pursues Contract Mod with Ball Aerospace for Microwave Weather System

May 16, 2022

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colorado, has been awarded a $16,639,955 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification (P00052) to previously awarded FA8810-18-C-0002 for Weather System Follow-on Microwave. The contract modification is for the exercise of an option for integration, test, and operational work of the Weather System Follow-on Microwave Space Vehicle 1. Work will be performed in Boulder, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by May 15, 2025. Fiscal 2022 research and development funds are being obligated at the time of award.

Carlyle to Acquire ManTech for Approximately $4.2 Billion

May 16, 2022

On May 16 Herndon, Virginia-based ManTech International Corp. announced that it would be acquired by The Carlyle Group in an cash transaction valuing approximately $4.2 billion. ManTech reported that it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by Carlyle and that the intended sale was unanimously approved by ManTech’s Board of Directors. Assuming ManTech shareholders vote in favor of the transaction and regulatory approvals are reached, the deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.

EPA Selects GDIT in $89.5 Million High-End Scientific Computing Effort

May 9, 2022
The Environmental Protection Agency is pursuing high-performance scientific computing in a contract with General Dynamics Information Technology. Credit: Shutterstock/muratart/NASA

The Environmental Protection Agency will rely on super computing for its complex health and environmental research. 

Building Innovation Takes a Village

April 20, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
The Colorado Springs-based nonprofit engagement organization known as The Smalls works with businesses and government organizations such as the Defense Department-sponsored Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Centers to help companies procure federal, state and local government contracts. Credit: The Smalls

Colorado organization unites key technology, defense and industrial-related companies.

The Navy Selects Comtech for SATCOM Tech Support

April 20, 2022

Comtech EF Data, Tempe, Arizona, is awarded a $13,132,880 contract modification under an existing firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery contract (N00039-18-D-0007) for Comtech SLM-5650B modems, SLM-5650B modem upgrade kits, firmware upgrades, and technical support services. The commercially available modems support satellite communications and interoperability across Navy platforms and shore sites.

Utah State and Space Dynamics Lab is Providing Satellite Technology Support to the Air Force

April 20, 2022

Utah State University/Space Dynamics Laboratory, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been awarded an $11,384,566 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for the Hybrid Space Architecture Testbed - Albuquerque Mission Operations Center. This contract provides for support tools for emerging satellite technologies that may solve many software and communications challenges among satellite antennae ground stations and orbiting assets. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by April 19, 2027.

Jaria is Assisting Defense Innovation Unit

April 20, 2022

Jaria LLC, Manassas, Virginia, was awarded a firm fixed-price and time and materials contract (HQ0034-22-F-0131) in the amount of $10,738,576. The purpose of this contract is to provide business administrative management and consulting services to the Defense Innovation Unit. This contract will provide scientific and technical operating advice and assistance on administrative and management issues in the following task areas: executive administration, program management, network support, security operations, business development, and commercial executive support.

The Army Selects Sig Sauer to Provide New Rifles in $20 Million Effort

April 20, 2022

The U.S. Army announced on April 19th that it had awarded a 10-year firm-fixed-price follow-on production contract to Sig Sauer for the manufacture and delivery of two Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) variations, including the XM5 Rifle and the XM250 Automatic Rifle, and the 6.8 Common Cartridge Family of Ammunition.

"This award was made following a rigorous 27-month prototyping and evaluation effort that included numerous technical tests and soldier touch points of three competing prototype systems," an Army spokesperson stated.

U.S. Space Force Budget To Sharpen Space Awareness

April 4, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
A Falcon 9 rocket launches on January 6, 2020, at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket, carrying an installment of Starlink satellites, was the first official launch of the U.S. States Space Force. In its second budget request to Congress, the service is seeking $24.5 billion to ensure space resiliency and dominance for the U.S. military. Credit: Air Force Airman 1st Class Zoe Thacker

The service’s second budget submission aims to tackle aging infrastructure.

Army Provides Details on Reduced RDT&E Budget

March 29, 2022
By George I. Seffers
A Bradley Fighting Vehicle acts as surrogate for testing advanced running gear technology for the future Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle. The Army continues funding the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program with its 2023 fiscal year budget request. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Mark Schauer

The fiscal 2023 procurement and research, development, test and evaluation request is less than previous enacted levels but emphasizes the Army’s six modernization priorities.

NGA Selects GDIT in $4.5 Billion Data Center Services Effort

March 22, 2022

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected Falls Church-based General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) for a single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, 10-year contract with a $4.5 billion ceiling. As part of the User Facing and Data Center Services Contract effort, the company will provide hybrid cloud services, including commercial clouds and data center, and innovative information technology (IT) design, engineering, implementation and operations and sustainment to NGA and its mission partners.

Army Prepares to Open $40 Million 5G Effort

March 21, 2022
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Army is seeking industry 5G-network related solutions in a new $40 million effort meant to strengthen command post communications. U.S. Army Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division prepare to set up their tactical operations center in the Germany’s Hohenfels Training Area in 2015. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Caleb Barrieau

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering is supporting the groundbreaking experimentation effort.

Novatio Engineering is Delivering Lightweight Tactical Power Source Units to the Army

March 17, 2022

Novatio Engineering Inc., Belmont, Massachusetts, was awarded a $30,946,185 firm-fixed-price contract for the production and delivery of a family of lightweight tactical power source units and components. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 10, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W909MY-22-D-0003).

Saab is Supporting Marine Corps' Next Gen Force-On-Force Training Systems

March 17, 2022

Saab Inc., Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $68,867,437 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded undefinitized contract (M67854-21-C-8051) for Force on Force Training Systems-Next (FoFTS-Next). The FoFTS-Next is the next generation of Instrumented – Tactical Engagement Simulation System (I-TESS) for the Marine Corps. The FoFTS-Next Increment 1 consists of instrumentation systems for individuals, vehicles, buildings and weapons.

Lockheed Martin is Supplying Submarine Modernization Kits to NAVSEA

March 17, 2022

Lockheed Martin Corp., Syracuse, New York, is awarded a $12,792,525 cost-plus-incentive-fee delivery order (N00024-22-F-6209) to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00024-19-D-6200 for the procurement of submarine modernization kits, equipment, and installation. Work will be performed in Syracuse, New York, and is expected to be completed by January 2024. Fiscal 2022 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $12,792,525 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Northrop Grumman is Continuing to Develop EW Radio Frequency Compatibility

March 17, 2022

Northrop Grumman Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $91,277,706 modification (P00048) to previously awarded FA8615-19-C-6061 for electronic warfare radio frequency compatibility. The contract modification provides for software development, support for developmental testing and operational testing, initial production capabilities maturation, and hardware qualification testing. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2024.

Booz Allen Hamilton is Administering Natural Language Services Support

March 16, 2022

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract option modification (P00008) in the amount of $7,895,976 to a previously awarded contract (H98210-18-F-0062) for administering critical functions of the National Language Services Corps (NLSC), a major activity of the National Security Education Program (NSEP). This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $39,939,186 from $32,043,210, and is the result of a competitive acquisition with one solicitation and two offers received. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia.

Serco Gets Option to Continue Prototyping Unmanned Naval Systems

March 16, 2022

Serco Inc., Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a $15,788,396 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously-awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N61331-18-D-0007 to exercise options for the development, integration, testing, and evaluation of prototype systems into existing or emerging unmanned vehicles, unmanned weapons, and unmanned weapons control systems related to mine warfare, amphibious warfare, surface warfare, diving and life support, coastal and underwater intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and other missions in the littoral and riverine environments.

L3 Harris is Engineering Naval Steering, Machinery and Navigation Control Systems

March 16, 2022

L3 Harris Technologies Inc., Ayer, Massachusetts, is awarded a $19,161,016 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering services for CVN 78, DDG 1000, LSD 41/49, LPD 17, LHD 1, LHA 6, and LCS 1 and LCS 2 ship class steering control and navigation control systems and machinery control systems. This contract does not include options. Work will be performed in Ayer, Massachusetts (64%); Pittsfield, Massachusetts (3%); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3%); Norfolk, Virginia (3%); San Diego, California (3%); Bremerton, Washington (3%); Washington, D.C.