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There's a New Game in Town

September 21, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Operation Overmatch pits innovation against reality in a virtual environment.

U.S. Army introduces an online multiplayer game that allows soldiers to design the future battlespace.

DHS Contract to Boost Safety and Incident Response Technologies for Smart Cities

September 18, 2017

​The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a $4.8 million contract award to the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) of Herndon, Virginia, to apply cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to first responders and the commercial marketplace. The award was jointly announced by DHS and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the inaugural meeting of the Governor’s Smart Communities Working Group in Arlington, Virginia.

A New Law of Robotics: No Unauthorized Communications Access

September 20, 2017
By Bob Gourley and Jane Melia
U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists have demonstrated they can 3-D print drones tailored for specific missions. As unmanned systems proliferate on the battlefield, the military may need to consider a new law of robotics regarding cybersecurity. U.S. Army photo by Angie DePuydt

Experience in cybersecurity has opened our eyes to the need for another law of robotics. 

Leidos to Operate Army Aerial Detection System

September 18, 2017

Leidos, Reston, Virginia, has been awarded an $8,811,831 modification (P00018) to contract W909MY-15-C-0031 for operations and maintenance of the Aerial Optical Change Detection system. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia; and Bagram, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of January 25, 2018. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,811,831 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

Army to Boost Integration of Voice, Video and Messaging Capabilities

September 18, 2017

AT&T Corporation of Oakton, Virginia, has been awarded a $35,796,074 firm-fixed-price contract to provide integrated voice, video, instant messaging/chat, presence, and screen sharing. Bids were solicited via the Internet with seven received. Work will be performed in Oakton with an estimated completion date of September 14, 2022. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $35,796,074 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-17-C-0041).

Army Taps into McAfee and InfoReliance Cybersecurity Services

September 18, 2017

The U.S. Army has awarded a five-year, $182 million managed cybersecurity services contract to Fairfax, Va.-based InfoReliance LLC and Reston, Va.-based McAfee to enhance and modernize host based security and analytic technologies across the Army’s Endpoint Security System (AESS).  The capabilities will be delivered under a managed platform as a service (PaaS) model for "near real-time situational awareness on a global basis," according to the companies.

Technology to the Rescue for Homeland Security Needs

September 18, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
Andre Hentz, deputy undersecretary (acting) for science and technology, DHS, speaks at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

Better public-private partnerships sought to enhance security and resiliency.

More Training Boosts Cybersecurity

September 19, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Continuous cybersecurity training enables organizations to better use the expertise within their staffs. (Photo by Shutterstock)

A majority of organizations have too few security workers and nearly half do not provide adequate resources for security training.

New $11 Million Contract Aims at Boosting the Army's "Telehealth" Services

September 15, 2017

Irving Burton Associates (IBA) of Falls Church, Virginia, will provide research, scientific, management and technical support services for the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), under a $11 million two-year contract with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). IBA will support USAMRMC intiatiives in the areas of Telehealth, medical simulation, medical robotics, unmanned systems, and mobile solutions.

Raytheon to Support NOAA's Weather Forecasting Toolkit

September 15, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded a $269 million contract to the Raytheon Company for support of NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) program. The AWIPS program is used by 140 National Weather Service (NWS) field offices in collecting and analyzing weather data, creating forecaster visualizations and distributing time-sensitive weather statements such as hurricane watches and tornado warnings across the United States.

SNA International to Provide Forensics Support to Army

September 15, 2017

SNA International LLC of Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $110,000,000 hybrid contract (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) for scientific, technical, administrative, and logistical support services for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of September 14, 2022. U.S. Army Medical Command, U.S. Medical Research Activity, Fort Detrick, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W81XWH-17-D-0034).

Management Efforts Improving Homeland's Success

September 15, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
Chip Fulghum, deputy under secretary for management, DHS, addresses attendees at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

Faster documentation and estimates, better metrics and business approaches, combined with industry support, are the focus.

Unity of Effort Leading Acquisition Plans

September 14, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
Panelists discuss acquisition during a session at AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference.

Agencies are coming together in business solutions with integrated functions.

Tips for Doing Business with DHS

September 14, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
At the Homeland Security Conference, panelists discuss how small companies can do business with DHS.

Responding to RFIs is one common piece of advice that DHS experts say will help small businesses do business with the department.

DHS Contracting Initiative Benefits All Involved

September 13, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
At the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference, (l-r) Robert Gearhart, Dr. Douglas Maughan, Jeff Finan, Josh Wells, Bob Baxley and Michael Gormley discussed the DHS Science and Technology Silicon Valley Innovation Program.

Innovation program provides contractors a decision within one day, speeding technology into the operating environment.

Persistent Systems to Supply Radios to Army Weapons of Mass Destruction Teams

September 13, 2017

Persistent Systems, LLC of New York will supply 950 MPU5 radios to the U.S. Army National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) under a $8.9 million contract vehicle in support of the Army's Unified Command Suite (UCS) Program of Record, which is managed by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD).

CSRA to Provide Cloud Computing to Navy

September 12, 2017

CSRA LLC of  Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,357,125 blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to provide cloud computing services for the Department of Navy (DON) Research and Development Enterprise (NR&DE). The BPA will support a DON Cloud Services pilot program conducted by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) on behalf of 16 DON warfare centers to create a NR&DE Cloud Brokerage. The one-year BPA includes two one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative potential value to $34,698,390.

Engility Corp Will Develop Munition Simulation Technology for Air Force

September 12, 2017

Engility Corporation, Andover, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $49,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide research and development for Kinetic Kill Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) Simulation Technology for Advanced Research. The contract provides for the development of multi-spectral and multi-modal phenomenology modeling capabilities, to advance the start-of-the-art of HWIL test technology and to perform a critical role in the research, development and transition of Air Force munitions through the use of integrated guidance simulation. The location of performance

SAIC to Work with the Missile Defense Agency in Modeling and Analysis of Ballistic Missile System

September 12, 2017

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $34,636,585 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Under the contract (HQ0147-17-C-0045), SAIC will work with Missile Defense Agency to evolve analysis capability to model the Ballistic Missile Defense System's (BMDS) expected performance in support of the director for engineering's Quick Reaction Team (QRT) support and analysis effort. The effort supports research, development and testing of the BMDS. The analytical support for the QRT will create products used by the Missile Defense Agency director; the Nat

Lockheed to Deliver Radar and Periscope Detection Test Sets

September 12, 2017

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $9,540,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the production and delivery of 18 Intermediate Level Operational Test Program Sets for the MH-60R/S Multimode Radar and Advanced Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination work replaceable assemblies.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Fiscal year 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,540,000 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract wa

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