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Insitu to Continue to Maintain ScanEagle System

August 22, 2017

Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded $16,880,154 for ceiling-priced modification P00027 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-13-D-0016). Insitu will provide additional parts and supplies to maintain the ScanEagle unmanned aviation system in support of Navy Special Warfare fleet operations. Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington, and is expected to be completed in September 2018. Funding will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued.

Raytheon Will Continue to Support NAVAIR Systems

August 22, 2017

Raytheon Company, Marlborough, Massachusetts, is being awarded $11,040,205 for cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursement delivery order 5001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0003) for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Air Traffic, Navigation, Integration, and Coordination System (ATNAVICS) refurbishment and range extension. The effort includes programmatic, technical and engineering services for the NAVAIR ATNAVICS Fleet Support Team. Work will be performed in Largo, Florida (68 percent); and Marlborough, Massachusetts (32 percent).

Rockwell Collins to Support Air Force’s KC-10 Avionics System

August 22, 2017

Rockwell Collins Incorporated, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $10,653,761 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee, cost reimbursable, and time and materials contract. Under the contract, Rockwell Collins will provide avionics sustaining engineering services for the KC-10 avionics system. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 17, 2027. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition; only one offer was received.

Northrup Grumman to Develop Laser Range Finders for the Army

August 22, 2017

Northrup Grumman Systems Corporation, Apopka, Florida, has been awarded a $12,439,451 firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract for Army-related laser range finders. The 14-month base contract includes one 14-month option period. Deliveries will begin 360 days after award. Location of performance is Florida, with a June 7, 2019, performance completion date. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2017 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Michigan (SPRDL1-17-C-0200).

Marine Corps to Get Boost in C4 Systems

August 22, 2017

C4 Planning Solutions LLC, Blythe, Georgia, is being awarded a $48,750,000 five-year, firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for engineering support services for the Marine Corps. The services include technical expertise; assistance with installing fielded command, control, communications and computer (C4) systems; troubleshooting; issue resolution; tactical communications network analysis; diagnostics; maintenance; systems; engineering; technical support; configuration management; and over-the shoulder-training.

Seeing Is Believing For Artificial Intelligence

August 21, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

Geospatial imagery as well as facial recognition and other biometrics are driving the intelligence community’s research into artificial intelligence.

It’s Official: President Elevates U.S. Cyber Command

August 18, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members participate in exercises sponsored by U.S. Cyber Command. On Friday, President Donald Trump elevated the command to a unified combatant command. Photo: Chief Petty Officer Dennis J. Herring, USN

The move, announced on Friday, could be followed by the command's separation from the National Security Agency.

Blacksky Awarded Contract for Geospatial Intelligence Demonstration Model

August 18, 2017

Blacksky Geospatial Solutions Inc., Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $16,430,993 cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for software, technical reports and a demonstration model. This contract is to design, develop and evaluate a geospatial intelligence broker development platform feasibility demonstration model that contains components, modules or services of this model in a cloud environment. Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by August 16, 2019. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.

Cyber Intrusions Linked to Global Geopolitics

August 18, 2017
Kimberly Underwood
Cyber attacks in the United States usually pass though universities or susceptible third-party infrastructure, explains Kevin Mandia, CEO of FireEye, a cybersecurity company.

It took 18 years of responding to breaches before FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia made the connection, the former Air Force computer security officer revealed at a recent conference.

MDA Gets Cybersecurity Boost

August 17, 2017

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $91,499,780 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (including options) for advisory and assistance services for Ballistic Missile Defense System cybersecurity management (CSM) and computer network defense in support of technical, engineering, advisory and management support.

Philippines to Receive Six ScanEagle UAVs

August 17, 2017

Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded $7,407,625 for the procurement of six ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems

DHS Tests Touch-Free Fingerprint System

August 17, 2017
The Homeland Security Department is testing a new contact-free fingerprinting technology at select airports.

While contact-based fingerprint technology has existed for some time, non-contact fingerprinting is still a new frontier.

ARL Developing Virtual Trainer for Grenade Launcher

August 16, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Researchers at the Army Research Laboratory in Orlando are creating a virtual grenade launcher training platform that will allow for repeated virtual rounds before going out to the real firing range.

The Army Research Laboratory is creating a virtual MK-19 trainer that will help shorten training set-up time and decrease ammunition costs.

Cognitive Warfare Will Be Deciding Factor in Battle

August 15, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, USMC, director, Defense Intelligence Agency, speaks at the Department of Defense Intelligence Information System 2017 Worldwide Conference.

Modern warfare is a cognitive battle. To be successful, warfare must strive to control information.

USC Researches Quantum Computing

August 15, 2017

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, has been awarded a $9,000,000 modification (P00001) to contract W911NF-17-C-0050 for basic research in quantum computing. Work will be performed in Los Angeles, California, with an estimated completion date of June 8, 2019. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,777,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is the contracting activity.

AFRL Moves Forward on New Air Platforms

August 15, 2017

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, Manassas, Virginia (FA8650-17-D-2715), and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Redondo Beach, California (FA8650-17-D-2719), have been awarded a $499,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity shared ceiling for six contracts for the Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program.

Lockheed Martin to Support Future GPS Satellites

August 14, 2017

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $45,482,492 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00450) for military code (M-Code) early use software. The contract will enable M-Code tasking, monitoring and signal in space for current and future global positioning system satellites. Work will be performed in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 2019. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $15,300,000 are being obligated at the time of award.

Squad X Work Advances

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Grand Prairie, Texas, has been awarded a $12,933,908 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Squad X Experimentation program to design, develop and validate system prototypes for a combined-arms squad. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas; Rome, New York; Menlo Park, California; Woburn, Massachusetts; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with an estimated completion date of August 14, 2019.

New Cyber Research Service Available to Academia

August 10, 2017

Comodo's service, called Comodemia, provides users access to one of the world's largest cybersecurity data repositories.

Training the CEMA Force

August 9, 2017
By George I. Seffers

“They’re going to hit us and hit us and hit us, and the only way we’ll be able to survive and to operate through that is to start expanding the level of  training and the experience that we have operating with degraded systems or sometimes no systems at all.” —Lt. Gen. Mark Bowman, USA (Ret.), former director of command, control, communications and computers/cyber for the Joint Staff