SIGNAL Blogs

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

August 17, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

August 10, 2017

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

August 9, 2017
By George I. Seffers
The Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminal, a Desert Storm-era system, could save lives on the modern battlefield, says the NETCOM commander.

Using commercial cellphones on the battlefield puts soldiers at risk of demoralizing and potentially deadly propaganda campaigns.

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

August 9, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors offer critical capabilities, but they also burden the U.S. Army's networks.

PEO IEW&S seeks enhanced sensors that do not overload the networks and electronic warfare systems that adapt with the threat.

August 9, 2017
By George I. Seffers
A panel at TechNet Augusta 2017 discusses military readiness.

One of the Army’s biggest needs in the area of tactical C3 is radio waveforms that are difficult to detect and intercept.

August 8, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, speaks at TechNet Augusta 2017.

Future battlefields may include robots, AI, quantum computing and driverless convoys, as well as cyber and other game-changing capabilities.

August 8, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr. (l), commander, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, speaks at TechNet Augusta 2017.

The Army seeks to define cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) formations through pilot projects.

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