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Metal Foam Stops Armor-Piercing Bullets

June 17, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
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The armor was tested using .50 caliber ball and armor-piercing rounds. The armor was tested with rounds fired at impact velocities from 500 meters per second up to 885 meters per second.

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Defense Information Systems Agency Cuts Contracting Fees for Enterprise Acquisition Services

June 17, 2019
Posted by Gopika Ramesh

The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) is reducing their contracting fee for enterprise acquisition services from 2.5% to 2.25% starting on October 1st, 2019 according to a recent release by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). This will be coinciding with the start of fiscal year 2020.

In a statement, Christopher Barnhurst, DISA’s chief financial officer said, “DITCO’s dedication to controlling costs while evolving service offerings has resulted in the ability to lower fees to customers, thereby enabling reinvestment into lethality for the DOD."

DITCO is required to charge its customers a fee to cover costs for their operating and capital budget activity, which includes all labor, non-labor, general, and administrative costs.

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National Aerospace Solutions is Supporting Air Force Testing Operations and Sustainment at Arnold AFB

June 12, 2019

National Aerospace Solutions LLC, Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee, has been awarded a $179,038,803 modification (P00077) to previously awarded contract FA9101-15-C-0500 for test operations and sustainment. This modification adds option year three (contract performance year four) for test operations, technology development, equipment and facility sustainment, capital improvements and some support services for Arnold Engineering Development Complex. Work will be performed at Arnold AFB, Tennessee, and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2020. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $931,503,054. Air Force Test Center, Arnold AFB, Tennessee, is the contracting activity.

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Sev1Tech is Assisting HHS' Federal Occupational Health Agency with IT Modernization and Cloud

June 11, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded Woodbridge, Virginia-based Sev1Tech a five-year task order to provide the Federal Occupational Health (FOH) agency with cloud infrastructure and information technology modernization services, the company announced recently. Under the contract, Sev1Tech will extend the agency's use of cloud technology from cloud service provider (CSP) Amazon Web Services. Sev1Tech will assist with the use of CSP products and service offerings, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). The company will also offer management, operational, and technical security controls and continuous monitoring procedures to ensure Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program compliance for cloud-based applications.

"These foundational infrastructure and platform technologies enable FOH to migrate to modern software systems, keep pace with commercial innovation, and make use of artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities," the company stated.

The FOH provides occupational health services to more than 360 federal agencies and 1.8 million federal employees, and an enterprise-level approach to cloud infrastructure and platforms will help the agency make critical data-driven decisions and remain the preferred source for occupational healthcare, the company said.

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Braxton Technologies is Supporting Air Force EGS Satellite Ground System Prototyping

June 11, 2019

Colorado Springs-based Braxton Technologies, LLC* was awarded a $20 million Phase III Small Business Innovative Research contract (with a $100 million ceiling) to support Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) Satellite Operations Prototyping and Integration (SPI). EGS is a government-controlled platform and underlying infrastructure, that will provide ground services and enterprise Defensive Cyber Operations to support the service's space missions, the company reported. Under the mulit-award contract, the company will assist the Air Force's Space & Missile Systems Center and the Space Command effort of providing secure, effective, and interoperable tactical command and control capabilities to mission partners. The SPI team includes affiliated companies, Space Ground Systems Solutions and Ingenicomm, as well as other subcontractors, such as Aurora Cybersecurity, ASRC Federal, Bluestaq, Kratos, LinQuest, Rocket Communications, and SAIC. The team will work to implement automation, cyber resiliency and a common EGS user experience. *Small business

 

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