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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.
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. "The new platform will minimize the Army’s attack surface, increase endpoint protection and drive the automation of key reporting metrics to the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Scorecard." The solutions will feature McAfee's Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE) that leverages McAfee's Data Exchange Layer (DXL) to combine threat information sources, share threat data, and identify and protect against new strains of malware. “This award is the outcome of years of strategic efforts implementing McAfee solutions that advance the security defenses and response capabilities of our customers and delivering them as a service,” said Aaron M. Faulkner, chief strategy officer for InfoReliance. “Our focus in cybersecurity is absolute, and we are humbled by the trust and confidence placed in us by the Army and our partner McAfee.”
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).
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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. Under the contract, Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business will provide operations and maintenance services, hardware, software, communications, and architecture improvement services for AWIPS to the NWS. "The AWIPS program provides meteorologists the tools they need to generate forecasts that save lives and protect property," said Matthew Gilligan, vice president of Navigation and Environmental Solutions at Raytheon. "This system is used every hour of every day and is especially important this hurricane season."
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. USAMRMC, headquartered in Fort Detrick, Maryland, is the Army’s medical materiel developer, responsible for medical research, development, acquisition and medical logistics management. "IBA is pleased to continue its decade of operational support to U.S Army with yet another exciting win," IBA Director of Operations Julie Olson announced. "Through this award, IBA will provide high quality experts such as Telehealth Manager, Physicians, Combat Medics and Mobile Health Manager. IBA looks forward to supporting U.S. Army TATRC in technical innovations to military health care."
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).
Faster documentation and estimates, better metrics and business approaches, combined with industry support, are the focus.