Brig. Gen. Cameron G. Holt, USAF, has been selected for the grade of major general and assigned as deputy assistant secretary (contracting), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded $192,380 to Factom, Inc., a start-up based in Austin, Texas, to begin beta testing of a capability that uses blockchain technology to secure Internet of Things (IoT) data, according to a DHS announcement. The award was part of the fourth and final phase of S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). Factom will explore the opportunities to use blockchain technology with sensors, cameras and other critical infrastructure, to protect the integrity and authenticity of data collected by the devices. The company will develop capabilities that can integrate with existing IoT devices, instead of requiring the creation of blockchain-specific technology. DHS exaplined that blockchain capabilities will be a key advancement for IoT-related data, as blackchain techologies are highly resistant to data modification. "Transactions in a blockchain network are recorded as blocks of information in a chronological chain of data," the agency said. "Each chain is copied and kept synchronized across multiple nodes, or computers, making the system highly resilient to attacks or data loss. Data can be added to a blockchain, but no information in it can be modified retroactively or deleted without alerting users." Factom’s previous work has informed architecture choices and design decisions inherent in integrating blockchain with existing technologies, stated Anil John, S&T Identity Management Research and Development Program Manager. “In Phase IV, Factom will deploy this technology in a realistic field environment with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to understand its operational impacts,” he said.
General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway, California, has been awarded a $22,907,561 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract for MQ-9 Reaper radar update support. This contract provides for the configuration of the Lynx Block 20A synthetic aperture radar (SAR), to be a form, fit and functional replacement for the current production configuration Lynx Block 20A SAR for installation in the MQ-9 Block 5 remotely piloted aircraft. Work will be performed in Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by June 31, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2016 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $22,907,561 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
ICF Inc. of Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $31,467,870 modification to an existing contract to support the Army Research Laboratory's Cyber Security Service Provider program. The work includes both research and development and defensive cyber operations amd will be performed in Adelphi, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of June 15, 2020. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,433,999 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded its $7.5 billion Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) contracts, unrestricted competition pool, to 14 large businesses. The procurement will help streamline critical engineering expertise to research, design, develop, integrate, and optimize Department of Defense (DOD) information technology capabilities, systems, and solutions, DISA reported. "The SETI multiple-award task order contract indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity is designed for current and future mission requirements, next-generation technological advancements, and disruptive innovation that looks to create paradigm shifts in the ways warfighters interact with DOD's information technology," agency officials said.
Under the competitive best value trade-off solicitation, AASKI Technology Inc., Tinton Falls, New Jersey (HC1047-18-D-2001); Accenture Federal Services, Arlington, Virginia (HC1047-18-D-2002); BAE Systems Technology, Rockville, Maryland (HC1047-18-D-2003); Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia (HC1047-18-D-2004); Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Virginia (HC1047-18-D-2005); Peraton Inc. (formerly Harris Corp.), Herndon, Virginia (HC1047-18-D-2006); International Business Machines Corp., Reston, Virginia (HC1047-18-D-2007); KeyW Corp., Hanover, Maryland (HC1047-18-D-2008); LEIDOS Innovations Corp., Gaithersburg, Maryland (HC1047-18-D-2009); Linquest Corp., Los Angeles, California (HC1047-18-D-2010); NES Associates LLC, Alexandria, Virginia (HC1047-18-D-2011); Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., McLean, Virginia (HC1047-18-D-2012); Parsons Government Services Inc., Pasadena, California (HC1047-18-D-2013); and Vencore Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (HC1047-18-D-2014), were each awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract for systems engineering, technology, and innovation.
MacAulay-Brown Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $9,186,928 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order for anti-access area denial (A2AD) synthetic battlespace prototyping methodologies research and development. This task order will evolve research methodologies for rapid assessments (qualitative and quantitative) of advanced sensors and electronic warfare technologies through synthetic battlespace simulation. In addition, this task order will develop real-time simulation methodologies/technologies for rapidly-evolving/evaluating advanced sensors/electronic warfare technologies/capabilities in an A2AD environment. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; and Dayton, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by September 22, 2021. Fiscal year 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $1,928,007 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, has been awarded a $10,126,176 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a cost-plus-fixed-fee completion task order for computer software. This contract provides for research and development to design, develop and prototype systems necessary for Air Force multi-domain command and control architecture that will coordinate forces to reduce vulnerability at the National Space Defense Center. Work will be performed in Laurel, Maryland, with an expected completion date of June 8, 2023. Fiscal year 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $3,200,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Detachment 8, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (FA9453-18-F-0004).