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U.S. Navy Awards Nearly $900 Million in Cyber Operations Contracts

July 17, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va.; CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Va.; Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va.; General Dynamics One Source LLC, Fairfax, Va.; Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Columbia, Md.; Engility Corp., Mount Laurel, N.J.; Lockheed Martin Services Inc., Gaithersburg, Md.; Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va.; Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga.; Secure Mission Solutions, Fairfax, Va.; STG Inc., Reston, Va.; Systems Research and Applications Corp., Fairfax, Va.; and URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price task orders, performance based contract. The contracts are for the procurement of integrated cyber operations services including the entire spectrum of non-inherently governmental services and solutions (equipment and services) associated with the full system lifecycle support, including research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable, and interoperable command, control, communication, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C5ISR), information operations, enterprise information services (EIS) and space capabilities. The cumulative, estimated value (ceiling) of the base year is $179,908,600. These contracts include options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value (ceiling) of these contracts to an estimated $899,543,400. Work will be performed worldwide as the task orders are issued. Work is expected to be completed by July 2014. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

SAIC Supports Ashore Operations in U.S., Japan and Italy

July 17, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $10,196,609 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to exercise an option for services supporting Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) information technology (IT) ashore operations. These services assist MSC’s command, control communications and computer systems in merging the physical, financial, contractual, and performance attributes of its IT investments to enable cost-efficient, timely business decisions.  Work will be performed in Washington, D.C.; Norfolk, Va.; San Diego, Calif.; Pensacola, Fla.; Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Yokohama, Japan; and Naples, Italy, and is expected to be completed by July 2014. The Military Sealift Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

CENTECH Operates Hanscom Air Force Base Network

July 17, 2013
George I. Seffers
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CENTECH Group, Falls Church, Va., has been awarded a $14,015,472 modification to a contract for operation and maintenance of the base network. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $27,236,061. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity. 

Corporate Espionage Concerns Could Affect Contracting

July 17, 2013

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee that he is concerned about the level of cyber attacks affecting defense suppliers. As a result, he is considering changes in contracting procedures to mitigate the risk of corporate espionage. “I’m talking particularly about design information that might not be classified, but if you acquire that information, it certainly shortens your lead time to building things, and it reduces your costs,” he told committee members. “That’s an advantage we don’t want to give our potential adversaries.”

Kendall expressed his concerns during his testimony in support of the reauthorization of the Defense Production Act, which grants the president the power to ensure timely procurement of essential services and materials during war or national emergencies. Parts of the act are set to expire on September 30, 2014.

The law is an urgent operational requirement that is as necessary today as it was in 1950 when it was enacted, Kendall said. “Industry has no obligation to prioritize national security requirements, and at times, they’re financially motivated to do otherwise,” he stated. “New, expanded and modernized domestic industrial capabilities reduce the risk of foreign dependencies caused by geopolitical factors or other economic issues and strengthen the economic and technological competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.”

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