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U.S. Navy Procures Additional Tiger Shark Unmanned Aerial Systems

July 12, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Navmar Applied Sciences, Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $11,207,449 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for the procurement of hardware in support of the persistent surveillance unmanned aerial system (PSUAS) for the U.S. Army. This effort includes the procurement of 15 additional Tiger Shark PSUAS air vehicles and 15 i200 turrets, which will be integrated into the PSUAS. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Va.; Afghanistan; and Raleigh, N.C., and is expected to be completed in January 2014. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity. 

General Atomics Awarded MQ-9 Contract Modification

July 12, 2013
George I. Seffers
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General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a $23,951,449 modification to a cost-plus-incentive and firm-fixed-price contract for additional 904.6 systems release tasks for the MQ-9 Hunter and Killer System Development and Demonstration (SDD) bridge effort. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $114,143,253. The modification includes additional capabilities added to the basic SDD bridge effort, one aircraft retrofit, and one Systems Integration Laboratory upgrade. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Siemens to Provide Digital Imaging Archive Systems

July 12, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Melvern, Pa., has been awarded a maximum $28,173,642 modification exercising the first option period on a two-year base contract with one two-year option and one one-year option for digital imaging network-picture archive communication systems. The contract is a firm-fixed-price contract. Using military services are the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa. 

DRS to Provide Information Systems in Afghanistan

July 12, 2013
George I. Seffers
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DRS Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $25,511,888 modification to a previously awarded time-and-materials, option-filled contract for the development, deployment and maintenance of tactical and management information technology systems and products. Work will be performed in Afghanistan. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity.

University Teams Participate in Deep-Space Habitat Challenge

July 11, 2013

Seven projects from six universities will be put to the test in NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation’s 2014 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge, a program designed to heighten students’ interest in spaceflight-related disciplines and complement NASA’s current research and development on deep-space habitats.

The teams of undergraduate students will face a series of milestones throughout the 2013-2014 academic year to design, manufacture, assemble and test systems and concepts that could be used in future deep-space habitats, working closely with the NASA Advanced Exploration Systems program’s Deep Space Habitat Project team. Participants are encouraged to explore multidisciplinary approaches, outreach efforts and partnerships with experts and industry through the challenge. The teams are to produce prototypes, which may be integrated onto an existing NASA-built operational habitat prototype in May to June 2014.

U.S. Navy Gathers Efficiency Ideas

July 11, 2013

The Chief of Naval Operations' Reduce Administrative Distractions (RAD) team is collecting input about how to streamline or eliminate administrative processes. With an interface similar to social media platforms, the U.S. Navy website, created by IdeaScale, enables visitors to share their observations about training, administrative tasks, procedures and instruction, and then propose their ideas for efficiencies.

Open to all ranks and any duty status as well as naval civilians, it also features comment and voting capabilities. To encourage participation, users are rewarded with merit badges based on their activity on the site. Since the RAD team launched the site on July 1, discussion topics have ranged from anti-terrorism force protection to electronic routing.

Data collection is the first in a three-phase approach to address cumbersome administrative processes in the fleet. During phase two, the information will be analyzed, and the RAD team will propose automation, elimination, reduction or other actions to those responsible for the administrative programs identified for improvement during phase one. Phase three will be the execution of the reduction measures and must be complete by September 30, when the RAD team will announce the progress made to date, monitor the impact and plan for the next cycle.

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