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European Nations Purchase Friend or Foe Identification Systems

January 6, 2014

BAE Systems Information and Electronics Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, N.Y., has been awarded a $21,742,595 modification (P00004) on contract (FA8615-13-C-6014) for the F-16 Mode 5 Advanced Identify Friend/Foe, combined interrogator transponder. The contract modification exercises the option for the purchase of an additional 200 production units being produced under the basic contract. This action includes the following European participating Air Force countries: Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, and Portugal. The percentage of this action that supports foreign military sales is 70 percent. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

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Boeing Awarded $750 Million B-1 Contract

January 6, 2014

The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Okla., has been awarded a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, time and material, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8107-14-D-0002), including the base period and four one-year option periods with an estimated ceiling value of $750 million. Contractor will provide integrated engineering services for the B-1 weapon system to include detailed design engineering, maintenance engineering and systems (structure/flight systems, avionics, software and weapons delivery) engineering support, computer network support, technical analysis, drawing and source data maintenance/updates, flight safety analyses, reliability/maintainability analysis, test support, program analysis, cost estimation, schedule development, government furnished property and government furnished material maintenance, accident investigation, engineering feasibility studies, material deficiency report analysis, field problem investigation, and in-flight emergency response support, logistic system design support, evaluation of new capabilities and development of operational guidelines for fleet repairs and for users to employ. Additional requirements include integration management, configuration management, acquisition/sustainment, weapon system enhancement, weapon system development efforts, production, integration management, configuration management, acquisition/sustainment logistics elements, sustaining engineering, studies and analysis, initial spares (investment and expense), provisioning, technical data, support for training due to system upgrades (tech data, source code, etc.), support equipment, technical support and technical order maintenance. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8107-14-D-0002).
 

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Agency Seeking Advanced Input

January 3, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor
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The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is seeking comments on a request for proposals partial draft in preparation for contracting a company to operate a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) that will focus solely on securing U.S. information systems.

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NASA Considers Manned Mission to Asteroid

December 31, 2013
By Rachel Lilly
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NASA could send a team of astronauts into space to explore an asteroid located close to the Earth's orbit, according to Harvard University. The NASA Asteroid Robotic Retrieval Mission would involve capturing a near Earth object called NEO 2009BD, dragging it onto a new trajectory that traps it in the Earth-moon system and investigating it.

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