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Robots Cubed

October 7, 2013

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have created prototypes of cube-shaped robots the size of a child’s building block, which can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground and move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces.

MDA Awards Raytheon $230 Million Modification

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers
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The Raytheon Co., Woburn, Mass., is being awarded a $230 million modification under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract HQ0006-08-D-0003. This modification exercises an option under the existing contract for operation and sustainment efforts of the X-Band radar in support of the Missile Defense Agency's Sensors Program. The Missile Defense Agency, in Huntsville, Ala. is the contracting activity.

Microelectronics Awarded DARPA Contract

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp. (MARCO), Durham, N.C., has been awarded a $15,549,979 transaction for the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research Network (STARnet). STARnet is a nationwide network of multi-university research centers that seeks to keep the U. S. Department of Defense and U.S. semiconductor and defense systems firms at the forefront of the global microelectronics revolution. These centers are focused on discovering solutions to the intractable problems that are forecast to lie in the future of integrated circuit progress and to lay the foundations for microsystems innovations once the improvements associated with Moore's Law are exhausted. The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va. (HR0011-13-3-0002).

Johns Hopkins to Support Weapons of Mass Destruction Interdiction

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Johns Hopkins University Applied Research Laboratory (JHU/APL) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), Laurel, Md., is being awarded a $9,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide technologies for the interdiction of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive material. This effort will support the nation’s weapons of mass destruction-related counterforce, consequence assessment, defeat, and arms control objectives. This includes research; technology development; technical, scientific and program analyses; and systems integration efforts that will provide scientific and technological solutions to meet non-proliferation, counter-proliferation, consequence management, and warfighter mission objectives. The contracting activity is the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Ft. Belvoir, Va., (HDTRA1-13-D-0012).

Northrop Grumman to Provide Warning Equipment in Afghanistan

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $13,675,190 cost-plus-incentive-fee, option-eligible, multi-year contract modification (P00022) of contract (W31P4Q-12-C-0029) for the requirement to procure and integrate rocket, artillery and mortar warning equipment to partially replace sense and warn assets in Operation Enduring Freedom. This is in support of foreign military sales to Afghanistan. Performance locations will be Huntsville, Ala., and Afghanistan with funding from fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance Army funds. The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal (Missile), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Procures Common Missile Warning System

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers
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BAE Systems, Nashua, N.H., was awarded a $39,058,362 firm-fixed-price, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract for acquisition of AN/AAR-57(V) Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) and associated spare parts and systems engineering, technical, and logistics support services for both CMWS and OT-255/ALQ-212(V) Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures. The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-13-D-0245).

Johns Hopkins to Develop Multi-Intelligence Software

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., has been awarded a $6,765,425 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for developmental software. The purpose of this acquisition is to design, develop, test and demonstrate advanced net-centric, multi-intelligence exploitation and fusion capabilities capable of exploiting real-time operational signals intelligence and imagery intelligence to improve situational awareness and enable event recognition. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-13-C-0220).

General Atomics to Fill Urgent Reaper Requirement for France

October 2, 2013
George I. Seffers
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $49,813,377 undefinitized contract action (DO 0112) under a previously existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8620-10-G-3038) for France's MQ-9 Reaper urgent request program. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity.

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