SIGNALScape

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.

Cubic to Provide Urban Warfare Trainer

October 2, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $12,575,953 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of weapon instrumentation that will integrate into the Instrumented - Tactical Engagement Simulation System, Increment II (I-TESS II) baseline capabilities. The I-TESS II system is used in military operations in urban terrain facilities and non-live fire maneuver ranges located at various Marine Corps bases and installations. This effort will support the design, development, integration, ruggedized prototype, testing and effectiveness evaluation of squad immersive training environment specific capability enhancements to the I-TESS II training system. These enhancements address current training proficiency and readiness gaps at the squad-level and will be used to support both direct force-on-force and force-on-target tactical engagement training. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-13-C-7802).

Lockheed Martin Receives Potential $199 Million for Antisubmarine System

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Liverpool, N.Y., was awarded a potential $199,123,412 fixed-price-incentive, firm-fixed-price, and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract on Sept. 26, 2013, for the production and support of TB-37/U Multi Function Towed Arrays (MFTA) for the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Antisubmarine Warfare Combat Systems. The TB-37/U MFTA is the next generation passive and active sonar receiver. It affords several enhancements to the AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array System allowing greater coverage, increased capability/reliability, and reduced obsolescence. The TB-37/U MFTA significantly contributes to the capability of surface ships to detect, localize and prosecute undersea threats and is a critical sensor to a combat systems suite. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-13-C-6292).

Lockheed Martin Awarded Nearly $96 Million for Undersea Warfare System

October 2, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Syracuse, N.Y., is being awarded a $95,727,501 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-5201) for definitization of the Navy's fiscal 2012 AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship Undersea Warfare System production requirements and exercise of fiscal 2013 production options. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is a surface ship combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts; and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects, and torpedo threats. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Budget Constraints Top Cyber Attacks as Biggest Threat to IT Infrastructure

October 3, 2013
By Rachel Lilly
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Would you rather be stuck in an elevator for 24 hours or have your network hacked? According to a new survey, 71 percent of government information technology decision makers think the elevator is a more appealing choice. But improving security still ranks second to the most important technology goal in the coming year—reducing costs.

The survey, conducted for Cisco by Clarus Research Group in early September, involved 400 decision makers from federal, state and local government. It’s little surprise in the current fiscal environment that a majority of respondents identified budget constraints as the greatest threat to their organization’s information technology infrastructure, topping cyber attacks, employee personal devices on the network, an increased demand for constituent services and limited network bandwidth. And 22 percent volunteered an “all of the above” statement, pointing to a combination of threats.

Despite budget reductions, 59 percent of information technology decision makers plan to amp up investments in cybersecurity with 45 percent increasing investments in the cloud. The increase in cybersecurity and cloud funding was expected, especially on the federal side, says Larry Payne, area vice president, U.S. federal sales, Cisco. In the state and local sector, investments in networking are expected to increase more rapidly than other areas.

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