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.
Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract with a maximum value of $22,240,000 for the procurement of transportable Black Hawk operations simulator devices in support of Saudi Arabia. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
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.
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.”
The U.S. Army is creating a software tool that will enable soldiers to coordinate and synchronize electronic warfare operations across the electromagnetic battlefield. The Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT) will feature 22 distinct functions, including deconflicting offensive, defensive and friendly signals as well as integrating intelligence and terrain data. As part of the Army’s long-term plan for the Integrated Electronic Warfare System (IEWS), electronic warfare officers could use the software for pre-mission planning and to identify threats.
EWPMT development is taking place in six phases, and during the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, the first set of software tools will be tested in select units. The tool is scheduled to be fully operational across the Army by the end of fiscal year 2019.
Col. Joseph P. DuPont, USA, project manager, Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, shared additional information about the EWPMT and the IEWS in a presentation to the AFCEA Aberdeen Chapter in November 2012 and in an article in SIGNAL Magazine in April.
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Lawmakers now are reviewing the U.S. Defense Department’s first annual data-driven review of purchasing. Officially titled “Performance of the Defense Acquisition System, 2013 Annual Report,” the document is the first publication of an annual effort to sift through the mountain of data available on the department’s purchases and to determine which work and which don’t. The point of the report, says Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, “is to help us all figure out ways to do a better job with [acquisition]” and ultimately to ensure more and better products.
Despite significant improvement in some areas, Kendall maintains that there is “considerable room for improvement.” The report serves to reinforce the need for the Pentagon’s Better Buying Power Initiative, which was announced nearly three years ago, he adds.