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Northrop Grumman to Provide Aircraft Radar Pods

March 14, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., is being awarded a $30 million indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery contract for contractor logistics support services in support of the AN/ASQ-236 aircraft radar pod. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

U.S. Army Modifies Radar Systems Contract

March 14, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Corp., Liverpool, N.Y., was awarded an $11,989,659 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure interim contractor support for the AN/TPQ-53 radar systems. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Lockheed Martin Awarded C4I Delivery Order

March 14, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Sensors (MS2), Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $9,040,687 not to exceed delivery order #1082 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement for the repair of parts for the NA/UYQ-70 advanced display and processor systems for tactical and command, control, communication, computers intelligence (C4I) applications for target acquisition and tracking, weapons control, theater air defense, anti-submarine warfare, battle group communication and airborne surveillance and control. U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command  Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy Awards Anti-Submarine Surveillance Contract

March 14, 2013
George I. Seffers
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The Applied Physical Sciences Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a potential $21,213,511 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development of configurable technology to provide anti-submarine warfare surveillance over large, operationally relevant, deep ocean areas. This effort will include system architecture and design, sensors and processing, communications mobility, and energy requirements. This contract was competitively procured via a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency broad agency announcement.The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy Modifies Vertical Take-off and Landing UAV Contract

March 14, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $71,623,427 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the modification and delivery of six vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (VTUAV) and seven ground control stations in support of the VTUAV endurance upgrade rapid deployment capability effort. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Lawrence Maps Modernization Path to the Expeditionary Army

March 13, 2013
By Max Cacas
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On the road to the future “expeditionary Army of 2020,” Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA, chief information officer/G-6, says the path through a changed environment will include buying only what is needed to deal with network and information technology refresh programs in the short term. In discussing how the Army will spend its money in the year to come, Gen. Lawrence said that her staff has done the basic engineering work and initial purchasing decisions for the network modernization of 10 installations. She discussed the topic during the keynote address at the 2013 Army IT Day, sponsored by AFCEA NOVA. The general says that those projects will be based on a model envisioning how Fort Hood will look and operate under a new infrastructure, with updated security and state-of-the art enterprise services (“The Army Maneuvers Back to the United States,” SIGNAL Magazine, July 2012).

Gen. Lawrence said the Army has realized that with constrained budgets and the rapid progress in the development of new technology, it is pointless to engage in the large scale acquisitions of the past only to see the cost of that technology drop as it is adopted or, worse, becomes obsolete by the time it is deployed. She says that reviews on the effectiveness of new technology will take place more rapidly and give Army leadership more reliable information on what to base future modernization projects.

Gen. Lawrence also reported that as of last night, the Army-led effort to migrate the military services to enterprise email topped the 1 million user mark. She briefly discussed the effort to develop a Commander's Risk Reduction Dashboard, designed to help create a “virtual dossier” on every soldier and provide the means to eliminate the stovepipes to information to help manage the lives of soldiers worldwide. The hope, she said, is to use the information to combat the suicide rate among members of the Army.

Time to Apply for Contractor of the Year Awards

March 13, 2013

Nominations now are being accepted for the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards. Presented by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council, these awards recognize excellence in several size categories, from companies with an annual revenue of less than $25 million to those with more than $300 million in annual revenue.

To apply for the award, a company must be headquartered in the greater Washington, D.C., region and more than half of the firm’s employees must work within the region or employ a least 1,000 or more employees within the region. The Executive of the Year Award is presented to a C-level executive who works for a government contracting company and resides in the greater Washington, D.C., area. The Public Sector Partner of the Year Award honors a federal government procurement professional who has demonstrated unusual leadership and vision in building the spirit of partnership with the private sector or leading change in the procurement community.

The deadline for nominations is June 14, 2013, and an intent to apply form is available online. For more information, contact Jenny Coppedge or call (703) 752-7505.

The awards will be presented on November 7, 2013. This marks the 11th year that the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council have presented these awards.

 

Cool App-titude: Moves for iPhone

March 12, 2013
By Rachel Eisenhower

Whether it's a Nike+ FuelBand, a Fitbit or just a traditional pedometer, more and more people are tracking their movements and fitness goals throughout the day. But keeping tabs on your activity level doesn't have to be complicated or expensive with the free Moves app for the iPhone.

The app, which runs in the background on your smartphone, automatically tracks the number of steps you take per day along with when and where you drive or bike. Then, you can scroll back through the days or weeks to see your progress.

Its sleek design helps you visualize your day by presenting data in a timeline format with your daily steps and any stops you made along the way. You can also see the paths you took on a map.

While the continued use of GPS on your phone can decrease battery life, the app creator ProtoGeo says it has taken that into consideration and is continuously working to minimize battery consumption.

Download the free app from the iTunes App Store.

Do you use any apps to track your fitness goals?

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