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EDA Inventories Military Communications Systems

March 8, 2013

To facilitate multinational operations, the European Defence Agency (EDA) has set a future communications project in motion to study the terrestrial and satellite communication network systems in European Union (EU) countries. In this initial step of what will be a four-phase project, the primary EU member states’ existing and future assets will be inventoried. During the first phase of the project, operational scenarios and capability requirements will be identified. The second and third phases will involve identifying the required technical specifications to support these scenarios and the potential capability gaps. During the final phase, radio frequency spectrum will be analyzed to determine which bands are available. The EDA will then make recommendations based on this information and specify the technical and operational resources needed to create a cohesive capability. The work aims at resolving incompatibility issues that the piecemeal development of communications capabilities has caused, hindering multinational cooperation and increasing reliance on other nations for interoperable assets or resources.

 

Multiple Firms Awarded Millions in Cyber Contracts

March 8, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Barling Bay LLC, North Charleston, S.C.; CASE LLC, Alexandria, Va.; DKW Communication Inc., Washington. D.C.; Dynamic Network Enterprises Inc., Stafford, Va.; Grove Resource Solutions Inc., Frederick, Md.; Information Management Group Inc., Fairfax, Va.; Mandex Inc., Fairfax, Va.; Network Security Systems Plus Inc., Falls Church, Va.; Technical Software Services Inc., Pensacola, Fla.; and Vector Planning and Services Inc., San Diego, are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive and firm-fixed-price task orders, performance based contract. The contracts are for the procurement of integrated cyber operations support services including the entire spectrum of non-inherently governmental services and solutions associated with the full system lifecycle support including research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable, and interoperable command, control, communication, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, information operations, enterprise information services and space capabilities. The cumulative, estimated ceiling value of the base year is $49,918,000. These contracts include options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative ceiling value of these contracts to an estimated $249,590,000. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity. 

Aero Thermo Technology Awarded TRIDENT II Guidance System Contract

March 8, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Aero Thermo Technology Inc., Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded a potential $20,741,835 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide guidance systems, technical, analytical and program services to support the TRIDENT II Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile guidance systems requirements for strategic systems programs. They will support key guidance system technology development and coordination between the U.S. Navy and the Air Force for current and next generation strategic systems. The Navy and Air Force will conduct closely coordinated strategic ballistic missile technology development and application programs based on recommendations of the U.S. Strategic Command, Defense Planning Guidance, and Nuclear Posture Reviews. Both services invest in research, development, test and evaluation projects to ensure unique, critical design, and development skills relevant to strategic systems remain viable to support current and future ballistic missile requirements. The Navy's Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Draper Labs to Provide Trident Guidance System Electronics

March 8, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Charles Stark Draper Laboratories Inc., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded $257,839,173 to provide Trident II (D5) Guidance System Strategic Program Alteration (SPALT) materials including: labor and consumable material to meet requirements for the guidance system on-going SPALT of MK6 MOD 1; test and procure data package assemblies; and circuit card assembly materials with electronic components. The Navy's Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

Fort Meade to Build New High-performance Computing Center

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Hensel Phelps Kiewit Joint Venture, Chantilly, Va., was awarded a $564,689,000 firm-fixed-price, incrementally-funded contract. This increment is worth $56 million. The award will provide for the design and construction of a high- performance computing center on Fort Meade, Md. Work will be performed in Fort Meade, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2015. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity.

SAIC to Support Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Program Systems

March 6, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a potential $74,398,851firm-fixed-price contract for global sustainment of Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Program Systems and associated equipment and software at 66 military installations worldwide. The work to be performed provides for preventive and corrective maintenance to sustain all Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Systems, associated equipment and software. This includes providing centralized comprehensive life cycle sustainment support for all of the hardware, software/firmware and cabling or other signal/data transmission sub-systems necessary for the systems to function as intended. Service call management is also included as part of this requirement. The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity.

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