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Kratos to Support U.S. Marine Corps Biometrics Programs

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc., San Diego, Calif., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its Defense Rocket Support Service division's Technical Services business unit won the contract to provide acquisition, financial, logistics, training, technical, program management and administrative support to the Program Manager United States Marine Corps Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (PM USMC CREW) Biometrics Programs. PM USMC CREW Biometrics Programs include the Biometrics Automated Toolset and server, the Identity Dominance System Marine Corps, the Biometrics Enrollment Screening Device, the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment. Kratos will also support Biometrics training, which is conducted by the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group and the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group at the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, 29 Palms, Calif.

Teledyne Awarded Research Lab Contract

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Teledyne Scientific Imaging L.L.C., Thousand Oaks, Calif., is being awarded a $13,845,840 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Diverse Accessible Heterogenous Integration research and development work. This award is the result of a competitive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency broad agency announcement. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

All Native Services to Develop Reconnaissance System

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers
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All Native Services, Winnebago, Neb., is being awarded a $15,009,514 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed fee research and development contract to exercise option year two for the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate. The Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate will promote research and development, which will result in a prototype of a Cerberus Lite system, which will be capable of becoming a four-person hand carried portable unit. Support areas include infrared, laser, thermal imaging and other related sensor technologies. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Navmar Supports Copperhead UAV in Afghanistan

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $50,977,258 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee/firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for additional sustainment efforts for existing Copperhead unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detachments, to include personnel support for training and logistics both in the continental United States and outside the continental United States, as well as a variety of spares and industrial supply type materials required for the repair and maintenance efforts.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan and the Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., and is expected to be completed in February 2014. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity. 

The Fiscal Cliff is Here Again Along with Cyber Insecurity

February 2013
Joe Mazzafro

Greetings Fiscal Cliff Dwellers!  By the time you read this there will be less than two weeks before automatic sequestration cuts take effect - - - a week of which the Congress will be in recess!  What was meant to be a “poison pill” to force the legislative and executive branches to compromise on rational budgets so the government could reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years now appears inevitable.  Since January we have been fed a steady stream of increasingly dire consequences from Navy aircraft carriers not deploying, to Army readiness declining, to Air Force airplanes not being maintained, to civilian workers being furloughed, and to contracts being canceled unless there is some relief from the automatic 9.4% sequestration of funds scheduled for March 1st.   Yet none of this doom and gloom was in evidence as late as Thanksgiving of 2012 when the reflexive answer from DoD consistently was “the Congress won’t allow sequestration to happen!”
 

Boeing Announces Potential $100 Million Compact Laser Contract

February 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Boeing Defense, Space and Security, Orlando, Fla., will provide the U.S. Air Force with a lightweight, compact laser targeting system designed to improve the effectiveness of battlefield airmen on Close Air Support missions. The $3 million contract award includes design, development, delivery, training and sustainment for the Line of Sight – Short (LOS-S) integrated targeting system, as well as priced options for production systems. With all options exercised, the contract has a potential total value of more than $100 million. 

Two Firms Awarded Research Laboratory Contracts

February 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $32,661,700 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for delivery of data, reports, software and hardware related to Diverse Accessible Heterogeneous Integration Research and Development. HRL Laboratories L.L.C., Malibu, Calif., is being awarded a $6,504,988 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for delivery of data, reports, software and hardware related to Diverse Accessible Heterogeneous Integration Research and Development. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

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