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SEDNA to Develop Simulation Software

April 25, 2013
George I. Seffers
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SEDNA Digital Solutions LLC, Manassas, Va., is being awarded a potential $56,069,678 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering and technical services for high fidelity simulation/stimulation and common processing system software development. This effort is the result of Small Business Innovation Research topic number N05-059, High Fidelity Front End Simulation for Complex Physics Based Processing System.  It includes engineering services and support for the development integration, test, demonstration and certification of a high fidelity sensor level stimulation and common processing system. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Army Announces Federal Virtual Challenge Winners

April 25, 2013

U.S. Army Research Laboratory officials have announced the winners of the 2013 Federal Virtual Challenge at the Defense Users’ GameTech Conference in Orlando, Florida. 


The challenge featured two distinct focus areas for entries. The first required training critical thinking and adaptability skills in an immersive environment and measuring learners’ progress. The second focused on improving user interfaces in virtual environments, specifically for individual and group navigation.


The winner of the first focus area and $10,000 was Virtual World Activities—“Compound” from Alice Hayden of H2IT Solutions Incorporated, and Dr. Filomeno Arenas of the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer College. Compound is a virtual team-building game developed for the college’s Virtual World Activities. Students learn how to lead a team, best delegate and communicate tasks, work together to analyze and adapt to the situation, and make decisions to accomplish a mission. Trainees must be able to communicate effectively with one another and to their navigator—the only person with access to the map showing the location of mines. 


The winner of the navigation focus area and $10,000 was VIPE Holodeck—Navigation Interface by Ryan Frost of the Virtual Immersive Training Team at Northrop Grumman Technical Services. VIPE Holodeck explores the use of the low-cost, commercial off-the-shelf motion capture system, resulting in a method for the user to move easily through a virtual environment that feels natural and is easy to adapt to and learn. This entry provided navigation strategies that support a first-person shooter environment. The user can duck, jump, dodge, run and stop with impressive response time.

U.S. and Australia Share Space Information

April 24, 2013

The U.S. Defense Department has signed a space situational awareness (SSA) memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Australia’s Department of Defence. The MOU permits the the two countries to exchange SSA data, which facilitates transparency and improve flight safety.

Advanced data exchanges support launches, maneuver planning, on-orbit anomaly resolution, electromagnetic interference reporting and investigation. In addition, sharing this information assists in identifying launch anomalies and decommissioning activities as well as supports on-orbit conjunction assessments.

NETCENTS 2 Contract Vehicle Valued at Nearly $7 Billion

April 23, 2013`
George I. Seffers
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Ace Technology Partners LLC., Arlington Heights, Ill.; CDW Government LLC., Vernon Hills Ill.; CounterTrade Products Inc., Arvada Colo.; FedStore Corp., Rockville Md.; General Dynamics IT, Needham Mass.; Intelligent Decisions Inc., Ashburn Va.; Iron Bow Technologies LLC., Chantilly Va. and World Wide Technology Inc., Maryland Heights Mo., are being awarded a maximum $6.9 billion firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract for Network Centric Solutions (NETCENTS-2) Netcentric Products. This contract vehicle is mandatory for the purchase of netcentric products for Air Force customers. This contract vehicle will provide for commercially available off-the-shelf products to support the Internet Protocol Network and will include the following categories of netcentric products and associated support worldwide: networking equipment, servers/storage, peripherals, multimedia, software (not included on other enterprise licenses), and identity management/biometric hardware and associated software. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/HICK, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Ala.

Boeing to Provide Laser Guidance Sets to Saudi Arabia and Japan

April 23, 2013
George I. Seffers
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The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $17,689,518 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed- price contract for the full rate production of 1,496 precision laser guidance sets (DSU-38/B) and the appropriate shipping containers for the U. S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the governments of Saudi Arabia and Japan. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

BAE to Provide Identify Friend or Foe Units for Foreign Sales

April 23, 2013
George I. Seffers
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BAE Systems Information and Electronics Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, N.Y., is being awarded a $34,278,736 firm-fixed-price contract for 336 AN/APX-125 F-16 Mode 5 Advanced Identify Friend/Foe units. Contract involves foreign military sales. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center /WWMK, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Raytheon to Provide GPS Anti-Spoofing Modules for Foreign Sales

April 23, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded a $7,790,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for acquisition of Raytheon GPS Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing (SAASM) modules. The IDIQ will provide authorized Defense Department and foreign military sales users with GPS SAASM. The contract involves foreign military sales. Space and Missile Systems Center/GDK, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Receives Global Hawk Funds

April 23, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $35,696,841 contract modification for Global Hawk engineering and manufacturing development. The total cumulative face value of the multi-year contract is $2,297,747,550. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIGK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity.

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