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U.S. Air Force Awards $950 Million Remotely Piloted Aircraft Support Contract

November 16, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Battlespace Flight Services LLC, Arlington, Va., is being awarded a $950 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for organizational level maintenance support of remotely piloted aircraft. The program supports Air Combat Command, the Air National Guard, and other major command and combatant command customers to sustain the combat and training capability at tasked locations worldwide. The contracting activity is Air Combat Command, Newport News, Va.

URS to Support Electronic Warfare

November 16, 2012
George I. Seffers
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URS Federal Technical Services Inc., Germantown Md., is being awarded a maximum value $7,893,315 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering, technical, and programmatic support for the Spectrum Electronic Warfare Department of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind. Spectrum Electronic Warfare Department’s primary focus areas are in direct support of airborne electronic defense, airborne electronic attack, maritime, and expeditionary divisions. This contract is a continuation of current services, pending the competitive award of follow-on support. Contract support tasks include: research and development support; system engineering and process engineering; modeling, simulation, and analysis; prototyping, pre-production, model-making and fabrication support; system design documentation and technical data support; software engineering, development, programming and network support; reliability, maintainability and availability; human factors, performance and usability engineering; system safety engineering; configuration management; quality assurance; interoperability, test & evaluation, trials; logistics; supply and provisioning; training; and program support. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy Awards Potential $899 Million for Battlespace Awareness

November 16, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va.; CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Va.; Centurum Inc., Marlton, N.J.; L-3 Services Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J.; Lockheed Martin Corp. IS&GS, Herndon, Va.; SAIC Inc., McLean, Va.; and Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price task orders, performance based contract for the procurement of battle-space awareness support services including the development, integration, and test of intelligence, battlespace awareness, and information operations applications and dedicated hardware. The cumulative, estimated value of the base year is $179,912,000. These contracts include options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these contracts to an estimated $899,560,000. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

Rockwell Receives High Frequency Radio Funds

November 16, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $10,947,863 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure up to a maximum of 41 ARC-243 High Frequency Radio System including 200 hours of associated engineering support. The ARC-243 HF radio system includes the receiver exciter, antenna coupler, power supply and associated mounts. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy Awards C4I Contract

November 16, 2012
George I. Seffers
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BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $19,364,649 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Integrated Communication and Information Systems Division. Services provided will support the design, integration, testing, installation, training, and certification of shipboard command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) electronic communication systems; the design and integration of like systems at shore sites associated with the deployment of fleet support to surface combatants; and the design, testing, installation, training and certification of mobile and airborne C4I electronic communication systems designed to interface with the C4I electronic architecture of surface ships. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Notes On Intelligence – New Chair, Continuing Challenges

Sept 2012
Bill Nolte

            I did not want to finish my term as chair of the Intelligence Committee without providing a few parting thoughts.  First of all, my thanks to AFCEA and Kent Schneider for continuing to sponsor and support the committee.  It is an important activity, recognized as such by everyone in the intelligence profession.  Secondly, I, along with every other AFCEAN with an interest in intelligence, owe an enormous debt to Steve Ritchey and his staff, for all he and they do to make this committee functional.  They allow the members to think from time that we are responsible for the committee’s success, but we know better.  And I need both to thank and congratulate my longtime friend, colleague, and now successor, Maureen Baginski.  Mo’s record of innovation and leadership speaks for itself;  I leave the chair in good hands.
               Finally, let me thank the committee members – past and present – I’ve served with over the years.  Sometimes I hear it said that serving in the public sector is somehow nobler than serving in the corporate world, and I’ve simply never accepted that.  Different rewards?  Yes.  Perhaps a different manner of service?  Yes again.  But my experience with the committee’s members and its government liaison representatives convinces me the motive to serve remains the same.  That experience leads me to remind my students (over and over, they would probably say) that they can perform public service in the private sector as well as in government.    
            The American intelligence establishment, as with the rest of the national security structure, faces enormous challenges ahead, generated by the operating and information environments they face and by difficult budgetary circumstances.

Lockheed Wins ISC2 Sustainment Contract

November 13, 2012
George I. Seffers
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The Air Defense, Missile Warning, and Space Defense systems that support the missions of North American Aerospace Defense, U.S. Northern Command, and U.S. Strategic Command will continue to be sustained by Lockheed Martin, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center selected Lockheed Martin to provide operations, maintenance, and sustainment of these missions under the Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) contract. The contract consists of three one- year options, with a total potential value of $250 million. ISC2 provides geographically disparate commanders the ability to monitor and assess multi-mission threats concurrently. Under the sustainment contract, Lockheed Martin will support the space, air defense and missile warning missions, ensuring that information and data is seamlessly shared between those and other C2 systems. 

U.S. Navy Procures General Dynamics Radios

November 13, 2012
George I. Seffers
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The U.S. Navy has ordered an additional 53 General Dynamics-built AN/USC-61(C) four-channel Digital Modular Radios (DMR) for use aboard new Navy ships, submarines and inshore sites. In addition to the new radios, existing DMR hardware will be modified to accommodate networking waveforms owned by the government. This order exercises an option on a contract awarded to General Dynamics in 2010. The option has a total potential value of $35 million. The radio is capable of simultaneous, secure short-range and global communications on any of its four channels. It also is interoperable with a wide variety of legacy military radios and was the first software defined radio certified by the National Security Agency to protect information classified at the top secret level and below. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command is the contracting authority.

Northrop Grumman Receives Two Global Hawk Contracts

November 13, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $22,917,927 cost plus incentive fee contract for the software maintenance and flight test portion of the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) Block Load effort, which provides for the necessary tasks that allow the contractor to participate in planning, provisioning, conducting, analyzing and documenting an integrated Global Hawk combined developmental and operational flight test program. The company also has been awarded a $14,757,964.50 firm fixed price contract for the infrastructure portion of the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) Block Load effort, which provides for the necessary tasks that allows the contractor to manage the day-to-day EMD contract operations for the Global Hawk Weapon System including Air Vehicle, Ground Segment and Support Segment. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

Harris to Upgrade Counter Communication Systems

November 13, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Harris Corp. Government Communications Systems, Palm Bay, Fla., is being awarded a $36,329,490.00 cost plus award fee, cost plus fixed fee and firm fixed price contract to provide upgrades for the five Counter Communication Systems (CCS) Block 10 systems to the CCS B10.1 baseline and critical and depot system spares to meet operational reliability requirements. The location of the performance is Palm Bay, Fla. The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. 

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