SIGNALScape

The Information Age is Changing the Metaphysics of Intelligence

12/18/2012
Joe Mazzafro

Given the unknowns about whether the world will end on 21 December as foretold by the Mayan Calendar or if the US government will find itself mired at the bottom of “Fiscal Cliff Washington” come New Year’s Day, any discussion about what will hold the Intelligence Community’s (IC) attention in 2013 seems premature. However, despite the notoriety of both of these “black swans,” I remain unabashedly optimistic the Mayan Astrologers have miscalculated and that the IC can muddle through 2013 on $65 billion even if most of it is borrowed money.
Before we get into any soothsaying for 2013 we probably should check my homework on this subject for 2012 when I fearlessly predicted six things that I thought would demand the IC’s attention.

Thirteen Firms to Compete for C5ISR Task Orders

November 17, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Altron Inc., Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; American Electronics Inc., California, Md.; Command Decisions Systems and Solutions, Stafford, Va.; Centuria Corp., Reston, Va.; Del Rey Systems and Technology Inc., San Diego, Calif.; ISHPI Information Technologies Inc., Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; K3 Enterprises Inc., Fayetteville, N.C.; MANDEX Inc., Fairfax, Va.; Sentek Global, San Diego, Calif.; SPARC LLC., Charleston, S.C.; The Cameron Bell Corp., doing business as Gov. Solutions Group, Daniel Island, S.C.; The Cybrix Group*, Tampa, Fla.; and Ursa Navigation Solutions Inc., Chesapeake, Va., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based, multiple award contract, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive and firm-fixed-price orders, to provide command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C5ISR) electronics and communications services and solutions in support of mission capabilities within the decision superiority portfolio to improve customers’ ability to enable utilization of information and decision aids to support decision making in support of the warfighter's mission. These contracts include options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these multiple award contracts to an estimated $98,764,531. These 13 contractors may compete for the task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts. The contracting activity is the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C.

GD to Support Submarine Hardware and Software

November 17, 2012
George I. Seffers
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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Inc., Pittsfield, Mass., is being awarded a $28,194,504 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification to previously awarded contract for engineering services and production efforts in support of the Multipurpose Processor (MPP) and Total Ship Monitoring System (TSMS) for Navy submarines. The contractor will continue development and production of multiple upgrades to the hardware and software products for the MPP and TSMS that will be integrated into the Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Insertion System. The contracting activity is the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.

Alliant to Upgrade Microprocessor Boards

November 17, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC., Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $6,506,292 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the upgrades of 40 microprocessor hardware boards in support of Navy, Air Force, and other U.S. services, military helicopters, rotorcraft, and low/slow fixed wing aircraft. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

L-3 to Support Nuclear Weapons Effects Simulator Program

November 17, 2012
George I. Seffers
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L-3 Services Inc., of San Leandro, Calif., is being awarded an indefinite-delivery /indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract for research and development, engineering and test support services for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, (DTRA) in support of the Nuclear Weapons Effects Simulator Program. The maximum value of the ID/IQ contract is $48,965,000. The contracting activity is the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.

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