Reconstruction efforts can make the difference between whether military forces return to a country after leaving or industry moves in to build up an economy.
Unless the U.S. military starts moving toward a cloud and consolidates services, it never will place a network in the field. Brig. Gen. Lawrence Wayne Brock III, USAR, deputy commanding general, 335th Signal Command (Theater), made that statement during his discussion about successes, challenges and the way ahead for in-theater communications at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa, Florida.
On Wednesday, the Defense Department (DOD) issued its long-awaited cloud computing strategy. Officials also announced in a memo from Teri Takai, chief information officer for the DOD, that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will oversee the new strategy as "enterprise cloud service broker."
Mobility is the major game-changing trend over the course of the next five years, but securing it will pose a range of challenges. Members of the industry panel today at TechNet Land Forces South in Tampa, Florida, brought out their crystal balls to forecast the communications landscape five years from now and how the defense industry can prepare for the upcoming changes.
Assured Information Security Incorporated, Rome, New York; Global InfoTek Incorporated, Reston, Virginia; Radiance Technologies Incorporated, Huntsville, Alabama; CACI Incorporated, Chantilly, Virginia; Exelis Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia; and L-3 Services, Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, are being awarded a $300 million multiple award indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity with cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price incentive or cost-plus-incentive contract to provide cyber research and solutions in support to the Agile Cyber Technology effort. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome New York, is the contracting activity.
iGov Technologies, Reston, Virginia, is the current contractor for the U.S. Special Operations Command Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) contract providing TACLAN family of system acquisition, design, integration, production, and delivery in support of special operations forces mission requirements. The TACLAN contract maximum is increased from $470 million to $490 million. U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
BAE, Mclean, Virginia; Booz Allen Hamilton, Mclean, Virginia; Buffalo Group, Reston, Virginia; CACI, Chantilly, Virginia; CTC, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Cyberspace Solutions, Reston, Virginia; L3, Reston, Virginia; Lockheed Martin, Alexandria, Virginia; Mission Essential Personnel, Chantilly, Virginia; SAIC, Reston, Virginia; and Veritiss, Reston, Virginia are being awarded a multiple-award, multi-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (Solutions for Intelligence Analysis II) with a potential ceiling of $5.6 billion over a five-year period. Work will be performed worldwide to provide professional support services to the intelligence analysis mission, war fighters, defense planners, and defense and national security policy makers. The Virginia Contracting Activity is the contracting activity.
Globecomm Systems Incorporated, Hauppauge, New York; DRS Technical Services Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia; and L- 3/3Di Technologies Limited Liability Corporation, Hanover, Maryland, are each being awarded an indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, multiple award contract, with a cumulative value of $17,001,463 to provide commercial-off-the-shelf satellite network and communications equipment and other services. Each contractor will be awarded $8,333 at the time of award. These contracts include options, which, if exercised, could bring the combined cumulative value of these multiple award contracts to an estimated $85,007,313. These three contractors may compete for the delivery orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.
Pilkington Commercial Company, Yuma, Arizona, was awarded a $10,030,000 firm-fixed-price contract to design and construct a special operations forces free fall simulator facility in Yuma. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, California, is the contracting activity.