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U.S. Navy Modifies Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Contract

December 21, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $7,224,945 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) System Development and Demonstration. This modification provides new certification requirements for the BAMS airborne recorder in accordance with the National Security Administration Information Assurance Security and Requirements Directive. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

ViaSat to Provide Information Distribution System to Three Countries

December 21, 2012
George I. Seffers
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ViaSat, Carlsbad, Calif., is being awarded a $12,770,380 firm-fixed-price delivery order for Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army platforms. This delivery order combines purchases for the U.S., the government of Oman, under the Foreign Military Sales Program, and the Government of Germany, under the MIDS Program Memorandum of Understanding. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

Raytheon Receives Multi-spectral Targeting Contracts

December 21, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded an $18,356,242 firm-fixed-price order #0026 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for 19 multi-spectral targeting systems for the MH-60R/S helicopter. The system is an airborne, electro-optic, forward-looking infra-red, turreted sensor package that provides long-range surveillance, high-altitude target acquisition, tracking, range-finding, and laser designation, and for all tri-service and NATO laser guided munitions. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity. The company also received a $14,011,652 contract modification for four multi-spectral targeting system, target location accuracy, high-definition video and targeting systems for the Reaper/Predator program. The contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  
 

Frontier to Provide Shipboard Sensor and Data Distribution Systems

December 21, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Frontier Electronic Systems Corp., Stillwater, Okla., is being awarded a $49,567,126 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract using firm-fixed price and cost-plus-fixed-fee orders for AN/SPQ-14(V) Advanced Sensor Distribution System, AN/SPQ-15(V) Data Distribution System equipment and engineering support services in support of the systems procured for shipboard systems. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Navy Awards More Than $899 Million in C5ISR Funds

December 21, 2012
George I. Seffers
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AMSEC LLC, Virginia Beach, Va.; BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md.; Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va.; L-3 Services Inc. (Engility), Mount Laurel, N.J.; Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va.; Serco, Reston, Va.; and Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with fixed-price incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price provisions, multiple-award contract for the procurement of production, installation and in-service support services. The services required include support of design, acquisition, production, integration, testing, installation, and configuration management of certified C5ISR capabilities, with a specific focus on submarine and surface new construction, modernization, systems production/integration, installation and life cycle support of systems and subsystems integrated within or in support of the subsurface and surface platforms, both afloat and shore based. The cumulative estimated value of the base year is $179,908,687. These contracts include options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these contracts to a combined estimated $899,543,000. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

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.

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