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BACN Brings Home Funding for Northrop Grumman

November 12, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $48,176,543 firm-fixed-price contract for E-11A platform maintenance for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node Program. The location of the performance is Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

General Dynamics to Provide Cryptographic Units

November 2, 2012
George I. Seffers
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General Dynamics C4 Systems Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., is being awarded a $15,480,494 firm fixed price contract for 24 end cryptographic units including two embeddable solutions, one special test equipment and accessory kit with 20 key fill adapters manuals, training and provisioning related to end cryptographic equipment. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Boeing Supports Global Satellite Configuration

November 2, 2012
George I. Seffers
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The Boeing Co., Colorado Springs, Colo., was awarded a $49,400,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Global Satellite Configuration control element sustainment support services. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity.

Stanley Associates to Provide IT Support to Navy Recruiting Command

November 2, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Stanley Associates Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $65 Million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the acquisition of system integration, development, support and maintenance of various information technology systems supporting the Navy Recruiting Command. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, is the contracting activity.

Australia Extends Maritime Surveillance Contract with Cobham

October 31, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Cobham has reached agreement with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to extend the existing Sentinel aerial maritime surveillance contract by 2 years, the company recently announced. This £105 million ($22,580,000) contract extension secures the contract until the end of 2021. Cobham Aviation Services has been protecting Australia’s borders since 1995 under a performance based service contract involving the full turnkey operation of 10 highly modified Bombardier Dash 8 maritime patrol aircraft that fly 2,500 missions and 15,000 hours each year.
 

Mobile Device Management? There Will Be an App Store for That

October 30, 2012

Following the lead set by NASA, the Department of Veterans Affairs and several other federal agencies, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has posted a solicitation for an enterprisewide Mobile Device Management system and Mobile Application Store (MDM-MAS). As many as 260,000 devices could reach authorized security resources and data initially through the DISA app store, which could eventually expand to support the needs of the entire Defense Department. The app store solicitation calls for a system to ensure adherence to all security requirements for devices operating on the DISA network and, if needed, allow security officials to remotely wipe devices that are either lost or otherwise compromised by hackers. The MDM-MAS also could be used to push authorized applications to employees’ smartphones and tablets. DISA expects to keep the cost of the proposed app store manageable by using commercially available hardware and software.

 

DHS Awards 34 Cyber Research and Development Contracts

October 29, 2012
George I. Seffers
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The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has awarded 34 contracts to 29 academic and research organizations for research and development of solutions to cyber security challenges. The contracts were awarded by the DHS S&T Cyber Security Division (CSD) under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) 11-02 which solicited proposals in 14 technical topic areas aimed at improving security in federal networks and across the Internet while developing new and enhanced technologies for detecting, preventing and responding to cyber attacks on the nation’s critical information infrastructure. Four of these contracts include co-funding from international partners ­ two from the United Kingdom and two from Australia. Negotiations are currently underway for additional international co-funding from partner agencies in Canada, Sweden and The Netherlands.

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