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Herley New York to Support Airborne Threat Simulation Office

February 28, 2012
By George Seffers

Herley New York, Syosset, New York, is being awarded a $6,713,271 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for up to 100 J-band transmitters including engineering, technical and repair services in support of the Airborne Threat Simulation Office. In addition, this contract includes tear down and evaluation services for 50 of the J-Band transmitters. Work will be performed in Jerusalem, Israel, and Syosset, New York, and is expected to be completed in February 2017. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.

ITT to Improve Jammer System

February 28, 2012
By George Seffers

ITT Corporation, Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $19,636,772 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for the design, development, integration, test, and delivery of software and firmware improvements to the existing ALQ-214(V)4/5 Jammer System. This software improvement program is intended to modify ALQ-214(V)4/5 software and firmware with additional electronic countermeasure functionality to meet emerging threat scenario requirements; update current jamming technique functionality; and improve wingman compatibility by implementing digital signal processing techniques for better pulse signature measurements by the AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 for F/A-18 C/D/E/F. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

DHS CIOs Reveal IT Successes, Challenges and Requirements

February 28, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor
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Richard Spires, chief information officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, kicked off DHS Industry Day by declaring that it is time to find the balance between the IT needs of individual DHS agencies and leveraging IT throughout the department as a whole. The department needs to take a "shared first" approach to commodities and then look at unique technologies the individual agencies need.

Two Firms Awarded Potential $698 Million C4I Contracts

February 28, 2012
By George Seffers

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Incorporated, Rockville, Maryland, and Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, are each being awarded a potential $698,249,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, multiple award contract for engineering and prototyping integration, software integration, and technical support services required to define, fabricate/prototype, inspect, test, evaluate, and deliver integrated prototype systems, or other equipment, for installation in strategic and tactical vehicles, and life cycle support of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) tactical vehicles and related interface systems, subsystems and equipment, and associated programs and projects. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

Cool App-titude: Peel

February 28, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Channel surfing gets social. The free Peel app for iOS and Android makes personalized recommendations for TV shows based on your viewing history and what your friends are watching.

Photons Light the Way for Cool Computer Chips

February 27, 2012

Teaming with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the APIC Corporation recently announced a scientific breakthrough that could lead to computer chips powered by light pulses rather than electronics.

Real-Time Emergency Alerts--In Really Real Time

February 24, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

U.S. federal agencies conducting the 2011 test of the Emergency Alert System saw results and failures, and are working to coordinate improved social media connection and involvement.

U.S. Navy to Begin Construction of Oceanographic Research Vessel

February 24, 2012
By George Seffers

The Navy has awarded $70 million to Dakota Creek Industries Incorporated, Anacortes, Washington, to begin building the second of two modern oceanographic research vessels for the office of Naval Research. The company will begin detail design and construction on the Ocean-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel 28. Naval Sea Systems Command previously awarded a contract for AGOR 27, the first of the two new research ships. The recent award brings the Navy's combined shipbuilding investments in the program to $145 million.

BIT Systems Wins DARPA Cyber Award

February 24, 2012
By George Seffers

BIT Systems Incorporated, Dulles, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,015,000 firm-fixed-price, level-of-effort contract for professional engineering services (system design, engineering, and integration services) in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Cyber Fast Track Program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

 

BACN Contract Extended

February 24, 2012
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $34,226,968 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) contract for a four-month extension for the continued operations support and maintenance of two BACN BD-700/E-11A platforms, and operational support and maintenance of the BACN payloads. Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

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