AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland; CSC, Falls Church, Virginia; and Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in support of the Department of Defense and other government agencies, as well as potential coalition military Foreign Military Sales customers. There are two separate performance-based work statements; one for sea-based requirements, and one for land-based requirements. The scope includes provision of necessary trained personnel, UAS ISR non-developmental equipment, certifications, installation, operation, maintenance, sustainment, spares/product support, and other related support services necessary to support various worldwide sea- and land-based locations. The aggregate not-to-exceed amount for these multiple award contracts is $874 million. The companies will have the opportunity to compete for associated task orders. AAI and Insitu are eligible to compete for both sea-based and land-based task orders. CSC is only eligible to compete for land-based task orders. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, is being awarded a $16,870,978 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for contractor logistics support for the Italian Air Force MQ-9 Reaper. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems Information, Nashua, New Hampshire, was awarded a $14,180,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to build upon the capabilities of Electronic Warfare Family of Systems Phase I for accelerated fielding and enhancement, through the development of Phase II. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $33,110,240 firm-fixed-price contract modification to modernize laser range finder designators. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems National Security Solutions, Mclean, Virginia, is being awarded a $9,986,085 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the delivery and fielding of intelligence exploitation and targeting systems derived from the common geo-positioning services package of software and related hardware components of Distributed Common Ground Station Systems and similar National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency systems. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.
The Honorable Charles E. Allen, former undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), stated that terrorism in the second decade of this century continues, but those groups that organized attacks are a shadow of their former selves. Allen, the initial Thursday speaker at AFCEA International's Homeland Security Conference warned, "We cannot declare victory."
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is rife with opportunities for the commercial sector, but companies should be aware that the rules of engagement are changing, or already have changed, in a number of instances, so they should thoroughly research upcoming contract awards.
Amazing anecdotes kept the audience entertained during the lunch session at the AFCEA International Homeland Security Conference. The experts were speaking about a serious subject: cyberwar. But the stories about their hands-on experience in learning how to fight cyberwars, how they've fought cyberthreats and what they believe is needed to prepare future cyberwarriors kept conference attendees enthralled.