The SIGNAL Blog
Persistent Systems, LLC of New York will supply 950 MPU5 radios to the U.S. Army National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) under a $8.9 million contract vehicle in support of the Army's Unified Command Suite (UCS) Program of Record, which is managed by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD). The UCS program aims to provide communications interoperability between military emergency response elements and Federal, State, and Local authorities on the scene of an incident. The MPU5 radios enable a high-speed communication network to be established quickly, within the self-contained UCS communications vehicle, allowing CST personnel to operate across an incident area while remaining connected both to the vehicle and to each other. The MPU5 radios provide push-to-talk audio, video encoding, and an integrated Android computing environment that allows the installation of third-party applications. Its long range and throughput (exceeding 100 Mbps) enables CSTs to network their sensors and transmit data collected in the field to the UCS vehicle and then on to a national lab for analysis. "Whether at a campaign rally or along a marathon route, National Guard Civil Support Teams run WMD detection operations to keep Americans safe," said Louis Sutherland, vice president of business development for Persistent. "MIMO radios thrive in urban environments, where standard radios have trouble." The radio integration is being performed by NAVAIR in Patuxent River, Maryland.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $9,540,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the production and delivery of 18 Intermediate Level Operational Test Program Sets for the MH-60R/S Multimode Radar and Advanced Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination work replaceable assemblies. Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Fiscal year 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,540,000 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-17-C-0692).
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $34,636,585 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Under the contract (HQ0147-17-C-0045), SAIC will work with Missile Defense Agency to evolve analysis capability to model the Ballistic Missile Defense System's (BMDS) expected performance in support of the director for engineering's Quick Reaction Team (QRT) support and analysis effort. The effort supports research, development and testing of the BMDS. The analytical support for the QRT will create products used by the Missile Defense Agency director; the National Command Authority; the combatant commands; and the U.S. Congress. Deliverables include technical reports, trade studies, predictive analysis, concept exploration and data inputs to presentations. The contract is a sole-source award and the work will be performed at one of the following locations, Amherst, New York; Orlando, Florida; McLean, Virginia; and Huntsville, Alabama, from September 2017 through September 2022. Fiscal year 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $500,000 will be used to incrementally fund the basic contract under this effort. The Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama is the contracting activity.
Engility Corporation, Andover, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $49,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide research and development for Kinetic Kill Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) Simulation Technology for Advanced Research. The contract provides for the development of multi-spectral and multi-modal phenomenology modeling capabilities, to advance the start-of-the-art of HWIL test technology and to perform a critical role in the research, development and transition of Air Force munitions through the use of integrated guidance simulation. The location of performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, with the ordering period expected to be complete by August 31, 2022. This is a competitive award under broad agency announcement FA8651-17-S-0064, and fiscal year 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $150,300 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate at Eglin is the contracting activity (FA8651-17-D-0096).
CSRA LLC of Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,357,125 blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to provide cloud computing services for the Department of Navy (DON) Research and Development Enterprise (NR&DE). The BPA will support a DON Cloud Services pilot program conducted by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) on behalf of 16 DON warfare centers to create a NR&DE Cloud Brokerage. The one-year BPA includes two one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative potential value to $34,698,390. Work will be performed Fairfax, Virginia, and work is expected to be completed September 7, 2018. The contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year, and will be obligated as task orders are issued. The BPA was competitively procured via Request for Quotation N66001-17-Q-0193. Five offers were received via the GSA E-Buy website and one was selected for award. SSC Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-17-A-0001).
Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige Jr., USA (Ret.), who served in the U.S. Army for more than 40 years and as a board member of AFCEA International, died August 31 at age 86.
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