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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded funding to five research and development (R&D) projects to enhance mobile applications security (MAS) for the government. The DHS S&T Mobile Security R&D program, part of the Cyber Security Division in the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, will mahange the projects. The recently launched MAS project will focus on continuous validation and threat protection for mobile apps and integrating security throughout the mobile app lifecycle. It also is developing a security framework and integrated models that will enable the development of secure mobile apps for mission use by DHS components, other government agencies and enterprise organizations. “Adversaries can use a compromised or vulnerable mobile app as an avenue to target and gain a foothold on a user’s device,” said Acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology William N. Bryan. “The Mobile Application Security project will deliver innovative security solutions that will ensure apps used by government personnel and the public are secure.”
DHS awarded the contracts under Broad Agency Announcement HSHQDC-16-R-B0006 (issued in June 2016) to the following recipients:
Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated of San Diego, California, was awarded $1,842,739 to utilize and integrate its commercial technology to demonstrate a platform on which mobile application security can be anchored in the hardware of a device, including demonstration of a Mission-Critical-Grade Security Layer (MCGSL). The MCGSL will extend continuous observations from the mobile device through Application Programming Interfaces to third-party applications and services across the commercial mobile ecosystem. The project is intended to demonstrate the potential for broad use across devices with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ platforms.
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UltiSat Incorporated of Gaithersburg, Maryland announced that it has been awarded a NATO Framework Agreement, under which the company will provide consulting services in support of NATO's technical support program. The services include subject matter expert staffing in support of NATO missions. “UltiSat is honored to have been selected as a partner for this important project,” said M.G. Abutaleb, CEO of UltiSat. “We bring relevant past performance in the provision of high-touch professional services to mission-critical programs such as required under this Framework Agreement, including significant in-theater operations support. Our team looks forward to supporting NATO’s mission on this program and to future opportunities where our expertise can add value.”
Syracuse Research Corporation of North Syracuse, New York, has been awarded a $10,073,000 undefinitized contract action for Counter-Unmanned Aerial System supplies. Work will be performed at Syracuse and is expected to be complete by August 29, 2018. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2017 other procurement and research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $4,935,770 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity. (FA8730-17-C-0047).
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $36,913,696 noncompetitive cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Under the contract, Draper will provide technical and analytical support for Missile Defense Agency related to evaluation, maturation, integration, test and demonstration of leading edge Guidance, Navigation and Control technologies. The effort also includes research analysis on sensors, modeling and simulation, radiation hardening and survivability and precision targeting as well as weapons development. The work will be performed in Cambridge and Huntsville, Alabama with an expected completion date of July 31, 2022. The period of performance is from August 2017 to July 2022. One offer was solicited and one offer was received. Fiscal year 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $240,000 are being obligated on this award. The Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-17-C-0046).
Catapult Health Technology Group, Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $10,111,130 modification (P00015) to contract W911QX-15-F-0014 for information technology services and support for the Army Research Laboratory, the Adelphi Laboratory Center and Network Enterprise Center. Work will be performed in Adelphi, Maryland; White Sands, New Mexico; Aberdeen Maryland; and Durham, North Carolina, with an estimated completion date of August 31, 2018. Fiscal year 2016 and 2017 research, development, test and evaluation; and operations maintenance (Army) funds in the combined amount of $3,372,608 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.