Air Force Investigates Technology Vulnerabilities

January 18, 2018

Assured Information Security Inc.,* Rome, New York, has been awarded a $47,974,580 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for investigation of next-generation network operations and vulnerability assessment technology (INNOVATE). The objective of the INNOVATE effort is to provide new cyber assessment tools for high-priority, emerging or existing telecommunications technologies. Work will be performed in Rome, New York, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 10, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $4,000,876 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York is the contracting activity (FA8750-18-C-0037). *Small Business




Navy Updating Navigation Capabilities

January 11, 2018

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation of Charlottesville, Virginia, is being awarded a $30,001,484 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, performance based, cost-plus-fixed-fee, services contract with provisions for firm-fixed-price task orders (N6523618D8001) by the Navy. The contract is for field and marine repair services; software updates and support; engineering support for the AN/WSN-7 Inertial Navigation System, the AN/WSN-7A Ring Laser Gyro Navigation Systems, and the AN/WSN-7B Ring Laser Gyrocompass; and the repair of ancillary commercial equipment for the Navy. These systems provide full ship navigation capability as well as interface digital data such as position, velocity, velocity rates, and time information to other vital ship systems. Major fleet-wide software, firmware, or hardware changes will be required (due to parts obsolescence, new mission requirements, new interfaced sensor or user requirements) to all of these systems.  The contract includes a five-year ordering period. A task order for the Attack Submarine, Nuclear (SSN)-795 in the amount of $521,000; and a task order for the Aircraft Carrier, Nuclear (CVN)-79 in the amount of $471,404 will be placed on contract and obligated at the time of award. Work will be performed in Charlottesville, Virginia (95 percent); and Norfolk, Virginia (5 percent). Work is expected to be complete by January 2024. Fiscal 2015 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $992,404 will be obligated at the time of award.  Funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was not competitively procured because it is a sole-source acquisition pursuant to the authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) - only one responsible source (Federal Acquisition Regulation subpart 6.302-1). Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

Air Force Updating its DataLinks Enterprise

January 11, 2018

The Air Force has awarded a $496,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to nine companies to support tactical platforms and time-sensitive applications for the DataLinks Enterprise community. The companies include: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Incorporated, Electronic Systems, Wayne, New Jersey (FA8726-18-D-0004); The Boeing Company through PhantomWorks, Huntington Beach, California (FA8726-18-D-0006); Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (FA8726-18-D-0008); Cubic Defense Applications Incorporated, San Diego, California (FA8726-18-D-0012); L-3 Technologies Incorporated Communications Systems, West, Salt Lake City, Utah (FA8726-18-D-0010); Lockheed Martin Corporation, Rotary and Mission Systems, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (FA8726-18-D-0007); Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Airborne C4ISR Systems Div., Herndon, Virginia (FA8726-18-D-0005); Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, Marlborough, Massachusetts (FA8726-18-D-0009); and Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (FA8726-18-D-0011). The contractors will provide flexibility to accommodate command and control data and myriad types of signals intelligence, geospatial intelligence and full-motion video data and information capture. The location of performance and expected completion date will vary by delivery order. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 10 offers received. Research, development, test, and evaluation; and operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,000 will be obligated to each company at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Army Improving Mobile Command Posts

January 10, 2018

The Army recently authorized an effort to address mobility issues and ensure communications hardware and mission-command application integration across platforms.