CACI International has been awarded a prime contract with a ceiling value of $47 million if all options are exercised to support the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (COE-DMHA). For this contract, CACI will support the COE-DMHA in a wide array of efforts, including research and concept development; education projects; training; international disaster preparedness, mitigation, management and response; humanitarian assistance; and management of the consequences of terrorism.
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Whether it's needs versus wants, open conversations versus regulations to protect intellectual property or oversight versus open development, agencies and the commercial sector must find the happy medium for acquisition processes to be truly reformed.
When Price Floyd, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, came on board at the Defense Department a couple of months ago, he got the directive from Sec. Gates to use social media to engage-not just push out messages. But within days of starting, Floyd found that most of those social media channels had been shut down.
The ultimate goal of government 2.0 should be a user-friendly government, whether that user is the citizen availing him or herself of services or the user is the government agency using these tools to collaborate and share information, said panelists at a discussion after lunch on Thursday at the Gov 2.0 Summit. For the defense and intelligence sectors, those internal capabilities are most attractive, but even behind the secure networks, challenges of culture still exist.
Raytheon Company has received a $19.3 million U.S. Navy contract to provide MK54 lightweight torpedo hardware. With this award, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems is under contract to deliver 241 MK54 kits, of which 100 kits will be delivered to the Turkish Navy via a Foreign Military Sales agreement.
CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a $50 million prime contract to support the infrared focal plane array technology branch of the U.S. Army's Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). With this contract, CACI will help advance NVESD's infrared focal plane technology to enhance warfighter target acquisition and identification capabilities.
Acquisitions experts from the government and private sectors agree that the procurement system is broken, but do not necessarily agree about how to fix it. Meeting at AFCEA International's SOLUTIONS Series conference today, a consensus was achieved on contributing factors to the problem. Long acquisition cycles strip the effectiveness of many of the IT systems that are being purchased by the time they hit the field. Time and cost estimates are not realistic from the beginning of the purchasing process. Leadership to bring about true change is lacking. These were just some of the topics brought up during today's discussion, a discussion that will continue tomorrow on the second day of "IT Acquisition: Shifting to a Modern Paradigm," taking place at the National Conference Center, Lansdowne, Virginia, as well as broadcast via the Web.
From politics to national security to data transparency to important new public service applications, the Gov 2.0 Summit, co-produced by O'Reilly and TechWeb, covered a wide range of issues facing government as it tries to balance security, transparency and the new media environment. The theme in the afternoon was the wide range of applications that can be built using geospatial technology.
Telecommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received an additional $8.2 million of funding from the U.S. Army to provide additional Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) and Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) Access Point (SNAP) Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Satellite Systems.
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a contract modification to L-3 Communications Integrated Systems for further developmental engineering on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The option is valued at approximately $8.7 million, bringing the total value of the contract to approximately $37.7 million.