The SIGNAL Blog

Air Force's Cobra Dane Radar to Keep Scanning

September 25, 2017

Raytheon Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $16,000,000 modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract to support in-scope requirements which are required to ensure the Cobra Dane radar maintains operational capability. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2019. No funds are being obligated at time of modification. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance funds will be obligated on orders within the ceiling of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity. Air Force Life Cycle Management Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (FA8723-16-D-0001).

Universities Developing Speech Recognition for the Air Force Research Laboratory

September 25, 2017

The Air Force has tapped two universities to develop speech recognition technologies. One of the awards goes to the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, for $17,079,713, while the other award goes to Columbia University in New York, for $14,884,945. Both of the universities will perform research in developing and integrating agile and robust automatic speech recognition, machine translation, cross-language information retrieval, and summarization technologies into functional end-to-end systems. Work at USC and Columbia will be performed in Marina del Rey, California, and New York, respectivley, and should be completed August 22, 2021. The award is the result of a competitive acquisition and nine offers were received. Fiscal year 2016 research and development funds in the amount of $3,020,000 and $2,570,000 are being obligated at time of award for USC and Columbia, respectively Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-17-C-9116; FA8650-17-C-9117).

Raytheon to Supply B-2 Antenna Tool Aid for the Air Force

September 25, 2017

Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $23,389,938, firm-fixed-price modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract for B-2 antenna supplemental work. The contract modification provides for the purchase of one B-2 antenna tool aid being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed by September 22, 2020. Fiscal year 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $23,389,938 are being obligated on a subsequent order after award. Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity (FA8119-17-D-0015).

Cape Henry Associates to Mature Human Systems Engineering Framework for Army

September 26, 2017

The U.S. Army Contracting Command has awarded Cape Henry Associates (CHA) a three-year, $49 million hybrid contract to mature an advanced Human Systems Engineering (HSE) Lighthouse framework and discrete functional modules. The company's Lighthouse product will be used in Manpower, Personnel, and Training (MPT) analysis, requirements definitions, and production of training systems. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of September 11, 2020. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is the contracting activity (W911NF-17-D-0021). “By providing better tools to collect and analyze data, we are ultimately contributing to the workforce of our Armed Services by allowing the stakeholders to make better decisions about manning, maintenance, and training,” says John Jackson, Cape Henry Associates’ chief executive officer. Cape Henry Associates is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) specializing in MPT services.

 

DHS Contract to Boost Safety and Incident Response Technologies for Smart Cities

September 18, 2017

​The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a $4.8 million contract award to the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) of Herndon, Virginia, to apply cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to first responders and the commercial marketplace. The award was jointly announced by DHS and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the inaugural meeting of the Governor’s Smart Communities Working Group in Arlington, Virginia. Awarded via S&T’s Long Range Broad Agency Announcement solicitation, the two-year effort is meant to foster collaboration at all levels of government in order to make the nation’s cities smarter and citizens safer. S&T and CIT will work together to help the private sector integrate or retrofit IoT technologies into commercial buildings as well as the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to detect individuals during an incident and for search and rescue. "The result of this collaborative initiative will allow building owners and insurance carriers to mitigate liability exposure, and the sensors will help guide first responders during an incident," DHS said.

A New Law of Robotics

The Cyber Edge
September 20, 2017
By Bob Gourley and Jane Melia



Experience in cybersecurity has opened our eyes to the need for another law of robotics. 

Leidos to Operate Army Aerial Detection System

September 18, 2017

Leidos, Reston, Virginia, has been awarded an $8,811,831 modification (P00018) to contract W909MY-15-C-0031 for operations and maintenance of the Aerial Optical Change Detection system. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia; and Bagram, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of January 25, 2018. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,811,831 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

Army Taps into McAfee and InfoReliance Cybersecurity Services

September 18, 2017

The U.S. Army has awarded a five-year, $182 million managed cybersecurity services contract to Fairfax, Va.-based InfoReliance LLC and Reston, Va.-based McAfee to enhance and modernize host based security and analytic technologies across the Army’s Endpoint Security System (AESS).  The capabilities will be delivered under a managed platform as a service (PaaS) model for "near real-time situational awareness on a global basis," according to the companies. "The new platform will minimize the Army’s attack surface, increase endpoint protection and drive the automation of key reporting metrics to the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Scorecard." The solutions will feature McAfee's Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE) that leverages McAfee's Data Exchange Layer (DXL) to combine threat information sources, share threat data, and identify and protect against new strains of malware. “This award is the outcome of years of strategic efforts implementing McAfee solutions that advance the security defenses and response capabilities of our customers and delivering them as a service,” said Aaron M. Faulkner, chief strategy officer for InfoReliance. “Our focus in cybersecurity is absolute, and we are humbled by the trust and confidence placed in us by the Army and our partner McAfee.”

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