Silos are products of the inherent lack of ability for teams to communicate with one another. Not because they don't want to, but because they can't. They don't have the communication skills, the soft skills, the same user experiences, the same motivations, experts report.
Across the entire Defense Department, situational awareness is mission critical. Real-time understanding of mission activities and the information delivered by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, in particular, is crucial for military commanders to make key decisions.
To ensure that ISR systems provide mission-critical information, the information technology infrastructure must run flawlessly—relaying collected data to people quickly and accurately.
How do you ensure successful information flow? And just as important, how do you increase real-time visibility across traditionally siloed systems run by different teams and monitored and managed by different products?
The very technologies that the intelligence community relies on to carry out its missions are threatening its ability to provide an accurate picture of its challenges and opportunities. Technology-driven information has no accountability, and many of its disseminators have very little perspective on truth, noted a panel during the final plenary session of the first day of the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, being held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C.
Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Shawnee, Va., was awarded a $35,670,673 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of information technology services for the Pentagon and National Capital Region. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity.
VSolvit L.L.C., Fillmore, Calif., is being awarded a $10,527,041 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price task orders for information technology enterprise business systems support at Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Information Technology Center, Naval Base Ventura County. The contract also contains four unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $53,121,508. No task orders are being awarded at this time. The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Information Systems, McLean, Va., is being awarded a $19,167,769 contract modification for legacy information technology services for Reliability Maintainability Information Systems Sustainment Services. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Stanley Associates Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $65 Million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the acquisition of system integration, development, support and maintenance of various information technology systems supporting the Navy Recruiting Command. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, is the contracting activity.
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va., was competitively awarded a task order by the General Services Administration Federal Systems Integration and Management Center to be the single-service provider for consolidated information technology (IT) enterprise services and support for the National Defense University (NDU). The five-year contract has a potential value of $39.9 million, if all options are exercised. Under this contract, General Dynamics will deliver enterprise service desk, data center and application support services that enable NDU to more efficiently and effectively use IT resources throughout the enterprise with minimum service disruption.
Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a $14,863,384 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for research and development in order to complete and deliver the Stakeholder Analysis and Strategic Communication Plan, Capabilities Based Assessment Report, and the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy Report to form a baseline for Air Force intelligence, surveillance, and surveillance analytic mission needs organized by key operational mission.
Quantum Dynamics Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $10 million firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the information technology services to the U.S. National Guard nationwide. The National Guard Bureau, Lansing, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
Alatec Incorporated, Huntsville, Alabama, was recently awarded a roughly $13 million contract to provide personnel expertise, analysis skills, studies, modeling, simulation and information technology services for White Sands Missile Range. The U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, is the contracting activity.
HP Enterprise Services Limited Liability Company, Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a single, 4-year, $68 million contract for data center services in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Under the Special Operations Forces information technology enterprise contracts, data center services contract, the selected contractor will provide enterprise-wide data center management support services to manage USSOCOM's global enterprise information technology server and storage computing environment providing coverage for USSOCOM headquarters, all component commands, and subordinate commands.
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a 5-year contract valued at more than $83 million to provide enterprise-wide network support services to manage U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM's) global enterprise information technology data, voice, and video communications networks providing coverage for USSOCOM Headquarters, all component commands, theater special operations commands and subordinate commands. USSOCOM is the contracting activity.
Mission 1st Group Incorporated, Shrewsbury, New Jersey, was awarded a $3 million contract to provide for engineering, logistics and oversight of information technology projects in Southwest Asia and within the United States. Work will be performed in Afghanistan; Kuwait; Iraq; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. The U.S. Army Rock Island Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
Jacobs Technologies Incorporated, Tampa, Florida, is being awarded a $139 million contract for information technology service management in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. The contractor will provide information technology support services to assist the command's information technology management office with the management of the enterprise networks, data management, distributed computing, specialty services, application management, communications, evolutionary technology insertion and other aspects of the command information enterprise.
Point One, Arlington, Virginia, was recently awarded a $68 million contract for cyber analytical information technology services. Work is to be performed in Fort Meade, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2015.Virginia Contracting Activity is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a potential $2.63 billion task order by the U.S. General Services Administration to install a campus-wide information technology infrastructure for secure communications and operations at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) St. Elizabeths headquarters in Washington, D.C. Northrop Grumman will design, install, test, operate and maintain a seamless, integrated and secure information technology solution throughout the DHS consolidated headquarters campus.
The trend to house information technology infrastructure off site moved a step forward recently when Philadelphia Technology Park opened in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Despite the name, the area is not a collection of buildings where people experiment with scientific ideas. Rather, the complex offers a secure, redundant data center to accommodate technology from multiple groups including companies, universities and nonprofit organizations.