Defense Operations

November 19, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman officials say they are developing a new kind of cyber system—a disposable system tailored for a single mission. The concept, they say, will make it more difficult for adversaries to penetrate or maneuver inside user networks.

November 19, 2014

Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $15,577,396 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5103) to incrementally fund the Aegis Platform Systems Engineering Agent (PSEA) activities and Aegis Modernization Advanced Capability Build (ACB) engineering.

November 19, 2014

Rockwell Collins Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $72,500,000, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide post-deployment software support IV for the common architecture avionics system, cockpit management system and avionics management system for the Technology Applications Program Office to support the Army Special Operations aircraft fleet. The majority of the work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The last ordering period will end on November 30, 2019. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $80,997 are being obligated at time of award on task order 0001. This contract was a noncompetitive award in accordance with FAR 6.302-1. U.S.

November 19, 2014

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $15,687,657 firm-fixed-price modification (P00033) to previously awarded contract FA8106-11-C-0006 for KC-10 Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management kits. Contractor will provide funding for 12 kits and 15 installations. Work will be performed at Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Oklahoma City; and Atlanta, and it is expected to be complete by Dec. 22, 2015. Fiscal year 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $15,687,657 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.

 

November 17, 2014

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded an $8,480,150 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00024-14-C-5404) to exercise option year one for major production and in-service efforts such as the Evolved Seasparrow missile, NATO Seasparrow surface missile system, Stalker long-range electro-optical sensor s

November 17, 2014

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, California, recently announced a contract with IBM to deliver a next-generation supercomputer in 2017. The system, to be called Sierra, will serve the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and Computing program. Procurement of Sierra is part of the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) national labs to accelerate the development of high-performance computing. CORAL will result in delivery to each laboratory of a supercomputer expected to provide about five times the performance of today’s top systems.

November 17, 2014

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, has been awarded a maximum $38,013,151 fixed-price, cost-reimbursement, requirements-type contract to maintain, enhance and demonstrate advanced microcircuit emulation technology capability and to continue with basic technology and production development. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a three-year base contract, with two one-year option periods. Locations of performance are California and New Jersey, with a Nov.

November 17, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded an undefinitized contract action not to exceed $17,120,120 modification (P00028) to fixed-price incentive contract W58RGZ-12-C-0057 for 16 universal upgrade kits to the existing dual carrier satellite communications ground data terminal and the required integration support. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $8,300,000 were obligated at the time of the award. With this modification, the cumulative total of the contract is $501,200,869. Estimated completion date is Aug.

November 14, 2014

Areté Associates, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $11,742,120 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61331-11-C-0007) for one AN/DVS-1 coastal battlefield reconnaissance and analysis (COBRA) Block I low-rate initial production system to support the littoral combat ship mine countermeasures mission. The primary mission of AN/DVS-1 COBRA is to conduct unmanned aerial tactical reconnaissance in littoral battlespace for detection and localization of mine fields and obstacles in the surf zone and beach zone prior to amphibious assault. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by February 2017. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test

November 14, 2014

Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas (W909MY-15-D-0001) and DRS Network & Imaging System LLC, Melbourne, Florida (W909MY-15-D-0002), were each awarded a $28,000,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiyear contract for manufacturing, support services, program management, configuration management, quality assurance, test and logistics support of the Horizontal Technology Integration Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared program. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 11, 2016.  Bids were solicited via the Internet, with two received.

November 14, 2014

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada recently announced the Canadian Government has awarded the company a CDN $287 million ($252, 295,000 U.S.) contract to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada for the provision and integration of an enhanced surveillance suite on to Canadian LAV III Upgrade vehicles, known as LAV 6.0.

November 13, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Observance of Veterans Day this year inspired many to share their thoughts online and in print about the differences between today’s military and that of yesteryear. They were an interesting twist on the usual “Thank a veteran today” and “These brave people fought—and fight—for the freedom we enjoy.” Instead, several chose to call attention to how military service shapes the United States as a nation as well as the choices U.S. leaders make.

November 14, 2014

AMEWAS, California, Maryland, is being awarded a $22,500,000 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost plus fixed fee, firm-fixed-price, performance based contract (N00421-04-D-4011) to exercise an option for continuing engineering, manufacturing and technical support services in support of the Integrated Battlespace Simulation and Test Department. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland, and is expected to be completed in May 2015. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $6,254,325 will be obligated at time of award, none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval

November 12, 2014

Airbus Defense and Space Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $71,358,549 modification (P00857) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire UH-72A Lakota helicopters with ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $71,713,665 were obligated at the time of the award. The cumulative total for the contract, with this modification, is $2,734,932,786. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2016. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

 

November 12, 2014

Meggitt Training Systems, Suwanee, Georgia, was awarded a $30,575,466 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 670 indoor simulated marksmanship trainers (ISMT), a three-dimensional, simulation-based system for indoor use capable of instructing in basic and advanced marksmanship, shoot/no-shoot judgment, combat marksmanship, supporting arms and weapons employment tactics. The ISMT system will consist of an instructor/operator station, audiovisual system, host computer, input/output network system and weapons. The ISMT systems will be used both within and outside the continental United States.

November 6, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Defense Department’s research agency has simplified the process for researchers trying to break into the federal marketplace and earmarked up to $700,000 in seedling funds for cutting-edge biotech ideas.

The Biological Technologies Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) created a simplified proposal process to lure new businesses and academic researchers who have not worked previously with the federal government.

Through the new EZ Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) process, applicants submit a two-page white paper describing their ideas to begin the consideration process.

November 3, 2014

Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Virginia, has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-15-C-0020) for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) research project with a Phase 1 total amount of $7,174,748. Phase 1 of the contract is the first of a three-phase program and has a period of performance of 10 months. Fiscal 2014 research and development funds in the amount of $4,618,063 have been applied to Phase 1 at the time of award. Work will be performed in Dulles, Virginia, with an expected completion date of Aug. 31, 2015. This contract was a competitive acquisition. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, located in Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

October 31, 2014

NCI Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, recently announced it was awarded three firm-fixed price task orders and one cost-plus-fixed-fee task order aggregating $10.9 million under the Total Engineering and Information Systems III contract for information technology services in support of the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command. These task orders represent both new and follow-on work for NCI at U.S. Army locations worldwide, and each task order consists of a 12-month base period and one option year.

November 3, 2014

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, was awarded a $35,545,211 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only contract for engineering and technical services to support the Navy in developing, assessing, upgrading and modernizing the Persistent Littoral Undersea Surveillance program, the Digital Acoustic Communications development program, the Remote Environmental Measuring Units (REMUS) Autonomous Undersea Vehicle program, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal "Fast Track" program, development and operational support for the REMUS Automated Submarine Launch and Recovery Capability program, and the development of new advanced ocean technologies related to

October 31, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, has been awarded a $16,064,628 modification to exercise an option on a delivery order (0113) for an existing basic ordering agreement (FA8620-10-G-3038) for France's MQ-9 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) Phase 2. Contractor will provide an additional period of CLS for the French Air Force. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and Niamey, Niger, and is expected to be completed by October 31, 2015. This modification is 100 percent foreign military sales for France. Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

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