Defense Operations

October 20, 2014
 

NCI Inc., Reston, Va., has announced that it was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract valued at $125 million for cyber network operations and security support (CNOSS) services for the U.S. Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) G3/5/7. NCI has served NETCOM since 2007, with two predecessor contracts to CNOSS. The new contract has a 12-month base period with two one-year option periods and one six-month option period. NETCOM has primary oversight of network operations and security for the U.S. Army and serves as the single point of contact for network development and protection.

October 20, 2014
By Anthony Robbins

Network modernization is becoming a priority for defense agencies—and for good reason. Much of our defense network infrastructure was conceived 20 years ago and put into place almost a decade ago.

While the networks remain the same, the technologies that depend on them have advanced, and innovation can no longer be supported by outdated and ineffective infrastructure. Near real-time access to data enabled by the latest technologies and Internet-connected sensors can improve situational awareness for warfighters. They also build the foundation for more advanced communication and intelligent tactical networks that are crucial to the missions of our military.

October 15, 2014
 

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, has been awarded a maximum $8,618,751 firm-fixed-price contract for transmitter receivers. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a three-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is New York, with a Jan. 22, 2017, performance completion date. Using service is Denmark. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 foreign military sales funding. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia (SPRWA1-13-D-2000-THBM). (Awarded Oct. 13, 2014.)

October 15, 2014
 

L-3 Communications Integrated Systems LP, Waco, Texas, has been awarded an undefinitized contract action not to exceed $68,874,672 for standardization, removal of obsolescence and upgrade program for the Argentine Air Force. Contractor will modify five C-130s to upgrade and enhance their communication, navigation, airworthiness and air traffic management systems. Work will be performed at Waco, Texas, and Cordoba, Argentina, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8553-15-C-0003).

October 15, 2014
 

Atlas North America LLC, Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,022,044 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract for depot-level repair, maintenance, modifications, engineering services and spare parts for the AN/ASQ-232 Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) to support the Navy for the currently deployed Airborne Mine Countermeasures legacy systems. The AMNS provides neutralization of shallow and deep-water mines located by the AN/AQS-24A Mine Detecting Set and/or other mine countermeasures assets. The system is used by Navy ships and helicopters.

October 10, 2014
 

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $12,086,117 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N61340-12-G-0001) for the procurement of two EA-18G Tactical Operational Flight Trainers, one brief/debrief Station, two F/A-18 retrofit kits, spares and associated technical documentation for the government of Australia under the foreign military sales program. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, and is expected to be completed in November 2015. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $12,086,117 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

October 10, 2014
 

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., San Diego, has announced that it has received an option award valued at $2.2 million to supply AN/ARA-63 Tactical Instrument Landing Systems (TILS) for both the F/A-18E/F/G and E-2D Naval aircraft. The award is an extension to a two-year requirements contract issued by the U.S. Navy. The AN/ARA-63 TILS is a microwave landing system that provides precise elevation and azimuth guidance information necessary for critical aircraft carrier landings.

October 10, 2014
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $37,129,230 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of training spares for Israel and Japan and two full mission simulators in support of Japan’s F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) Air System for pilot training.

October 9, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Department's premier research agency put a call out for technology that can detect and identify from great distances dangerous biological and chemical substances. 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) issued a broad agency announcement for the development of the small devices for the new Spectral Combs from UV to THz (SCOUT) program, according to the agency.

October 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Calling all mathematicians: The Defense Department’s main research arm seeks help in developing a program that essentially would lead to unhackable computer software programs.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a broad agency announcement looking for innovative research proposals in the area of program obfuscation, according to the published solicitation. “Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices or systems.”

October 8, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
A U.S. soldier with the 65th Engineer Battalion installs culvert denial systems in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The system can detect disturbances from vibrations to heat and initiate a camera to record attempts of tampering.

Military experts and defense contractors are testing technologies to thwart the preponderance of roadside bombs that hamper U.S. military and coalition forces' combat and resupply missions. Participating defense contractors are competing for an existing $49.5 million contract.

The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) has partnered with the U.S. Army Research Lab and the Maneuver Battle Lab to host at Fort Benning, Georgia, a 10-day “Culvert Denial Challenge” that ends October 10.

October 6, 2014
 

Radiance Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8604-15-D-7976); Integrity Applications Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (FA8604-15-D- 7975); and Invertix Corp., McLean, Virginia (FA8604-15-D- 7977), have been awarded a combined $960,000,000 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for services in support of the Advanced Technical Exploitation Program II. Contractors will perform research, development, system sustainment, and intelligence production activities utilizing geospatial-intelligence and non-nuclear measurement and signature intelligence data at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

October 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
 Luis Bravo, mechanical engineer specialized in computational and thermal sciences at the U.S. Army Research Lab.

How many days equal a billion hours? Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL) are about to find out. This week, they began modeling the engine spray mixture of turbulent fuel atomization and mixing in engines, a formation process at never-before-seen complexities that could lead to lighter and more fuel-efficient planes and combat vehicles.

October 1, 2014
 

Raytheon Technical Services Company, Indianapolis, was awarded a $48,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for technical and system integration and software maintenance in support of PM Air Warrior. Work and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 28, 2019. Bids were solicited, with one received. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-D-0158).

October 2, 2014
By George I. Seffers
NATO deploys unmanned systems to gather data in support of counter-mine operations.

Multiple autonomous underwater vehicles equipped with modern sensors relevant to NATO minehunting missions are being employed at sea during the Multinational AutoNomy Experiment (MANEX ‘14), held September 22 to October 13, 2014, along the Italian coast, between Framura and Bonassola, in the Ligurian Sea.

October 1, 2014
 

Exelis Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $10,460,027 modification (P00535) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for the Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (System) Modular Precision Absolute Control System Project. Contractor will provide a Modular Precision Angular Control System prototype, three refurbished mounts and spare motors. Work will be performed at Yoder, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 21, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,460,027 are being obligated at the time of award.

October 1, 2014
 

Boeing Aerospace Operations, Oklahoma City, has been awarded a $9,774,956 modification (P00204) to previously awarded contract FA8106-07-C-0001 for design and development of an E-4B low frequency transmit system through system requirements review. Contractor will provide engineering services to finalize defined and derived system requirements. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $4,724,124 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.

October 1, 2014
 

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Atlanta, has been awarded a $25,000,000 delivery order (0277) to previously awarded contract HC1047-05-D-4000 for Communications Electronics Command, Software Engineering Center, Army Reprogramming Analysis Team multispectral sensor research and development. Contractor will establish a framework to conduct threat analysis, mission software development, modeling and simulations, validating and support of electronic warfare systems across multiple sensor spectrums. Work will be performed in Atlanta, and is expected to be completed by December 6, 2015.

October 1, 2014
 

The McKenna Principals Incorporated, Woodbridge, Virginia, has been awarded a $9,448,830 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for software development. This contract provides for development, testing and demonstration of software and architecture for the Department of Homeland Security. Work will be performed at Woodbridge, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., with an expected completion date of September 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,295,750 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-14-C-0210).

October 1, 2014
 

Leidos Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, has been awarded an $18,999,757 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for sensor analysis, integration and test (SAIT). Contractor will provide the operational and technical analysis to Air Force Research Laboratories to aide in determining which sensor technology concepts offer the optimal performance in realistic Air Force missions. The SAIT program will assess and understand requirements, perform operational analysis, perform technical analysis, assess advanced technologies, collaborate on-ground and flight demonstrations/tests and explore sensor system integration.

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