Defense Operations

September 23, 2014

Sotera Defense Solutions, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $24,728,542 cost-plus fixed-fee contract, with options, for research and development on large data frameworks. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Division, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W56KGU-14-C-0017).

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Air Force intelligence architecture is a global network that ties together all of its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), according to a high-ranking Air Force official. With the coming introduction of the F-35, it will be adding even more sensor data to the network as the aircraft serves as an ISR node.

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Marine Corps is leveraging its expertise in tactical intelligence to interoperate with the other services in generating an overall intelligence picture. New Marine forces and platforms will be contributing to this new joint product.

“The Marine Corps is very much a joint player in the intelligence arena—we have to be,” declared Brig. Gen. Michael Groen, USMC, director of intelligence, U.S. Marine Corps. Speaking at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C., Gen. Groen explained that the Corps always has had a focus on tactical collectors, and it is brining that to the battlespace.

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy is launching some new initiatives to improve its intelligence capabilities while it takes on new missions amid force cutbacks. The sea service also is planning to make greater use of other service intelligence capabilities and products.

B. Lynn Wright, deputy director of naval intelligence, Headquarters, U.S. Navy, explained some of these naval intelligence activities to the audience at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. Wright noted the importance of intelligence to the Navy as it deals with new missions.

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Many of the lines that have defined defense intelligence are blurring to the point where divisions may actually disappear. These distinctions range from areas of operation to types of intelligence products, and this trend offers profound implications for the future of intelligence.

Rear Adm. Paul Becker, USN, director for intelligence (J-2), the Joint Staff, described these changes redefining defense intelligence at the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C. Adm. Becker stated that the linkage between domestic intelligence and foreign intelligence is withering.

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

U.S. Army intelligence is increasing its reach throughout the battlespace as it exploits new capabilities in support of its operations. New technologies and an increased focus on intelligence activities are the hallmark of the ground service’s new approach to intelligence.

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Coast Guard is adopting new technologies and capabilities that it hopes will provide it with needed intelligence while also being complementary to that of other intelligence organizations. The service is uniquely positioned to act both locally and globally to support U.S. intelligence needs, and it aims to be able to interoperate with foreign partners.

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Defense Department is developing new strategic approaches to deal with new threats that have novel aspects, and these approaches are being reflected in defense intelligence capabilities. These capability changes will need to take place concurrent with ongoing operations to address these challenges, according to a high-ranking Defense Department official.

September 19, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

U.S. forces will need to be actively supporting other nations’ ground forces if the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) is to be defeated and removed as a threat, said two leading members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Speaking at a plenary session during the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Summit 2014, being held September 18-19 in Washington, D.C., the congressmen presented a bipartisan approach to several key intelligence issues.

September 17, 2014

3 Phoenix Incorporated, Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,997,455 modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-6264) for continuing engineering services to support software development, procurement of commercial off-the-shelf products and hardware and software integration required to provide improved technology for U.S. Navy open architecture and network centric operations and warfare systems in support of USS Virginia-class submarines and other submarine and surface ship systems.

September 17, 2014

Leidos Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, was awarded an $150,097,661 modification (P00014) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-13-C-0134 to support the Saturn Arch effort and provide continued operations, sustainment, and integration of aircraft platforms configured to host a suite of sensors deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Arlington, and McLean, Virginia; Beavercreek, Ohio; California, Maryland; Hanahan, South Carolina; Afghanistan; and Djibouti, Africa. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

September 17, 2014

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, was awarded a $24,741,566 modification (P00009) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-13-C-0135 for support of the Desert Owl program and to provide continued operations, sustainment, and integration of aircraft platforms configured to host a suite of sensors deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Work will be performed in California, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 16, 2015. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

September 17, 2014

Advanced Reconnaissance Corporation, Fishkill, New York (W911QX-14-D-0007); Applied Research Associates Incorporated, Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-14-D-0008); A-T Solutions Incorporated, Fredericksburg, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0009); CyPhy Works Incorporated, Danvers, Massachusetts (W911QX-14-D-0010); EFW Incorporated, Ft.

September 17, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, has been awarded a minimum $13,983,000 firm-fixed-price contract for aircraft mission computers. Using military service is Navy. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia (SPRWA1-13-D-2000-THB1).

September 15, 2014

ASM Research Incorporated, an Accenture Federal Services Company, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,723,444 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop and map Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Joint Centralized Credentials Quality Assurance System (JCCQAS). The contractor will develop a prototype to enable the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to uniformly manage credentialed healthcare providers using a single interagency system for the Defense Health Agency Defense Health Services Systems Clinical Support Division.

September 15, 2014

General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, has been awarded a $40,906,190 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (0033) on contract FA8620-10-G-3038 for development of requirements description documents for the MQ-9 Reaper Block 1 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and the MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 UAS with the 904.6.0 system/software release. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an expected completion date of Sept. 8, 2017. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2012 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $40,906,190 are being obligated at the time of award.

September 15, 2014

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $30 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the W/V-band Satellite Communications Experiment program. Contractor will conduct research to increase knowledge and understanding of atmospheric effects on radio frequency signal propagation. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (FA9453-14-D-0255).

September 15, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded a $27,988,682 modification (P00078) to previously awarded contract FA8625-12-C-6598 for the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures C-130 Group A Kits and Installations. The contractor will provide the kits and the associated installations to 28 C-130 aircraft (11 AC-130H, 12 MC-130U, and five EC-130J). Work will be performed at Crestview, Florida, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 and 2012 overseas contingency operations funds in the amount of $27,988,682 are being obligated at the time of award.

September 15, 2014

MAS Zengrange Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand, is being awarded a $9,678,000 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00174-12-D-0009) to exercise option year two for additional transmitters, receivers and expendable XrX receivers for the mini-demolition remote firing device. Work will be performed in Wellington, New Zealand, and is expected to be completed by September 2015. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

September 15, 2014

N3 Government Solutions LLC, Fayetteville, North Carolina, was awarded a $25 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for support services and equipment. Work includes architectural design; design, development, integration and systems engineering; enterprise analysis and assessments; software, engineering, development and programming; and network administration. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with six received. Army Contracting Command, Key West, Florida, is the contracting activity (W912PX-14-D-0001).

 

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