Defense Operations

July 30, 2014

Remotec, Clinton, Tennessee, is being awarded an $8,801,324 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot level repairs to the MK3 Series Remote Ordnance Neutralization Systems (RONS), and the upgrade and repair of the MK3 Mod 0 to the MK3 Mod 1 System. The MK3 Mod 1 upgrade will improve the serviceability of the robots, increase the availability of the spare parts and increase the capabilities of the robots. In situations where it is economically infeasible to upgrade or repair the MK3 Mod 0 system, the option to purchase a new RONS MK3 Mod 1 for replacement will be available under a new contract.

July 30, 2014

FLIR Systems Incorporated, Wilsonville, Oregon, was awarded a $7,171,955 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Austria) contract for seven Star Safire 380-High Definition Thermal Imaging Systems, with accessories, training and extended warranty. Work will be performed in Wilsonville, Oregon, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $7,151,174 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W15P7T-14-C-D058).

July 30, 2014

Northrop Grumman, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $11,410,533 modification (P00022) to contract W91WAW-12-C-0047 for the oversight of all information technology requirements for developing, administering, maintaining and enhancing automated data and information systems. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $11,410,328 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is July 28, 2015. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

July 30, 2014

SAIC, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $10,437,025 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00033-10-D-6506) with firm-fixed-price and/or firm, fixed-price, level-of-effort task orders for information technology ashore operations support services in support of the Military Sealift Command's Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems directorate. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C.

July 28, 2014

Benchmark Contracting Incorporated (dba Cobblestone Construction), Las Vegas, was awarded a $10,643,419 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a remote piloted aircraft mission complex physical protection system, Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada. The Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, is the contracting activity (W912PL-14-C-0012).

July 28, 2014

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $40,662,000 not-to-exceed contract for the production of one multi-mission signal processor equipment set, ballistic missile defense 4.0.2 equipment and Aegis Weapon System upgraded equipment to support fielding Aegis modernization capabilities to the fleet. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-14-C-5106).

July 28, 2014

Archer Western Federal JV, Chicago, was awarded a $30,197,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of an unmanned aerial vehicle launch and recovery complex within restricted airspace. Work will be performed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 21, 2015. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-14-C-0039).

July 28, 2014

Persistent Systems LLC, New York, was awarded a $49 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, incrementally funded contract for the Program Manager for Special Programs office for analysis and support, research and development, procurement and production, sustainment and training. The Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-14-D-0016).

July 17, 2014
By George I. Seffers

U.S. representatives from both parties have introduced the Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014, a companion bill to the Senate’s America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973). The bills would bring the U.S. national lab system into the 21st century and promote the easy transfer of federal research into the hands of the private sector, improving the public-private partnerships considered essential to bringing innovative ideas to the marketplace.

July 18, 2014
By George I. Seffers

It’s traditional for journalists to end an interview with some version of the question, “What would you like to add?” On the surface, it is the softest of softball questions—so broad and general that there is no wrong answer.

Some sources take this opportunity to repeat their major talking points. Others simply say they have nothing to add. And some will offer a warm and fuzzy, feel-good quote about partnering or working hand-in-hand, or about how great their employees are. All are perfectly legitimate responses.

But on very rare occasions, a source will take this opportunity to make news. And from a reporter’s perspective, this is the absolute best kind of answer.

July 14, 2014

Alion Science and Technology Corporation, McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $23,936,197 delivery order (0069) on the Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Testing Information Analysis Center (AMMTIAC) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity cost-plus-fixed-fee sole-source contract (FA4600-06-D-0003) for Rapid Engineering Solutions for Lifecycle Support. AMMTIAC's objective is to address issues of mechanical, electronic and electro-mechanical systems and sub-systems obsolescence and hard-to-acquire parts. The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

July 14, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded a $11,895,370 modification (P00005), exercising the first option to a six-month base contract (HR0011-14-C-0005) for Phase 1/Option 1 of the Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT) program. This is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Exercise of the option brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $14,700,357 from $2,804,987. Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, with an expected completion date of Jan. 9, 2016.

July 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) primary external advisory board today announced a report calling for the agency to increase its staff of cryptography experts and to implement more explicit processes for ensuring openness and transparency to strengthen its cryptography efforts. In making its recommendations, the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) specifically addressed NIST’s interactions with the National Security Agency (NSA).

July 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Bechtel BNI are joining forces to a new class of cyberdefense professionals to protect the nation’s critical digital infrastructure. The Bechtel-Lawrence Livermore-Los Alamos Cyber Career Development Program is designed to allow the national labs to recruit and rapidly develop cybersecurity specialists who can guide research at their respective institutions and create solutions that meet the cyberdefense needs of private industry, which owns about 80 percent of the nation’s critical digital infrastructure and assets.

July 14, 2014

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $198,901,412 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the design, development, and implementation of the Airborne Electronic Attack requirements for software configuration set upgrades to software and ancillary hardware in support of the EA-6B and EA-18G aircraft for the United States and the government of Australia. This contract combines purchases for the United States ($179,011,271; 90 percent) and the Government of Australia ($19,890,141; 10 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.

July 14, 2014

The Boeing Company, Seattle, is being awarded a $44,983,385 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the repairs of 214 various mission system components on the P-8A aircraft. The Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon System Support, Philadelphia, is the contracting activity (N00383-14-D-007F).

July 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The National Security Agency (NSA) has selected five more schools for the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Program, which is designed to cultivate more U.S. cyber professionals. These schools are now designated as Cyber Operations CAEs for the 2014-2019 academic years:

July 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army’s Project Manager of Robotic Systems Joint Project Office, Warren, Michigan, is conducting market research to see what companies can provide a lightweight common robotic system (CRS) for dismounted soldiers.

July 14, 2014

Pacific Energy Solutions LLC, Boca Raton, Florida, is being awarded $334,135,534 for firm-fixed-price task order 0002 under a previously awarded solar power generation multiple award contract (N62742-11-D-1192) for the procurement of electricity produced from renewable energy generation systems. The work to be performed provides for purchase of reliable locally generated, alternating current, power from solar power generation systems that are designed, constructed, owned, operated and maintained by the contractor on government property. The government will procure the power using the 10 USC §2922(a) authority.

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